ALCHEMY of PRESENCE
Workshops with Jenna Kit Milner and Friends
ALCHEMY of PRESENCE is a body-centered awareness practice rooted in the field of Biodynamic Craniosacral Work. The material is distilled for daily use and enlivened by poetry, images, music, breath, meditation, and reference to world wisdom traditions. ALCHEMY of PRESENCE trainings augment your capacity for embodying stillness, presence and perception, whether for personal growth or clinical work.
A transformational atmosphere!
Programs to deepen authenticity, connection and awareness.
NOURISHING THE STILLNESS WITHIN
Instead of clinical work, the emphasis will be on going solo.
We will dive deeply and exclusively into the internal experience of stillness as it relates to healing, self-knowledge, and personal evolution. ALCHEMY OF PRESENCE is a skilled, embodied form of meditative inquiry that feels great — and can transform you. For this class, the only prerequisite is the ability to sit or lie still for about 30 minutes. Open to everyone.
widen your awareness,
rest in stillness,
connect deeply with others,
and activate primordial rhythms of health --
all by "doing nothing"?
Students will learn practices to develop access to these universes of perception and experience, which are catalysts for growth, healing, and transformation.
A small group environment provides time for:
Instructor Jenna Milner, LMT, NCTMB is a longtime student of the healing arts, meditation, and yoga. She has been a licensed massage therapist in full-time private practice since 1996. ALCHEMY of PRESENCE is based on Jenna's studies and practice of Biodynamic Craniosacral Work, as well as her personal and professional explorations of stillness and healing. The work has been informed by inspiring encounters with enthusiastic students and clients, as well as visionary teachers Reiko Dewey, Hugh Milne, Charles Ridley, Levent Bolukbasi, Adyashanti, Robbie Bosnak, Linda Ruth, and Deena Spear.
Upcoming Classes Please inquire about class in formation.
Prerequisite Ability to be still for 30 minutes.
To Enroll or for more information, email or call Jenna at (607) 273-3842.
THE STILLNESS WITHIN
This ALCHEMY of PRESENCE class is an introduction to the fundamentals of Biodynamic Craniosacral Work. The class is open to lay people as well as those in the healing arts.
lnstead of focusing on fixing problems, Biodynamic Craniosacral Work helps you to perceive health and to enhance it in yourself and in others. It’s possible to encourage the inherent ability to heal and evolve.
The Biodynamic approach is one of being with, not doing to. The treatment follows the body’s natural inclinations, sequence, and timing, so healing arises effortlessly. The work facilitates deep rest, transformation, and unsurpassed activation of healing potential. It feels great both to give and to receive it.
In this class, we will emphasize the “Neutral,” which is the portal of stillness through which healing and evolutionary intelligence enter. Through meditation, movement, lecture, exchanges with partners, and discussion, you will:
Please note: Because Biodynamics engages rhythms of much greater amplitude than the cranial wave, no traditional craniosacral techniques will be taught.
This class covers subtle material that often takes years to master, and yet many students have found that a weekend introduction can be unexpectedly powerful. If desired, the class can be supplemented with a broader multi-year curriculum (One Heart).
Instructor Jenna Milner, LMT, NCTMB is a longtime student of the healing arts, meditation, and yoga. She has been a licensed massage therapist in full-time private practice since 1996. Starting in 1999 she intensively studied Visionary Craniosacral Work for three years with Reiko Dewey, senior faculty of The Milne Institute. She then mentored for over five years in Biodynamic Craniosacral Work with Charles Ridley. (Charles is the author of Stillness: Biodynamic Cranial Practice and The Evolution of Consciousness.) Since 2007 Jenna has been teaching The Stillness Within as the introductory program in an original Biodynamic curriculum called ALCHEMY of PRESENCE.
Upcoming Classes Please inquire about groups in formation. See also the related 3-day class Nourishing the Stillness Within (description above).
Prerequisite Ability to be still for 35 minutes. (Bodywork or meditation experience helpful.)
