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Summer Greetings, New Podcasts, And Much More

A note from Carl and Erin:

Greetings Friends!

First, we want to extend a warm welcome to those new folks who have found their way into our world. We’re so glad you’re here! We also want to send our love and gratitude to those who have been reading our weekly writings and reflections over any of the past fifteen years. Thank you so much. We couldn’t do any of it without you!

We have had several people over the few weeks reaching out and saying, “I have not been receiving your emails! Is everything OK? Am I still on the list?!”  Yes, everything is OK, and you are still on our list. We have taken a few months to pause on our weekly writings as we have both been deeply reflecting on what’s next. Both of us are working on writing books that have wanted to come for years. Erin will be sharing a longer piece next week around the deep process of inquiry she has been in and what’s emerging from it. (exciting stuff!)  In the meantime, we wanted to let you know that we are still here and will still be sharing the reflections, poetry, podcasts, practices and resources around the topics that are most alive for us and (we hope) inspiring to you.

For our local SLC area community, we want to let you know that we still have some space open in our Return to Natural Movement Feldenkrais immersion this weekend. You can come either Saturday or Sunday from 1-6 or join us for the whole weekend. Details on the weekend are here.  Tuition includes audio recordings of the workshop for you to revisit anytime. We’re so happy to offer this extra bonus to support your natural movement!

Erin is offering an empowering Root and Rise retreat on August 23-25. This retreat is will offer essential instructions and potent practices on how to be an embodied human without going crazy during these crazy times. Deeply influenced by the year-long facilitator’s training that Erin has been doing in Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects, this retreat will offer a deep dive into how to show up for these times wholeheartedly. “What do we do when things are going terribly awry? We root and we rise. Together.” More details below.

We have two awesome new podcast episodes with David Abram and Loch Kelly, two amazing teachers and writers. We thoroughly enjoyed those conversations and hope you do too.

 

Here’s a new poem from our dear friend, Brooke McNamara, who graciously blessed us to share it with you.

BURY THE SEED

Pain always teaches me
to make new things.

Less for what the things become
than for how the making re-makes me
brave and grateful.

Early this morning,
under a cobalt, cloudless sky,

my steps each send instructions
up to worried, humble ears:

The bells are all ringing.

It’s time you knew —

in your gripped fist
has always been
your specific
sacred seed.

Release
that lifelong holding
into open hands, and here,

just as you are,
into this very ground beneath you,

bury the seed.

In the moist eternal darkness,
let life split open
and become.

– Brooke McNamara

 

We would love to invite you into our free introduction to the online Embodiment Lab: Essential Principles and Practices of Embodiment. You’re most welcome to sign up and join us and a wonderful community of folks. All you need is an internet connection – you’re welcome to explore entirely at your own pace.

 

 

Brave and grateful,
Erin & Carl

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Erin

By training and profession, I am a somatic educator. Over the past 25+ years I have trained in and taught modern dance, tai chi, Indian and Tibetan yoga, yoga therapy (specializing in back pain). I completed a 4-year professional Feldenkrais training in 2007 and a 3-year Embodied Life training in 2014. I also study and work with somatic meditation and the profound practice of embodied inner listening known as Focusing.
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