Workshops

Below are brief descriptions of the workshops I am currently offering through various yoga and retreat centers, or that can be tailored toward a specific group or organization. I can also offer these programs one-to-one or as a personal or small group retreat. Dates for open workshops or workshops at centers offering open enrollment can be found here, along with other programs I might be assisting or apprenticing on.

Please contact me if you want to discuss pricing or have any other questions.

 


I currently am offering the following workshops, full descriptions of the programs are below in the same order:

  • Based on my certification as a Master Integral Coach*
    • Intro to Integral Living – Practical Applications of Ken Wilbur’s Integral Theory
  • Working With Myth & Metaphor
    • Four Elements/Four Directions
    • The Hero’s Journey
    • Living A Heroic Life – Everyday Super Powers
    • Life RPG
  • Yoga & Meditation
    • Yogic Magic – Exploring the Sindhis as Archetypical States
    • 3 Gunas – Building the Energy You Need
    • Meditation Workshop

 


Integral

Intro to Integral Living- Practical Applications of Ken Wilbur’s Integral Theory

Integral Theory is philosopher Ken Wilbur’s attempt to create a theory of the evolution of consciousness and all that encompasses – logical, rational, emotional, sexual and spiritual. In the Intro program we take a close look at 3 of Wilbur’s main concepts through practices and practical application.

  1. Quadrants – 4 ways we see and relate to the world as individuals.
  2. Levels of Consciousness – How consciousness evolves from the mythic and magic to the scientific, wholistic and post-rational.
  3. Lines of Development – similar to the idea of multiple intelligences, these areas of life and our capabilities in them impact our whole person. Lines include cognitively, emotionally, interpersonally, morally, spiritually, and physically.

These tools provide a structure for how we might better relate to others and more accurately identify our own spot on the map as we move forward in our own personal development. As a Certified Master Integral Coach I have trained in and have extensive experience in the practical applications of these concepts.

I prefer to offer this workshop in two parts, the 1st covering Quadrants and Levels and then a 2nd focused on the various Lines of Development, but they can be adjusted to fit your need. Length is dependent on the number of participants, but usually within 3-5 hours per session.

I offer this as a free program based on my knowledge of Integral from the perspective of a certified Master Integral Coach*.

 


Working With Metaphor & Myth

Four Elements/Four Directions

Though they vary in specifics, many cultures throughout the world, and throughout history, have turned to nature as a means of exploring our inner world, correlating the directions with stages of life, times of year, elemental properties, and archetypical images.

I offer 2 versions of this program, which are similar in design, but differ in the specific presentation.

These work best if done in 4 separate sessions, though I do have a format for a 1 weekend program.

4 Elements is focused on the classical elements of Earth, Wind, Fire & Water. In it we explore each element and its properties and draw correlations with our personal state of being. For example, where Fire speaks to our energy and motivation when it is contained, when it is left unattended it can turn to anger and rage. We also will explore the benefits of balancing these energies – if we hold too much to the qualities of Water and do nothing to stoke our Fire, the quality of the Fire becomes smokey and it becomes difficult to get things done. I developed this program from personal exploration of the 4 Elements in connection with alchemical, tantric and Vedic Samkhya philosophy, and correlations with the 4 Directions teachings I have studied.

The 4 Directions teaching looks at the cardinal points as we experience them here in the Northern Hemisphere as a map for our development from birth to death. Each direction speaks to a phase of life, the lessons we learn there, and the types of energy we foster within them. For example, North is the direction of adulthood, it is winter, the direction of the King and the Eagle. We learn lessons of responsibility to our communities, of making hard choices, and finding and giving our gifts to the world. I developed this program after studying the system under Sparrow Hart at Circles of Air and Stone, and personalized it with my training as a coach, further reading from both eastern and western traditions, and my own experience and practices.

Hero’s Journey (The Call, Allies & Guides, Primal Forces, The Decent, The Return)

Based on Joseph Campbell’s writing on the Hero’s Journey we use a series of practices, rituals and, exercises to explore our own journey through life.

