Reading about other's experience at Intensives can help you to decide if this is something you want to do. It can also help to allay any fears you might have about attending an Intensive. While most people are nervous when they first come, by the 2nd or 3rd day they are having a wonderful time and wishing it would go on longer!
The Ossining Intensive was powerful and incredibly healing. Michael and Nancy made a truly safe - and sacred - place for us in this lovely old farmhouse. They helped us explore the defenses we had created against extremely painful memories, losses and fears from childhood, all with the intent to know and love ourselves more deeply. They are so grounded in this wonderful Innerbonding process -- and it works! Nancy brings her strength and Mother Earth presence and Michael his persistent, gentle spiritual connection: a dynamite combination! The meditations, dancing, hilarious story-making, inner child's play like blowing bubbles, and Notessence collages of our core selves all helped create community and gave us a way to integrate this profound experience. We were empowered and transformed. And we laughed as much as we cried. This was my third intensive
and filled with gratitude for the way my life has changed over 15 months.
Thank you Nancy and Michael for the gift of seeing ourselves through the eyes of grace. Thank you for the privilege of being with other beautiful souls and sharing a part of their journey.
When David and I set out for this couples workshop, we were both filled with anger and blame towards the other person. I decided before I started to get rid of that feeling and try to find my peace of mind. I found that and so much more. I discovered that I had a wounded, abandoned child that I had not been taking care of. Once I opened up and became a loving adult taking care of my inner child, I felt more alive. The workshop gave me the tools (the six steps) to connect with my inner spirit and take care of myself. Once I become the loving adult, I can be part of a wonderful relationship.
Joanne Blayman,Registered Nurse
Chapel Hill,North Carolina
When we came to our first intensive we were both emotionally drained and ready to walk away from the relationship. Months and months of anger, blaming, shaming, attacking, and withdrawing had taken their toll. We reached our turning point the first day when we both realized the simple truth - through the six steps of the Inner Bonding process - that the real issues were not with the other person, but within our individual selves. Almost miraculously, this simple (simple, not easy!) process not only allowed us to see the real source of our pain, but gave us concrete, incredibly effective tools to change the pain into joy. As a result, we have now reached the deepest most loving space ever in our relationship. Our love is solid and now we have the tools and process to keep it alive.
David Rhodes,Business owner, psychologist, realtor-broker
Chapel Hill,North Carolina
I took an Inner Bonding workshop two years ago. I wasn't ready to do the 6 Steps at that time - at least not on a regular basis. The Intensive has given me numerous opportunities to put into practice the 6 Step process and it worked every time. Having several opportunities to work in front of the group with Margie was like 6 months of therapy. Listening to the other members of the group allowed me to grow in ways I didn't expect. I am committed to the Inner Bonding process and I know it will continue to transform my life.|
Art Ross,Shopping Center Developer
The Ossining, New York, Intensive in June 2003 was an extremely safe, fantastically fun and deeply healing experience! It is evident that Nancy Weston and Michael Barmack have done huge amounts of personal healing using the Inner Bonding Process. They each have tremendous respect for individual process and allow participants to chart their own course of
healing utilizing the tools of Inner Bonding. I highly recommend an intensive to anyone who is interested in deep exploration of themselves. It was truly a gift to be a participant at the first Innerbonding intensive hosted by trained facilitators Nancy Weston, Michael Barmack and facilitator in training, Nancy Swisher.|
Kate Reardon,M.S.W., LCSW
It has been one week since our intensive came to a close, and I find myself quietly reflecting in gratitude for the experience. And yet, the first phrase that comes to mind to describe it is MIND BLOWING (although mind expanding would probably be a more apt term!). The Inner Bonding system is an amazingly inclusive approach to healing, bridging the gap between psychological and spiritual truth in a wonderfully integrative way, illuminating no gap ultimately exists. For me, this has worked almost magically, helping to connect different parts of myself which I've spent years fearfully defending. And on a deep, intrinsic level, this has created a more authentic, intimate experience of Self -- interpersonally and intrapersonally. I still have a long way to go, but somehow, I've walked away from our time together with a somatic knowing that I'm more than up for the ride -- it is indeed, as Margie describes, a sacred privilege. I met two of my spiritual guides for the first time on this journey, and luckily for me, they both agreed to come back with me to New York! |
Mike Moran,Creative Arts Therapy Student, Songwriter
New York,New York
This was my 2nd Intensive and it was a wonderful learning experience. I really enjoyed the safe community in which to learn.
Veronica Narutowicz,Registered Nurse
This is my 4th [couples] intensive and I am very excited to say the amount of personal and spiritual growth I have experienced is amazing. There is no way you could experience this process and not feel a shift in your life or your core being.
