with Pam Kramer, Josh Brahinsky and Michael Lifshitz
January 28 - 30, 2022
Want to witness science in action while engaging in mind-body practices for greater balance, vitality, and wellbeing?
Research on the effects of contemplative practices is rapidly transforming science and medicine. There is now growing consensus among scientists about the viability of healing through mind-body practices. However, researchers are only just beginning to examine how individual differences (such as personality differences) might influence who is likely to benefit most from various forms of transformative practice.
In this workshop, you’ll learn how Stanford University researchers approach the scientific method through an onsite pilot study, exploring the ways individual traits predict change through practice, in particular, Integral Transformative Practice (ITP). Created in 1992 by Esalen co-founder Michael Murphy and former Esalen President George Leonard, ITP is a research-based program for realizing human potential and awakening our extraordinary capacities through dedicated practice.
Using mind-body exercises drawn from ITP, you will:
- Explore the transformation you are seeking in body, mind, heart, and soul and create your own personal affirmation for lasting change
- Engage in the ITP Kata, a 40-minute daily practice that integrates gentle movement, visualization techniques, relaxation and meditation
- Experience Leonard Energy Training exercises to increase awareness and flow
Along with an exploration of ITP, you will discover, through a shared scientific journey, how researchers are beginning to think about the relationship between individual traits and the effects of transformative practice. The weekend’s pilot project will assess the ways preexisting tendencies predict the rate and type of change experienced after a weekend ITP workshop. Change will be measured by stress-related biomarkers, cognitive tasks, and well-tested psychological scales.
55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920