Esalen� Massage News
I write to you from my desk in Big Sur, where I've managed to spend less than 30 days over the last six months. I have been on The Moving Path indeed, traveling, teaching, dancing, and serving in Indonesia, Japan, Greece, Italy, England, California, and Hawaii. I've just spent a moving and inspiring weekend at Esalen Institute, where this phase of my life's work began in 1984.
I'm currently listening to and learning from Bill Clinton's book, Giving. Do you know there are over two million service organizations in the world, all dedicated to serving the public good in some way? That service and citizenship are first cousins? That each of us is now being called to become citizens of the republic in which we live? Service among young people in this country is up an astounding 30 percent since 2000! This comes as great good news to me.
In this spirit, I am sending out a request for funds to build a room for the teaching of Esalen� Massage at a school high in the mountains of Bandung, in central Java, Indonesia. This school, Kubca Samakta, offers housing and education to the disabled youth of Bandung. For more information, please see the attached proposal from Kubca Samakta School, which includes a detailed budget. See proposal here.
With the generous support of The Betsy Gordon Foundation, the students of TKN School of Psychology in Osaka, Japan, and other contributors, MovingVentures School to date has provided scholarships to seven hearing/speech impaired youth, ages 14 to 25, to complete the basic certification in Esalen� Massage.
The minimum wage in Indonesia equals $1.30 USD a day and many people are paid half that. This training, provided at no cost to the student, allows youth with disabilities to make a living wage by providing massage to the tourists who come to the area. The students spend one year learning, practicing and interning, and then are ready to begin earning a sustainable livelihood. Their income can increase tenfold with this education.
We are proud of the work we are doing in Indonesia, and believe the service we offer to the disabled of Bali and Indonesia is unique to our trainings. We are now accepting donations to cover the educational expenses for Indonesian students who will join our 2008 trainings on scholarship.
Please join us in helping these youth, in supporting the struggling economy in Indonesia, and in reducing the number of people living in poverty.
If you can help, you may donate through the MovingVentures Boutique.
MovingVentures School is a 501c3, not for profit educational organization, and we will put to good use any contribution you make. You can read more on our ongoing work in Indonesia below.
In other news, Sue Dormanen and Susie Seflin have joined MVS as writer/fundraiser & CFO/legal counsel respectively, and are helping me in the founding of The Dream Center and establishing a new "world headquarters" for MovingVentures School, please see below for more details. Welcome to both and my thanks for supporting this work.
During this season of gratitude I wish to express my deepest appreciation to each of you, my wonderful fellow seekers and students who make this important work possible. I always look forward to sharing time with you, and I encourage you to join me in some of the many inspiring locations where we offer retreats, workshops, and continuing education for body workers, nurses, yoga teachers, and mfcc's. Please see the sidebar for our upcoming events and trainings around the world.
With heartfelt thanks, Ellen
Moving Ventures School Update
This summer, MovingVentures School offered a month-long Esalen� Massage Certification Training and Karma Camp in Bali, Indonesia. We had 25 students, ten Indonesians on full scholarship, and three translators providing translation into three languages and sign language for our three hearing/speech impaired youth from central Java.
Our training included Hindus, Muslims, Shintos, Buddhists, Agnostics, Christians, Jews, and New Agers. We created community that transcends fundamentalism, learned each other's chants and songs, and prayed together. The group included 8three young Indonesian women who work for a U.S. sponsored nonprofit, Bumi Sehat, or "Gentle Birthing". The death rate for mothers during childbirth in Indonesia is among the highest in the world. These young women aid the women of rural Bali in surviving childbirth, working particularly in Aceh, the epicenter of the earthquake/tsunami, where most people still live under tarps in very difficult circumstances.
Our Karma Camp is a project of love that reaches out to the community while providing our students opportunity to apply newly-learned skills. We took our students to Senang Hati, a community center for disabled Balinese, where we practiced the "laying on of hands" that is such an integral part of Esalen� Massage. In Bali, being disabled is thought of as being cursed by the Gods, so many of the people at Senang Hati had never before experienced loving, healing touch.
We've begun registering students for the Spring 2008 certification training. We are actively looking for a professional photographer interested in becoming certified in Esalen� Massage to keep both a still and moving record of this training. This important position on our team gives the qualified applicant a $1,500 reduction in fees. Interested? Write a note to email@example.com; send no photos yet.
Also, beginning in 2008, in conjunction with the first Bali Spirit Festival of yoga, dance, sacred music, retreat, and ceremony, MovingVentures School will offer new week-long retreat workshops in the beautiful flowering jungles of Ubud. I invite you to join us - please see alongside for details.
To learn more about MovingVentures School, view the new Video Presentation on our work: http://www.movingventures.org/about_us/about_us_video.html
You've no idea how hard I've looked for a gift to bring You.
Nothing seemed right.
What's the point of bringing gold to the gold mine,
or water to the Ocean.
Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient.
It's no good giving my heart and my soul because
you already have these.
So- I've brought you a mirror.
Look at yourself and remember me.
translated by Coleman Barks
Those Who Don't Feel This Love
Those who don't feel this love
pulling them like a river
those who don't drink dawn
like a cup of spring water
or take sunset like supper
those who don't want to change
let them sleep.