Cindy Shore,Mom to be
New York,New York
Wonderful! Don't talk yourself out of it [the couples intensive]. When you change, everything around you changes. This will change you.|
New York,New York
My (what I thought was a good) marriage of 27 years had just ended, my AA sponsor of 21 years had just died and the grief was so overwhelming I was not able to do my job so I quit work when a leave of absence was denied. Life as I had known it was over. I was scared, overwhelmed, stressed to the max, feeling alone and abandoned and worthless and inadequate and just wanted to be dead. The divorce will have been final 2 months by the time I return home from this Intensive and I know now that I can face what lies ahead without feeling victimized and violated if I'll utilize the tools I have gained at the Intensive. I will actually be able to self actualize and be authentic "in the real world". I can give up expecting others to take care of me and I can give up attempting to control what others say, think and do. I am grateful for this life changing event|
I am so very grateful of the love and safety and skill and support here (and amazing honest openness of sharing of everyone). I learned so much about myself with this work and Margie, and I learned so much from each of the other couples [at this couples intensive]. The Inner Bonding process is a gift from Spirit that I wish every person could experience. I arrived disconnected from my inner self, with limited awareness of how my past impacts my feelings today. After five days I gained so many valuable insights that allow me to truly express myself. This gave me the tools to change the way I behave in my relationship in the future.
Randi Burnham,Nurse Practitioner
This intensive created a space safe enough for me to open to an issue I've buried for a very long time. Margie - you are brilliant, a true Master at what you do. It was a privilege to work with you and I look forward to working with you again. Your ability to cut through to the core with strength and compassion makes you amazing. Connecting with this group to the level we did was also amazing. Thank you for sharing your passion and your gift of sight.
P.S. Thanks for really seeing me at all levels!!!
Deer Park,New York
This was my 2nd Intensive and even better than the 1st (difficult to imagine). The Intensive feels like I'm catapulted into a new level of understanding that would have taken years by conventional therapy. It truly feels like years of therapy are done in 5 days in the most loving environment one could possibly imagine.|
Deb Klugger,Home Building/Real Estate Broker
The couples intensive has been instrumental in opening my eyes to the way I've been in my relationship with Cynthia. More importantly, it has opened by eyes to how I can be, and has created hope that we can create a loving supportive relationship for the two of us together.|
I have been to many intensives. There were all very different and I got so much from each one. I really believe that the couples work/intensive saved our relationship. We have also gone to a few on our own. Do yourself a favor...and go!
Cynthia Collins,Owner, Anti-Aging Clinic
In the first 5 minutes of work we did in the intensive, we moved further than we did in an entire year of couples therapy. The environment was wonderfully loving, supportive and non-judgmental. At the same time, it was a highly effective environment in which to learn and grow. I came into the intensive open and ready to grow. I got more than I bargained for! My husband came into the intensive skeptical. He left his skepticism behind long before the end of the first day. This was a tremendously valuable experience for me as in individual, for us as a couple, and for us as parents. In addition to the Inner Bonding process - which I consider a valuable tool, I came away seeing clearly the dynamics of my relationship with my husband which does produce good results, and more importantly, what I can do to create more loving, fulfilling relationships in my life. -- Couples Intensive, Santa Fe, NM, 2002 |
Norma Meyers,Non-Profit Executive
"This has been an incredible experience. It has changed the way I look at life and myself. I healed a lot of old wounds, and made a lot of new friends. After spending 5 days at the intensive, I am excited to get back to my real life, and live with a greater appreciation for myself and others."
"After 30 years of personal growth work, my experience in the Intensive gave me the tools to embrace myself and live my life more fully. At 56, it's time for me to know joy without reservation. I had such a need for the simple basics of how to love myself. I know this practice of inner Bonding will allow me to be myself, and reclaim my personal power and creativity. Just knowing how to navigate when my wounded self is triggered will be an exciting practice. The context of the Intensive is safe and transformative; a place to be reborn."
An Inner Bonding Intensive is like being handed a recipe for the most healing dish you can imagine and then showing you how you by yourself can cook it, and then eat it, and share it with others, and bring health to your whole system of being on this planet. Basically, it shows you how to take really good care of yourself."
