Thursday, April 29, 2010

Living in Process; by Anne Wilson Schaef

Living in Process

The purpose of Living in Process® retreats is to learn about a way of life that focuses on healing and offers a path for spiritual growth. We have an opportunity to live in process and in community while learning to confront our addictive processes and behaviors. Our focus is on holistic healing.

Anyone involved in their own life journey who wants to participate in a supportive learning and healing environment is welcome. Recovering addicts, their friends and families, survivors of incest and abuse, healthcare professionals, ministers, addiction counselors, and other individuals involved in personal growth may find Intensive Workshops helpful in their choice and ability to feel and to live more fully and joyfully.

Participants often comment on the respectful, non-controlling, non-judgmental environment they experience and the network of support they have developed from participating in Intensives. Healing and transformation are possible!

Living in Process® work is not therapy, nor is it based on the scientific model out of which therapy comes. It is a way of living that is based on holistic science, rather than the limited technological model of western culture. Connected with traditions of native cultures, it is community-based, participatory, safe, respectful, and spiritually-grounded.

Facilitators have worked active 12-Step recovery programs and have participated in Living in Process work with Anne Wilson Schaef for a number of years. Additional support is provided by individuals participating in Living Process work and their own recovery programs.
Registration for Intensive Workshops and other information is available by contacting the primary facilitator listed below. Costs vary depending on the location and facilities and the length of the Intensive.

Background Resources: We suggest the following books by Anne Wilson Schaef:

Meditations for Living in Balance: Daily Solutions for People Who Do Too Much
Living in Process: Basic Truths for Living the Path of the Soul
Beyond Therapy, Beyond Science: A New Model For Healing the Whole Person
Women's Reality: An Emerging Female System in a White Male Society
When Society Becomes an Addict
Escape From Intimacy: Untangling the "Love" Addictions
Codependence: Misunderstood/Mistreated
The Addictive Organization (with D. Fassel)
Native Wisdom for White Minds
Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much
Meditations for People Who (May) Worry Too Much.

We appreciate your interest in our work. Below is a list of North American Intensives which are being offered and facilitated by people who have been involved for some time with and are currently participating in the Living in Process® Training program with Anne Wilson Schaef. Dr. Schaef accepts participants from these Trainee-facilitated Intensives, upon recommendation of one of the facilitators, into the year-long Living in Process® Training program. If Living in Process Training is of interest to you, please talk to the facilitators at an Intensive.

The North Amercian 2010 intensive schedule is as follows:
May 6 - 9 Lancaster, Ontario, Canada Kathy O'Brien 416-924-0027
July 24 - 30 Boulder Hot Springs, Boulder, MT Wilson Schaef Associates 406-225-9171
October 13 - 17 Alfred, Maine Doug Brown OR

Barb Reiter

October 27 - 31 Stony Point, NY Wilson Schaef Associates 406-225-9171
November 6 - 12 Boulder Hot Springs, Boulder, MT Wilson Schaef Associates 406-225-9171

To download a PDF version of the above schedule, click here: 2010 Intensive schedule

Please note: Intensives are also being planned for other locations. Please call our office at 406-225-9171 or continue to check our web-site for the most up-to-date information.

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Banana This; Recycle Old Peels~ fertilizer or silver polish

There are things you can do with that old peel.

1. Do you have a green thumb? House hold plants and outside gardens require fertilization. A great way to give your plants nutrients is with a banana peel. The banana peel is very rich in potassium and phosphorus, which give that added boost to your plants soil, especially so with roses. Here is how to use a banana peel to fertilizer your soil for your plants. Remove the peel from the banana. Place the banana peel on a cookie sheet to let it air dry. Grab a paper bag or envelope. Crumble the dried banana peel and place it in the bag. Let the banana sit at room temperature for about two days. When your caring for your plant, give it a potassium treat of crumbled banana peel. Mix well in the soil to ensure the roots are fed evenly.
2. Have you been thinking about pulling out that old silver? Well there is no time like the present. Bananas peel can also be used to polish silver. Yes, polish silver. Take the old peels and place them in a blender. You want the peels to become smooth and creamy. Once they have, grab a cloth and small amounts of the creamed banana peel and begin polishing your silver. The shine will be breath taking.


Wild yeasts exist in the air around you and to some extent on the wheat berries. There are wild yeasts on grapes (unsulphured) and apples and other fruits. It is those wild yeasts which are 'captured' to make a sourdough starter. The process takes from 3 to 5 days. I wish I had specific amounts for you, but you could start with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of flour and mix in enough warm (not hot) water to make a thin paste. DO NOT make it too soupy. That, in fact, is the trick to a good starter, according to the French bread makers, and I think they should know. And after you've fooled around with the flour and water thing, you might wish to branch out into adding those unsulphured grapes, apples, sour milk, etc as a catalyst in order to capture other strains of yeast. Each of these strains has a slightly different taste. In fact if you move to another area, you might end up with a starter that produces an entirely different flavor. For instance, San Francisco sourdough bread is well known and has a distinct taste due to the wild strains in the air there. On day one you mix the flour and water (and add any catalysts to encourage fermentation) and place in a warm spot. After 3 days, the dough should be moist, inflated, and slightly sour. More flour and water is added (mixed in) and left to sit in a warm spot. After 2 days the process is repeated. Then the next day it is done again. Note the order: 3 days, 2 days, 1 day. At this point you should be able to make a loaf of bread using part of the starter and adding back what you took out in the form of more flour and water. Rule of thumb: Use about 10% starter to size of loaf. In the case of a 2 lb loaf this is a bit over 3 oz of starter (3.2 to be exact). For a 1 lb loaf 1.5 oz would be used. A book that describes this process in great detail is The Village Baker by Joe Ortiz, copyright 1993, published by Ten Speed Press, Berkley CA. If it's not still in print, try the used books stores, that's where I got mine. Or try your local library. If they don't have it, they might be able to get it for you. ©2008 by Ernestina Parziale

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