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

Your Beautiful Bones & Women Embodied Taster Course

By Erin | October 27, 2017
Intimacy With Your Spine

Good day! Before I dive into today’s writings, I’m so excited to share a few things with you. In addition to the “Things to Do When You Can’t Sleep” short free course I offered last week, this week I have a new free offering for the women among us, available for a limited time. It’s my Free…

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Feeling Your Feet, Slowing Down, & Things to Do When You Can’t Sleep

By Erin | October 19, 2017

A note from Carl: Yesterday, as I was driving home from dropping our son off at school, I was in a hurry. I was trying to get to an online writing class that I deeply value, I was speeding, I noticed my phone didn’t have enough charge to make it through the class, my breath was…

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A Birthday, What’s Not Wrong, & Looking Into Each Other’s Eyes

By Erin | October 12, 2017

 A note from Erin: Before I dive into today’s writing, here’s a reminder of a few upcoming events: Join us for an afternoon Feldenkrais Workshop on Dynamic Transitions October 28th. Details and sign-up link below. Women Embodied: Live and Online – registration will be opening soon. Women Embodied- the online version (which will include weekly live video meetings via…

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Using What Arises and Stepping Into Life

By Erin | October 5, 2017

 A note from Erin:   some snapshots of The Encouragement of Light Retreat at Ghost Ranch I’d love to begin by sharing a poem, which is really a benediction perfect for these times, from Mark Nepo. Be A Circle I wish you the ability to breathe after pain, to begin again, though nothing else seems possible.…

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What Shapes Us , Good Questions + An Invitation to Join us for Sitting Meditation Sunday

By Erin | September 14, 2017

A note from Erin: I was rereading my journal this morning, reviewing some notes I took on a conversation I had with a wise elder in my life some months back. She asked, “So what are you going to believe, live and be shaped by? By the guidance that comes through you and to you? Or…

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On Creating Refugia

By Erin | September 8, 2017

A note from Erin: The western US on fire, more massive hurricanes and flooding, the first morning in a week we have a sky that’s blue and not white with smoke, a headache from breathing smoky air for days, distress at my son’s cough, heartache with more destructive policy coming from our president. It’s been a…

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Resilience and Recovering from Injury

By Erin | August 31, 2017
Meet Carl Rabke

from Carl: Last Sunday I woke up crooked. My ribs were pulled over to the side of my pelvis and any movement of folding forward evoked sharp pain in my back. I was tweaked from playing basketball for 3 hours the day before. I love playing basketball. I’ve had the rare, good fortune of playing…

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The Begging Bowl, The Key, and Some Guiding Questions

By Erin | August 24, 2017

A note from Erin:   Twice this year, I’ve had the privilege of being on retreat with wise elder, Deena Metzger. Many people recognize her from this iconic photo from years ago. She’s a tiny and mighty woman with long white hair and a powerful presence. I love her and am so grateful to have her as one…

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Being Stretched, Waking Up, and More

By Erin | August 22, 2017

A note from Carl: I wanted to begin with a quote from Mark Nepo that seems to most clearly to capture my sentiments of the last week: “In spite of all that is happening and because of all that is happening, I stand firmly in my belief in the strength of human kindness to overcome…

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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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