Trauma can be the very thing that leads us to transcendence. To be alive and to be human is to experience a rupture in the fabric of our experience (trauma), but to be human is also to repair and to transcend. We’ll look at what’s happening when we think one thing, yet do something else. We have good intentions, but why is it we get stuck in the same reactions and patterns? We’ll address how we can share our stories without repeating, clinging, or being buried by them. Repair is always possible.

What we will learn:

  • What trauma is: It's a buzzword right now, what does it even mean?

  • When your spiritual practice is reinforcing your freeze state, rather than helping you out of it—and what to do about that.

  • Why you don't have to go excavating for the worst trauma and how instead, you can eat around the edges.

  • How spirituality can be a way to cope with, but perhaps also hide from our traumas (spiritual bypassing).  

Kim is a teacher, speaker, Somatic Experiencing practitioner, and author of “The Fourth Trimester”.

Pricing: $35 (payment is non-refundable)

Email info@gatherencinitas.com to register.




FRIday, OCT 19TH, 7-9 pm & SATurday, OCT 20TH, 9 am-5 pm

What is emptiness? And what does it have to do with compassion? Buddhism sees them as inextricably fused. Why? This term can often jar or challenge our conditioned belief systems, and carries some negative associations in English, but in practice it is the gateway to incredible peace, love and freedom, as many wisdom traditions attest. Join us for a weekend of deepening meditation practice in which we will investigate the common ground between emptiness and compassion.


$30 for Friday night, 7-9 pm

$40 for Saturday morning, 9 am-12 pm

$45 for Saturday afternoon, 1-5 pm

$100 for all three sessions (payment is non-refundable)

Email info@gatherencinitas.com to register.

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Saturday, Oct 20th, 1-4 pm

Wanna get your hands dirty and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of working with clay? Join us for a hands-on, hand-building workshop with Ceramist, Nicole Novena. You’ll receive two pounds of clay, instruction and inspiration to assist you in making your own ceramic mug. Following the workshop, your creation will be bisque fired, glazed, fired again and will be ready for pick up at Be + Well by November 3rd.

Pricing: $75 (payment is non-refundable)

Email info@gatherencinitas.com to register.



with author Amy Wallen

Wednesdays, Oct 24th, Nov 7th, Nov 28th, Dec 5th, 7-9 pm

We will write, and revise and write some more. Come prepared to put your pen to the page. If you are working on a book you will get some serious progress made and maybe find the bloody heart of the story. If you are working on a shorter piece you will see what the next draft craves. If you say you haven’t written before you will leave never saying those words again.

Pricing: $275 or $75 per class

Email info@gatherencinitas.com to register.



saturday, DEC 8th, 1-5 PM 

This workshop will dive into the fundamentals of the Wim Hof Method (WHM) with one of the few U.S. certified instructors. These principle techniques were developed in nature by “The Iceman” himself, Wim Hof, which he has used for over 30 years to find peace, control his mind and achieve an unprecedented level of human performance.

For four hours, you will get hands-on training with Breathing Exercises, Cold Exposure, and Mindset/Focus--the three pillars of the Wim Hof Method. This will include a light lecture that introduces the science behind the method, how it is affecting your mind and body, and how you can use the method to your advantage. In addition, you will be moving, breathing and getting into the ice, all while having a lot of fun.

After the workshop, you will be equipped with a new set of tools, training and knowledge to upgrade your daily life. As Wim says, we all have the innate ability to be Healthy, Strong and Happy. By combining the three pillars, you will unlock a wide range of benefits including: Reduced stress, increased energy, better sleep, sharpened focus and determination, increased creativity, boosted metabolism, decreased inflammation, improved sports performance and more...

Reis Paluso is a husband, father of two young girls, an owner of two start-up businesses and a surfer. He found himself searching for a way to maintain balance in life and by making a mind-body connection through the Wim Hof Method, he began on a journey of unlocking his true potential and found the capacity to dig much deeper into the things he is passionate about. He followed his heart down the path of becoming a Certified Instructor in order to share these powerful tools with the world. Reis hosts workshops, private trainings and retreats, and is based out of San Diego, California.

Pricing: $100, space is limited to 20 students (payment is non-refundable)

Email info@gatherencinitas.com to register.