Workshops

Amelia BariliFREE VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS EVERY SATURDAY ON LETTING GO OF ANXIETY AND ON DEVELOPING RESILIENCE AGAINST COVID-19
 

For a description of Amelia’s workshops at Mount Madonna Center, please see the posts below the interview.

WEEKLY  VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS. In an effort to assist our larger community in these challenging times, THESE WORKSHOPS ARE GOING TO BE TAUGHT ONLINE VIA ZOOM FOR FREE. WE WANT ALL OF YOU TO HAVE ACCESS TO THEM.

Below are links for registration for the virtual workshops for Saturday September 19.  There are two links for each Saturday, one for the morning session and one for the afternoon session. The morning session is always in Spanish. Here are the links.

IMPORTANT: Zoom has again updated their system for security. Zoom now requires that you register in advance for any meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Saturday September 19

At 11 am (en Español)

Cultivar Paz

https://berkeley.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtcuqupzojE9TkRuyghATcXcjsFS9jZphr

 

At 3pm (in English)

Strengthening your respiratory system and cultivating inner peace

https://berkeley.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrduyupz4tGdzzts2AzRHIqIOcUE-DFjt3

Hope to see you there.

Each week Amelia will create new links just for each of the two free virtual workshops that Saturday. These are measures to try to preserve privacy and security while keeping the workshops open to all.

Please feel free to circulate these links among relatives and friends who you feel might benefit from learning these easy and effective practices to lower anxiety and boost their health and healing.

Each session will include effective practices to boost your immune system, strengthen your respiratory system and to help you let go of fear, anxiety and depression. Anyone can practice these techniques regardless of age.

If you practice them everyday, they will help you develop resilience to Covid-19. They are easy to learn. I will show you how to integrate them into a daily routine to achieve greater good health, clarity and inner peace in the midst of challenges.

 

**EFFECTIVE WAY TO COOL DOWN ANXIETY AND HEAT

In these hot days you might enjoy practicing these cooling breaths that come from Classical Yoga and were developed over thousands of years in India, where the weather is often very hot.

Practice the cooling breath along with me in this video. You will see how amazingly effective it is. As with any energy practice, this breath is best practiced in an empty stomach (at least 2 or 3 hours after you eat, or half hour before a meal). You could also practice it at night, for example, if your room is hot. This breath is effective too in cooling down from hot flashes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUv51bbQlR0

Explore it with an open mind and allow yourself to become familiarized with this practice. It is different from anything you have tried before. It has cumulative effects. Give it 10 minutes of mindful attention.

Once you see how it works, please share it with your friends and suggest to them to share the video so many people who are suffering from heat can have a tool for cooling down. Thank you.

 

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Discovering Our Inner Universecard Amelia Barili WorkshopScience and Spirituality: Secrets and Daily Practices Amelia BariliThe Power of Classical Yoga and Taoist Qigong for Self-HealingThe Power of Yoga and Qigong for Creativity and Self-Healing

 

The Power of Yoga and Qigong for Creativity and Self-Healing

Amelia Barili

Retreat at Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

ONLINE

August 7-9, 2020

November 22-24/22-26, 2019

August 10-12/10-15, 2018

August 11-13/11-16, 2017

March 17-19/17-22, 2017

Practitioners of ancient healing traditions of India and China have known for thousands of years something that recent medical studies are just now confirming: the body is not simply a biological machine but a vast energetic network. Drawing from the healing traditions of Yoga and Qigong, Dr. Amelia Barili will teach:

* to map and trace the main energy channels in your body * to recognize how different types of emotions affect each organ and healing meditations for each one * to gather and store energy from nature and increase your vitality * acupressure style self-massage and release points to keep your energy flowing * a form of breathing that balances and integrates both sides of the brain

These time-tested techniques are so simple that anyone can practice them. Practitioners experience increased energy, greater resilience, less stress, improved concentration, enhanced performance, and better relationships. Recommended for anyone who wants to lead a healthy and deeply satisfying life, as well as for counseling and healthcare professionals. No previous experience with Yoga or Qigong is required.

The focus of this retreat will be to prepare ourselves to work effectively with the challenges and difficulties we are facing, cultivating resilience and inner peace. Learning and practicing together these easy and powerful healing practices, will support us in understanding ourselves and inviting greater healing and inner peace in these uncertain and traumatic times.

