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June 18th, 2019

“As I step into the classroom with Madeline, I am aware of a spaciousness that few other facilitators offer, giving adequate time for self-reflection and digestion of the material.  The spaciousness is well-supported by experiential learning and practical teachings.  Madeline’s work—both within her own life and in facilitating others—speaks clearly through the profound space she holds for learning, and healing, to happen.”

Nikki Manzie, Program Director, – Yoga Therapy and Eastern Therapies Pacific Rim College Victoria B.C.

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Jun 05, 2019

Pleasure and Safety

I’m recently back from teaching a trauma workshop in Israel. The lingering effects of historical trauma and the present-day conflict makes trauma a critical topic for this country. Teaching in this context pushes me to think deeper about pleasure, and its role in supporting trauma recovery and living in on-going stressful times. Read more >

May 15, 2019

Learn to Trust Pleasure

A while ago, I was musing about the need to trust pleasure. I thought, "What would our lives be like if we trusted the experience of pleasure more?" Our culture teaches us that pleasure is not quite to be trusted. Have you ever found yourself feeling suspicious of pleasure? You know it might lead you astray from the “more important things of life?” Or, maybe we think we don’t really deserve it or perhaps it’s just the impact of that primitive brain that’s always on alert for the next bad thing to happen. Its message is: Don’t relax. You have to stay on guard for potential danger to survive. Read more >

Apr 17, 2019

The Vibrations of Pleasure

I've been working with a few groups lately on the theme of pleasure. I love talking about my work on the road and online, as I learn so much from the group experience. Recently, what emerged as we explored pleasure as an “in the body experience" was how pleasure could be noticed as different vibrations in the body. Of course, we know the vibration of the sensual and erotic aspect of pleasure – that spring in the step, and whole-body buzz, but what about the subtler aspects? Read more >