Campbell believed that through time and distance there was commonality in the mythological stories we tell about setting out to accomplish great things. He presented a sort of Jungian collective unconscious model which opens the door for each of us to look at our own journey in light of the tales of successful adventure humanity has been telling itself throughout history.

I break the program into 5 sessions, they can be done over a weekend or over 5 weeks:

The Call – Explores the desire to step out into something greater, when our life feels too small, or there is a great task we feel compelled to accomplish, disengaging from daily life to make space for our personal story of adventure, and looking at the thoughts, beliefs and habits that hold us back from stepping out onto the road of destiny.

Allies & Guides – Focuses on finding those teachers, both within ourselves and out in the world, that provide support and add wisdom to our endeavors. Using visualization and group work we find new ways of relating to the people we come in contact with and the spirits and god (or gods) we look to for guidance.

Primal Forces – There are forces at work in the world around us that are bigger than our individual selves. Nature, institutions, governments, family dynamics, can overwhelm us unless we are prepared to harness them and act from our deepest sense of purpose. This session focuses on ways we relate to and live within the larger chaos of the world. It can blur us out or drive us to deeper passion and purpose.

The Decent – Going within, facing our fears and failures, can be the most difficult part of the journey. Everything until now has been preparing you to face your biggest obstacles. During this session we use some visualization techniques and group and individual exercises to overcome some of those challenges.

The Return – Having made our journey, we circle around to the place we began. Have we changed? If so, how do we make those changes stick? How do we incorporate the lessons we learned into our daily lives and relationships? In this session we work specifically on creating a plan for returning to your life with new vision and purpose.

Living a Heroic Life – Discovering Your Super Power

What do we mean when we talk about heroes? Our culture is ripe with modern tales of super heroes. Real life versions are much harder to come by. In the fantasy of movies and comics we find inspiration the stories of driven protectors, magic, cunning, and strength to fight evil and overcome challenges.

But we ourselves are called, everyday, to meet our own versions of villainous and apocalyptic catastrophe. It may not be the end of the world, or even a life or death situation, but the challenges we face and power it takes to stay true to our principals, to act with integrity, and stay committed to our goals is no small feat.

In this 2-4 hour workshop we explore themes of personal commitment, strength and teamwork through popular super hero archetypes, and discuss practical ways to turn that inspiration into making real world change.

Life RPG

Whether or not you think life is a game, sometimes it can be fun to live like we are playing one. This workshop was designed to introduce one of the most popular tools in video and role playing games as a method of driving action and achieving success in real world situations, tracking our goals, progress and even loot as we kick ass in everyday life.

We look at common aspects of fantasy gaming like character sheets, inventory, farming, and guilds and how we can apply those in real life as a means of tracking our progress and keeping ourselves accountable.

I offer a short 2 hour introduction to this concept as well as a longer weekend length workshop. I have a basic website specifically on coaching using this method at www.rpgcoaching.com.

 


Yoga & Meditation 

Yogic Magic – Exploring the Sindhis as Archetypical States

The Eight primary siddhis in Hindu mythology are magical capabilities gained by the greatest yogis. They include the ability to change ones size and body mass, gain anything one desires, and possessing absolute control of the world around us. While changing one’s body size or weight might be useful from a literal perspective, as allegory for the power of the mind and the spirit, they are infinitely more useful.

Using yoga, meditation, guided visualization and powerful group exercises we will explore the 8 primary siddhis as way to expand our way of seeing the world. When we shift our thinking and see things from different perspectives, when we can find within ourselves what we have sought so long without, our relationship to the world its problems changes.

I offer this program as either a 3 day workshop or in 6 or 8 two hour sessions over 6 or 8 weeks.

3 Gunas – Building The Energy You Need

In this program I offer an in depth look at the gunas as taught by the Samkhya school of philosophy.

Sattva – the quality of harmony, balance and creativity.

Rajas – the quality of passion and action.

Tamas – the quality of imbalance and destruction.

Through the workshop we explore ways of observing these qualities in our daily lives and introduce practices that help us generate and connect to them when needed.

I can present this program in 1 3-4 hour workshop or in 3 sessions.

Mediation Workshop

Over the last 20 years I have explored a wide range of meditation and visualization techniques both on my own and with teachers from diverse traditions.