“Amelia is truly an exceptional teacher of Yoga and Qigong, and a genuine gift to her students. With much expertise and patience, she guides her students, through the graceful movements of the exercise, while teaching an outer attention to the form and an inner intention to the movement. Practicing in this way becomes truly transformational.”– Phil Waltz

“I took Amelia’s workshop on Qigong and Yoga while recovering from a serious illness and it was the spark that lead me back to a feeling of health and renewal. She has a wonderful spiritual presence that is very contagious and her knowledge of her subject is grounded in concrete experience and practice. One thing that truly amazed me is that Amelia is so inspiring that I have kept up the practice after finishing the workshop. It has truly been a gift.” -Diane Putterman

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Letting Go of Anxiety, Fear and Depression

Amelia Barili

March 13-18, 2020

Aug. 16-18 or Aug. 16-21, 2019

Retreat at Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

In troubled times we feel besieged with negative emotions that rob us of the clarity and resilience we need to implement the changes we want to see in our world. Drawing from the wisdom traditions of Yoga and Qigong, scientific research, Buddhist teachings and many years of experience, Amelia Barili will teach you powerful practices to let go of fear, anxiety and depression, and to work with challenges as sources of inner strength and healing.

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Effective Yoga and Qigong Practices for Improving Sleep

Amelia Barili

March 22-24 or March 22-27, 2019

Retreat at Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Do you struggle with falling asleep or staying asleep? So do an estimated 68 million Americans in the USA who have tried methods that do not work or have negative side effects. In this workshop you will learn a systematic and wholesome approach that draws from 25 centuries of the healing traditions of Yoga and Qigong, to get to the root of your troubles sleeping, and provide you with healthy tools to overcome insomnia, and significantly increase your overall well-being.

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Cultivating Lasting Happiness from the Inside Out: Secrets & Daily Practices

Amelia Barili

Nov. 30-Dec. 2 or Nov. 30 to Dec. 5, 2018

Retreat at Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Happiness is not a gift that comes from outside. It is a skill to be developed, with the right tools and persistent practice. Drawing from the wisdom traditions of Yoga and Qigong, and from scientific research, this workshop will give you those tools and teach you how to use them in your daily life to develop new positive traits.

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From Aging to Sage-ing:

Skills for our Spiritual Journey

Amelia Barili

March 23-25/23-28, 2018

Retreat at Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

The realization that our life is going by, and the call to embody wisdom, don’t suddenly start at 65. At any phase of life arise the fundamental questions about finding true meaning and purpose when confronted with physical and emotional or relational changes. These challenges invite us to pause and learn to awaken our potential for inner knowing and inner healing, to celebrate the miracle of being alive and to make the most of the life that is given to us.
 
Drawing from the ancient wisdom teachings of Classical Yoga and Medical Taoist Qigong, and from the most recent findings of Western Science, in this workshop we will explore how to cultivate more skillful ways to access joy, clarity and well being. Join Amelia Barili to learn easy and effective techniques to nurture your body, mind and spirit.
 
Amelia weaves together self inquiry explorations for you to discover your most believed thoughts and how the shape your inner reality, contemplative practices to cultivate new positive traits and habits; easy physical and mental practices from the ancient wisdom of yoga and qigong to support that process of rebuilding yourself from within, and short guided meditations and prayers to integrate all dimensions of your being, develop resilience in these uncertain times and experience compassion towards yourself and others.
 
Anyone is welcome no matter at what phase of life you are. You will take home tools and practices to nourish you during difficult times and help you re-frame life challenges as infinite potential to grow.
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Discovering Our Inner Universecard Amelia Barili Workshop

Discovering Our Inner Universe with Yoga and Qigong

Amelia Barili

June 14-16, 2013

Retreat at Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Science tells us that we have more neurons in our body than stars in the Milky Way. This gives us a sense of our enormous potential for feeling, sensing, and intuitive knowing. We can use this vast power to heal ourselves and to find creative solutions to our problems.

The question is, How to tap into the powers dormant within each of us? Sages from India and China dedicated themselves for thousands of years to develop the empirical sciences of Yoga and Qigong so that we can learn to better inhabit our inner space to bring forth happiness and healing to ourselves and others. In this workshop, you will learn easy and powerful energy practices from Yoga and Qigong to awaken your vital energy and mindfully align the forces of your inner universe.