Cost $630 (If paid 30 days in advance) for four days, 10 am to 6 pm.
For More Information Feel free to speak with the instructor as well, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or voice message (607) 273-3842.
My New Year
Being in my body.
Being my body
My body is large.
I am freedom.
Written by Candice Gorman on December 31st, 2012, at the close of The Stillness Within.
ONE HEART is a multi-year perceptual training in the ALCHEMY of PRESENCE. The program is designed to deepen your recognition of Stillness as Self. Both the form and the formless aspects of Stillness are explored, with emphasis on The Neutral, Fluid Body, Potency Body, and Dynamic Stillness.
Refine your navigation skills in the landscape of stillness and you will notice that transformation occurs. You inhabit your body more fully, your perception widens, your presence deepens, your mind quiets. You know uncanny things and unexpected healing occurs in a deep state of rest — without you doing anything. You feel aligned with a source of intelligence that becomes a deep resource in living your life and relating to others; and if you work with clients professionally, they also respond to this resource in themselves. The clinical possibilities, as always, are profound.
The six blue classes below constitute a core curriculum in Biodynamic Craniosacral Work. Additional elective classes in plum expand your clinical skills and develop inner resources of embodiment, authenticity, and self-knowledge. The core sequence in blue is intended to span two to three years and must be taken in alphabetic order. We'll play with the timing depending on the needs of registered students.
After The Foundation Class, tuition rises because it includes a private 90-minute mentor session (up to three total) and instructor review of your documented sessions (12 per class). Please check www.eightwaves.com/calendar for scheduled workshops.
(A) THE FOUNDATION CLASS.
(B) COMMUNITY SILENT RETREAT DAYS.
(C) BEYOND THE BODY: INTUITION, TOUCH & PERCEPTION.
(D) THE LONG TIDE.
(E) THE DYNAMIC STILLNESS.
(F) PARALLEL UNIVERSES.
(F) CLINICAL POSSIBILITIES.
After taking the six blue courses, you can expect to:
While the clinical applications and repercussions are profound, One Heart requires no craniosacral background and will not teach you to be a craniosacral practitioner. We will neither intentionally work with the cranial wave, nor will we learn to find and fix lesions in the craniosacral system. As appropriate, you will be offered basic craniosacral anatomy for precision of hand contacts at the midline. However, the emphasis will be on touching the body as consciousness itself. Although it is a matter of personal evolution and not a guarantee, based on previous students' experiences, completion of One Heart can enable you to recognize and reliably access Fluid Tide and Long Tide. Many students will also be able to access and facilitate the Dynamic Stillness and the Descending Current.
Intended for healing arts practitioners seeking greater awareness and effectiveness; and for meditators who have a body!
Students will choose one of two learning tracks:
FOUNDATION-LEVEL CLINICAL SKILLS (This includes core studies in Meditation and Self-Inquiry, and also offers the opportunity for instructor's comments on up to 60 documented sessions. Highly recommended for those who wish to take this work into clinical practice.)
MEDITATION AND SELF-INQUIRY (Available to any participant. This track requires at least 10 sessions be documented. The "sessions" can be highly personalized and need not involve another person.)
Completion of ONE HEART gives you the opportunity to:
A daily meditation practice will enhance your receptivity to the work and is encouraged.
MORE DETAILS ABOUT ONE HEART CLASSES
THE FOUNDATION CLASS (Prerequisite: The Stillness Within)
Topics: This class was previously known as The NEUTRAL. It will amplify your understanding and experience of The Neutral — the basis and "sine qua non" of Biodynamic work.
Through lecture, meditation, table work, discussion, and exercises, you will investigate the Midline, Embodiment, Heart Perception, the Practitioner's Neutral, the Client's Neutral, and the Stillpoint.
Become familiar with embodied feeling tones; expand awareness in the vertical and transverse planes; and practice speaking, touching, and acting from the Neutral as well as recognizing the Neutral in another person.