This Love is beyond the study of theology
that old trickery and hypocrisy
If you want to improve your mind that way
I've given up on my brain
I've torn the cloth to shreds
and thrown it away.
If you're not completely naked
wrap your beautiful robe of words around you
translated by Coleman Barks
Come, Dance with Me
Every child has known God
Not the God of right and wrong,
Not the God of laws and rules,
Nor the God who has ever done anything weird,
But the God who knows only four words,
And keeps repeating them, saying,
" Come, Dance with Me. Come, Dance with Me."
translated by Daniel Ladinsky
New Week-Long Training Retreats in Bali!
In addition to the first Bali Spirit Festival of yoga, dance, sacred music, retreat, and ceremony; March 8-16, 2008, and our Basic Certification Training in Esalen� Massage & Essential Touch, in 2008 MovingVentures School will offer new week-long retreat workshops Bali in 2008. CEUs with MVS, EMBA, Yoga Alliance, NTCMB.
March 5-12, 2008 - Rumi and The Dance of Liberation: Cleansing, Fasting, Dancing & Shamanic Ritual
Ellen Watson, Parashakti
March 17-22, 2008 - The Union of Yoga & Ecstatic Dance Foundation Training: Fluidity & Focus I
Ellen Watson, Tama Walley
April 20-27, 2008 - Advanced Esalen� Massage & The Use of Essential Oils: Opening the chest, heart, breath, neck & shoulders
Ellen Watson, Geno Romano, MD ("Dr. G"), assisted by Johanna.
June 29-July 6, 2008 - Advanced Esalen� Massage Training: Freeing the Psoas
Daniela Urbassek, Oliver Bailey
Upcoming Esalen� Massage Trainings:
January 6-11, 2008 - The Art of Essential Touch: Combining Esalen� Massage & The Use of Essential Oils - Level I
Ellen Watson, Daniela Urbassek, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CAi
February 15-17, 2008 - An Introduction to Esalen� Massage & The Art of Essential Touch
Ellen Watson, Miami, Florida
March 23 - April 20, 2008 - Esalen� Massage Certification Training
Ellen Watson, Geno Romano, MD ("Dr. G"), Tama Walley, Tom Case, Bali, Indonesia
May 16-18, An Introduction to Esalen� Massage & The Art of Essential Touch Ellen Watson, Asheville, North Carolina
June 29 - July 6, 2008 - AdvancedEsalen� Massage Training
Daniela Urbassek, Oliver Bailey, Bali, Indonesia
Dance, Yoga and More! Workshops & Events:
November 16-18, 2007 - 5Rhythms(TM)/SpiritDance Weekend: Dancing with Rumi, Moving with the Beloved
Ellen Watson, Carrboro, North Carolina
December 14-16, 2007 - Celebrating Rumi's Wedding Night: Union with the Beloved
Ellen Watson, Fariba Enteshari,Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CAi
January 27 - February 3, 2008 Partner Yoga & The Art of Essential Touch: Two Winter Retreats to Paradise
Ellen Watson, Jocelyn Gordon, Rick Hyde, Yelapa, Mexico (near Puerto Vallarta)
May 23-25, 2008 - Partner Yoga, Dance & Movement for Bodyworkers: Moving with The Beloved
Ellen Watson, Asheville, North Carolina
June 1-6, 2008 - Moving Meditation Practice: Inspiration and Vision
Ellen Watson, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA
September 28-October 4, 2008 - Greek Island Dance Retreat
Ellen Watson and Parashakti, Corfu, Greece
Please visit our website for complete description and registration information: www.movingventures.org
New in the Moving Ventures Boutique:
Many traditional kimonos, Rainbow Collection pants and sarongs. Mandal shawl, and more! Please visit the MovingVentures Boutique.
Redefining the Dream:
As the founders of Apple Computer and Hewlett-Packard have done, MovingVentures School must now move out of the garage into a well-connected, urban training center
We remain committed to our vision of The Dream Center, a major educational and community service initiative to help women in need become self-sufficient by providing scholarships and training in holistic and preventative health, along with employment and business development assistance. After initially exploring opportunities in Columbus, Ohio, we continue actively seeking the most advantageous home for The Dream Center, in a location that holds both need for our services and resources to support our mission. Your ideas are welcome, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Please keep me and The Dream Center in your prayers. To donate to The Dream Center, please visit the MovingVentures Boutique.
Moving Ventures School is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded by Ellen Watson. Your contributions are tax deductible.
For more information, please visit http://www.movingventures.org, or contact us at email@example.com, 831.667.0477.
In closing, I would like to share some quotes that touch me:
"However much I may sympathize with and admire worthy motives, I am an uncompromising opponent of violent methods even to serve the noblest of causes." Mahatma Gandhi
" I slept and dreamt that life was joy, I awoke and saw that life was service, I acted and behold, service was joy." Tagore, Brahmin from Calcutta
" Find the Real World, Give it endlessly away; Grow rich, Fling Gold at all who ask." Rumi, Sufi poet
" I want to leave my children enough to make something of themselves, and not enough to make nothing of themselves." Warren Buffett
" I believe that when Jesus said, 'Love your enemies,' he didn't mean kill them." Unknown