We will work with self-inquiry, gentle moves, breathing, aligning and integrative practices, meditation and silence. Some of these practices will be done in nature. No previous knowledge is necessary. Everyone is welcomed.

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Science and Spirituality: Secrets and Daily Practices Amelia Barili

Science and Spirituality – Secrets and Daily Practices

Amelia Barili

December 7-9, 7-12, 2012

Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Have you ever wondered how you would live once you realize that the way you think, feel and act shapes your inner reality and the world you inhabit?

The science of neuroplasticity shows us that our experiences shape the structure and functioning of our brain and of our extended nervous system. Recent scientific findings confirm what the empirical sciences of the mind of India and China have said for thousands of years: that our body and mind are a vast network of energy shaped and reshaped by the experiences we choose to have.

By integrating Yoga and Qigong in our practices, each of us can redirect our energy towards having more response flexibility and greater wisdom and compassion towards ourselves and others. In this workshop you will learn some of those easy and effective practices, aswell as ways of integrating them into your daily life.

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The Power of Yoga and Qigong for Creativity and Healing

Amelia Barili

December 9-11, 2011

Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Continuing Education Credits available

July 22-24, 2011

Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California Continuing Education Credits available

December 3-5, 2010

Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Continuing Education Credits available

Stress is frozen enlightenment. During troubled times the stress we feel, can throw us out of balance, make us feel trapped and affect our health. That stress can also be an invitation to go deeper in ourselves to bring back what is most valuable to us and what can help us to live each day with greater peace and joy in our lives. In this workshop we will learn to work with the troubling conditions so that they become a source of inner strength and healing.

Drawing from the wisdom traditions of Yoga and Qigong, and the latest discoveries of Cognitive Science, Dr. Amelia Barili will teach you effective practices to access the mind through the body, and the body through the mind for creativity, resilience and self-healing. We will do deep energy work to learn to recognize the emotions that are at the core of our stress, and to find ways for that frozen energy to flow again. You will learn specific techniques for self-healing and overcoming negative emotions, giving you access to the full potential of your being. These transformative practices and approaches can be particularly applicable to counseling and healthcare professionals, and will be integrated with explanations and reflections, serving to help open our hearts, and explore stress as a path to inner strength.

These time-tested techniques are so simple that anyone can practice them. Practitioners experience less stress, improved concentration, enhanced performance and better relationships, increased energy, better sleep and greater creativity. Recommended to anyone who wants to lead a healthy and deeply satisfying life. No previous experience with yoga and qigong is required.

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Entering the Now Experiencing Self-Healing and Creativity

Amelia Barili with David Darling

August 22-24, 2008

Omega, Rhinebeck, New York

Continuing Education Credits available

The latest discoveries in neuroscience confirm what the wisdom traditions of India and China have known for years: the body is a vast energetic network with a deep capacity for creativity and self-healing. Led by acclaimed international cellist David Darling and healer and qigong master Amelia Barili, we awaken to the immense potential of our vital, conscious energy and explore the relationship between healing and creativity. Through the easy but powerful practices of yoga, qigong, music improvisation, chanting, and movement, we experience expanded states of consciousness that promote creativity and healing. We also learn techniques for self-healing and overcoming negative emotions, giving us access to all dimensions of our being.

This workshop is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in exploring self-healing and creativity, and adds a new dimension to the therapeutic repertoire of health-care professionals. No previous experience with yoga, qigong, music, or any other art is required. Bring an instrument, if you have one; a journal; and drawing materials.

DAVID DARLING is a Grammy-nominated musician with many solo albums. He has appeared with a wide range of musical talents, including Bobby McFerrin, the Paul Winter Consort, Spyro Gyra, and Arlo Guthrie. Darling is founder and artistic director of Music for People, a nonprofit educational network dedicated to teaching and fostering music improvisation as a means of creative self-expression.

(This is the third in a series of dialogues with scientists, contemplatives and artists that Amelia Barili began with the workshop “Emerging Consciousness” with Fritjof Capra at Mount Madonna Center and continued with Ajahn Amaro at Spirit Rock.)

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Self Healing – The Power of Yoga and Qigong

Amelia Barili

November 21-25, 2008

Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Continuing Education Credits available

The practitioners of ancient healing traditions of India and China have known for thousands of years something that recent medical studies are just now confirming in our western culture: that the human body is not simply a biological machine but a vast energetic network. When our life energy is in balance we are healthy. If the balance is broken through stress, fear, grief, etc., our vital energy gets blocked and pain and disease set in. In order to heal ourselves, it is essential for us to let go of stagnant energy and regain our balance.

