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Workshops & Sessions

Resilience through Joy

This is a trauma-informed program for organizations and companies and is inspired by years of Dancing with Refugees. We use evidence-based techniques to explore simple pleasures through the portals of the five senses, imagination, memory, drawing, and movement with music. This type of meditative exploration helps us become more resourced so we can access deeper wells of creativity and problem-solving. Participants have the opportunity to devise a customized action plan to integrate the learnings and incorporate simple daily strategies to cultivate resilience, bolster the immune system, and improve quality of life. Upon completing the workshop, individuals often report experiences of well-being, feeling at home in their bodies, and having an increased capacity to attend to challenges. Teams report a greater sense of camaraderie and ease in collaboration.


Developing a Sustainable Writing Practice Through Joy

What is pleasurable is sustainable. Often, when writers get stuck, it’s because the joy has evaporated. Unwelcomed anxiety about the future of the project, guilty feelings when not writing, or resentment about competing responsibilities, subsume the writer’s joy. In this workshop, we’ll explore orienting toward what is pleasing in the moment through the portals of the imagination, the five senses, memory, and movement with music. This type of meditative exploration helps us become more resourced so we can access deeper wells of creativity and problem-solving. Besides orienting and writing exercises, we’ll tune in to our own temperaments and natural rhythms—what type of writing schedule suits us, how to cultivate sufficient conditions for creative writing, and discovering our own balance between productivity and pleasure. This program is offered to organizations and corporations.


Reconnection Ceremony

According to research, practices that involve rituals provide our nervous system with a sense of stability and predictability. Rituals have been part of human existence for thousands of years and humans have evolved with them. This ceremony offered to couples, family members, and groups, provides a nurturing space within which communication flows, misunderstandings are cleared, and connection is re-established.


Individual Counseling

These sessions are offered to those who want to deepen their connection with themselves, their loved ones, humanity, and the earth. In each session, we learn how to savor the joy of being human, cultivate healthy relationships, and devise a tailored action plan to support and integrate the learnings.


Friendship Ceremony

These sessions are offered to friends who want to deepen their intimacy, celebrate their friendship, and exchange vows. The Friends Commitment Ceremony idea is based on Ari’s popular Arranged Friendship experiment featured in The Atlantic, Washington Post, and Yes! Magazine, eliciting an overwhelming response from all over the world.




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