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

Community, Widening Circles & The Three Jewels

By Erin | August 11, 2017

the spectacular wildflowers at Albion Basin, Alta, Utah A note from Erin: In the Buddhist tradition, there’s an understanding of where we can turn for reliable support. They are called the 3 jewels, and are understood as a source of refuge from the craziness and suffering of life.  You don’t have to be Buddhist to benefit…

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Theracanes, Fascia Blasters and Not Being at War With Our Tension

By Erin | August 11, 2017

A note from Carl: This week I had two clients who came who came into my office and said something like, “I attacked that shoulder pain spot with a Theracane and it actually felt worse after.” Or “I really worked that hip with a lacrosse ball, and it felt good at the time, but I woke up…

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The River of Grief and the Healing of Our World

By Erin | July 28, 2017

A note from Erin: Before I dive into today’s writing, I want to share a few things: Thank you for taking the time to read what we write. Thanks for staying connected. Thanks for caring about our work. Thanks for being a person of heart and integrity. We’re deeply grateful for you! Want to unplug…

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The Power of Gratefulness

By Erin | July 20, 2017

A note from Erin A note from Erin: This August, I’m happy to be offering a fresh version of my online course, Embody Gratitude. Part of why I love to offer this course is because I see the big magic that happens when we grow our gratitude. I see it in my own life and…

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An Invitation to our Fall Class

By Erin | July 20, 2017

A note from Erin & Carl: Friends! We’re delighted to open the doors for our newest embodiment class and would love to invite you to join us if you’re local. And please read even if you can’t attend, there are some great gems in the invitation!       Classes will be held at Vitalize Studio, 3474…

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I do not know, I do not have, I do not understand

By Erin | July 7, 2017

A note from Carl: “Not Knowing Is The Most Intimate” -Zen saying from Fayan Yesterday I remembered a funny, humbling teaching moment in my life: It was 12 years ago in when we were in our Feldenkrais Training in Santa Fe. After cooking our nervous systems with 5 full days of Feldenkrais lessons, we would often…

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The Only Heart Worth Having

By Erin | June 30, 2017
Trust Your Life: An Embodied Writing Retreat

A note from Erin: I was recently listening to a favorite podcast, Living Myth with Michael Meade, and he quoted this proverb: The only heart worth having is a broken heart.  Ain’t it the truth? (Dammit. It’s true. If only it were about feeling good.) But alas, it’s not. Not anymore. Orienting primarily toward our own…

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This is Summer, and a Great Movement Lesson

By Erin | June 22, 2017

A note from Carl Greetings Friends, Happy Summer to you! I’m toward the end of my week of solo parenting while Erin is on retreat in California. Always humbling, I offer a bow of awe and praise to all those rockin single moms and dads out there. Ever since Erin introduced this video from her…

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Discipline and Roaming Free

By Erin | June 15, 2017
Embodying The Masculine 2016

A note from Carl Last week I attended a retreat in California. At this retreat center, they make amazing organic food. 3 meals a day, and every lunch and dinner they serve delicious home-made cakes with a huge bowl of freshly whipped cream. It is a funny thing- often when we attend meditation retreats, we sit for…

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Happy Tears & Space to be Human

By Erin | June 8, 2017

A note from Erin: Hello! Our 7-year old son has been studying aikido for the past few months, and he just began taking guitar lessons from an amazing man who is also one of his aikido teachers. I love love love being a fly on the wall during these classes. I’m used to being a teacher,…

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Listening, Advice, and What the Soul Needs

By Erin | May 18, 2017
What Your Body Knows + Happy New Year!

A note from Carl A couple weeks ago, I wrote about a legacy of listening and the passing of Gene Gendlin. Usually, in the days or weeks after writing a newsletter, the topic will stay alive in me, and will continue to grow and unfold through life experience, conversations, relationships etc. In the past couple weeks…

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A Surprising Cure for Burnout

By Erin | May 12, 2017
Does That Happen???

A note from Erin: Before I get into today’s missive, I want to remind you that our upcoming Art of Sitting class starts on Monday! It’s our first online offering where we’ll be teaching the powerful movement lessons we do at in-person classes and retreats. We’re very excited to be able to share these transformational…

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A Legacy of Listening

By Erin | May 12, 2017

A note from Carl, A quick note to begin:  Our schedule of summer offerings is about to burst like the glory of all the tulips and roses around town. Tai Chi in The Park registration opens today, The Art Of Sitting (which you can still join!) begins May 15th, and we have retreats  Boulder, UT (Aug 11-13)…

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Disagreeing with Rumi & A Plea for the Future

By Erin | April 27, 2017

Salutations!  A few weeks ago in a circle I write with, we wrote to the prompt of a poem by Rumi. Here’s a short excerpt of that poem. “The miracle of Jesus is himself, not what he said or did about the future. Forget the future. I’d worship someone who could do that.” Here’s my…

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The Art Of Sitting is Here at Last!

