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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:  

Clinicians & Practitioners  Experiential Integration Retreat

An Experiential  5-day Retreat for Clinicians and Practitioners  2024 dates:  6/20-24, 7/25-29, 9/12-16 Please contact Jennifer  for an application before paying.
 
 
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 5-day retreat will provide experiential opportunities, integration practices and practical information. Clinicians/Practitioners will learn preparation for, holding space for, and integration of – expanded states of awareness (ESA) while working with their own psycho-spiritual development. Experientials include a low dose oral and an IM ketamine* experience, breathwork, shamanic drum journey, art process, movement, ceremony, and group process work.

Those attending the retreat will have the option of an ongoing, year-long Growth Group where they engage in their personal unfoldment, commit to group process and learn skills to work with clients who request integration for ESA. This may include KAP clients who work with a KAP trained therapist for initial treatment and who need ongoing integration post home KAP sessions. * While this training is not a KAP training, it is a way to deepen that training and can be taken before or after it.

  • Ceremony as Set, Setting and Integration.
  • Spiritual emergence vs psychotic break.
  • Basics on the legal use of ketamine for mental health
  • Traditional psychotherapy vs integration.
  • Respecting the client’s innate healing intelligence (inner healer).
  • Theories/methods that lend themselves well to integration.
  • Using Mythology vs Woundology perceptual shift.
  • Art for Access integration technique.
  • 3 categories of a client’s psycho-spiritual center of gravity.

Jennifer, licensed therapist, and Cristin, spiritual counselor and retired therapist, are both  graduates of the CIIS Certification in Psychedelic Therapy and Research program, full mesa-carriers and long-time students of Andean Cosmology and earth-based practices. Jennifer brings her art therapy and yoga to the mix and Cristin brings her experience in wilderness rites of passage and depth psychology, and Nia movement,  making their offering creative, intuitive and  connected to the natural world. Both are trained in and practice Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy.

Professional medical provider, Julie Vilardi, PMHNP, is trained in ketamine therapy, and will be present for and administer the ketamine.

The retreats take place at  Kayru Lodge – a beautiful, private yurt at a Big Sur residence (25 min from Carmel). It is highly encouraged to stay on the land for the full experience. Limited to 12. Covid vaccinations/negative tests are recommended. Current safety precautions will be observed. One healthy meal/day will be provided as well as coffee/teas. For more information and an application, please contact Jennifer or Cristin.

2024 rate $1,560. Early bird special – $1,460 (registering 3+ months prior), previous attendees $1,360. Payment instructions provided only after application has been confirmed. *Intake with medical provider is separate and between participant and medical provider.

Lodging options include a few paid private options or camping on the land/sleepingbag space in yurt (no fee).

 

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.

Sundays 3/10, 4/14, 7/7 and 10/27 9am-4pm pm $200 (student/intern $100)  Please register via payment two weeks before Jennifer-Allen-7 and complete intake.

A simple nutritious lunch & art supplies are provided. Bring a journal, water bottle, favorite pillow, eye shades and chapstick. Dress comfortably in layers. Space is limited to 12. Once registered, your will receive confirmation and directions, Jennifer. Cancelation policy: 3+ weeks = 75% refund, 2-3weeks = 50% refund, no refund less than 2 weeks.

Jennifer Allen, LMFT, ATR-BC will facilitate this experience. Jennifer holds 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, depth hypnosis and yoga. Jennifer is a student of  Andean Cosmology, is a full mesa carrier and brings 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.

Sunday  9:00-4 $200. Snacks & art supplies provided. Bring a bag lunch & journal. Space is limited to 10.

 

Expanded States Integration – Ongoing Groups

Growing Corn with  Expanded States of Consciousness

Whether you are exploring consciousness with psychedelics or experiencing other expanded 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 (ESA) 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 12.

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.

Women Integrating States of Sacredness- Wisos  

Saturdays Big Sur Monthly 9:30-1. – six month commitmen

2024 schedule (six month commitment)

Monthly Saturdays 2 -6pm unless otherwise noted

Winter -Spring: 1/20, 2/9 3/9 4/13, 5/11, 6/15

Summer-Fall: 7/6, 8/17 (all day retreat), 9/7, 10/19, 11/16 

6 months:  $375  ($350/$325 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 or note it on your venmo payment.

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

Registration opens for winter on 11/17/23  Cancelation policy: 3+ weeks = 75% refund, 2-3weeks = 50% refund, no refund less than 2 weeks. On site group following current COVID-19 safety protocol.

Online options for integration:

Monday Morning Art for Access Integration: Making the most of your  journey.

Dive deeply for those gems and let them inform your daily life. Jennifer Allen facilitates this group using a creative integration process she developed to work with expanded states of consciousness—whether they be from a psychedelic journey, breathwork, dreams etc..  A shamanic drum journey facilitates re-entry into the experience so that it may unfold further through art process and stream-of-consciousness writing.  Participants will need to have colored art media available, paper, a comfortable place to lie down and eye shades.

2024 schedule: Mondays 9am-12pm

1/15, 2/12, 3/11, 4/8, 5/6, 6/10

10-15 participants (2.5-3 hours depending on group size)

$300 for 6 month commitment . Venmo: Jennifer-Allen-7 Contact Jennifer 

Integration Consulting & Mentoring:                                                                               Learning how to support clients in the integration of expanded states.  

Virtual monthly -Tuesdays 4-7pm PST  (10 -20 participants 2-3 hours depending on group size)

2024 dates: 1/16, 2/13, 3/12, 4/9, 5/7, 6/11

6 month commitment $360

*Please contact Jennifer before payment.

Jennifer Allen

Women’s Wisdom Weaving Circle

Cultivating the Divine Feminine with Earth-Based practices, Creativity, Integration  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 and integrating expanded states of consciousness.

Tea, light snacks and art supplies provided. Space is limited to 10. Contact Jennifer before registering to confirm availability. Jennifer brings her background of creativity, earth-based practices, Peruvian Shamanism and over 20 years of Medicine Wheel Women’s Council and practicing as a psychotherapist/art therapist.

2024 schedule (six month commitment)

Monthly Saturdays 2 -6pm unless otherwise noted

Winter -Spring: 1/20, 2/9 3/9 4/13, 5/11, 6/15

Summer-Fall: 7/6, 8/18 (all day retreat) Sunday, 9/7, 10/19, 11/16 

6 months $400 ($350/ $325 sliding scale),  If you’d like to contribute to a scholarship fund for those needing it, extra payment will go to that fund.

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 12/1/2023  (no discount for missed sessions) Cancelation policy: 3+ weeks = 75% refund, 2-3weeks = 50% refund, no refund less than 2 weeks. .

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Art Workshops

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Address

26485 Carmel Rancho Blvd.,
Suite 5
Carmel, CA 93923

Call

(831) 277-9348

Email

boneknowing@gmail.com