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“It’s not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Br. David Steindl Rast

More Important Than You Think Part 2: Why Feldenkrais?

By Erin | January 12, 2018

  A note from Erin: Good day! Before I dive into today’s writings, I’d love to share a few things: 1. Our remodeled website is live! Check it out here and be sure to sign up to receive notifications about our podcast, coming soon! 2. I’ve created a donation/sign-up button for Tending the River of Grief on…

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More Important Than You Think: Ease & Grace

By Erin | January 10, 2018

A note from Carl: Greetings Friends, As we are so excited today to open registration for our home study series “Fifteen Favorite Feldy Lessons,” I wanted to share a great story we heard from one of our early Feldenkrais teachers. During the last training Moshe Feldenkrais taught in Amherst, MA, in the early 1980s, he had a stroke.…

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A Blessing for the New Year

By Erin | January 10, 2018

A note from Erin: Let’s start right off with a gorgeous poem for the new year, shall we? It’s from a beautiful poetry book by Mark Nepo,  The Way Under the Way. Be A Circle I wish you the ability to breathe after pain, to begin again, though nothing else seems possible. I wish you resilience: to…

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Another World Is Possible

By Erin | January 10, 2018

A note from Carl: Greetings Friends! Happy Winter Solstice to you! Last weekend we had a small gathering of friends over, enjoying delicious whiskey, candlelight, and genuine connection. At one point, our dear friend, Nan Seymour, asked if she could share a poem. Personally, I think any social gathering improves when someone reads a poem, as…

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Copious Amounts of Beauty

By Erin | January 10, 2018

Since I got the call from life to tend the River of Grief over the summer, I’ve started doing some private mentoring with Francis Weller, who has been such an inspiration to me in so many ways – especially in how he holds space for the skill of grief. Last week when I spoke with him, I…

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Our Bodies Know Relationship

By Erin | January 10, 2018

It feels like many writings, and most conversations lately, begin with something like: “What times we are living in!” What times indeed. Just consider what realms we are taking in with one day of news headlines. As one of my teachers said in a note earlier this week “These are the times we have been practicing for.” If there…

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Now. Here. This.

By Erin | November 30, 2017

A note from Erin: Hello friends! What a wild time we’re living in. I’ve recently been rereading some reflections from Joanna Macy. Can I share a simple excerpt with you from the Work That Reconnects website? “Instead of giving sermons and pre-formulated analyses, the WTR invites us simply to look at today’s conditions and make our own choices. …

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Staying Close to Life

By Erin | November 17, 2017

A note from Carl: Before I begin this week’s writing, I want to remind you that there is still space in Erin’s  Women Embodied Online course that begins next Wednesday. This is the first time that women outside of Salt Lake City will be able to gather together in the intimate circle of  embodied learning that Erin has facilitated…

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Nourishing Embodied Being: A December Retreat Day

By Erin | November 10, 2017

Join me for my annual December retreat day – during the season when we need it the most.   Join me for a day of intentional, nourishing, restorative winter hibernation. We’ll spend an afternoon engaging in practices to support embodied presence and mindful being.   Practices will include: Silent meditation, poetic inspiration, restorative yoga, and…

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Wise Words From Powerful Women

By Erin | November 10, 2017

A note from Erin: I have much to share with you today! First – a few upcoming opportunities: My Women Embodied online course is currently open for registration!!! I’m so thrilled about this course! It will run from November 22 – February 14th and will offer powerful support for living more embodied, more aware, and more compassionately, in the midst of the mess…

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Good Questions & Widening Circles

By Erin | November 10, 2017

Please bear with my stream of consciousness post: This week, Carl gifted me a birthday treatment at a local spa, a place which, of course, is mainly available for people of privilege. The treatment that was booked for me was unavailable due to maintenance issues and I was kindly offered a free alternative treatment –…

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From Chronic Pain To Parkour and A Free Lesson

By Erin | November 10, 2017

A note from Carl: Greetings. Before I begin, I wanted to remind you that Erin has recently created two free offerings that are incredibly valuable and beneficial. “Some Things to Do When You Can’t Sleep” (here), and “Women Embodied Free Taster Course.” (Access here for a limited time.)  Feel free to share them with anyone who might benefit from them.…

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Your Beautiful Bones & Women Embodied Taster Course

By Erin | October 27, 2017
Intimacy With Your Spine

Good day! Before I dive into today’s writings, I’m so excited to share a few things with you. In addition to the “Things to Do When You Can’t Sleep” short free course I offered last week, this week I have a new free offering for the women among us, available for a limited time. It’s my Free…

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Feeling Your Feet, Slowing Down, & Things to Do When You Can’t Sleep

By Erin | October 19, 2017

A note from Carl: Yesterday, as I was driving home from dropping our son off at school, I was in a hurry. I was trying to get to an online writing class that I deeply value, I was speeding, I noticed my phone didn’t have enough charge to make it through the class, my breath was…

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A Birthday, What’s Not Wrong, & Looking Into Each Other’s Eyes

By Erin | October 12, 2017

 A note from Erin: Before I dive into today’s writing, here’s a reminder of a few upcoming events: Join us for an afternoon Feldenkrais Workshop on Dynamic Transitions October 28th. Details and sign-up link below. Women Embodied: Live and Online – registration will be opening soon. Women Embodied- the online version (which will include weekly live video meetings via…