By Erin | April 20, 2017
May you be Body Happy

A note from Carl: Several years ago, when Erin and I were visiting Boulder, CO, we dropped in for a sit in the beautiful shrine room on the top floor of the Shambhala Center. At that time, the shrine room was left open all day so people could come in and meditate. The room was…

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Ballast For A Tender Heart

By Erin | April 20, 2017

A note from Erin: Hello, friends! How’s your heart? This morning I’m feeling it all. Full. Raw. Grateful. Heartbroken. Overwhelmed. Spacious. Tender. Deficient. Humble. Humorous. Wary hopefulness. Inspired. I’m grateful there’s room for all of it. This morning I woke early, grateful to beat my kiddo’s awakening hour so I had time to meditate, to…

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Imagining A Grammar of Animacy

By Erin | March 25, 2017
Too Blessed to be Stressed? NOT! **Happy New Year!**

A note from Erin: I love to read books. There’s a gorgeous one I’m rereading. For one reason, simply because it’s so beautiful and also because I’ve gifted it to the participants in my Women Embodied group and want to read along with them. It’s called Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. She’s a scientist, a professor,…

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You Are More Than Your Anatomy

By Erin | March 25, 2017

A note from Carl Recently, I had a client come in for a first session. She was having difficulty and discomfort in her walking and wanted to figure out how to activate a certain muscle that she thought was at the root of discomfort. This type of request is quite common. Whether from one’s own…

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The Encouragement of Light: September Ghost Ranch Retreat 2017

By Erin | March 8, 2017

Friends, I’m dancing-in-my-chair thrilled to invite you to join me and my dear friend and guest teacher, Nan Seymour, for a one-of-a-kind retreat at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico this September. with Erin Geesaman Rabke, Feldenkrais, Embodied Life, & Meditation Instructor and special guest teacher Nan Seymour, River Writing Facilitator How Did the rose…

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Success!

By Erin | March 8, 2017

Wooohoooooo! We’re so excited!!!! Thanks so much for registering for the retreat! We can’t wait to share the magic of The Land of Enchantment with you. We’ll be in touch with more details as the date comes closer.   Our Crystal Clear Cancellation & Refund Policy When you sign up for one of our courses,…

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Four Timely Healing Questions

By Erin | February 17, 2017

A note from Erin: Good day, friends! First things first. Are you aware of your body, right now as you read? Whether you’re reading on a computer or a phone, I wonder: could your spine be longer, so you sit or stand with dignity and ease and not all hunched over in email-posture? How’s your…

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Your Butt as an Ally

By Erin | February 17, 2017
A Funeral, A Miscarriage, and Gratitude Abounds

A note from Carl:   Hi friends, To begin with, we wanted to invite you to save the date of March 17-19, as our dear friend and mentor, Russell Delman, will be in Salt Lake teaching on “A Safe Harbor in the Storm: How to be Lighthouse and Find Safety for Self and Others.” You can…

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Poems & More to Uplift Your Heart

By Erin | February 17, 2017

Hi friends, I’m so happy to be back from our sojourn in Southeast Asia, even though the air pollution in SLC is bad, even though the news is worse. It’s good to be home. I’ve started and restarted this newsletter half a dozen times – there being simultaneously so much I want to say, and…

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The Physiology Of Awakening, and Two New Class Offerings

By Erin | February 17, 2017

A note from Carl A couple weeks ago, when we arrived at the airport in Bangkok, I was moved by the presence of these giant, bad-ass protector statues that lined the terminal. In the few moments that I stood at their ginormous feet, they became a teacher for me. I felt a fiery presence in my belly, a lengthening…

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Missing Luggage, Bourgeois Suffering, and Blessing it All

By Erin | February 17, 2017
Make of Yourself a Light

A note from Erin: Hi friends, We are sending you Happy New Year wishes from Thailand! I hear there’s a lot of snow back home, and here I sit in a warm, humid hotel room, listening to my son and others splash around in the pool 5 floors below as I type on my laptop.…

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Looking for the Gold in 2016

By Erin | December 29, 2016

A note from Carl: There is a teaching in the Buddhist tradition that goes: “Good in the beginning, good in the middle, good in the end.” In terms of meditation practice, this points to beginning a practice with a clear intention and motivation, then really showing up for the session, and ending and closing with a…

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The Cheapest Room & What are You Feeding?

By Erin | December 22, 2016

A note from Erin: One of the things I love about reading poetry on the regular is the way it bubbles up from my subconscious at such perfect times. Often, I’d rather hear from Mary Oliver or Rumi or Charles Bukowski or Joy Harjo or Mark Nepo or Pablo Neruda than my own neurotic worries.…

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What to Remember When Walking Out The Door

By Erin | December 15, 2016

A note from Carl: Each time I step out the door to go somewhere, I do a quick routine of a self pat-down. Wallet, keys, phone- and, if needed, sunglasses. The gesture is so automatic- my hands know the size and the shape of these objects, and if one is missing, I head back inside…

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Rest in the Mess: A December Specialty

By Erin | December 15, 2016

How suprising (or not) that this same topic is here for me again this week: Resting in the Mess. Maybe it was the way we had to rearrange the whole front room to accommodate our Christmas tree which led to the dining table being so covered in stuff we had to eat dinner on the…

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Going to Hell & Finding the Ground

By Erin | November 17, 2016

A note from Erin: Hi friends! What a week, eh? I have much to share with you today. I just whipped out a few blog posts I’d like to share with you. Here’s a link to a piece I wrote aboutt the current choice we’re given between embodying fear or embodying love. It’s also got…

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