Drawing from the healing wisdom traditions of India and China, Dr. Amelia Barili will teach you:

*a morning routine for vitality and centering, *gentle movements to gather and store energy from nature, *acupressure-style self-massage and release points, *a form of self inquiry to find innovative solutions to your problems, and *a night routine for a restful sleep.

These time-tested techniques are so simple that anyone can practice them. Practitioners experience increased energy and vitality, better sleep, less stress, improved concentration, enhanced performance and better relationships. Recommended for anyone who wants to lead a healthy and deeply satisfying life, as well as for counseling and health-care professionals. Women find this practice very beneficial to alleviate PMS, menopausal symptoms and disorders in the urinary and reproductive system.

* Continuing Education Credit for nurses, MFT/MFCC’s, and LCSW’s. * Fulfills the spiritual practice prerequisite for John F. Kennedy University’s Graduate School for Holistic Studies. * An elective for YTT 500.

AMELIA BARILI, Ph.D., received her degree in Yoga Therapy and Philosophy in 1972 from Kaivalyadhama Yoga School in India and has taught Yoga internationally every since. She is also a disciple of grandmaster Yang Mei Jun, the 27th generation inheritor of the Taoist Medical Qigong system developed in the sacred Kunlun Mountains in China and only recently brought to our western culture.

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Entering the Now

Amelia Barili with Ajahn Amaro

April 6, 2008

Daylong Workshop at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, California

The most recent discoveries of Cognitive Science and Neuroscience tell us something that wisdom traditions have known all along: that at all levels of life, mind and matter are inextricably connected. The question remains of how to access the mind through the body and the body through the mind, to realize our full potential as human beings. Join us in a day long exploration of the ending of suffering through the awareness of the timeless quality of now. We will explore practices of withdrawal of the senses that come from yoga, acupressure points that come from Medical Taoist Qigong, and classical Buddhist ways of entering contemplative states that bringing together attention and intention.

These transformative practices and approach can be particularly applicable to counseling and healthcare professionals and will be integrated with explanations and reflections, serving to help open our hearts, to enter the now and to receive the present. AJAHN AMARO is a senior monk from Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in England. He is the abbot of the Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery, a new branch of the Thailand Forest Meditation tradition, in Mendocino, where he now resides. He has been an interlocutor of his Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Mind-Life Science Institute dialogues about the intersection of western science and various contemplative traditions, and their associated methodologies, psychologies and philosophies.

(This is the second in a series of dialogues with scientists, contemplatives and artists that Amelia Barili began with the workshop “Emerging Consciousness” with Fritjof Capra at Mount Madonna Center.)

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The Emerging Consciousness

Amelia Barili with Fritjof Capra

December 1-3, 2006

Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

The troubled times we live in carry within them an enormous potential for growth and transformation. To successfully meet this challenge we need clarity of vision and the inner strength to bring forth the changes we yearn to see in the world.

In this seminar we explored together that potential through a blend of ground-breaking analysis, ancient wisdom and lived experience. The subjects discussed included: * the emergence of a new consciousness in times of crisis and instability * a new understanding of life, based on recent discoveries in science, which integrates life’s biological, cognitive, and social dimensions * how globalization can be reshaped to make it compatible with the demands of human dignity and ecological sustainability * and at a more personal level, how to incorporate spiritual practices in your daily life to heal yourself as you serve others. Participants brought home a renewed vision and hope as well as embodied wisdom techniques that help clear their mind so they can focus most effectively on the task at hand.

* Continuing Education Credit for nurses, MFT/MFCC’s, and LCSW’s.

AMELIA BARILI, Ph.D., is an award winning UC Berkeley professor and writer, and long time teacher of Classical Yoga and Qigong, who has brought her teachings on personal transformation to many audiences including her university students. To offer them a direct experience of the links between personal and global transformation, she created with Fritjof Capra the course “Globalization and the New Civil Society” with a strong component of “service learning”. Capra and Barili also designed and taught together “Deep Ecology in Arts and Science”.

