Classes and Groups

For meeting days and times see our complete Calendar of classes.

For more detailed information about our classes, please email the Instructor directly.


Classes

Archetypal Dreamwork Lab – with Carlos Chancellor (ongoing class)

Beginning October 7th
Every Tuesday, 11am-1pm
Cost per session: 200 pesos

Dream Course

Never formulaic, rarely intelligible, often awkward, usually stunning and ever seeking to challenge our preconceived notions and ideas of our selves and our relation to the world around us, dreams offer us a near perfect mirror of our inner lives and help us to relate to the inner reaches of our souls, while offering us a language by which to view and engage with the world around us beyond the literal, the obvious and the concrete.

Going beyond a class, this lab offers hands-on group exploration of dreams, their imagery, personages and conflicts through guided techniques such as deep listening framed within the perspective of Archetypal Psychology while exploring and paying homage to traditional theory and techniques from systems such as Alchemy, Shamanism, Mysticism, Comparative Mythology, Freudian Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analytical Psychology, etc., all of which are its due lineage. From deep listening to active imagination to personification to exploring symbolism through Phenomenology, each individual session will focus on a different angle and approach to engaging and working with the dream, while following and deepening a common thread and tendency. Participants may bring their own dreams or the dreams of others to work on and explore (offering therapists an excellent opportunity to receive a sort of group supervision tailored to the dreams of patients). This course will also be supported by guided readings and group discussion of seminal works such as James Hillman’s The Dream and the Underworld, excerpts from Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, Carl Meier’s Healing Dream and Ritual, among others.

Whether you are a therapist seeking further tools, a soul explorer searching for different perspectives, a person seeking connection with their nightworld or simply curious, all are welcome. What you know when you enter the room is of no importance, all that matters is what has changed when you walk out the door, so no one willing to learn is at a disadvantage. This lab will be ongoing and participants may enter or leave at any time. Please bring writing material, a dream or two, your imagination and a sense of critical exploration. Please leave judgments and preconceived notions at the door. Any questions, comments or for more information please contact Carlos Chancellor directly at either his e-mail: cfchancellor@gmail.com or mobile: (415) 149 5567.

About the facilitator
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Archetypal Mythology Course – with Carlos Chancellor (ongoing class)

Beginning October 16th
Every Thursday, 11am-1pm
Cost per session: 200 pesos

“The latest incarnation of Oedipus, the continued romance of Beauty and the Beast, stand this afternoon on the corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, waiting for the traffic light to change.”
– Joseph Campbell

MythCourse

More than just stories told by our long-dead ancestors in an attempt to explain away the world around them, myths were metaphors that connected the inner souls of a culture with the outer spirit of phenomena, world, the universe and life. Myths speak of the universal and collective struggles of love, birth, death, initiation, despair, arrogance, rapture, etc., and of the primal and universal forces, patterns and stories that underlie our being and existence, thus making them as relevant for us today as they were for the lips that spoke them with sacred reverence so many thousands of years ago.

This course will focus primarily on Ancient Greek and Roman Mythology, its tales, pantheon and personages, while making connections and taking tangents into other mythoi. Most importantly, it will go beyond a simple, cursory, literal and superficial reading of a myth… It will explore its depths and multiplicities, ultimately turning the myth and its energies and forces inward towards an exploration of where these reside within one and how these elemental energies, patterns and stories affect our daily lives. This course will be supported by a guided reading and discussion of seminal works, starting with Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Participants will also be expected to read specific myths and tales pertaining to the class.

Whether you are an academic or storyteller seeking further tools, a soul explorer searching for different perspectives, a lover of a good tale or simply curious, all are welcome. What you know when you enter the room is of no importance, all that matters is what has changed when you walk out the door, so no one willing to learn is at a disadvantage. This course will be ongoing and participants may enter or leave at any time. Please bring writing material, your imagination and a sense of critical exploration. Please leave judgments and preconceived notions at the door. Any questions, comments or for more information please contact Carlos Chancellor directly at either his e-mail: cfchancellor@gmail.com or mobile: (415) 149 5567.

