(831) 277-9348 boneknowing@gmail.com

Workshops/Groups/Events

Led by Jennifer Allen, local author of Bone Knowing, artist, art therapist (ATR-BC) and licensed psychotherapist (MFT).

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Upcoming Workshops:  

Rising Up and Digging Deep   – Big Sur Solo Fast 

With the many changes we are all experiencing in the world, it is an important time to rise up and meet the situation collectively and this may require us to dig deep, individually—taking inventory, shedding old ways, stepping into new practices that support well-being for ALL.  Join us, 8/30-9/6  at the western edge of the continent, on the traditional lands of the Esselen, in Big Sur California, as we gather together in community and ceremony on this potent land. The program will include a three-day solo-fast, breathwork, creativity, reflective dialogue, community building, mindfulness-based somatic work, and earth-based practices. There will be two group calls: one supporting preparation two weeks before, and one supporting reincorporation two weeks after. This 6-day opportunity to connect deeply with self, nature and others will be led by Weston Pew pathwaystoresilience.net  with Jennifer Allen, LMFT, ATR-BC  *We keep updated on and hold to COVID-19 safety precautions which may change as we near 8/30. Cancelation due to COVID-19 is 100%

Weston Pew grew up in the mountains of Montana and has been working with youth and adults in wilderness settings since he was 18. For the past 8-years, his work and studies have focused on the creation of transformational containers for individuals and groups that bridge the ancient practices of meditation, nature connection, rites of passage, contemplative dialog, and ceremony, with the cutting-edge fields of adult developmental theory, narrative therapy, leadership coaching, and community psychology.  He holds a MA in experiential education from Prescott College and another MA in depth psychology with a focus on community, liberation, indigenous and ecopsychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute. He currently lives in Seattle, WA, where he runs individual and group programming through his organization Pathways to Resilience. Questions & register  westonpew@yahoo.com

Jennifer Allen, LMFT, ATR-BC is a psychotherapist and art therapist in private practice since 2001. She holds a certificate in psychedelic assisted psychotherapy and facilitates workshops using her Art for Access Process to facilitate intuitive knowing & integrate non-ordinary states. She has practiced earth-based traditions for 19 years, is an ongoing student/practitioner of Andean Cosmology since 2013, and lives in the beauty of Big Sur.

Clinician’s Experiential Integration Retreat

An Experiential  3-day Retreat for Clinicians 9/25-27. FULL
With the renaissance of psychedelic medicines, it’s important for clinicians to be familiar with how they work and, especially, how to support their client’s integration of their experience.
 
This 3-day retreat will provide practical information, integration practices, and experiential opportunities. Clinicians will learn navigation and integration skills of non-ordinary terrain, while working with their own psycho-spiritual development. Day 1 Ketamine experience: holding space, navigation and group integration. Day 2 + 3 Didactic and experiential integration, breathwork and holding space.
 
 Led by Jennifer Allen, LMFT, ATR-BC and Cristin Devine, LMFT and Dr. jamie Woods (assisting with ketamine Day 1).  Open to  healthcare clinicians and clergy. At Kayru Lodge – a private yurt/residence in Big Sur (25 min from Carmel). Options to stay on the land for the full retreat experience. Limited to 8 to accommodate COVID-19 safety protocol. Social distancing, masks, hand sanitizer, and maximizing time outside will used for safety. Simple hot food (soups) will be provided for lunch, as well as hot/cold teas and pre-packaged snacks.  Directions and intake for breathwork and ketamine provided upon registration.

Helping Your Clients Integrate Non-Ordinary States

Within this 3-day retreat, there will be 12 hours that meet the qualifications of continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. There will be an additional $10 fee for the entire 3-day course ($395 is for the 12 hour CE content). The goal of this workshop is to orient clinicians to non-ordinary states their clients’ may be experiencing (not limited to psychedelic experience) and increase their skill sets in assisting with the integration of these experiences. Clinicians will be able to:

  • Identify and define Set, Setting and Integration as they pertain to psychedelic medicine in mental health research. 
  • Identify 4 different sources of non-ordinary state. 
  • Define “spiritual emergency” and discuss its relationship to integration. 
  • Acquire basic information about the legal use of ketamine for mental health and list 2 conditions it has efficacy with treating. 
  • Distinguish 3 ways in which traditional psychotherapy and integration are different. 
  • Identify 3 psychological theories/methods that lend themselves well to integration. 
  • Apply the 5 steps of Jennifer’s Art for Access integration technique for integration.
  • Identify and distinguish the 3 catagoriies of a client’s psycho-spiritual center of gravity. 
  • List Bourzat’s 5 aspect of human experience and 3 qualities that infuse them as part of her structure to integrate. 

