How I spent my Spring Vacation: A review of hypnosis training at Kripalu.

So, I bet you are wondering what my trip to Kripalu was like.  This is the trip that I mentioned earlier, in which I stated that I was going to get hypnosis training.

It was pretty nice!

Kripalu (http://www.kripalu.org) is a yoga retreat center that is housed in a former Jesuit seminary in Lenox, MA.  It used to be an ashram, but now it is easier to think of it as a yoga spa.  Some of the nicer features of it are yoga classes for all levels, organic and vegetarian-friendly food for all meals (the meals were divine, and yes, I bought the cookbook).  The rooms were a bit small, but comfortable.  It had a sauna and whirlpool, as well as huge grounds, a cabin by the lake, and a labyrinth to explore.

The hypnosis training was by Steven Gurgevitch, Ph.D., a psychologist who works as a hypnotherapist in Tucson, AZ.  He has been teaching hypnosis for 30 years, and is the author of many books and articles on hypnotherapy.  His website is:  http://www.tranceformation.com/mainh.html.  We learned the basics of hypnosis at this workshop, including induction techniques, some basic applications, and ways to enhance the hypnotic experience.  I had 20 hours of education, which is about a third of the way to my credentialing in hypnotherapy, as offered by the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH–http://www.asch.net/Professionals/CertificationInformation/RequirementsCertificationinClinicalHypnosis/tabid/173/Default.aspx), which I will be joining and taking care of when I get a little more money (the trip to Kripalu was not cheap, sadly).  Steve was a very engaging educator and did a good job with teaching us the basics.

As far as my practice of yoga is concerned, I did a little bit of it while I was there–I was getting over a bout of pneumonia and wasn’t really up to much strenuous work.  I did OK, but I was clearly the novice in the group.  However, my instructors were accommodating.

I enjoyed the hypnosis training, and found that I am actually quite hypnotizable, which made the experience richer.  I found I was able to do some inductions and help others with going into hypnosis with relative ease.

I plan to start offering hypnosis to my current clients, but will really start advertising once I join ASCH and get a hypnosis supervisor, which should be soon.

A funny story from my trip.  I was playing my bagpipes out on the front lawn (I became a little bit of a celebrity during my stay there for my piping).  So I played a nice jig and then stopped.  Suddenly, there were these loud guffaws coming from the porch.  OK.  So I played a nice hornpipe, technically correct.  I stopped, and there were even MORE laughs.  I went up to the porch, and found that there were a group of people together laughing their fool heads off.  When they finished and were walking by me, I told them that in my 9 years of piping I had many reactions to my piping, but never one quite like theirs.  They started laughing again!  It turns out that they were doing something called “Laughter Yoga” http://www.laughteryoga.org/.  Oy.

Anyway, I had a lot of fun, but was ready to come back.  Besides, even though I successfully completed a vegan diet while I was there, I was glad to return to “normal food,” as the GI detox period to going to a vegan diet had me visiting the bathroom far too many times while I was there.

So, I would certainly recommend a trip to Kripalu the next time you consider a nice vacation somewhere.

Om.  Shanti, shanti, shanti.

What does Om Shanti mean? “Om” has no literal meaning. Some say it is the sound of the universe, infinity, the divine, or something like that. “Shanti” means simply “peace”.

If you want to see pictures, check out:  http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/album.php?id=1101603074&aid=60892.

About Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW, CAS-PC

Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Pastoral Counselor who maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Drexel Hill, PA.
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