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

On My Knees In Awe

By Erin | November 14, 2019

A note from Erin:   Hello, beautiful human, 14 years ago, I flew home from our Feldenkrais training in Santa Fe to support a dear friend who was giving birth at home. The labor was more than 50 hours. She chose not to transfer to a hospital, bone-tired as she was. Along with her husband, I was honored to hold…

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Lay the Hammer Down

By Erin | November 14, 2019

A note from Erin: Hello, beautiful human,   Have you ever played the game “Whack-a-Mole?” I loved it when I was a kid – to stand there with a giant mallet – every time a mechanical mole stuck its head out of a hole, the aim was to whack it down as quickly as possible.…

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A Free Lesson for your Upper Back & The Chance of a Lifetime

By Erin | November 14, 2019

A note from Erin: Helloooo! This season is so utterly glorious where we are. Are you loving the season? Friends, how are you? Could your upper back use some lovin’? Some gentle movements to liberate stiffness? I’m inspired to offer an Awareness Through Movement Lesson as a gift to you, our readers, this week because I just keep…

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Becoming Normal-Sized + Fall Bounty

By Erin | November 14, 2019

A note from Carl: Greetings friends! Before today’s writing, I want to share a bit of the bounty of our offerings coming in the next months.  Next week, we will open our second month of the online Embodiment Lab, Growing Hara, Embodying Your Pelvis, Belly, and Back. This is one of our favorite topics to dive into and…

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Come To Costa Rica With Us!!

By Erin | November 14, 2019

A note from Erin & Carl: Dear friends, travelers, and mindful embodiment aficionados… We’re thrilled to invite you to join us for a nourishing retreat in one of our favorite places on earth – Finca Mia Retreat Center & Organic Farm in the Cloud Forest of Costa Rica, at the base of Mount Chirripo, during the perfect…

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Never Not Held

By Erin | November 14, 2019

A note from Erin Hi friends, Oh, the freshness of the season. The tenderness of this impermanent, beautiful display. This month, our offerings are almost as abundant as the fall harvest around here! So today, I’d love to share a few poems and then tell you all about the juicy opportunities we’ve got going on in October.…

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The Wealth & Wisdom of Tenderness

By Erin | September 25, 2019

A note from Erin Hi friends, I’m writing from the spectacularly beautiful Casa del Sol at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. In just a few hours, we’ll begin welcoming the participants for The Way of Tenderness retreat. the heart-shaped labyrinth at Casa del Sol  During my spacious almost 12-hour drive here on Monday, I…

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For the Love of Practice, A Big Mess + The Embodiment Lab is Open Today!

By Erin | September 16, 2019

A note from Carl:  Hello friends! I wanted to begin this morning with this piece from Fred Lamotte, who is such a beautiful embodiment of a contemporary mystic poet. This poem has been rocking my world all week: “May all beings be happy, and know the cause of happiness.” ~Sutra on the Four Immeasurables What is the…

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Why Do Feldenkrais?

By Erin | September 10, 2019

Why Do Feldenkrais? by Erin Geesaman Rabke Age gracefully I’m so inspired by my Feldenkrais teachers in their 80s. They continue to improve their movement habits even as they age – just as others their age seem to keep declining. Several years ago, one 80-year-old teacher of ours fell off his mountain bike and fractured his…

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Pay Attention. It’s Passing. Everything is a Gift. Nothing Lasts.