This course is led by Jennifer Allen, LMFT, ATR-BC and Cristin Devine, LMFT, who both received certificates in Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy from CIIS (2018). Jennifer has also received Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy training (KTC 2019). Jennifer currently provides ketamine assisted psychotherapy and both provide integration services. 

This course meets the qualifications for 12 hours of continuing education. Jennifer Allen (MFT38327 exp. 2/28/21/ CEPA provider #4493) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs and interns. Cristin DeVine (LMFT49982 exp 6/30/22) will be co-presenting (PO box 3757 Carmel CA 93921 (831) 233-0834). 

Jennifer maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. For any grievances or to request accomodations for special needs– please contact Jennifer at (831) 277-9348  boneknowing@gmail.com. Certificates of completion will be awarded upon receipt of evaluations after course is complete. For more about Jennifer click here

Please contact Jennifer before registering  boneknowing@gmail.com./831-277-9348

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Women’s Wisdom Circle

Cultivating the Divine Feminine with Earth-Based practices, Creativity and Dreamwork

In a beautiful natural setting, we will gather and weave a collective wisdom basket through experiential learning and sharing. From connecting to the natural world, to drum journeys, to intuitive art process, to unfolding the medicine of your dreams, to connecting deeply with other women—Jennifer will introduce practices and hold space/facilitate this important weaving of women’s wisdom. 

Tea, light snacks and art supplies provided. Space is limited to 8. Contact Jennifer with questions and before registering to confirm time/day availability. Jennifer Allen brings her background of creativity, earth-based practices, Peruvian Shamanism and 20 years of Medicine Wheel Women’s Council.  

2020 schedule (six month commitment) 

Monthly Saturdays 9am -1pm *

Opening enrollment for Summer/Fall 2020: 7/12, 8/22 (all day retreat), 10/3, 12/5

4 groups (includes an all-day retreat) $450, $425 (repeat attendees), $375 (sliding scale), $275 (student). If you’d like to contribute to a scholarship fund for those needing it, extra payment will go to that fund. PayPal options will offer this option.  

Please contact Jennifer with questions and before payment if you are a new member. Payment options: Venmo: Jennifer-Allen-7. Check to 26485 Carmel Rancho bBvd suite #5 Carmel, CA. 93923 or PayPal below (3% fee added). 

Registration open through 8/22 (no discount for missed sessions) Cancelation policy: 3+ weeks = 75% refund, 2-3weeks = 50% refund, no refund less than 2 weeks. If COVID-19 restrictions prevent us from meeting in person, we will meet via zoom. As much as safely possible, we will meet in person, and that may mean being outside, with masks, keeping social distance. Due to COVID-19, group will be limited to 8.  PayPal payment adds 3%

 

Fee scale/scholarship donation

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Psychedelic Integration Ongoing Groups

Growing Corn with Your Non-Ordinary Experiences

Whether you are exploring consciousness with psychedelics or experiencing other non-ordinary states from methods like holotropic breathwork, integrating the experience can make the difference between having an “interesting” time and “growing corn.” The latter nourishes the soul, spirit and body with the growth possible in such an experience, no matter if it was pleasant or challenging.

The group creates a safe place to share your (NOS) experiences, integrate them, and grow not only yourself, but the group. We will use Shamanic drum journey, art process and writing to unfold the experience further while weaving it into daily life with practices. When we respect the medicines by fully integrating their messages, we are in “right relationship” and they can continue to teach us, well after the experience. Practices and information that support Set, Setting and Integration will be also be woven into the group experience. On site group: Tea and Art supplies provided. Bring a journal and eye shades. Space is limited to 10. 

Jennifer brings her background of psychotherapy, art therapy, psychedelic assisted psychotherapy and shamanic/earth-based practices to this work. She will hold space and facilitate her Art for Access process, as well as introduce applicable practices and information.  

2020 schedule (six month commitment) 

NEW – Online option Monthly Friday 9am-12pm PST 7/24, 8/21, 9/11, 10/2, 12/4 Limited to 9

On-site group: 4pm-7pm     FULL                             

Fridays Monthly* 7/24, 8/21 (extended retreat day 1-7), 10/2, 12/4

4 sessions (1 is double session) $250, $225 (repeat attendees), and $175 (sliding scale).  If you’d like to contribute to a scholarship fund for those needing it, extra payment will go to that fund. PayPal options will offer this option.  

Please contact Jennifer with questions and before payment if you are a new member. Payment options: Venmo: Jennifer-Allen-7. Check to 26485 Carmel Rancho bBvd suite #5 Carmel, CA. 93923 or PayPal below (3% fee added). 