I can offer classes or workshops from an hour to 3 day in length across a range of themes, though I usually tend toward seasonal changes, and environmental and personal awareness.


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*Master Integral Coach and Integral Coaching are registered trademarks of Integral Coaching Canada.

About How I Coach

The text below served as an “About How I Coach” from an earlier, more cluttered, version of my website. It provides a bit of background the formation of my current technique and thinking on how we make change and improve our lives – the types of things most clients come to me for.


My training and education play a major role in how I work with clients. I have a deep belief that all of us need something a little different to get from one place to the next. “One size fits all” isn’t my approach, even when working with groups or businesses. There is no magic bullet. Each client I work with has different values, goals, weaknesses and strengths. Below I describe some of the major influences on my coaching methodology and what they mean for my clients.

INTEGRAL & ISHTA

There are a broad spectrum of coaching methodologies. Much like the myriad of modern yoga schools, the roots and the forms are very similar and each method is not always appropriate for everyone. I have focused my study and practice on better understanding each client’s uniqueness. My coaching is custom tailored for you!

My training as a coach is through Integral Coaching Canada TM, an intensive program based in Ken Wilbur’s Integral Theory, Spiral Dynamics and eastern philosophy and practices developed by Joanna Hunt and Laura Divine. Wilbur’s developmental framework provides a backdrop for framing each client’s area of growth, allowing for a customized and targeted coaching method for meeting each client where they are and helping them get where they want to go. This methodology is both a recognition that one size doesn’t fit all, and it also creates a structure and path to growth and fulfillment that is more substantial and sustainable then one-off coaching “tune-ups.”

Similarly, my training in yoga and meditation was done through ISHTA yoga in Manhattan. ISHTA (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda) focuses on recognizing and engaging each student as a whole and unique individual – with different physical, mental, and spiritual characteristics – both challenges and strengths. A slight 20-year old former gymnast can stick her toe in her ear with a lot less effort and training than 50 year old who sits at a desk for 10 hours a day. I incorporate this approach and understanding into my work with clients. Changes and challenges that one client may master in a week may be a life-long practice for another.

METAPHOR & MYTH

Story is one of the ways in which we process the world and our place in it. Opening us up to new stories is one of the ways we are able see, feel and express the limitations in our own. Weaving meaningful metaphors into my work with clients creates an opportunity for them to see their situation objectively and opens our work in a way that invites in an opportunity to see some of the unconscious patterns that hold them back. Metaphor is one of the key tools of the Integral Coaching Canada TM methodology.

Additionally, Myth can be a powerful tool for digging deeper into our unconscious behavior and patterns. Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell both explored how these stories connect to our greater human story and how archetypes can support us in both our inner work and our work out in the world by externalizing our internal struggles. We connect with characters and challenges and can see ourselves, a part of ourselves, or our dream for ourselves in the roles played out within an epic story. Whether ancient myths or stories like Harry Potter, there is something that we connect to and opens us up beyond our day-to-day view of ourselves.

Whether in one-to-one one coaching or working with a group or within an organization, these tools provide a great means of effecting change.

Along with my training at Integral Coaching CanadaTM I have training in this work through programs run my the Mankind Project and apprenticeship with Sparrow Hart at Circles of Air and Stone in Vermont. I have a lifelong love of mythology, and reading, and can taylor a developmental program to large number of stories, = modern and from a wide variety of ancient traditions.

CREATIVITY

Its a loaded word. We tend to either think of our artsy friend who has no practical skills or of some undefinable magic state beyond our daily responsibilities. Or we are that artsy friend and the challenges of creating, presenting and sharing our work in the realm of practical everyday life seem incompatible with the vision we have for it. Either way, accessing it or harnessing it, many of us need to step outside the current of our daily lives in order for it have any meaning.

On one end, as  a longtime “amateur” writer and musician I have experienced the ups and downs of living a creative life.The challenges of finding and making meaningful work, moving through creative blocks, and trying to find a way to make a living that honored my senses of creative passion are common problems that can seem unsurmountable.