By Erin | September 4, 2019

Hello, dear human being, reading these words, wherever you might be… Are you comfortable in your skin? Before you read, can I invite you to take 30 seconds to feel your whole self, notice any tiny shifts you could make that might increase pleasure and decrease tension? Toes, neck, face, hands, shoulders, belly, posture? How about…

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Ten Delights + Breathing Out Blessings + Two Offerings

By Erin | August 13, 2019

A note from Erin:  It’s hard to know what to write these days when there are kids in cages, families experiencing such unimaginable tragedy. And when it’s so tempting to numb out because it’s all just so heavy and too much to take. Yesterday’s announcement about Trump planning to roll back the Endangered Species act just slayed me.…

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Your Voice Is Missed + A Big Update

By Erin | August 5, 2019

 A note from Erin:  Hi friends, Thank you, from my heart, for being a part of our community! There’s a line in a song by Rising Appalachia that I love: “Good people all around me, acting kindly, acting wisely… open your eyes, what do you see?” I’m grateful to see, in addition to heartbreaking news, that…

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A Poetic Medley for Tender Hearts: Bells & Seeds

By Erin | August 5, 2019

  I am, as always, so grateful for the poets. Today, for Rainer Maria Rilke, Denise Levertov, Brooke McNamara, Fred LaMotte. And for bells. And for seeds. And for you.   xo Erin

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Francis Weller is coming to Salt Lake City in November!

By Erin | July 30, 2019

A note from Carl and Erin: We’re thrilled to share with you that our dear friend and mentor Francis Weller is coming to Salt Lake City in November to offer a weekend Grief Ritual as well as a free talk. Our lives and work have been so deeply enriched by the learning we’ve done with…

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The Physiology of Belonging

By Erin | May 17, 2019

A note from Carl: Good day! Because we cannot be reminded too often to pause and return to our direct, embodied, sensory experience, as you are reading this, could you take a moment to feel the support of the ground beneath you? Could you open to receive the sounds around you?  What are the smells that…

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On Slowing Down

By Erin | May 17, 2019

A note from Erin: I had such a laugh when a dear friend told me how much this favorite quote I shared pissed her off a few years ago:   My yoga mentor Donna Farhi writes,”The degree to which you do not believe you have time to spend even ten minutes sitting quietly is the degree to which you desperately need to spend ten minutes sitting quietly.…

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Some Questions You Might Ask

By Erin | May 3, 2019

A note from Erin: Good day, friends! May I offer some living questions? How might you make yourself a wee bit more comfortable right now? Is there some way you could make what you’re doing less effortful and more pleasurable? Are you feeling the support of the ground, this beautiful, living Earth under each of us,…

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Qualities of a Liberating Practice

By Erin | May 3, 2019

A note from Carl: Dear friends, I am sitting with the laptop at our local Red Butte Garden Arboretum, surrounded by countless blossom smells and birdsongs. It’s so good to be alive!   Meditation teacher, Tara Brach, describes three fundamental qualities that she has witnessed in people who have unfolded and matured over years along a path–regardless of the…

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Worldviews Create Worlds & A Fierce Gift

By Erin | May 3, 2019

A note from Erin: Hello, friends! We’ve just returned from a lovely trip including 5 days in D.C. visiting family and 5 days in northern California for our Grief Ritual Training. Our family’s been passing around a nasty virus where each of us has been sick twice in a row. I call it the magic-relighting-birthday-candle-cold. I got my round…

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Love Yourself. Then Forget It. Then Love The World.

By Erin | May 3, 2019

A note from Carl: Greetings from a beautiful morning in San Francisco. Erin and I arrived here yesterday, and begin our grief ritual facilitation training with Francis Weller this afternoon. We keep joking that this is our “grief date” as it is only the second weekend we have been away from our almost 9-year-old son. Really,…

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Guiding Questions

By Erin | April 4, 2019

A note from Erin: these beautiful little seasonal invitations to mindfulness are created by my dear friend at https://wrennarose.com/ Long ago I fell in love with a beautiful little book called I Will Not Die an Unlived Life by Dawna Markova, (who, serendipitously I got to meet and spend time with during our Embodied Life training years later.)  I…

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The Flight of a Finch Feather

By Erin | April 4, 2019

A note from Carl: On Monday morning, Erin and I were sitting together on bench in front of our house, deeply enjoying a cup of coffee. It was the first sunny morning after days of rain, and as the light was beaming in over the top of the Wasatch mountains, a tiny yellow finch feather…

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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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