About the facilitator
???????????????????????????????Carlos was born in Mexico, but was raised in the United States and Canada. He is a Jungian/Archetypal Psychotherapist with an emphasis on Mythology and Dreamwork. He received his training from Sven Doehner -a close friend and student of James Hillman-, in the Instituto de Psicología Profunda en México. He is a Somatic Therapist and Educator of the Bodymind Movement Center. He is an Aikido practitioner and instructor. He is a storyteller. He is studying and practicing Spagyric herbalism and Native American medicinal practices. He has worked with sacred plants and ceremonies. He was an International Baccalaureate English Literature and Theory of Knowledge teacher. Carlos integrates all of these various threads into his practices. His motto is: “Questions teach, answers indoctrinate.”

Basic Ashtanga Yoga with Fabienne Gauthier

Beginning September 23rd
Tuesdays 9:30-10:45 am, Thursdays 12-1:15 pm
100 pesos
Drop-ins welcome!

Steeped in Gratitude,
I rejoice
Spirit awakened
My lifetime changed
For I have dipped my soul
In the ocean of yoga

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We practice basic ASHTANGA Yoga postures. A sequence of stretches linked with deep Breathing and Graceful Movement. THIS Yoga practice is for everyBODY – it will change YOUR life!

Fabienne’s emphasis is on the establishment of Pranayama, Ujjayi Breath, Bandah work and the 8 limbs of yoga as a life time practice. Her wish is to help those who want to learn these skills and access more expanded levels of mind, body. She comes to her mat and classes with wisdom and humor and love of the practice. Take what you learn on your MAT, and radiate that into your life!


Chair Yoga with Antonio

Every Tuesday 3-4 pm

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Chair yoga is a general term for practices that modify yoga poses so that they can be done while seated in a chair. These modifications make yoga accessible to people who cannot stand or lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions. Many of the basic body mechanics of the individual postures are retained, no matter the stance of the practitioner. While seated on chairs, students can do versions of twists, hip stretches, forward bends, and mild backbends. In addition to a good stretch, chair yoga participants can also enjoy other health benefits of yoga, including improved muscle tone, better breathing habits,reduction of stressbetter sleep, and a sense of well-being.

Who Can Do Chair Yoga?

Chair yoga classes are most widely available in senior centers and retirement homes, as senior citizens are its biggest target audience, but obese people and people with neurological diseases are also good candidates to give the chair method a try. Office workers can also take advantage of chair yoga’s adaptations to sneak in some stretches at work.

Those of you with disabilities, weight challenges, inflexibility, or who just cannot get on the floor for any reason (such as age or being in a crowded work environment) can benefit from a daily practice of yoga on a chair in the comfort of your home or office. The chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of your body allowing you to take full advantage of yoga’s amazing fitness and health potential. Even if you are in a wheelchair, you can receive the many benefits of chair yoga–the integration of body, mind, and spirit that keeps the yoga practitioner at the top of their game.

Cost per class: 50 pesos. First class FREE (with intention of taking more classes). Packages available. 

 


Enneagram Intermediate Group, Levels 1 and 2

Suggested donation: 100 pesos (not required for attendance)

Note: Before attending this group, it is necessary to complete the Introduction to the Enneagram series

Level 1: Mondays 11 am – 12:30 pm, Level 2: Wednesdays 1-2:30 pm

Allen ZeesmanCombining modern psychological insights with traditional spiritual wisdom, the Enneagram provides a universal language that helps foster greater understanding of ourselves and others. The course is led by Allen Zeesman, a member of  LifePath’s Enneagram therapy group. 

How to register

Please e-mail Allen at allen.zeesman@gmail.com.


Introduction to the Enneagram

A 3 class series, led by Allen Zeesman; series to be repeated.

