Cultivating Wisdom: Spring – Summer 2019

Cultivating Wisdom Circle: Spring – Summer 2019

 – 1st Sunday of each month: May 5, Jun 2, Jul 7, Aug 4


“Groups run by and for women are our psychic turf;

our place to discover who we are, or who we could become,

as whole independent human beings.

Somewhere in our lives, each of us needs a free place,

A little psychic territory. Do you have yours?”

~ Gloria Steinem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions

This ongoing, advanced-level circle takes a feminine approach toward more fully integrating your understanding of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  Cultivating Wisdom bridges your conceptual knowledge of ACT toward a more embodied awareness by interweaving inquiry, support, discussion, and teachings on a wide range of topics depending upon the interests of the participants (e.g., self-care, intuitive listening, softening into possibility). The foundation has been set by your participation in Preparing to Awaken — where you gained a shared knowledge of the teachings and language to communicate efficiently. The long-term vision is a dedicated circle of women who meet regularly — potentially over the course of years — supporting one another’s essential self-discovery and transformation. (As an example, you might visit the webpage for Returning to Essence.)

Enrollment: This is a brand new circle. Applicants are eligible for this circle if they have completed participation in  Preparing to Awaken (2018, 2019) or The ACT Group (2017).

Format: Cultivating Wisdom  is a long-term, ongoing circle.  Given that this is the origination segment of the circle, we will meet for four months (May through August 2019).  This affords the opportunity for you to enter the circle, gain a felt-sense of the group over the course of four months, and exit the circle if it is not a long-term fit for you.

Timing: In the longer-term, two sessions will be offered annually: the Fall-Winter session (meeting monthly in October – February) and the Spring-Summer session (meeting monthly in April – August). We skip September and March.

Going forward: In October 2019, openings might be available for this circle. Women who were enrolled in the Spring-Summer 2019 segment have first right of refusal for enrollment in the Fall ’19-Winter ’20 session. For example, if two members of the Spring-Summer session choose to exit the circle in August, then two slots will be available for the Fall-Winter session starting in October. Those two slots would be made available to new participants. Priority will be given to women who have not yet had an opportunity to join the circle.

Attendance:  Because space is limited to 10 participants, the cost of registration is for the 4-month segment regardless of attendance. (Registration will not be pro-rated based upon your availability.) If you miss a session, audio recording will be provided so long as the members of the circle agree to recording.

Eligibility: In order to participate in this advanced-level circle, you must have completed Preparing to Awaken (in 2018 or 2019) or The ACT Group (in 2017).




5/5, 6/2, 7/7, 8/4
10:00a – 4:00p

Pastime Farm, Sunol, CA
Address provided upon registration


9:45 am Arrivals & coffee service
10 am Workshop
12:30 pm  Lunch*
1:30 pm  Workshop
4 pm Departures

*catered vegetarian lunch


Limited to 10 women

Total fee: $1120*

Deposit: $280 at enrollment

Payment plans available

*see course cancellation policy



Please Read Our Policies Before Signing Up

 CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Nelly Cotto at For questions about CE, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at
Work scholarships are available offering a 25% to 50% discount. They are awarded based upon financial need and application timing. If you’re interested in being a work scholar, contact Nelly (
In the event that you cancel your daylong workshop registration for any reason, the following policies apply:  (1) If you cancel at least 30 days before a daylong workshop, then 75% of your payment will be refunded. (2) If you cancel at least 14 days before a daylong workshop, then 50% of your payment will be refunded. (3) If you cancel within 13 days of the daylong workshop, there is no refund. No refunds will be given for failure to attend or failure to complete the workshop. Cancellations must be made by contacting Nelly at 650-492-3702.
In the event that you cancel your course registration for any reason, the following policies apply: If you cancel 30 or more days prior to the course start-date, then 75% of your payment will be refunded. If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the course start-date, then 75% of your payment will be refunded only if someone from the wait list fills your spot. No refunds will be given for failure to attend or failure to complete the course series. Cancellations must be made by contacting Nelly at 650-492-3702.
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To register for this event:

Please confirm the dates: May 5, Jun 2, Jul 7, Aug 4

Read the above policies (e.g., cancellation)

Enrollment is closed. To be placed on the waiting list, please contact Nelly.

Note: When registering, leave the ‘coupon code’ section blank. (It is for work scholars.) To set up a payment plan, please contact Nelly directly.