The Integral Guesthouse is a home to deepen our learning for being fully in life. We offer learning and support programs for you when your ongoing journey – in relationship, work, play, and life – gets dragged down, overwhelming, or stuck. We begin at the place where you are, knowing each of us brings an invaluable lifetime of stories and experiences. We work together with others, since we can’t do this work alone. And we push our learning edge into the places that we have denied or hidden from. At the Guesthouse, we walk together to reveal another layer of those places, shine light on them, and so, shine more light in our world.
We are “integral” in that we attend to our “whole person” – body, mind, soul, and spirit. We are inspired by the work of Ken Wilber and integral theory, experiences of “people’s education” (particularly the Scandinavian “folkhighschool”), and Shalom Mountain (NY) Retreat Center’s process of engaging in deep community-based psychological and spiritual work.
We are a Guesthouse because all of us is welcome – our fears, hopes, brokenness, and joys. Sufi poet Rumi writes in “The Guest House”:
“A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! … Treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight.”
Teachers and leaders at the Guesthouse are skillful and artistic practitioners dedicated to our own and others’ journey toward wholeness. We bring a creative toolbox that includes art, movement, music, theater, ecology, experiential learning, and more.
Our approach works with change and transformation, and so embraces a grand paradox of learning. On the one hand, we set out with intention, dedicated to practicing new personal skills over time. On the other, we learn to let go, to laugh along the way, and to rest weary muscles-in-training, so allowing them to be ready for the next deeper dive.
The Integral Guesthouse offers venues which support intensive or extended time to allow for the transformational change work we are committed to. This includes:
- one-on-one coaching, in person and by Skype.
- workshop series, in community or workplace settings.
- 3-5 day intensive retreats
All of our programs – whether for general audiences or custom-designed for your group, incorporate the following elements:
- individual, small group, and full group work (within the context of a workshop or retreat).
- personal practices which “embody” mind-body-spirit as they support the objectives and related skills toward the changes you seek.
- building practice plans and partnering with co-learners to keep the work going when you’re back home.