Next intro series:

  • SEPTEMBER 1st, 8th & 15th

1:00 – 2:30 pm

Suggested donation: 100 pesos (not required for attendance)

Allen ZeesmanCombining modern psychological insights with traditional spiritual wisdom, the Enneagram provides a universal language that helps foster greater understanding of ourselves and others. This course is designed for the curious beginner wants to learn more. The course is led by Allen Zeesman, a member of  LifePath’s Enneagram therapy group. Dr. Beverly Nelson will co-facilitate this class on occasion.

How to register

PRE-REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY for these class series. Please e-mail Allen at allen.zeesman@gmail.com.


Qi Gong with Christian

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM 

QI GONG (pronounced “Tchi Kong”) is the father of Tai Chi Chuan and its origins go back to the beginnings of the Chinese civilization, from the ancient taoist’s gymnastics of longevity. In fact, Tai Chi Chuan is an inner martial art codified in the 17th century, created from the fusion between martial art’s techniques and Qi Gong. 

QI GONG is part of one of the five branches of the traditional Chinese medicine, and means: “ Control of the vital energy “.It is a traditional Chinese gymnastics whose practice consists of slow and gentle movements, combined with breath exercises and concentration of the mind. This thousand-year-old discipline helps the circulation of the energy through the body.

QI GONG is not a martial art and its aim is always spiritual and therapeutic.

The regular practice of QI GONG:

  • Calms and relaxes the mind
  • Reinforces the neuromuscular system and makes it more flexible
  • Optimizes all the functions of the organism                                                       
  • Supports the immune system and sustains the strengths of self-recovery            
  • Guarantees good health and vitality

QI  GONG is a practice for everybody, regardless of gender, religion, age of physical condition. The classes are imparted by Christian, teacher certified by the “Ling Gui” school and  Dr. Liu Dong (www.linggui.fr), school  of Therapeutic Qi Gong, in Paris/France.

Trilingual classes:  English-Spanish-French.

Drop-ins welcome, 90 pesos.

Contact: Christian  – 415.100.2675
Email:  christian.shiatsu_qigong@yahoo.com

 


September-October 2014: Harmony Yoga with Gail Parlane

Beginning September 4th until October 30th, 2014 (9 sessions)
Every Thursday, 9-10:30 am
Cost per class: 80 pesos

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Harmony Yoga is a flowing style of Yoga, with emphasis on the breath, and bringing about a peaceful harmony of mind, body and soul.

Pre-enrollment is not necessary. Come for one, several, or all the classes. NOTE: A small 15 pesos donation is required for yoga mat use; but you are most welcome to bring your own mat! 

About the facilitator

WP_001362Gail Parlane (E-RYT 500 USA), IYTA (NZ) is visiting from New Zealand. She has been teaching for over 30 years, with wide experience as both a student and teacher in many different countries; including here in San Miguel de Allende as a guest teacher at different locations for the last decade. You can contact her at gailparlane@yahoo.co.nz.


Yoga Classes for All Levels Taught by Anabel Cardenas Dugal

Yoga with Anabel Cardenas Dugal

Mondays and Thursdays: 5:45-7 PM

Cost: 110 pesos, drop-ins welcome

Anabel Cardenas Dugal teaches Hatha Yoga for all levels from beginner to advanced in a group setting. She incorporates standing, sitting, and laying down yoga asanas with emphasis on the breathing process. She always tries to lead and encourage her students to move within a safe range of motion and to know and respect his or her limits and honor that we all go and grow at our own pace. Pranayama and breathing techniques are a essential component of her yoga classes. Her yoga classes address the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual life of a human being. Grand Sala.

Contact: anabel@lifepathretreats.com


Yoga with Antonio

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 8:30 – 9:45 AM

Cost: 100 pesos, drop-ins welcome. Mondays: by donation.

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NOTE: Antonio will be out of town from September 23rd until October 6th, 2014. Adamu will be filling in for Antonio during those dates.

Join Antonio for a unique approach to Yoga that integrates element of QiGong, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Vinyasa. All while using breath awareness to bring you to a relaxing, calm state of mind!

Private instruction also available.

First class FREE (with intention of taking more classes). SPECIAL PACKAGE: 12 CLASSES - 1,000 MXN.