"The 5-Day Intensive was the most loving and fulfilling experience I have ever given myself. No one should ever hesitate to take advantage of such a precious and life enhancing adventure." Lucerne Valley, CA - May 2002|
"Inner Bonding is not something you can think your way through. It absolutely gives you the tools necessary to re-program the thinking into feelings and when you're really truly open you will see and find the truth! There is no joy or real love without this process. I am so grateful for Inner Bonding! -- Lucerne Valley Intensive, CA - May 2002 |
Linda Selvage -,Artist
"I have been on the healing path for a long time and found that this intensive gave me some of the most profound support I have ever received. I found the strength to look at and feel some extremely difficult issues. I am a survivor of childhood trauma and feel that my body and heart had the chance and safety to open and own what happened to me and to consider that healing is really possible. Thank you so much. I am flooded with gratitude." Lucerne Valley, CA - May 2002 |
Rose Oceania,Performance Artist, Teacher, Writer
"The Inner Bonding workshop teaches a powerful process to connect with long forgotten parts of my inner self. Better yet, it shows how to apply this in the real world. I can't wait to start!" Lucerne Valley, CA - May 2002|
Mark Moore -,Dir. Engineering
"I have been working on a path of self understanding and growth for about 7 years. I have read books, gone to therapy, worked on my spiritual connection. Inner Bonding has allowed me to bring this all together - as well as giving me a key to continue my growth - not with outside or external motivators but with an inner motivator." Lucerne Valley, CA - May 2002|
Dorothy Lowrie,Business Analyst
"The second time around has been extremely valuable, I've had a real experience to know the value of unconditional love, living my truth and that I'm never really alone. I'm so thankful that I listened to Phyllis - my guidance - and came here even though I really didn't know why I was coming. As Colin says "this shit works". As a final note: the second time around is better because I'm better." Lucerne Valley Intensive, CA - May 2002|
"This was 20 years of therapy in 5 days! This is a life changing experience." February 2002 - Lucerne Valley, CA |
Cynthia Collins,Skin Care Clinic
"One of the most beautiful, painful, mystical, fun experiences of my life. Joy beginning to break through the clouds!" February 2002 - Lucerne Valley Intensive, CA|
"This has been my third intensive and I'm so full of gratitude. I've healed so much since my last one. I've had so many changes in my life that if someone had told me that this was going to happen, I would have thought they were crazy or mad. Thanks to Inner Bonding,I'm enjoying life more and more and freeing myself gradually of all the blocks, false beliefs and addictions that were deeply instilled in me. Thank you, Margie, thank you God and thanks to myself." February 2002 - Lucerne Valley, CA |
Pedro Alvarez,Marketing Consultant and Graphic Designer
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"I cannot put words to my experience that could possibly express it. Some things must be experienced, lived and felt. The Inner Bonding 5-Day intensive did for me what a year of private therapy didn't. It gave me the tools to truly begin to heal myself and grow. It is such a gift to have finally found a process that works." Lucerne Valley, CA - 7/01 and 2/02 |
"My experience of the intensive was life changing. All of the work I had done to this point prepared me for the powerful release and revelation in the Intensive. I felt safe among fellow seeker who held a sacred space for healing. This process of Inner Bonding is so clearly empowering and the practice creates true community. What a gift I gave to myself!" Santa Fe, NM - April 2002|
"The intensive was a wonderful learning and growing experience. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about themselves and their relationships. Margaret is a wonderful and gifted teacher." 2/02 - Lucerne Valley, CA|
Lee Ann Lanning,Vice President and CFO
"Before coming here I was kind of resistant to coming to the Intensive. But after coming here and experiencing the bond with not only myself but with all the other people, it was a wonderful experience. Margie has a way of being very loving and right to the point and you just open up and feel all the pain which leads to an abundance of joy and freedom that I never knew was possible." Couples Intensive, Lucerne Valley, CA - 8/01|
"The couples intensive is the best gift anyone can give to themselves and their spouse." Couples Intensive, Lucerne Valley, CA - 8/01|
"I came here [to the intensive] with no knowledge of Inner Bonding and with the intent to prove it wasn't for me. I walked through the door and into the garden of Eden, and I realized that this isn't the final destiny, but the beginning of a wondrous, awesome, beautiful journey. And I am grateful." Lucerne Valley, CA - 7/01 |
"I am so thankful for having the opportunity to experience this intensive. I want everyone I love to go and experience it. I've never been exposed to a group that was so supportive, loving and nonjudgmental. No where in the world can you find a more empowering process." Couples Intensive, Lucerne Valley, CA - 8/01|
New York,New York
"I experienced a deeper connection with my authentic self, with others and with my Guidance. I learned so many useful pieces of information and tools for the journey, and I experienced immense love and support from each staff member. I am profoundly grateful for this blessed [intensive] experience and I will carry the peace, love and joy into the world." Santa Fe, NM - April 2002 |
Diane Wagner,RN, Reiki Master
"Intensive is definitely the right word. Very, very helpful. I feel I made progress I would not otherwise have made. Thank you so much for this experience. Margie's instruction and wisdom are great and the others in the group were beautiful souls." Santa Fe, NM - April 2002 |
"This is a rare gift which Spirit has brought to us through Margie. She is a model of courage, dedication and compassion. Now, it is up to us to do our work." Santa Fe, NM - April 2002 |
David E. Watson,Information Technology
"It has been a good way to become more aware of the ways in which we operate out of the wounded self, and how to take better care of oneself and a good way to learn about oneself regarding aspects that would not normally be revealed in society or normal social contacts." Santa Fe, NM - April 2002 |
Eileen Hutcheson,Flower Essence Practitioner
Although it is impossible to actually describe the intensive experience, I will make the following attempt. I experienced true healing of emotional and spiritual wounds, the warmth of an open loving environment, and the grace and love that is God. Prior to the intensive I was a carpenter with no hammer and no diagram. The intensive experience and Inner Bonding have given me the tools with which to build the "dream house" that is my life and access to the plans. Since the intensive I have felt like a caged bird who has been given the freedom to fly. Just as a side note, the accommodations were wonderful. The food was excellent. Lucerne Valley, Royal Way Ranch and the desert were more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. Lucerne Valley, 7/01 |
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