Detailed enough to satisfy the clinical practitioner, but widely applicable and open to all.
COMMUNITY SILENT RETREAT
Open retreat days for community meditation and exchange of table work, conducted in silence besides the opening and closing circles.
THE FLUID TIDE (Prerequisite: The Foundation Class)
Topics: Enhancing Your Contact with The Fluid Body; The Motion Present; The Fluid Tide; Fulcra, True & False; The Fluid Drive; Introduction to Intuitive Perception in Fluid Tide.
BEYOND THE BODY: INTUITION, TOUCH & PERCEPTION (Prerequisite: The Fluid Tide)
Topics: More on Fluid Tide; The 3 Paradigms of Craniosacral Work; Introduction to Midline Contacts; Working with the Tissue Body at Zone B; Exploring Your Non-Ordinary Channels of Perception in Fluid Tide.
THE AUTHENTIC SELF (Prerequisite: The Fluid Tide)
Topics: Investigating What Keeps You From the Neutral; Mystery School for Biodynamic Awareness. (To be confirmed with Guest Instructor: The Reichian Defense Structures).
THE LONG TIDE (Prerequisite: Beyond The Body)
Topics: The Potency Body and Long Tide; Orienting to the Horizon.
THE DYNAMIC STILLNESS (Prerequisite: The Long Tide)
Topics: The Dynamic Stillness; Orienting to Emptiness; Silent Retreat Day.
PARALLEL UNIVERSES (Prerequisite: The Dynamic Stillness)
Topics: Review of the Four Perceptual Levels of the Biodynamic Map; Enrich Your Grasp of Biodynamics through Studying Parallels in Other Wisdom Traditions. (To be confirmed with Guest Instructor: The Four Quadrants of the Astrological Chart).
CLINICAL POSSIBILITIES (Prerequisite: Parallel Universes)
Topics: Applying Biodynamic Principles to Clinical Work; Maintaining the Neutral in Trigger Situations; Finding the Health in Challenging Clients; Clinical Case Studies (Exploring What's Possible with Biodynamics). Graduation from Core Curriculum.
BEYOND THE BIODYNAMIC MAP (Prerequisite: Three to five years of biodynamic practice, body-felt awareness of the four traditional biodynamic universes, and interview with the instructor)
Topics: Beyond Dynamic Stillness; Paradox and Perception; Advanced Midline Contacts.
Location Ithaca area, NY (or invite Jenna Milner to your location!)
To Enroll or for more information, email or call Jenna at (607) 229-3127.
VISIONARY PERCEPTION OF THE BODY
When you get still enough to really listen, it's amazing how much information comes in. Accurate, visionary perception enhances your skills as a healing arts practitioner, so that in addition to assessing what's wrong, you can also see and optimize the underlying health. For a massage therapist, for example, instead of just finding knots, you can confidently assess and optimize your client's well-being as a whole. What is the actual source of the pain that they're having? Where does the body's intelligence direct you to go now? How can you communicate with (and facilitate) the health that is the constant matrix underlying discomfort? What does it feel like to touch the body as consciousness itself?
In a fun, experiential environment, you will:
You will be able to put these skills to immediate use in a clinical setting, but you may also draw on them in meditation or personal relationships. The work draws from Jenna's background in meditation and biodynamic craniosacral work. For a more in-depth approach to Biodynamic Craniosacral Work, please see the workshop THE STILLNESS WITHIN.
Upcoming Classes Contact Instructor or stay tuned!
CEUs for LMTs Massage Therapists receive 24 CEUs toward New York State licensing requirements and 24 CEUs toward National Certification (NCBTMB) requirements.
Location Event Horizon Retreat Center, Willseyville, NY.
Prerequisite Intended for massage therapists, psychotherapists, and other healing arts practitioners. Must be able to sit in stillness for 20 minutes. Bodywork or meditation experience helpful.
Cost $540 (3 Days, 10 am to 6 pm).
To Enroll Register through the Finger Lakes School of Massage; email email@example.com.