Now Enrolling –

enrollment options

Registration open through 8/22 (no discount for missed sessions) Cancelation policy: 3+ weeks = 75% refund, 2-3weeks = 50% refund, no refund less than 2 weeks. On site group: If COVID-19 restrictions prevent us from meeting in person, we will meet via zoom. As much as safely possible, we will meet in person, and that may mean being outside, with masks, keeping social distance. Due to COVID-19, group will be limited to 10.  

Art Workshops

A day of Breathwork and Art

Exploring Expanded States of Consciousness  

Our very own breath offers us an experience of Expanded State of Consciousness on par with those from psychedelics, the difference being that we can turn the volume up or down on the experience at will. This is an opportunity to safely explore expanded states with the insight and healing potentials they bring, in a well-held space. Music is a big part of this work and carries “breathers” through the experience from start to finish. Each participant will have a breathing session, time to integrate with art and an opportunity to “sit” for another breather.  Contraindications: epilepsy, heart disease, detached retina, glaucoma, pregnancy, schizophrenia, stroke. If you have asthma- bring inhaler. 

Saturday  7/25/20  9am-5:15 pm $150  (student/intern $95 repeat attendees $100) Please register by 3/1/2020.

A light, nutritious lunch & art supplies provided. Bring journal. Dress comfortably in layers. *Due to COVID-19 restrictions (which may change as we near this date), space is limited to 10, (5 breathers at at time), dispersed at safe distances inside and outside, with sitters wearing masks at a distance. Once registered, your will receive confirmation, directions, and a  health questionnaire. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer. Cancelation policy: 3+ weeks = 75% refund, 2-3weeks = 50% refund, no refund less than 2 weeks. Jennifer will lead on her own with 6 or less people.

Fee Options

 

Jennifer Allen, LMFT, ATR-BC and Cristin DeVine, LMFT will facilitate this workshop. Both Jennifer and Cristin have certification in Psychedelic Therapies and Research from California Institute of Integral Studies. Jennifer is currently training in Holotropic Breathwork and is trained in ketamine assisted therapy. Cristin is a trained Vision Quest Guide and in Soul Craft work and Imago therapy for couples. Both Cristin and Jennifer have private practices in Carmel and have extensive experience in earth-based traditions and Andean Cosmology and bring a shamanic component to the breathwork. 

Psychedelic Integration

Growing Corn with Your Expanded States of Consciousness (ESC)

Whether you are exploring consciousness with psychedelics or experiencing other expanded states from methods like holotropic breathwork, vision quest, or dreams, integrating the experience can make the difference between having an “interesting” time and “growing corn.” The latter nourishes the mind, body and soul with the growth possible in such an experience, no matter if it was pleasant or challenging.

The workshop uses shamanic drum journey, felt-sense, art, writing and ritual to unfold the experience further and integrating the learning into daily life with ESC informed practices. When we respect the medicines/ESC by fully integrating their messages, we are in “right relationship” and they can continue to teach us, well after the experience. 

We will also cover basic harm-reduction education about psychedelics, including the importance of Set, Setting and Integration. 

2/1/19  9:30-4 $150. Snacks & art supplies provided. Bring a bag lunch & journal. Space is limited to 10.

Fee Options

Licensed therapists will learn experientially how this process applies to clients and will receive a handout to assist them in their practice. 6 CEUs for 1-day (BBS provider #4493) Jennifer Allen is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs and interns. Jennifer maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Unveiling the Dream

Cultivating Dream Medicine Through Shamanic Journey, Art and Writing

In our dreamtime, we are gifted gems from our soul —of healing, wisdom, guidance, and growth. Often, they dissolve upon waking into the busy world, not having a chance to inform our lives—or they are left as interesting stories that are never integrated into our conscious reality. In this 4-hour experiential workshop, you will learn how to organize your dream in 3 steps, re-enter it, take it to the next level, glean the gems, and enrich your life with new practices. No experience necessary. Just bring a dream – recent or past.

No art experience necessary. One-day 9:30-4 $150. Snacks and art supplies provided. Bring a bag lunch & journal. Space is limited to 10.

Licensed therapists will learn experientially how this process applies to clients and will receive a packet to assist them in their practice. 6 CEUs for 1-day (BBS provider #4493) Jennifer Allen is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs and interns. Jennifer maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Drawing from Nature

Where Inner and Outer Worlds Meet

The natural world offers an abundance of sensory metaphors that teach us about ourselves, as we take the time to deepen our connection to it through the practice of drawing and painting nature. There is no need to “know how,” only a willingness to trust the creative process. Meditative observation shifts our vision. We “see” with new eyes, allowing inner and outer worlds to meet and begin weaving together scattered threads of our lives with new meaning. Using the four directions of the Medicine Wheel as ways to see, we allow ourselves to be moved by the nature world.