FRITJOF CAPRA, Ph.D., is a preeminent thinker of our times. Author of four international best-sellers, including “The Tao of Physics”, “The Web of Life”, “The Turning Point” and “The Hidden Connections”, physicist and ecologist Fritjof Capra, is well known for the clarity of his vision at integrating science, spirituality and concrete steps for social change. He has been the focus of more than 50 television interviews, documentaries, and talk shows in Europe, the United States, Brazil, Argentina and Japan. Dr. Capra frequently leads environmental management seminars for top executives of international corporations. He is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California and is on the faculty of Schumacher College, an international center for ecological studies in the UK.

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Self Healing – The Power of Yoga and Qigong

Amelia Barili

September 15-16

California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco

September 21-23 Omega, Rhinebeck, New York

October 26-28, 26-31, 26- Nov 2

Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

The practitioners of ancient healing traditions of India and China have known for thousands of years something that recent medical studies are just now confirming in our western culture: that the human body is not simply a biological machine but a vast energetic network. When our life energy is in balance we are healthy. If the balance is broken through stress, fear, grief, etc., our vital energy gets blocked and pain and disease set in. In order to heal ourselves, it is essential for us to let go of stagnant energy and regain our balance. Drawing from the healing wisdom traditions of India and China, Dr. Amelia Barili will teach you:

• to map and trace the main energy channels in your body • to recognize how different types of emotions affect each organ and healing meditations for each one • to gather and store energy from nature and increase your vitality • acupressure style self-massage and release points to keep your energy flowing • a form of breathing that balances and integrates both sides of the brain

These time-tested techniques are so simple that anyone can practice them. Practitioners experience increased energy and vitality, better sleep, less stress, improved concentration, enhanced performance and better relationships. Recommended for anyone who wants to lead a healthy and deeply satisfying life, as well as for counseling and health-care professionals. Women find this practice very beneficial to alleviate PMS, menopausal symptoms and disorders in the urinary and reproductive system. • Continuing Education Credit for nurses, MFT/MFCC’s, and LCSW’s. • Fulfills the spiritual practice prerequisite for John F. Kennedy University’s Graduate School for Holistic Studies. • An elective for YTT 500.

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Volunteering, Meditation and Neuroplasticity

Amelia Barili

September 25–October 30, 2019

September 25–October 30, 2018

September 26-October 31, 2017

 Osher Life-Long Learning Institute UC Berkeley

Meditation and volunteering are good for your heart, brain, and whole being. Combined, they foster positive neuroplasticity. Study the science of neuroplasticity, and meditate to expand your mind and heart. You will also volunteer outside of class for one to two hours each week at English-inAction, International House, or Refugee Transitions. This experiential learning will deepen our knowledge of other cultures and help international students, refugees, and immigrants in the often-challenging transition to American life.

Engaging with Life: Neuroplasticity and Volunteering

(New iterations)

Amelia Barili

September 27–November 1, 2016 September 29–November 3, 2015

 Osher Life-Long Learning Institute UC Berkeley

What does helping others have to do with the healthy, progressive functioning of our brains? In this workshop, we will explore how volunteering (1-2 hours/week) with people from other cultures enriches our capacity for new learning. In addition to studying the science of neuroplasticity, we’ll participate in small-group discussions and meditation practices to expand our minds and hearts. We will volunteer with one of these local organizations and programs: Refugee Transitions,  East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, English-in-Action, and UCB International House I-Host program

This experiential learning will deepen our knowledge of ourselves and of other cultures, while helping international students, refugees, or immigrants in the challenging transition to American life. In each session we will have small group discussions where volunteers with the same organization will share their experiences and reflections for that week. Students will relate their volunteer experiences to what we are discussing in class through our readings, videos, and documentaries.   

All participants are invited to contribute to our discussions by preparing the assigned readings and videos, and by bringing notes on how these resonate with their own experiences. Everyone is encouraged to keep a private journal during the course with reflections on new perspectives and insights that arise from what we are learning about neuroplasticity and about volunteering. Paticipants may choose particular readings or videos to present in teams of two or more to our group.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to explain in their own words what neuroplasticity is, and will know how to cultivate positive neuroplasticity in their daily lives, for example, at home, at work, and at the volunteer site. They will also discover the joy of volunteering and will be assisted all along the way in establishing the necessary contacts at one of these four NGOs, and in understanding and caring for the needs of the community they are working with.