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Using What Arises and Stepping Into Life

By Erin | October 5, 2017

 A note from Erin:   some snapshots of The Encouragement of Light Retreat at Ghost Ranch I’d love to begin by sharing a poem, which is really a benediction perfect for these times, from Mark Nepo. Be A Circle I wish you the ability to breathe after pain, to begin again, though nothing else seems possible.…

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What Shapes Us , Good Questions + An Invitation to Join us for Sitting Meditation Sunday

By Erin | September 14, 2017

A note from Erin: I was rereading my journal this morning, reviewing some notes I took on a conversation I had with a wise elder in my life some months back. She asked, “So what are you going to believe, live and be shaped by? By the guidance that comes through you and to you? Or…

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On Creating Refugia + Some New Offerings

By Erin | September 8, 2017

A note from Erin: The western US on fire, more massive hurricanes and flooding, the first morning in a week we have a sky that’s blue and not white with smoke, a headache from breathing smoky air for days, distress at my son’s cough, heartache with more destructive policy coming from our president. It’s been a…

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Resilience and Recovering from Injury

By Erin | August 31, 2017
Meet Carl Rabke

from Carl: Last Sunday I woke up crooked. My ribs were pulled over to the side of my pelvis and any movement of folding forward evoked sharp pain in my back. I was tweaked from playing basketball for 3 hours the day before. I love playing basketball. I’ve had the rare, good fortune of playing…

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The Begging Bowl, The Key, and Some Guiding Questions

By Erin | August 24, 2017

A note from Erin:   Twice this year, I’ve had the privilege of being on retreat with wise elder, Deena Metzger. Many people recognize her from this iconic photo from years ago. She’s a tiny and mighty woman with long white hair and a powerful presence. I love her and am so grateful to have her as one…

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Being Stretched, Waking Up, and More

By Erin | August 22, 2017

A note from Carl: I wanted to begin with a quote from Mark Nepo that seems to most clearly to capture my sentiments of the last week: “In spite of all that is happening and because of all that is happening, I stand firmly in my belief in the strength of human kindness to overcome…

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Community, Widening Circles & The Three Jewels

By Erin | August 11, 2017

the spectacular wildflowers at Albion Basin, Alta, Utah A note from Erin: In the Buddhist tradition, there’s an understanding of where we can turn for reliable support. They are called the 3 jewels, and are understood as a source of refuge from the craziness and suffering of life.  You don’t have to be Buddhist to benefit…

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Theracanes, Fascia Blasters and Not Being at War With Our Tension

By Erin | August 11, 2017

A note from Carl: This week I had two clients who came who came into my office and said something like, “I attacked that shoulder pain spot with a Theracane and it actually felt worse after.” Or “I really worked that hip with a lacrosse ball, and it felt good at the time, but I woke up…

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The River of Grief and the Healing of Our World

By Erin | July 28, 2017

A note from Erin: Before I dive into today’s writing, I want to share a few things: Thank you for taking the time to read what we write. Thanks for staying connected. Thanks for caring about our work. Thanks for being a person of heart and integrity. We’re deeply grateful for you! Want to unplug…

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The Power of Gratefulness

By Erin | July 20, 2017

A note from Erin A note from Erin: This August, I’m happy to be offering a fresh version of my online course, Embody Gratitude. Part of why I love to offer this course is because I see the big magic that happens when we grow our gratitude. I see it in my own life and…

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An Invitation to our Fall Class

By Erin | July 20, 2017

A note from Erin & Carl: Friends! We’re delighted to open the doors for our newest embodiment class and would love to invite you to join us if you’re local. And please read even if you can’t attend, there are some great gems in the invitation!       Classes will be held at Vitalize Studio, 3474…

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I do not know, I do not have, I do not understand

By Erin | July 7, 2017

A note from Carl: “Not Knowing Is The Most Intimate” -Zen saying from Fayan Yesterday I remembered a funny, humbling teaching moment in my life: It was 12 years ago in when we were in our Feldenkrais Training in Santa Fe. After cooking our nervous systems with 5 full days of Feldenkrais lessons, we would often…

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The Only Heart Worth Having

By Erin | June 30, 2017
Trust Your Life: An Embodied Writing Retreat

A note from Erin: I was recently listening to a favorite podcast, Living Myth with Michael Meade, and he quoted this proverb: The only heart worth having is a broken heart.  Ain’t it the truth? (Dammit. It’s true. If only it were about feeling good.) But alas, it’s not. Not anymore. Orienting primarily toward our own…

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This is Summer, and a Great Movement Lesson

By Erin | June 22, 2017

A note from Carl Greetings Friends, Happy Summer to you! I’m toward the end of my week of solo parenting while Erin is on retreat in California. Always humbling, I offer a bow of awe and praise to all those rockin single moms and dads out there. Ever since Erin introduced this video from her…

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Discipline and Roaming Free

By Erin | June 15, 2017
Embodying The Masculine 2016

A note from Carl Last week I attended a retreat in California. At this retreat center, they make amazing organic food. 3 meals a day, and every lunch and dinner they serve delicious home-made cakes with a huge bowl of freshly whipped cream. It is a funny thing- often when we attend meditation retreats, we sit for…

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