No art experience necessary. One-day 9:30-4 $150. Snacks and art supplies provided. Bring a bag lunch & journal. Wear layers and a hat. Space is limited to eight.

Licensed therapists will learn experientially how this process applies to clients and will receive a packet to assist them in their practice. 6 CEUs for 1-day (BBS provider #4493) Jennifer Allen is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs and interns. Jennifer maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Wild Heart Painting

Creating Unique Expressions for Gifting

Step 1: Paint like nobody’s watching. Learn how to let music help you channel emotions to the page.
Step 2: Be surprised by how many mini paintings are inside each painting and how to intuit who to gift each one to.
Step 3: Let the image help you to find the right words.
Step 4: Fire up the heart and send some meaningful gifts!

Dance your paint and create gift cards that are genuine and personal. I will be your guide with mixed media techniques and practices that help access open-hearted expression. Dissolve creative blocks, give from the heart.
No art experience necessary. One-day 9:30-4 $150. Snacks and art supplies provided. Bring a bag lunch & journal. Space is limited to 10.

Licensed therapists will learn experientially how this process applies to clients and will receive a packet to assist them in their practice. 6 CEUs for 1-day (BBS provider #4493) Jennifer Allen is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs and interns. Jennifer maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Bone Knowing

Accessing Inner Wisdom Through Art Process, Felt Sense, & Writing

What do you know deep in your bones? In the fast-paced world we live in, it can be difficult to access the wisdom we yearn for to guide us in relationships, life challenges, and creative blocks. Working from the “bones-up,” residual inhibitions around creativity drop away as we leave the realm of thought and enter the body for guidance via “felt-sense.” From this place of presence, creating is spontaneous and opens access to knowing beyond our thinking mind. Imagery is explored further through writing & group sharing.

No art experience necessary. One-day 9:30-4 $150. Snacks and art supplies provided. Bring a bag lunch & journal. Space is limited to eight.

Licensed therapists will learn experientially how this process applies to clients and will receive a packet to assist them in their practice. 6 CEUs for 1-day (BBS provider #4493) Jennifer Allen is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs and interns. Jennifer maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Following Your Own Thread

Supported Art Process for Personal Work
This one-day workshop is open to those who have completed the Bone Knowing or other applicable workshops with me. It uses the same concepts of sensing into the body, art-making, and writing to access intuitive wisdom.
This is an opportunity to “drop-in” for some personal work and creativity with guidance as-needed. I begins each session with guided sit and art directive and concludes with a sharing circle.
No art experience necessary. One-day 10-3 $95. Snacks and art supplies provided. Bring a bag lunch, old shirt/apron & journal. Space is limited to 10.

Grief Tending

Using Art and Ritual

Loss is a universal human experience. Whether it is a loss of a dear one, a relationship, a home, or health, grief is the response. Too often we avoid grief, believing there isn’t a place or time to support it. When grief gets pushed down, it saps our energy. The irony is that the very feeling we fear can be the doorway to healing, transformation, and being fully alive. Take the time to open the door and tend to your grief while being held in the nurturing environment of the canyon yurt. We will use life-affirming creativity, sensing into the body, ritual, and writing to encourage and support transformative movement through the grief you have been carrying—no matter how long it has been. Participants’ experiences are enriched through witnessing and being witnessed by other group members.

No art experience necessary. One-day 9:30-4 $150. Snacks and art supplies provided. Bring a bag lunch & journal. Space is limited to 10.

Licensed therapists will learn experientially how this process applies to clients and will receive a packet to assist them in their practice. 6 CEUs for 1-day (BBS provider #4493) Jennifer Allen is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs and interns. Jennifer maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Friday Morning Express Workshop

The Art of Using Art in Your Practice

Meet one Friday morning a month with a small group of colleagues and get comfortable with using art in your practice. 4 session series with focus on:

Why media matters, using art to build and assess relationship, resourcing with art and bilateral stimulation, promoting emotional literacy with art, using art to support your client’s grief process, and somatic art process. Art application for adults, children and families. This is a hands-on experiential class, with didactic content and consult/case examples. Bring creativity into your life and practice!

Licensed therapists only. No art experience needed. 4-pack series $300 16 CEs limited to 8 (BBS provider #4493) Jennifer Allen is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs and interns. Jennifer maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Testimonials

Jennifer was present, loving, and clear.

Janet Thomas

LCSW, Creator of BreakFree

Jennifer was outstanding. I would definitely recommend this workshop. It is a ‘must attend’ for therapists.

Ute Bender

LMFT, Canyon Yurt workshop

Contact Jennifer

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26485 Carmel Rancho Blvd.,
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Carmel, CA 93923

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Email

boneknowing@gmail.com