On the other end, 12 years as an advisor and banker in the municipal bond market allowed me to experience for myself and connect with others who felt no creative urge or spark, a loss many felt quite deeply. In the office itself the challenge of inspiring creativity (when needed and appropriate) is difficult when the majority of the day is rules, spreadsheets and bottom-lines.

Through my own experience, study, and in coaching others I have developed a strong tendency to believe that we need to find ways to actively express this human impulse. It doesn’t matter if your good at it or you are a renowned painter. Self-doubt, fear and a life bogged down with task after task take a toll on both our psyche and our bodies.

VALUES, PURPOSE & EMBODIMENT

One of the greatest, and most common, conflicts I see in clients is that their lives, their day-to-day actions, do not align with what they really believe about themselves and the world around them.

Most people I meet fail in the goals they set, not because of a lack of commitment, but because their goals are not connected to their passion, values and beliefs.

“Living Authentically” is something most of us aspire to and few of us take the time to really understand and embody. We take on values and opinions we do not truly reflect on. We go through life with a half baked sense of why we are are. We have strong beliefs and feelings about things that are not reflected in our daily life, our bodies, our actions.

Bringing together these 3 elements is an important part of living a conscious life. How we hold ourselves in our relationships, work and commitments is important if we have any intention of following through on them. When they are aligned with our actions it gives us a boost – energy when the going gets tough.

WESTERN PHILOSOPHY AND THOUGHT

Over the last 20 years, in pursuit of developing a meditation practice and in becoming a yoga teacher, I’ve been fortunate enough to be exposed to be exposed to many eastern philosophies and practices. However, my initial pursuit of knowledge was largely based in western traditions, some very influentially. The majority of my formal education centered around the study of western philosophy, theology, and critical literary theory. There is a great deal to be learned from the thinkers, philosophers and mystics from Europe and the Americas. I offer several workshops exploring some of these themes and ideas, and am more than willing to put together a program based on a particular line of inquiry for you.

“MEN’S WORK”

Finding what “it means to be a man” or “what it means to be an adult” isn’t solely about success and meeting the cultural milestones that we are told define our status as “grown-up”. Being a “man” isn’t about how many women we have slept with or what soap, car, beer or tacos we buy. Its not about the strength of our opinions, our arms, or our mind. The boldness of our stories and the sports we play or support don’t define us either.

Our passage into manhood, according to many psychologists and sociologist, is when we recognize our wounds, own them as part of the sacred process of life, and use them to guide our service and commitment to the larger community.

Life is not a battle, though there are battles. We cannot always control the wold around us, though there are times to lead. We will not always be loved, but we can always practice compassion. We will not always be recognized for our uniqueness, still, we can find ways to break the walls of the separateness we feel and see a connection to the world around us.

I have participated in several programs focused on helping men find their personal identities and definition of masculinity and have served as staff member for Quest for Vision’s Mythic Warrior and 4 Seasons of a Man’s Soul program since 2012. Combined with my life coach training, and what personal experience I can offer, I have worked with dozens of men struggling in relationships, career, commitment, accountability and emotional expression. Ceremony, story, myth, metaphor, and coaching tools around each man’s sense of purpose, accountability and relationships can all open the door to claiming your adult life.

CHRONIC CONDITIONS, PAIN, & ADDICTION

I specialize in working with clients who suffer from chronic illness, pain and addiction. In my own story I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, when I was 18. I was a competitive swimmer who just missed making Olympic trials for the US national team by several 10’s of a second. Bicep tendentious left me unable to compete for the college that recruited me and as time went on I developed widespread chronic pain. Going from the height of physical health to being diagnosed with a little understood, lifelong chronic pain condition was more than my 18 year-old self could understand. I spent the next 10 years alternating between pursuing what medical information was available and “self-medication” with anything that seemed to take the pain away and let me live in a way that seemed normal.

My personal history makes this work very important to me. One of the great problems that chronic conditions and addiction have in common is great impact they have on our quality of life. Even as we seek out treatment, and find some measure of success with doctors, therapists, medications, support groups and/or alternative therapies we are expected to adjust to a “normal” life.