 


Yoga with Props

Every Saturday 10-11:15 AM
110 MXN per session, drop-ins welcome!

A yoga prop is an object that helps stretch, strengthen, relax, or improve the alignment of the body. It helps sustain the practice of asanas for a longer duration, and conserves energy. These props allow asanas to be practiced in a relaxed way, and balance the body and mind actively as well as passively.

The use of props improves blood circulation and breathing capacity. It activates the muscles, tones the body´s organs, and relives undue mental and physical stress or strain. Props help increase flexibility and stamina and, at the same time relax slack and tired muscles. They help to rejuvenate the entire body, without increasing physical fatigue.

Props provide a sense of direction and alignment, and help increase and enhance the understanding of each asana. They serve as a silent instructor.

As stress is reduced, anxiety, fears and depression also disappear, helping those under emotional strain cope better with all aspects of their lives.

Ultimately, Yoga with props creates a feeling of peace and tranquility and culminates in a fresh perspective and renewed strength.

Co-facilitated by Anabel Cárdenas Dugal and Alejandro Gómez Tagle.

If you have questions about this class, please e-mail Anabel at anabel@lifepathretreats.com 

About Anabel Cárdenas Dugal
Anabel was born in Mexico City and came to live in San Miguel de Allende to teach dance from 1992 to 2008 at the Art Institute of Bellas Artes. Her various interests in movement, body-mind, tai-chi, qigong, spirituality, astrology, health, and nutrition drew her to practice yoga. She saw all the pains and aches she had developed as a dancer evaporate with her yoga practice. And, she found a very valuable life tool of self-knowledge and self transformation. Over the past 10 years in San Miguel, Anabel has studied different styles and approaches to yoga. She feels that her greatest teachers are her students. For more information about Anabel, click here.

About co-facilitator Alejandro Gómez Tagle
Alejandro has been teaching yoga for more than 11 years, on Iyengar tradition. His teachers were Margaretta Sander (in San Miguel de Allende) and Herta Rogg (Iyenga Yoga Center – Mexico City). He has also attended workshops with Kathy Rogers, James Murphy, Joan Whitey and Francois Raoult. Alejandro has been practicing with yoga props, helping students to have a better alignment during the asana practice and a better and deeper understanding about the relationship between body and mind.  Alejandro teaches 2 classes 3 times a week in different locations within San Miguel de Allende. 

Groups

Enneagram Group Therapy

Enneagram Group Therapy with Dr. Beverly Nelson

Dr. Beverly Nelson
Private Office.


Group Therapy

Enneagram Group Therapy with Dr. Beverly Nelson

Dr. Beverly Nelson


Silent Meditation with the SMA Meditation Community

Silent Meditation with the SMA Meditation Community

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 10-11 AM

The SMA Meditation Community is an open, flowing collection of people from different traditions (including various Buddhist lineages) who share a love of sitting in silence. We also share a love of spiritual community free of doctrine or belief, based in equality and mutual respect. Everyone is welcome. Because friendships with like-minded people support the inner path, we usually meet informally after sittings to share ideas and come to know one another.

Although the forty-minute silent meditations begin at 10:10 and end at 10:50, please feel free to come and go quietly at any time. Meditation assistance is available before or after the sit. For more in-depth meditation instruction, ask Ann Barden (Vipassana) or Jerry Steward (general) at jermer@hotmail.com, 154-0877.

All offerings are free, donations welcome. For more information or to be on our mailing list, contact:  SMAMC@lifepathretreats.com

 


Transformations Discussion Group

Coordinated by Frank Thoms and Kathleen Cammarata

Every Wednesday 4:30-6 pm
By donation

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Transformations is a weekly participant-led discussion group. Its purpose is to have reflective conversations from the heart and spirit. It is lay-led in which the leader brings a poem, prose, art piece or illustration for inspiration. Conversation follows without crosstalk. The meeting concludes with a brief meditation.

The optimum size for this group will be twenty for each session, as the room is small. For more information, please contact Frank and Kathleen directly at frankthoms3@gmail.com or at 415.121.3026.