The commitment to volunteering 1-2 hours a week is only for the six weeks of the workshop, but many previous participants have found the volunteer experience so rewarding that they have continued long after the workshop is over.

https://olli.berkeley.edu/programs/courses/engaging-life-volunteering-and-neuroplasticity-0


Engaging with Life: Volunteering and Neuroplasticity

Amelia Barili

September 30-November 4, 2014

Workshop at Osher Life-Long Learning Institute UC Berkeley

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Each One Helps One: Neuroplasticity in Action

Amelia Barili

Jan 28-March 4, 2014 Workshop

at Osher Life-Long Learning Institute UC Berkeley

   

What does helping others have to do with the healthy, progressive functioning of our brains? In this class, we will study how volunteering can cultivate neuroplasticity, as well as participate in small- group discussions and contemplative practices on expanding our minds and hearts. We will also connect to organizations such as I-House Host Program, Refugee Transitions, and East Bay Sanctuary, all of which could potentially deepen your knowledge of other languages or cultures while helping international students, young refugees, or immigrants in the often difficult transition to American life.

Amelia Barili, a UC Berkeley faculty member, recognized the connection between students’ desire to serve others and the needs of the community. She has developed an innovative pedagogy that integrates the most recent findings of cognitive science and neurobiology with meditation and service learning. She received the Chancellor’s Award for Public Service in 2008.

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Discovering Our Inner Universecard Amelia Barili Workshop

Discovering Our Inner Universe with Yoga and Qigong

Amelia Barili

June 14-16, 2013

Retreat at Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Science tells us that we have more neurons in our body than stars in the Milky Way. This gives us a sense of our enormous potential for feeling, sensing, and intuitive knowing. We can use this vast power to heal ourselves and to find creative solutions to our problems. The question is, How to tap into the powers dormant within each of us? Sages from India and China dedicated themselves for thousands of years to develop the empirical sciences of Yoga and Qigong so that we can learn to better inhabit our inner space to bring forth happiness and healing to ourselves and others. In this workshop, you will learn easy and powerful energy practices from Yoga and Qigong to awaken your vital energy and mindfully align the forces of your inner universe. We will work with self-inquiry, gentle moves, breathing, aligning and integrative practices, meditation and silence. Some of these practices will be done in nature. No previous knowledge is necessary. Everyone is welcomed.

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Science and Spirituality: Secrets and Daily Practices Amelia Barili

Science and Spirituality – Secrets and Daily Practices

Amelia Barili

December 7-9, 7-12, 2012

Retreat at Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Have you ever wondered how you would live once you realize that the way you think, feel and act shapes your inner reality and the world you inhabit? The science of neuroplasticity shows us that our experiences shape the structure and functioning of our brain and of our extended nervous system. Recent scientific findings confirm what the empirical sciences of the mind of India and China have said for thousands of years: that our body and mind are a vast network of energy shaped and reshaped by the experiences we choose to have. By doing certain practices, each of us can redirect our energy towards having more response flexibility and greater wisdom and compassion towards ourselves and others. In this workshop you will learn some of those easy and effective practices, aswell as ways of integrating them into your daily life.

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The Power of Yoga and Qigong for Creativity and Healing

Amelia Barili

December 9-11, 2011

Retreat at Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California Continuing Education Credits available

July 22-24, 2011

Retreat at Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California Continuing Education Credits available

December 3-5, 2010

Retreat at Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California Continuing Education Credits available

Stress is frozen enlightenment. During troubled times the stress we feel, can throw us out of balance, make us feel trapped and affect our health. That stress can also be an invitation to go deeper in ourselves to bring back what is most valuable to us and what can help us to live each day with greater peace and joy in our lives. In this workshop we will learn to work with the troubling conditions so that they become a source of inner strength and healing.

Drawing from the wisdom traditions of Yoga and Qigong, and the latest discoveries of Cognitive Science, Dr. Amelia Barili will teach you effective practices to access the mind through the body, and the body through the mind for creativity, resilience and self-healing. We will do deep energy work to learn to recognize the emotions that are at the core of our stress, and to find ways for that frozen energy to flow again.You will learn specific techniques for self-healing and overcoming negative emotions, giving you access to the full potential of your being. These transformative practices and approaches can be particularly applicable to counseling and healthcare professionals, and will be integrated with explanations and reflections, serving to help open our hearts, and explore stress as a path to inner strength.

