“It’s not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Br. David Steindl Rast

The Wonder that Just Outweighs the Suffering

By Erin | March 21, 2019

A note from Erin: Salutations! I’m writing to you on a lively, rainy spring morning here in Salt Lake City. We’re alive! We get another spring! Yippee! A few notes before today’s writing: Local friends – this weekend in Salt Lake City we’re offering a wonderful workshop and Feldenkrais immersion: Improve The Way You Move. It will…

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The Place I Want To Get Back To & A New Offering

By Erin | March 15, 2019

 A note from Carl: Friends, Before I begin today’s writing, I want to let you know that we still have space for you in next weekend’s immersion in Salt Lake City: Improve The Way You Move. It will be an awesome weekend of embodied learning and we can’t wait!! Details are below. Join us for one or…

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The Dance: Comfort the Disturbed & Disturb the Comfortable

By Erin | March 7, 2019

A note from Erin: First, I want to send an ocean of thanks to everyone who donated to our grief ritual training. It’s miraculous to feel so supported and held by a community of generous hearts as we go deeper into this work. We’re deeply grateful.  If you didn’t read last week’s newsletter and wonder…

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Embodying Respect, Asking for Help, Grief Tending, New Feldy workshops + I made a video! Inbox x

By Erin | February 28, 2019

A note from Erin: Hi Friends, I’m excited to land in your inbox today!! We’ve missed two weeks of newsletters due to my being away on a meditation retreat, then Carl and our boy traveling to visit friends. We’re back, and I’m so excited to connect! I’ve done something new today – I recorded a…

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Your Belly is Kind Of A Big Deal

By Erin | February 7, 2019

A note from Erin: Hi Friends, I’m sitting at my cozy warm desk, watching shiny little droplets fall off the numerous icicles hanging from our roof. We had such an epic snow day yesterday! Schools were closed for the first time in years, and we gratefully tucked in with all the hot beverages, lots of…

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Unlearning Normal to Find Natural

By Erin | February 7, 2019

A note from Carl: Yesterday, a client was describing her experience in the natural movement and functional fitness class that I began last week. She said “The word that kept coming up for me throughout the whole class was ‘unlearning.‘” I reflected on how essential this observation was to how and what Erin and I teach and what we…

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Hurling Blessings

By Erin | February 7, 2019

A note from Erin: Hello, friends! I hope this note finds you having your heart slayed with delight about something, in spite of everything else. Birdsong? Cloudscapes? Someone’s laugh? A stranger’s kindness? A hot shower? A reliable old tree? The tiny pink tongue of a cat? The attentive ears and soulful gaze of a deer? This weekend…

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Keeping the Appointment & Farewell to Mary Oliver

By Erin | January 24, 2019

A note from Carl: I had just finished writing today’s email about Mary Oliver, and was about to hit send when I saw the news that she died today at 83. My heart is raw with appreciation and loss. What a gift her life brought to the world… I love the story of an interviewer asking Mary Oliver how she…

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Hurling Blessings & More

By Erin | January 24, 2019

A note from Erin: Hello, friends! I hope this note finds you having your heart slayed with delight about something, in spite of everything else. Birdsong? Cloudscapes? Someone’s laugh? A stranger’s kindness? A hot shower? A reliable old tree? The tiny pink tongue of a cat? The attentive ears and soulful gaze of a deer? This weekend…

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Leaning on Rilke; Farewell, Praise & Good Questions

By Erin | January 11, 2019

A note from Erin: Hello friends! I’m sitting here at my desk, reveling in the extra-jubilant bird song that’s happening just outside my window this morning. I think the sparrows, finches, chickadees, and starlings are celebrating the return of the light, as am I, even though it’s a muted gray-sky day. The return of the…

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Initiation, Ripening, and a Free Movement Lesson

By Erin | January 11, 2019

A note from Carl: A very Happy New Year to you! To begin with today, we’d like to offer you a guided Awareness Through Movement Lesson, Free Your Breathing, taught by Erin, from our 15 Favorite Feldy Lessons Series. After the holidays who couldn’t use a quiet half hour on the floor cultivating inner spaciousness and free breathing? We have…

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A Worthy Heart & A Few Reminders

By Erin | December 29, 2018

A note from Erin: I’m sitting on my red couch, sipping English Breakfast tea as snow falls outside the window. It’s quiet. We’ve just driven home from a family gathering which has been wonderful and wonderfully not quiet. Our boy is thrilled to be romping around with 3 younger cousins; we’ve enjoyed our traditional holiday meal of…

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Solstice Greetings + Grief & Praise

By Erin | December 29, 2018

A note from Carl: A very Happy Solstice to you! Before I begin this week’s writing, we want to wish you the happiest of holidays. We are grateful for your presence in our lives. We are both so excited for 2019 and have many offerings coming, including Erin’s New Year retreat day, Embodied Listening Course (and she’s…

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Timelessness, Great Poems + New Classes

By Erin | December 14, 2018

A note from Erin: I’ve been deeply moved by this perspective since I heard Michael Meade say it in a recent podcast. It’s so true to my experience, though I so often forget and think I need more time. Choosing to pause and lean into the timeless takes courage in this speedy modern culture, yet…

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Being Served or Being of Service?

