Workshops & Resource Materials


Check below for the latest workshops, trainings and educational opportunities...

Bay Area

Support Groups

"Responding to Extreme States with Loving Receptivity: Honoring the Spirit's Transformative Journey"


System Diversion Strategy

Workshop PPT

(Being with Extreme States Training)


Personal transformation through spiritual awakening is an honored rite of passage in many indigenous cultures. In the West, such transformative moments have been referred to as spiritual emergency. In this workshop we’ll explore our capacity to hold space for these life-altering experiences which can contribute to a clearer understanding of our life's path.


This Bay Area Mandala Project peer-led workshop aims to demonstrate an effective way to be with people in intense spiritual experience by focusing on loving receptivity and the importance of honoring one's spiritual journey. We explore the strategy of “being with” instead of "doing to", as an accessible tool for averting prolonged crisis and healing. 





Re-Visioning Madness: Compassionately Responding to People in Extreme States

LocationEsalen, Big Sur, CA

Date: January 27-29, 2017

Time: Click box 



Esalen co-founders Richard Price and Michael Murphy envisioned Dick Price's experiences of madness to be of great potential value in helping others, and as a way to expand the human potential movement. As a result, Esalen became a hub in the exploration of alternative models of madness and the development of new ways to help people in extreme states. Michael Cornwall and David Lukoff have been involved in continuing this exploration for more than thirty years. 


Workshop attendees will learn about new, ground-breaking research and contributions by pioneers like Price, Bateson, Laing, Perry, Silverman, Perls, Grof, and others who attended historic gatherings on madness at Esalen. 

Bay Area
Hearing Voices Group


LocationSan Francisco, CA

Date: 2nd & 4th Wednesday

Time: 6-7:30 pm


San Francisco: Group Meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  

Group meets at 160 9th Street between Mission and Howard (ring doorbell or knock).

Additional groups will be starting this fall in the East Bay and in San Mateo.  Please contact Bay Area Hearing Voices Network for details.


Special Messages


Location: Oakland, CA

Phone: (510) 210-3663



  • Profound premonitions and visions?

  • Mind reading abilities?

  • Hearing Voices?

  • ESP/ magical abilities to sense reality?

  • Coded information from media?

You are not alone.

Are there times when you wanted to share your thoughts with someone but were afraid? Special Messages' peers and advocates are here to listen and have had similar experiences. They know how it feels and are  there for you.