the Healer (HoH) is
a workshop/retreat for healers of any orientation.
It is designed to
skills, tools, or experiences of healing that you have been using in
life and/or work.
Complete presence in the
moment is the
path to connection. Connection is the gateway to healing.
Everything is a tool. We enter the Sacred room of healing
This workshop uses a
sequence of fun
and stimulating acting, improvisation and theatre games,
along with art
music and be here/now exercises to considerably enhance
ability to be completely present in the moment with yourself,
you are doing, and the people with whom you're interacting.
The end result of
this is your ability
to establish deeper connections with yourself and others will increase
considerably. Through this process of fine-tuning your ability to
connect, you will find a significant increase in your intuitive
These exercises have
adapted and/or created from years of experience (beginning 1969) in the
(including healing and performance) to help you strengthen your
muscles of preparation, observation and choice. This helps you to
be more responsive to, and intuitive with, the person (or people) with
whom you are connecting. Working with words, art, sound and music
exercise your Left and Right brain (thinking/feeling) abilities.
This retreat is
limited to twelve participants
at a time. It is intense, yet paced so that there's plenty
time for everyone to connect with each other and also to enjoy
bounty of activities that are available on the island of Maui, where I
live and work.
HoH came about.
The HeART of the
Healer is a synthesis
of my more than forty year's involvement in the healing arts, in
I include my experience in connection, communication, theatre, film,
performance. This is a retreat that offers the chance to explore,
in depth, the use of your experiences, skills and talents to their most
effective application for the benefit of others. The vehicle to
this is the art of connection through exercising complete presence in
I grappled for years trying to find some sort of peace in my struggle
be an effective medic while maintaining an open heart--not only with my
patients, but in my personal life. The process of distancing oneself
experience does not limit itself to one set of circumstances. The
more you "practice" this--and the "working" world is close to 1/2 of
waking life--the more it becomes a part of you.
As a cerified
paramedic, when my bag
of tricks became full with drugs and therapies, it was oh so convenient
to hide behind the things I could do, and neglect the simple, and
medicine of just "being with." I lost sight of not only the human
being in front of me, but the human being that I was. I knew that I was
losing something very important, not only for my patients, but for
myself. Further explorations of that can be found in my book Moments in the
death of a Flesh Mechanic...a healer's rebirth.
The concept and practice of connection
through being completely
in the moment, is very much put
on the back-burner in the teaching of most healing modalities, whether
they be allopathic or alternative. The heART of the
Healer is designed to provide a practical experience that "drills"
participants in the accessing and letting-go of heart-consciousness,
through fun "games" that, in a sense, short-circuit our natural
proclivity to control each moment. By establishing a sacred space of
safety, practitioners of the healing arts can explore the territory of
connection, and how, by using it as a tool, they can supercharge their
intuition and abilities of discernment -- regardless of the modalities
that are practiced.
How does HoH work?
During my study of the Meisner Technique of acting, I
learned that there are sequential building blocks that actors can use
to sharpen their abilities to connect -- with themselves, their
and through that, the audience. I realized the principles and
that are used to help the players be completely present in the moment
connect with their acting partners are potent tools that can help
use their healing knowledge, training, and abilities with more
HoH uses a
This involves getting a practical and experiential understanding of how
we can shift our consciousness to our hearts--at will, and what that
For millenia, our poets and mystics have been telling us
have a consciousness of their own. Western medicine has all but bred
it out of its system. The HeART of the Healer re-introduces us to
ability, reinforces it ,and exercises it.
Each year more and
more scientific evidence comes in that
the concepts we work with. During the retreat, I present
distilled from work by Joseph Chilton Pearce
neurophysiology of the heart) and Bruce Lipton (the
influence of filters on our perception).
The HeART of the
Healer works with
games that exercise your ability to shift into the consciousness
of your heart and then be completely present in the moment.
The exercises and games offer ways to strengthen the pathways so
to build intuition.
Imagine...All this and you experience it on a Volcano - Haleakala,
Maui, the House of the Sun!
AREA OF HEALING THAT YOU SPECIALIZE IN MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
As an example,
attending in an earlier
course were a Licensed Family and Child Counselor with fifteen years of
experience, a couple of energy workers, a couple of body workers, an
working in V.A. clinics for twenty years, an Acupuncturist and Chinese
Medicine Practitioner, a woman who talks to animals and one woman with
no healthcare related experience. I could not have asked for a better
of orientations. I was very happy to find that the work stands up to
test of being applicable to each individual; it reaches each person
they're at and sends them home with tools that work for them. A major
for me, was watching as practitioners of a wide range of disciplines,
together and explored the commonalities that run through all acts and
of healing. I look forward to experiencing more of this.
something I've found
very interesting: While the workshop really helps most people learn how
to "open themselves up" to experiencing the moment with others , it
teaches the empath how to more effectively filter out the
Right now, I'm
for a workshop/retreat, limited to twelve people.
I'm planning to
schedule for mid-November, 2010, on Maui. That's when the
humpback whales start to visit. I am
looking at a menu of options to find the most comfortable and
(and good eatin' too!) venue
for the work to take place.
Anticipate the fee
for the full
workshop to be (again, depending) in the vicinity of $1,200. I
accept deposits ($100, non-refundable) as soon as I have the venue
Please write me
through my CONTACT page
and tell me a bit about yourself, your focus in life, what you hope to
get out of the workshop
OF PAST PARTICIPANTS
nature of the workshop
really made the information accessible and 'permanent'...the exercises
were a lot of fun and very useful to really help us learn and feel the
lessons in an intensely personal way...Finally, your attitude, genuine
concern, life experiences, enthusiasm, joy, openness, preparation and
were what made it such a joyful and rewarding experience for me." ~ Regina
effectiveness in staying
on course of subject was great, also, in conveying it, his personal
spoke of authenticity and gave me a sense that he has had many deep
and travelled a long road of seeking the heart of healing, both for
and himself. His coaching skills are very good, in fact, quite superb.
I appreciate his unpretentiousness which helped me to accept his
~ Connie Stillwater
"The focus on
metaphors. I had a number
of powerfully metaphoric dreams at night during the weekend that made
more real-world sense than
they ordinarily do. I think my own
has been heightened in the work ... Yea! I like, in particular, the
of coming up with and acting out our own personal metaphor...How we
to interpret our particular healing modality through our personal
of metaphors. This is an extraordinary concept that has great potential
to empower people. We've all got it inside us. You believe that so
that I cannot imagine someone coming to this course and not recieving
crucial insight on some level of themselves. You know that the only
comes from within. Many have said that to me in my life, few have I
live it." ~Scott Yaeger
"Healing is, in
essence, a journey
into the self. We place ourselves in environments or draw situations
people to help facilitate our healing. Coming always from the heart, I
beleive, can greatly alter my perseptions and allow me to become more
and clear, and my Life then can become easier and more effortless!
you Russ...I have been striving to live here for a long time with a hit
and miss success. These tools will help it become a way of being." ~
"Russ, you stayed on
target of the
open heart, coming from the place of heart you showed a focus and
and appreciation for the work and the participants." ~ Donee Krause