Category Archives: Healing

Breath in the Body in the Boy

Tenderness through birth and through death makes landing and take-off smoother. 🙂 Every thought, has a birth and later, a death. Imbued with tenderness and loving kindness (along with a pinch of passion & purity), it’s more likely to live a … Continue reading

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Trauma and Peace

Prickle and Peace My living room Buddha and cactus inspire a possible sequence for getting to the informed and compassionate action required for healing and transforming the gargantuan backlog of accumulated and self-perpetuating trauma in our human race (whew – … Continue reading

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The Healing Power of Sound

by Hugh Smiley Watching David Suzuki’s Sonic Magic – the Wonder and Science of Sound, I was struck (like a bell) by the ferocious shift in big city ‘soundscapes’ over the last century. The ringing of church bells, once heard … Continue reading

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The Voice of the Therapist

The Therapist’s Voice in Mindfulness-Based, Body-Centered Psychotherapy (a workshop) The human vocal apparatus is part of the body and much more. We create (or destroy) our worlds through words we speak and sing, sounds we utter. Different qualities of the … Continue reading

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Single-Pane Protection

February frost on my office window. Love the juxtaposition of the hot, desert plants just inches away from freezing Arctic air (40 below zero). If the single-pane window were to be opened, the plants would die. Their defence mechanisms (thorns … Continue reading

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Flamenco as a Healing Path

  Ongoing workshop/class every other Thursday evening. A testimonial from last season: “In these special classes, Hugh has connected the soulful, story-rich world of Flamenco and the inner world of his students, teaching the art form and drawing out from … Continue reading

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Non-Verbal Awareness: Hakomi workshop in Toronto Oct. 4-6, 2013

Non-Verbal Communication expresses who we are, our present experience, our personal story, as well as what we expect and what we really need from each other. The learning is done experientially, using a quiet, calm state of mind, and doing … Continue reading

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Flamenco for Healing & Resilience: weekly Toronto Wed. class

This is a unique and dynamic integration of personal growth and integration with a passionate art-form through mindfulness and improvisation. Students are empowered to teach at an early stage. Flamenco as a Healing Art – 4 classes – $80 (save … Continue reading

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Listening Deeply

Listening to the Inner Sound or Audible Life Stream is a wave of the future. Most people don’t know about it and have not heard it or at least are not aware that they have. The sound is not only … Continue reading

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Hakomi and the Creative Process: Visiting the Artist & Warrior Archetypes – June 8-9, 2013 Toronto

The creative process, both in art and “making life work”, requires the reflective and visionary sensibilities of the Artist as well as the passion, courage and fire of the Warrior. These two archetypes, in many ways, are polar opposites. In … Continue reading

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