The truth is, these conditions present lifelong challenges. With chronic illness our activities, energy and mental clarity will not always allow us do work or play as hard as we like. With addiction we need to be cautious about the food, drink and medications we use – things other people enjoy on a regular basis.

Even with these conditions we can live a full and meaningful life. Navigating the dangers though requires real awareness – of ourselves, the limits of our body or mind, of the activities, circumstances and people we bring into our lives. Coaching can help support you even as you seek out other forms of treatment.


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*Integral Coaching and Master Certified Integral Coach registered trademarks of Integral Coaching Canada

Benefits of Life Coaching

“What is a ‘life coach’” and “why would I need one?” are two questions I get asked frequently. They are not always the easiest questions to answer.

What is a ‘life coach’?

There so many life coaches out there trained in techniques ranging from purely task orientated accountability to energetic vision realization. Tony Robbins, Stephen Covey, Deepak Chopra, Ken Wilbur are among the thought leaders that many coaching schools are build their systems on. Life coaches also often have a broad range of life experiences and work history that bring them to focus on certain area of expertise, such as fitness, career, or weight-loss, or marketing, executive, or sales.

In a broad sense a life coach is someone who has experience with tools that can help you overcome the obstacles and challenges that keep you from really living the life you want to be living. We encourage, inspire and provide an outside perspective that can help you see your situation in new ways.

Coaches help clients with everything from health issues, relationships, and career choices to finding greater meaning and purpose in their lives.

A good life coach will support and inspire you through major life changes – to get the job or loose the weight. A great coach will change the way you see your self and your life, opening up possibilities that seem closed and help you develop skills that change the way you live.

Why Would I Need a Life Coach?

If you have ever made a New Year’s Resolution there is a good chance you have broken a promise to yourself. A promise based in the idea that “if only I did _____, then I would have (or be) _____.”

Everyone does this at some time in their life. There is something we want to be different in our external world, a practice we want to engage in, or an internal change we want to make around our confidence, happiness or sense of self worth. We identify the change we want to make and develop a plan. We may even get a good start. Then eventually the healthy choices get crowded out and we find some distraction or excuse to move ahead. Discouraged, the promise we made to ourselves seems to dissipate, until it becomes important again, and the cycle repeats itself.

This is really a difficult and dangerous place to be. Not keeping the promises we make to ourselves can add up overtime. We begin to think our dreams and goals are less important than the everyday tasks. Life becomes a kind of daily drudgery, with moments of happiness, sure, but the dreams we have and the things we love to do fade into the background.

Deep inside each of us we have sense of how we really want to be living. For one reason or another we have lost the belief it is possible. And while everyone cannot be a rock star or starting quarterback it does not mean that music or sport can’t be a part of your life in a way that inspires or engages you with a greater sense of purpose, living a life closer to your image of who you are.

Find out more and see if we can’t open the door to that inner voice a crack with a free one-on-one session.


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Coaching FAQs

FAQs

You can find additional information on coaching in general at the International Coaching Federation and on Integral Coaching at Integral Coaching Canada(tm).

What is coaching? 

Coaching, as opposed to other forms of counseling, sets its primary focus helping you make the changes that are keeping you from the life you want to be living and supporting you as you move into the future you really desire. 

What kind of coaching do you offer?

As a Certified Master Integral Coach™, I primarily offer the powerful and effective method taught by Integral Coaching Canada™. Integral Coaching(tm) focuses on the development of the client as a whole person. Based on Integral Theory as developed my Ken Wilbur, Spiral Dynamics, and eastern practices, Integral Coaching ™ is designed to provide the the coach with tools support the client in taking a whole, holistic approach to making the changes and accomplishing the goals they set out to achieve. 

Additionally, and informed by my training at Integral Coaching Canada™, I have been trained in other coaching methods at iPec and NYU, yoga and meditation (200-hour certification) at ISHTA yoga in Manhattan, and have apprenticed in mythopoetic and men’s work with the staff at Quest for Vision. I offer the more traditional 45 minute “as you need them” sessions, I call “One-to-One” coaching, customized personal or group retreats, and seminars, along with other structures for individuals and organizations to envision, examine, change and commit to the future they want to move toward.

You can find more information in the About section of this website.