By Erin | December 9, 2018

A note from Carl: I always love it when a particular theme pops up in several aspects of life. It feels like the muses are knocking, trying to make their way in. This last week, the theme has been about service. A couple of weeks ago, we were speaking with Charles Eisenstein for our podcast.  At one point in the…

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Good News & New Offerings

By Erin | December 9, 2018

A note from Erin: Hello, lovely humans. First things first: Are you comfortable? Is your belly soft enough that breath can make its way down? What might like to unclench – your jaw, your neck, your back, your hips, your hands, your toes, your eyes? Can you sense the support of the ground beneath you?…

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A New Body

By Erin | November 17, 2018

A note from Carl: Greetings Friends! After a two-month hiatus, I am back to the newsletter. (Thank you to Erin for covering my weeks.) I just completed an 8-week training in the Structural Integration work of  Dr. Ida Rolf. I’ve been practicing Structural Integration for 16 years, and with each round of training, I fall more…

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A Spacious Deep Breath of A Poem & Reflections on Living In the Layers

By Erin | November 8, 2018

A note from Erin: The beautiful bowl we created at a recent Grief Tending Ritual. Hi friends, Guess what! In this post we are selling nothing. There is nothing you need to respond to or stress about. Take a few deep breaths and read at your leisure, if you’re so inspired. I’m inspired to share…

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Please Tell Me, What Do You Love?

By Erin | November 8, 2018

A note from Erin A few years back, we traveled to Tucson, AZ, to attend a retreat with clinical psychologist and meditation teacher Tara Brach, whom we adore. We were invited to do a particularly touching practice on the final afternoon of the retreat. We each partnered with a stranger and spent 5 minutes each in the following inquiry: The…

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On Getting Good At What We Practice

By Erin | November 8, 2018

A note from Erin: Hi friends, I missed writing to you last week. My beloved Carl has been attending a professional training from 9-5:30 weekdays and it’s impacted us in a big way! One aspect is that you’ll just be reading my voice here for the next month or so as Carl completes his current…

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An Invitation to Embody Gratitude (With a nod to sacred rage)

By Erin | October 5, 2018

Hello, friends, Many years ago my heart was pierced when reading Francis Weller’s statement, “The work of the mature person is to carry grief in one hand and gratitude in the other, and to be stretched large by them. How much sorrow can I hold? That’s how much gratitude I can give.”   Funny how one sentence can…

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An Invitation to Tremendous Kindness & Compassion

By Erin | October 5, 2018

A note from Erin: Hello, friends, I think Dr. Estes said it well when she named the miles and miles of aching scar tissue in the world this week. I’ve been watching part of the hearings with Dr. Blasey Ford this morning andhooooo, it’s intense. I have a chill I can’t seem to shake, despite…

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Take Time to Look & A New Podcast with Michael Meade

By Erin | September 20, 2018

A note from Erin: Hello, friends! A few updates before I share today’s writing: I still have a few spaces left in my Empelvised Embellied Empowered class for women which starts on October 1st. It’s a life-changer! Details are below and here. I’ve been engaged in a beautiful and powerful conversation on Facebook, of all places, on this topic of inhabiting your belly…

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Genius, Refugia, & More

By Erin | September 20, 2018

A note from Erin: Hello, friends! A few things before I share today’s writing: I have a few spaces left in my Empelvised Embellied Empowered class for women starting on October 1st. It’s a life-changer! Details are below and here. As you read, I’m on my way to New Mexico to spend a few days with loved ones in Santa…

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The Old, Holy Ways

By Erin | September 20, 2018

A note from Carl: I’m sitting on our porch on a cool, early September morning. The goldenrod and the tall, feathery grasses catch the light. I just love this time of year! With our son back in school, I drive him to drop-off most mornings. His school is in a local canyon, so there are…

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Less Effort, More Pleasure & The Importance of Slowing Down

By Erin | September 20, 2018

Hi friends! We had such a wonderful time at our weekend workshop on walking & posture through a Feldenkrais-lens. I’m inspired to share some basics with you because this work, while in some ways deceptively simple, is, in fact, radical, transformative, profound. One question we ask students (and ourselves) during movement lessons (and then the rest…

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Other Views Wanted

By Erin | August 29, 2018

A note from Carl: Before I begin this week’s writing, I wanted to let you know that we have an awesome workshop on walking and posture this weekend. Also, I will be hosting the full moon meditation in City Creek Canyon on Sunday morning at 7 am. (You can find details below.) I just returned from a…

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Being Embodied: Fully Taking Birth Before We Die + Some Embodied Invitations For You

By Erin | August 29, 2018

A note from Erin, As I begin this week’s writing, might I offer a few invitations?Could your next exhalation be a bit more complete? Could your belly soften a bit more to your next inhale? Could your shoulders drop?Could your gaze be less tight, more soft and receptive, seeing things in the periphery? Could you feel the weight…

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The Best Time to Begin, The Need for Imagining, And A Few Invitations

By Erin | August 3, 2018

A note from Erin: Greetings from Cape Cod! Thanks for welcoming us to your inbox. Today, we’re waking up in this beautiful place on our annual visit with Carl’s family. I’m sitting on a breezy porch, watching swift-moving clouds cruise overhead, listening to morning birds and reflecting on a few things I’d love to share…

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A New Moon & Some Good Questions

By Erin | July 12, 2018

A note from Erin: How about a little Rumi? (I’ll never say no to that…) Love Dogs One night a man was crying, Allah! Allah! His lips grew sweet with the praising, until a cynic said, “So! I have heard you calling out, but have you ever gotten any response?” The man had no answer…

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