These time-tested techniques are so simple that anyone can practice them. Practitioners experience less stress, improved concentration, enhanced performance and better relationships, increased energy, better sleep and greater creativity. Recommended to anyone who wants to lead a healthy and deeply satisfying life. No previous experience with yoga and qigong is required.

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Entering the Now Experiencing Self-Healing and Creativity

Amelia Barili

August 22-24, 2008

Retreat at Omega, Rhinebeck, New York

Continuing Education Credits available

The latest discoveries in neuroscience confirm what the wisdom traditions of India and China have known for years: the body is a vast energetic network with a deep capacity for creativity and self-healing. Led by acclaimed international cellist David Darling and healer and qigong master Amelia Barili, we awaken to the immense potential of our vital, conscious energy and explore the relationship between healing and creativity. Through the easy but powerful practices of yoga, qigong, music improvisation, chanting, and movement, we experience expanded states of consciousness that promote creativity and healing. We also learn techniques for self-healing and overcoming negative emotions, giving us access to all dimensions of our being.

This workshop is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in exploring self-healing and creativity, and adds a new dimension to the therapeutic repertoire of health-care professionals. No previous experience with yoga, qigong, music, or any other art is required. Bring an instrument, if you have one; a journal; and drawing materials.

DAVID DARLING is a Grammy-nominated musician with many solo albums. He has appeared with a wide range of musical talents, including Bobby McFerrin, the Paul Winter Consort, Spyro Gyra, and Arlo Guthrie. Darling is founder and artistic director of Music for People, a nonprofit educational network dedicated to teaching and fostering music improvisation as a means of creative self-expression.

(This is the third in a series of dialogues with scientists, contemplatives and artists that Amelia Barili began with the workshop “Emerging Consciousness” with Fritjof Capra at Mount Madonna Center and continued with Ajahn Amaro at Spirit Rock.)

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Self Healing – The Power of Yoga and Qigong

Amelia Barili

November 21-25, 2008

Retreat at Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California Continuing Education Credits available

The practitioners of ancient healing traditions of India and China have known for thousands of years something that recent medical studies are just now confirming in our western culture: that the human body is not simply a biological machine but a vast energetic network. When our life energy is in balance we are healthy. If the balance is broken through stress, fear, grief, etc., our vital energy gets blocked and pain and disease set in. In order to heal ourselves, it is essential for us to let go of stagnant energy and regain our balance. Drawing from the healing wisdom traditions of India and China, Dr. Amelia Barili will teach you:

* to map and trace the main energy channels in your body * to recognize how different types of emotions affect each organ and healing meditations for each one * to gather and store energy from nature and increase your vitality * acupressure style self-massage and release points to keep your energy flowing * a form of breathing that balances and integrates both sides of the brain

These time-tested techniques are so simple that anyone can practice them. Practitioners experience increased energy and vitality, better sleep, less stress, improved concentration, enhanced performance and better relationships. Recommended for anyone who wants to lead a healthy and deeply satisfying life, as well as for counseling and health-care professionals. Women find this practice very beneficial to alleviate PMS, menopausal symptoms and disorders in the urinary and reproductive system. * Continuing Education Credit for nurses, MFT/MFCC’s, and LCSW’s. * Fulfills the spiritual practice prerequisite for John F. Kennedy University’s Graduate School for Holistic Studies. * An elective for YTT 500.

AMELIA BARILI, Ph.D., received her degree in Yoga Therapy and Philosophy in 1972 from Kaivalyadhama Yoga School in India and has taught Yoga internationally every since. She is also a disciple of Grandmaster Yang Mei Jun, the 27th generation inheritor of the Taoist Medical Qigong system developed in the sacred Kunlun Mountains in China and only recently brought to our western culture.

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Entering the Now

Amelia Barili with Ajahn Amaro

April 6, 2008

Daylong Workshop at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, California

The most recent discoveries of Cognitive Science and Neuroscience tell us something that wisdom traditions have known all along: that at all levels of life, mind and matter are inextricably connected. The question remains of how to access the mind through the body and the body through the mind, to realize our full potential as human beings. Join us in a day long exploration of the ending of suffering through the awareness of the timeless quality of now. We will explore practices of withdrawal of the senses that come from yoga, acupressure points that come from Medical Taoist Qigong, and classical Buddhist ways of entering contemplative states that bringing together attention and intention.