What are Integral Coaching and Integral Theory?

Integral Theory is a developmental model developed by American philosopher, Ken Wilbur. The theory is an attempt to create an integrated “theory of everything” in so far as human consciousness is concerned. Though the theory has its detractors, the practical application developed by Integral Coaching Canada ™, creates a framework for coaching based on Integral Theory that allows for a broader developmental arch for the coach to support clients in their goals in a way that is truly sustainable. Longterm reliance on a coach for motivation and change can be helpful, but the Integral Coaching ™ method goes beyond the goal and challenge toward effecting real change within you. 

Who are your typical clients?

I work with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds, both individual and organizational. While many coaches focus on a specific clientele, I believe the methods I have learned and depth of my experience provide me with the tools to serve a broad spectrum of clients.

With that said, a large portion of my client base has been composed of:

  • Artists, writers and musicians;
  • Small to medium size consumer driven businesses;
  • Clients looking for purpose, vision, and a sense of mission, and applying it;
  • And, men and women struggling with chronic conditions, like pain or depression, looking for a way to improve their quality of life while undergoing treatment. 

How is coaching different from therapy? Is coaching a replacement for therapy?

Coaching is not a replacement for other forms of therapy, psychotherapy or medical treatment, though it may be useful in connection with therapeutic work. One way of description might be that while therapeutic work focuses on getting a patient from dysfunctional to functional, coaching focuses on getting a client from functional to highly functional.

As a coach, I am not a doctor, therapist, or social worker. If you feel you need help of that nature, it would benefit you to resolve those issues before pursuing a coaching relationship.

How do you work with clients that don’t live locally?

Skype or other video conferencing technology provides a good tool for connecting with clients I cannot meet with on a regular basis. Telephone calls also provide an alternative, though the face-to-face of a video call is preferred.

Is coaching overseen by state or federal government?

Unlike therapy, coaching currently has no licensing procedure in the United States. The “governing body” for coaches is the International Coaching Federation which provides accreditation of coaching schools and provides credentials based on the coaches experience and education. 

Do you offer payment plans, discounts or sliding-scale pricing?

While my coaching prices are, for the most part, fixed, I believe my rates are fair. I reserve a few time slots for clients working on creative or philanthropic projects and for clients dealing with chronic conditions that I price on a sliding scale. I maintain 1 slot weekly for a client with severe economic restrictions at a minimum cost. 

I currently provide coaching for some of Circles of Air and Stone’s programs and extend a discount for clients who have been through any of Circles of Air and Stone’s programs or vision quests within the prior 18 months. 

I also provide coaching services through the office of Dr. Manevitz/TMS Associates of NY, based on a pre-determined sliding scale. 

Additionally, I offer package discounts based on the length, time and topic you want to cover. With few exceptions payment is due before our session. Email me for more information on rates and current waiting list information for sliding-scale coaching.

What is your cancelation policy? What happens if I miss a session?

I ask clients to agree to a minimum 24-hour cancelation policy. Generally, payment for a session is due at the time of the session, unless other arrangements have been made. If you miss a session or cancel within 24 hours payment may be forfeit and non-refundable.

You speak about living in-line with your values. Are you pushing some kind of moral agenda?

I honestly believe that regardless of our system of beliefs, our faith or religion, our social status or political party, that when we are awake to the daily life we live and the ideas we hold about our place in the world and can bring those into alignment its not just our own lives that are changed. When our values, our beliefs, our work and personal lives, how we act in day-to-day life, are aligned we improve the quality of our lives, impact the world around us, the people we meet, and the work we do. 

Whether you are a Christian Republican, a Democratic Capitalist or an Anarchist Atheist, unless you are among a small subset of really awake people, there is some aspect of your life where your beliefs, choices and actions are out of alignment. My agenda, if I have one, is that I believe the experiences of our lives need to inform our values and beliefs, just as our beliefs and values should be the motivators of our actions. What we take in and what we give away is a conversation. The more we are conscious of it, the more vibrant and impactful we can become. A world people awake to how they act in the world and why sounds good to me. If you want live your values every moment, taking in their impact on the world around you and on yourself, I’m the guy to help you do that.


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