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Relationship and Spiritual Seminar with Shakti Durga

Shakti Durga is coming from Australia to provide a nurturing seminar, blending guidance from her "Empowering Relationships" and "Ignite Your Spirit" seminars.

She is a householder, mother and wife, spiritual entrepreneur, author, musician and teacher, as well as an inspiration to many people.

She teaches a range of seminars and spiritual tools to ignite the spirit of every person. Whether receiving her blessing or studying with her, people just seem to get happier. Something fabulous happens to the spirit; vitality and zest for life are enhanced along with a sense of empowerment and freedom that is truly invigorating. Her straight forward, progressive philosophies are derived from both Eastern and Western sources of spiritual instruction. She helps us to understand the world in which we live and the things that happen to us, leading to inner peace and a feeling of being ok with life.

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Beyond Mindfulness

Now that the holidays are over, remove that stress as you move into the new year. Start it off in the right life-changing direction.
Recently featured on "60 Minutes" with Anderson Cooper, as well as being practiced by elite coaches Phil Jackson and Pete Carroll, the benefits of practicing mindfulness are understood. Learning how to practice, and taking it to the next level, The Graduate Institute wants to serve our community with the free workshop, "Beyond Mindfulness." 
Here are just some of the benefits that await you with this knowledge and practice.
  •          Synchronize your breath and heartbeat.
  •          Strengthen the depth of your heart.
  •          Enter more easily the sweet spot for learning.
  •          Find deeper peace and power.
  •          Handle higher levels of challenge with ease and grace.
  •          Choose your emotions.
  •          Many more to be discovered!
We hope to see you there!
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"Marketing Your Holistic Business"

January Meeting of the New Haven Chapter, Holistic Chamber of Commerce

The Holistic Chamber of Commerce New Haven Chapter will kick off its 2015 meeting Thursday, January 8th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at The Graduate Institute, located at 171 Amity Road in Bethany.

All are welcome to attend and explore the benefits of this unique organization. This is a great opportunity to find out how this local chapter can help support the growth of your business, and to establish professional relationships with other holistic practitioners. If you are a holistic practitioner of any kind, do business in a holistic and/or eco-friendly way, and/or want to help these businesses to grow, then the Holistic Chamber of Commerce might be just the boost you’re looking for.

The New Haven chapter is excited to have Audrey Bennett from the Center for the Holistic Practices and Psychotherapy as our speaker to talk about how to market and advertise your holistic business as well as having your own holistic practice.

For more information, contact New Haven chapter president Rosa Chyan at (203) 228-1777, or visit our website at

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OASIS Book Launch

Are you looking for calm in the chaos? A refreshing break in the midst of winter?

Join us this evening when International Coach, Author, Yale Instructor Millie Grenough and her OASIS in the Overwhelm™ Graduates celebrate the launch of their new book: "is oasis for you? 25 stories from people who said YES!"

Millie and the authors will share tips about how to use the OASIS 60-second sanity strategies for happier, healthier living


Millie Grenough created the OASIS Strategies during her recovery from a near-death accident in the midst of her own high-velocity lifestyle. Since then, thousands of people around the world have embraced her 60-second strategies to shake their stress and find greater balance, health and peace. This book brings you stories from 25 people who trained in Millie’s programs and found their personal oasis. They are people like you, from all walks of life—corporate executives, coaches, military, health workers, educators, parents. They are be-ing OASIS in their daily lives, and are rippling this out to others. Find out how these people found greater enjoyment and more vibrant health in their daily lives, and how you can do the same.

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Relationship as a Path of Awakening: Healing Conflict to Evolve Yours Soul’s Potential and Experience Bliss

The Graduate Institute presents an in depth workshop by Enrico Cheli, PhD on Friday December 12 from 7 to 9:30; Saturday December 13 from 9:30 to 5:00; and Sunday December 14 from 10:00 to 4:00

b2ap3_thumbnail_Enrico.jpgAre you seeking greater satisfaction and harmony in your relationships, especially with your closest friends, family and intimate partner?  Does difference, disagreement or conflict disrupt your life, drain your energy or limit the bliss and love you experience daily. The very disruptions that you seek to escape from may be the key to

  • psycho-spiritual growth,
  • personal enrichment
  • an escape from the obscurations that limit joy and
  • more fully engaging in life in ways that positively impact the world around you



We all want a sense of belonging without sacrificing our sense of self, but how do we do that?  This course is designed to help free ourselves from the need to conform and to repress our creativity in order to belong in an intimate relationship, family, or work situation. The energy that drives spiritual development lies in the polarity between the two very human drives, to be ourselves and to be connected to others. These drives manifest most dramatically in our one-on-one and group relationships, and in particular in our intimate relationships. Most of us could benefit from a wider repertoire of skillful alternatives with our partners and in our relationships at home or at work. Often we react based on patterns from our family of origin or from an emotional wound suffered earlier in life. The most effective way to avoid this cul-de-sac is to pursue an integral approach to psycho-spiritual development, taking 100% responsibility for our emotions, and developing deep compassion for ourselves, our intimate partners, and the many additional relationships we encounter daily

Each of us is faced with the simultaneous challenge of reconciling our need for autonomy and desire for acceptance and belonging.  Very few of us are able to skillfully express the fullness of our being in a way that engages us in genuine connection and helps the relationships and groups we are part of evolve further along the spiral of development. Only by creating a harmony between our deep desire to belong (to another, a family or a larger community) with our ambition to actualize our creative talents can we move beyond the unsatisfying dilemmas of isolation or enmeshment.

In this experiential weekend workshop you will learn to:

  • Re-pattern the reptilian brain to move beyond fear
  • Develop a deeper sense of safety even under stress
  • Dare to soften in the face of difference or disagreement
  • Try on new perspectives without being attached to any single point of view
  • Loosen  your harsh judgments of self and others
  • Become curious about your repeated patterns of self-sabotage
  • Develop a sense of humor and humility in the face of relationship challenges
  • Express your authentic self without giving up a sense of belonging
  • Find the deeper harmony beneath this tension of apparent opposites
  • No longer become trapped in either claustrophobia or isolation
  • More fully integrate your mind and body
  • Experience true communion without sacrificing your authenticity


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