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 Other Workshops

Awakening to Life and Death:
An Empowerment Workshop

The time to prepare for any trauma or illness that brings us face to face with our mortality is not at the point of the diagnosis or of the unexpected occurrence.  We prepare ourselves to meet such challenges by the way in which we choose to live our daily lives.
                                          ~ Dawn Nelson in Making Friends with Cancer

This Workshop will

  • support you in exploring strategies for health, healing and empowered living
  • give you tools to help you cope with a life threatening illness or other trauma
  • assist you in making conscious choices and life affirming decisions
  • help you shape and build your own models for healing
  • invite you to practice mindful awakening to life and death

This Workshop is for

  • anyone living with a chronic or life threatening illness
  • anyone who loves someone with a chronic or life threatening illness
  • professional, volunteer and family caregivers
  • medical professionals, therapists, bodyworkers and healers
  • anyone interested in exploring new paradigms for health and healing

Workshop fee:  By Donation 

Fee includes all art materials and workbook. 
Signed copies of Dawn’s book, Making Friends with Cancer are
available during workshops, while supplies last.

Next Workshop: Walnut Creek
Contact Dawn for next date available.

Relax – Release – Renew
a workshop for couples
Dawn Nelson & Barry Barankin

For any two people in an ongoing, committed relationship, this one-day workshop will support you in

  • relating to your partner without blame or criticalness
  • experiencing more joy and spontaneity in your relationship
  • deepening contact and intimacy with your partner
  • clarifying your life and relationship goals

Dawn and Barry Dawn has been giving workshops of various kinds for over forty years. She is also an experienced grief counselor, couple's counselor, and meditation retreat leader. Barry, a practiced group facilitator and professional educator, has recently retired after 40 years as a much loved and honored teacher of English and Humanities (as well as Dean of Students for the past decade) at the Head Royce School

in Oakland, California. Barry and Dawn have been evolving their own relationship as parenting and life partners since 1972. They have raised three children together and currently enjoy four grandchildren.

Participant Responses:

This workshop was one of the best things we’ve ever done
for our relationship.

We learned new things about each other and had fun in the process!

I highly recommend this day which is full of insightful exercises and creative, playful “aha” experiences!

Next Workshop: Contact Dawn for dates and details.
Walnut Creek, California