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Riyaz Motan, MFT ~ Embodied Presence: Listening and Guiding from Wholeness

Monday, July 6, 2020 @ 10:00am-12:00noon (Pacific Time)

This event is for healers — psychotherapists, counselors, interns, psychology students, transformational coaches, spiritual counselors, holistic practitioners, body/mind workers and other related healers that are interested the therapeutic applications of nondual wisdom. It is an invitation to explore our healing work as a sacred path of embodied awakening. 

In addition to our training and theoretical understanding, many of us also have our own spiritual practices that support and inform us in our work.  Riyaz Motan invites us to more deeply embody and integrate our spiritual realization into our work with clients.  In attuning to presence, and listening and relating from our deepest ground, we facilitate the embodiment and expression of our essential qualities of being. Compassion, wisdom, clarity, creativity, joy, intuition, and more, all arise spontaneously and effortlessly. This not only transforms our work, it invites us, and our clients, into a deeper discovery of authentic being.

This webinar presents an introduction to the fundamentals of this nondual approach to healing work. Riyaz will be introducing the theoretical orientation, some of the basic practices, as well as the main benefits of this presence-based approach, that he will be teaching in more depth during his 4-week course, “Embodied Presence:  Listening and Guiding from Wholeness” that begins on July 10.

The course will explore the following areas:

~ Listening, speaking, and relating from embodied presence.

~ Being the context, not getting lost in content

~ Learning to rest in, and trust, the unknown.

~ Energetic resonance; listening with your whole being/whole body.

~ Creating ‘experiential portals’; honing in on your clients’ beliefs, feelings, sensations, and the relational field to facilitate spontaneous and deep discovery.

~ Inviting the client to explore their experience from unconditional presence; helping them to drop below the problem-solving mind, to be fully present and open, and to allow for the spontaneous unfolding of their experience.

~ Exploring the foundational role of energetic transmission in the healing relationship.

Riyaz Motan, MFT is a licensed psychotherapist and has been in practice for over 20 years. He has been a long-time clinical supervisor to students and interns, as well as serving as an adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies. In 2013, Riyaz took over teaching The Art of Listening at CIIS from his mentor, John Prendergast, PhD., who is a seminal figure and pioneer in the nondual approach to psychotherapy.

From early on in his career, Riyaz has been interested in the integration of Eastern wisdom traditions with Western Psychology. His particular passion is on a nondual approach to psychotherapy, and he offers consultation, trainings, groups, and presentations on this integrated approach.


Suggested donation: $15 to $25
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.

The event will be recorded and emailed to participants within 48 hours.
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Monday, July 6
10:00am-12:00noon (Pacific Time)
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