These transformative practices and approach can be particularly applicable to counseling and healthcare professionals and will be integrated with explanations and reflections, serving to help open our hearts, to enter the now and to receive the present. AJAHN AMARO is a senior monk from Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in England. He is the abbot of the Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery, a new branch of the Thailand Forest Meditation tradition, in Mendocino, where he now resides. He has been an interlocutor of his Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Mind-Life Science Institute dialogues about the intersection of western science and various contemplative traditions, and their associated methodologies, psychologies and philosophies.

(This is the second in a series of dialogues with scientists, contemplatives and artists that Amelia Barili began with the workshop “Emerging Consciousness” with Fritjof Capra at Mount Madonna Center.)

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The Emerging Consciousness

Amelia Barili with Fritjof Capra

December 1-3, 2006

Retreat at Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

The troubled times we live in carry within them an enormous potential for growth and transformation. To successfully meet this challenge we need clarity of vision and the inner strength to bring forth the changes we yearn to see in the world.

In this seminar we explored together that potential through a blend of ground-breaking analysis, ancient wisdom and lived experience. The subjects discussed included: * the emergence of a new consciousness in times of crisis and instability * a new understanding of life, based on recent discoveries in science, which integrates life’s biological, cognitive, and social dimensions * how globalization can be reshaped to make it compatible with the demands of human dignity and ecological sustainability * and at a more personal level, how to incorporate spiritual practices in your daily life to heal yourself as you serve others. Participants brought home a renewed vision and hope as well as embodied wisdom techniques that help clear their mind so they can focus most effectively on the task at hand. * Continuing Education Credit for nurses, MFT/MFCC’s, and LCSW’s.

AMELIA BARILI, Ph.D., is an award winning UC Berkeley professor and writer, and long time teacher of Classical Yoga and Qigong, who has brought her teachings on personal transformation to many audiences including her university students. To offer them a direct experience of the links between personal and global transformation, she created with Fritjof Capra the course “Globalization and the New Civil Society” with a strong component of “service learning”. Capra and Barili also designed and taught together “Deep Ecology in Arts and Science”.

FRITJOF CAPRA, Ph.D., is a preeminent thinker of our times. Author of four international best-sellers, including “The Tao of Physics”, “The Web of Life”, “The Turning Point” and “The Hidden Connections”, physicist and ecologist Fritjof Capra, is well known for the clarity of his vision at integrating science, spirituality and concrete steps for social change. He has been the focus of more than 50 television interviews, documentaries, and talk shows in Europe, the United States, Brazil, Argentina and Japan. Dr. Capra frequently leads environmental management seminars for top executives of international corporations. He is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California and is on the faculty of Schumacher College, an international center for ecological studies in the UK.

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Self Healing – The Power of Yoga and Qigong

September 15-16, 2007 California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco September 21-23 , 2007 Retreat at Omega, Rhinebeck, New York

October 26-28, 26-31, 26- Nov 2-4, 2007 Retreat at Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz Mountains

The practitioners of ancient healing traditions of India and China have known for thousands of years something that recent medical studies are just now confirming in our western culture: that the human body is not simply a biological machine but a vast energetic network. When our life energy is in balance we are healthy. If the balance is broken through stress, fear, grief, etc., our vital energy gets blocked and pain and disease set in. In order to heal ourselves, it is essential for us to let go of stagnant energy and regain our balance. Drawing from the healing wisdom traditions of India and China, Dr. Amelia Barili will teach you:

• to map and trace the main energy channels in your body • to recognize how different types of emotions affect each organ and healing meditations for each one • to gather and store energy from nature and increase your vitality • acupressure style self-massage and release points to keep your energy flowing • a form of breathing that balances and integrates both sides of the brain

These time-tested techniques are so simple that anyone can practice them. Practitioners experience increased energy and vitality, better sleep, less stress, improved concentration, enhanced performance and better relationships. Recommended for anyone who wants to lead a healthy and deeply satisfying life, as well as for counseling and health-care professionals. Women find this practice very beneficial to alleviate PMS, menopausal symptoms and disorders in the urinary and reproductive system. • Continuing Education Credit for nurses, MFT/MFCC’s, and LCSW’s. • Fulfills the spiritual practice prerequisite for John F. Kennedy University’s Graduate School for Holistic Studies. • An elective for YTT 500.