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Not Enough

By Jude Bijou, who will be presenting Attitude Reconstruction: Build Joy, Love, and Peace in Vancouver on Oct 22-23, 2016.

Do you feel like you’re never enough? That there’s never enough time? Money? Friends? Great opportunities? Recognition? Do you believe if you had or did something else — got married, earned more, looked more beautiful, danced better, or had more time — you’d finally relax and feel okay? Do you believe more is better? Are you rarely satisfied? Do you feel deprived, unworthy, or anxious no matter how hard you try or what you do? Do you secretly measure everything against an invisible standard and come up lacking?

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Fuel Passion and Creativity

by Nancy Mortifee

Mindfulness and Intimacy for Women

Connecting deeply with self and others

How do we cultivate and sustain fulfilling intimate relationships? True intimacy with another begins with caring for one’s self, something many of us lose sight of when we’re busy parenting children, building our careers, engaging in new romance or dealing with divorce, grief or loss. Mindfulness practice offers us the opportunity for deep listening.. “Who am I and what do I want?”. Intimacy training gives us tools to reclaim self and build a greater capacity for relationship.

In the context of confidential circles in a retreat setting, my work is to guide women who are exploring issues that challenge us to stay present and fulfilled in our ever changing lives. Through personal one-on-one sessions, group processes and periods of personal reflection, participants learn effective techniques for cleanly expressing and receiving authentic emotions without blame or judgment. Emotional expression is fuel for our passion and creativity when we rediscover the joy of being fully present, whether we’re feeling excitement, anger, joy, fear or sadness.

Body awareness meditation, voice, movement and storytelling are valuable techniques that affirm our spiritual nature, allowing connection to a deeper knowing. From this place we can awaken to our unconscious patterning, learn to let go of behaviors that no longer serve us and cultivate a more intimate life.

I invite you to explore my site to learn more about the work I do, both through residential retreats and personal or couple sessions. In 2013 there are exciting opportunities for us to work together on the beautiful island of Cortes at Hollyhock, in the majestic B.C. Kootenays at Johnson’s Landing, and new for 2013, the stunning cliffs of Big Sur at Esalen Institute.

with love and gratitude,

Nancy

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Deepa Narayan has a PhD in Human Development, specializing in cross-cultural psychology. She has 30 years experience in research and facilitating workshops around the world to empower women, men and youth.   She now focuses on more intimate circles. She has won many leadership awards and published over 15 books on empowerment of self and poverty.

 

 

 

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Nancy Mortifee is an educator, author and workshop facilitator specializing in women, couples and groups. Through Mortifee Training, she shares her eclectic practice, embracing elements of emotional body work, cognitive based therapies and gestalt.  “Through sensitive and gentle exploration I help women chip away at some of the defense patterns and life limiting attitudes that keep them from fully expressing who they are.” mortifeetraining.com

 

 

Join Nancy and Deepa for their program, Mindfulness and Intimacy for Women, at Hollyhock on Cortes, July 26 – 31, 2013

Hippies and Capitalists Come Together

Have you ever been a part of a group when everything seemed to click? When everything just came together and you achieved positive outcomes that you hardly believed possible?  It’s a pretty rare and special gem isn’t it?  For most of us, we have had only a mere handful of these experiences, seemingly as a fluke, but we yearn to recreate similar situations.  With good intentions we try to have all our group and team experiences achieve such success, but the process and outcomes often fall short of what seemed possible at the outset.  Reluctantly, we have come to understand that there are a great many hurdles in group work, many of which we face blindly.  For many of us, it seems, if we want to realize the full potential of a group, there must be an “Art & Craft” to it.

Julian Griggs’ program, “The Art & Craft of Effective Group Facilitation”, will provide you with the tools and techniques to bring people together across lines of differences, and help them collaborate to achieve the outcomes they care about.  Most of us are promoted into the role of facilitators because of strong leadership skills or our breadth of knowledge, but few of us have been trained to support collaboration or to bring the very best out of a team.

Griggs_JulianJulian has over 25 years of experience of doing just this, with a strong focus on bringing conservationists, First Nations groups, the resource industry, various levels of government and communities together to foster dialogue and to identify solutions that address each group’s needs.  He has worked behind the scenes supporting groups working in coalition to protect the Great Bear Rainforest, served as the facilitator for the the Muskwa Kechika Advisory Board, has assisted in the formation and work of the North Nations Alliance, and is currently involved in brokering dialogue related to energy and climate, to name just a few of his projects.  The 5-day program he teaches offers a unique small group training environment, allowing for individual coaching targeting each student’s learning needs, with lots of opportunities for hands on exercises, case studies and role plays.  Julian is internationally accredited as a Certified Professional Facilitator, and his program will provide you with the practical tools and knowledge to help your own group or collaborative process deliver on its promise. dovetailconsulting.com

Join Julian for his program, The Art & Craft of Effective Group Facilitation, at Hollyhock on Cortes, May 29 – June 2, 2013