Workshops

Workshops are fun! Even Rumi said the path is better with friends. Getting together with a small group of people to learn and share on topics that we all care about is a powerful way to learn. As a facilitator, guide and coach I absolutely love hosting these circles. Each one is different, new information and wisdom comes every time from the participants, and everyone leaves feeling edified, joyful and more empowered than when they came in.

I created this series of workshops around the most common themes in personal growth work. I currently offer these workshops for free, and by donation. My goal is to get the information out into the world, to support people in their growth, and to continue to develop these workshops by offering them. Please get in contact if you’re interested in hosting one of these workshops in your home, office, yoga studio, backyard, etc!

From Conflict to Co-creation: An Evolutionary Path to Relationship with Everything

Both internal and external conflict alike have 3 very simple roles: victim, persecutor and rescuer. We’re going to look at this pattern and what happens when those roles and the energy underlying them is elevated. Besides it being far more fun to participate in the Co-commitment and Co-creation triangles, they also help us practice embodying concepts like abundance, unconditional love, tolerance for diversity, empowerment and trust. This model aligns with organizational research on flow states and has implications for leaders in the workplace as well.

In this workshop relationship is defined as the behaviors, thoughts, and feelings that we have with any person, place, thing, idea, etc. We have relationships with ourselves and other people. But we also have relationships with substances, with ideas like work, religion and money, and with physical entities such as our own bodies. The dynamics described by this model underlie all conflict, codependence, substance abuse, self-sabotage, and a variety of other common “relational” issues.

This workshop is based on the book “The Power of Humility.” The tools and understandings shared can lead to greater empowerment in all areas of life including our relationships with our selves, families, friends, work/career, etc.

Wholeness

Have you ever thought there was something wrong with you; something that you needed to hide or fix in order to be lovable or successful? Do you ever feel unworthy? Unlovable? Too this or too that? Wholeness means that we love ourselves, warts and all.

Wholeness is our brokenness as well as our perfection. Wholeness is the irreducable and irrefutable baseline of every human life. Wholeness is the inherant dignity of human life. It includes our strengths, weaknesses, passions, fears, wounds, dreams, aspirations and more. It includes the family we came from, the family we choose, and all that we create with each day of our life.

In this workshop we’ll explore the concept of wholeness through conversation, creative expression, and other activities designed to help you learn how to fully claim your wholeness.

Learning to claim and live from a place of wholeness leads to:

  • Enjoying life
  • Accepting and loving yourself
  • Greater ease loving and accepting others
  • Greater authenticity
  • Greater feelings of inner stability and safety in the midst of external change and instability
  • Reducing the need or desire for external validation

Unconditional Love and Conditional Relationship

Unconditional love is a practice that is supported by healthy boundaries- yet many of us struggle to hold firm lines with those we love. At our worst we can interpret boundaries as the withholding of love, or manipulate others into giving us what we think we need by holding love hostage. This workshop explores the theory and practice of unconditional love and posits that boundaries are the required container within which unconditional love can flow and flourish. This workshop was created to help empower people to own their healthy limits and say yes to a fuller practice of love, for both themselves and others. Use this workshop to get clear on what you want to create relationally with yourself and others. We’ll also look at the cycle of relational intimacy and creating healthy joyful expectations for long-term love.

The Alchemy of Personal Storytelling

Storytelling is an ancient healing practice that helps us claim what is meaningful and powerful from our history. In this workshop we’ll come together to explore our stories, question them, affirm those that support us, and recreate those rooted in negative, false or unhelpful beliefs. Stories rooted in scarcity, lack of love, unworthiness, and/or fear affect how we perceive new information coming in and how we choose to interact in the world. A belief in abundance for example will affect the kind of risks we’re willing to take, who we trust, and how we perceive certain challenges. It will affect our behavior with friends and family and will in effect seed what we actually experience in our interactions.

The underlying beliefs and narratives take on greater power and personal significance as we make choices and create our futures based on them. By choosing the beliefs that are meaningful to us and creating a personal story that reflects them we can take a more active role in seeding our future. A powerful personal narrative focuses on lessons learned, strengths tested and refined, personal fulfillment, joy, self-acceptance, values embodied, dignity and responsibility for choices. We’ll take time to look at old stories and create new ones that help us seed our future intentionally. We’ll take time to look at old stories and create new ones that help us seed our future intentionally.

Decisions

Fear, attachment, security, comfort, risk, the unknown, other people’s preferences, responsibilities- making big decisions is hard! Our cultural emphasis on right and wrong increases the pressure to know with certainty before we choose. We’ll be learning to sort through these variables, name our own priorities, and understand what’s at stake from the perspective of the heart, gut and mind. We’ll also discuss different ways of taking the pressure off the outcome and finding our allies so we can find the choice that feels true.

Boundaries

What are boundaries and why are they important? How does one create a boundary where there hasn’t been one in an existing relationship? Boundaries can be the natural edges of where and when we feel we can engage in a healthy way. They can also be the edges we create and put in place to protect ourselves when we aren’t feeling safe. Some boundaries are more like walls that keep possibility, intimacy and vulnerability at bay. Some boundaries were never put in place but need to be! Boundaries are meant to serve us but often we don’t create and amintain them consciously, but rather according to habit, fear, or training. This is to explore all the issues around boundaries.

Communication

This is specifically about preparing for difficult conversations, conversations that you are experiencing anxiety or dread towards, or communication with people who trigger you. We’ll discuss common problems and themes as well as some practices that can be used to shift your understanding, expectations and approach.