February 1, 2013 

HealingHeartPower Newsletter

Reclaiming the Power of the Heart
In This Issue
Living the Blues: A Celebration of Life with Shirley Lewis
Accessing the Power of Your Voice: Benefit Concert for Boys to Men New England
Defining Moments For Therapists
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About Linda
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Linda Marks, MSM, is pioneer in body psychotherapy who has developed, taught and practiced Emotional-Kinesthetic Psychotherapy (EKP) for more than two decades.

Author of LIVING WITH VISION and HEALING THE WAR BETWEEN THE GENDERS, she co-founded the Massachusetts Association of Body Psychotherapists and Counseling Bodyworkers and is the founder of the Boston Area Sexuality and Spirituality Network. She holds degrees from Yale and MIT, and has a vital 17-year-old son.

To find out more about Linda . . .

 HealingHeartPower Calendar
Would you like to learn how to do Emotional Kinesthetic Psychotherapy(EKP)?   

If you would like to apprentice in EKP, you may want to consider participating in a half-day EKP workshop or be part of the Community As Healer group.    


February 2

Community As Healer


Newton, MA 

1 - 4 pm


February 10

Living the Blues:

A Celebration of Life 

With Shirley Lewis

Newton, MA

4 - 9 pm


February 16

HAI Ball

Needham, MA

6:30 - midnight


April 18

Defining Moments for Therapists:

Book Release

New York City


April 21, 2013

2nd Annual "Voices of Boys and Men" Benefit Concert for Boys to Men New England

Scullers Jazz Club

Boston, MA


If you would like to train in EKP, contact Linda


If you would like to sponsor a

Healing the Traumatized Heart workshop, a Willingness:  The Key to Successful Relationships workshop or a Community As Healer workshop,

contact LSMHEARTaol.com



Over the past month, my energy has been focused on organizing events and leading projects devoted to  two major passions:  making the world a better place for children, and music.


My dear friend, Shirley Lewis, known as "the Regal Queen of the Blues," is reaching the final passage in a valiant journey with cancer.  I am helping Shirley's daughter, Angela Warner, organize"Living the Blues: A Celebration of Life" for Shirley on Sunday, February 10 in Newton.  Details below.


February 16 is the annual HAI Ball--an evening of community celebration and joyful dancing to the Jeff Miller Band in Needham.  My co-chair, Linda Guttman and I are in the final phases of organizing this event.


On April 18, a new book, Defining Moments for Therapists, edited by Serge Prengel and Lynn Somerstein, will hit the streets.  I am proud to be one of the authors of a chapter in the book.

The next  Community As Healer workshops is coming up:   Saturday, February 2 from 1 - 4 pm.  
All funds raised at these workshops are donated to organizations working to make the world a better place for kids.
The Power of Voice, will be my next workshop at the home of Margaret Arndt and David Sneickus  at their home in Auburndale.  Contact msarndt@verizon.net for more information.

To help raise the visibility of EKP, I have established a new HealingHeartPower meetup group.  To join our meetup group....


Your comments and feedback are always welcome!    



What is EKP?
EKP is Emotional-Kinesthetic Psychotherapy, a heart-centered, body-centered psychotherapy method Linda Marks developed and has taught and practiced for nearly twenty years. Working with the heart, touch with permission, the wisdom of the body and the intuitive guidance of the spirit, EKP creates a special sense of intimacy that deeply touches and transforms most all who participate.

Participants can be "client," witness or helper as an individual group member has a "turn" to do deeper heart-centered, body-centered psychospiritual work in the center. Since the electromagnetic field of the heart extends out 10 - 12 feet from our bodies, as we go deeper and open our hearts, we are all touched.

EKP helps restore our capacity as organs of perception. The skin is our largest organ, and a source of soul deep knowing, perception and expression. When our hearts and hands can work as one, we move beyond defenses safely and respectfully and find freedom, connection and expression.


Beige silk and pearls
Linda Marks, MSM


Emotional safety is the foundation of EKP.  When we are emotionally safe, we are more aware of feelings, sensations and deeper thoughts in our bodies and hearts.  You will have a chance to listen to and care for your heart as you help create and hold a safe healing space for everyone's heart.  Experience what we mean when we say that in EKP, "when anyone has a turn, everyone has a turn."


2nd Annual Benefit Concert for Boys to Men New England:  Accessing the Power of Your Voice
2013 Benefit Concert Flyer
This year's Benefit Concert for Boys to Men New England will take place on Sunday, April 21 from 5 - 7:30 pm at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston.

Our female keynote speaker and headliner is world renowned jazz singer Rebecca Parris.  Our male keynote speaker is Williams College head football coach, Aaron Kelton.  Both Rebecca and Aaron will speak to this year's theme, "Accessing the Power of Your Voice."

Our performers will include returning favorites (father and son duo, Jesse and Jack Gauthier, award winning teen barbershop group G20, and award winning adult barbershop group Sounds of Concord...) and some new and inspirational talents (including five piece family band, the Kid Jazz Band...).

Tickets are $75, available by sending a check payable to Boys to Men New England to BTMNE c/o Linda Marks, 3 Central Avenue, Newton, MA 02460.  Please include your name, e-mail and cell phone number with your check.

You can also support BTMNE by:

1.  Sponsoring a charter school student from Codman Academy, Brooks Academy or Prospect Hill Academy to attend the concert.  (Send in $75 payable to BTMNE and you will sponsor one student to attend).

2.  Making a donation of any amount to BTMNE.

3.  Taking out an ad in our program ($250 for a business card sized ad).
Living the Blues:  A Celebration of Life With Shirley Lewis


Shirley Lewis, at age 75, has been living the blues since she was a small child.  Known as the "Regal Queen of the Blues," Shirley has been performing since she was 4 years old, and brings a depth of heart and spirit to her audience through her music that has brought her both acclaim and loving friendships with other top musicians.  On January 29, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Fishmonger Cafe in Woods Hole, MA.


Shirley has been valiant in her fight against cancer, but is coming to the final legs of her extraordinary life journey.  To celebrate her life and music, her daughter, Angela Warner is organizing a very special event:  "Living the Blues: A Celebration of Life With Shirley Lewis."  The evening will feature an amazing line up of musicians, including James Montgomery, Ronnie Earl, Diane Blue and Shorty Billups.  Angela Warner's new band, Trio, will open the show, and Shirley will offer her vocal magic with the Shirley Lewis Band.


The event will take place on Sunday, February 10 from 4 - 9 pm at the American Legion Post 440, 295 California Street in Newton, MA.  Suggestion Donation:  $20.  


Proceeds will both benefit the Beth Israel Hospital Cancer Center and help defray some of the costs of Shirley's medical care.



Workshops:  Community As Healer and Integrating Sexuality and SpiritualityFind us on Facebook

Community As Healer

Saturday, February 2 from 1 - 4 pm in Newton

$50 suggested donation will go to Boys to Men New England, the Life Is Good Kids Foundation and other organizations committed to making the world better for children.

Be part of a healing village doing EKP (Emotional-Kinesthetic Psychotherapy) body-centered psychotherapy work in community and see what we mean in EKP when we say, "when anyone has a turn, everyone has a turn."  We will create a space of emotional safety, incorporating a heart meditation, facilitated dialogue, and watching body language and non-verbal cues for the person having a turn.

Learn about the roles of client, witness and helper in EKP as we create a safe container with our collective heart field in 20 minute turns.  No matter what role you play, our goal is for you to feel nourished and supported!

Linda Marks, MSM, is a body psychotherapy coach and mediator who has worked with individuals, couples, families and groups for 27 years in Newton, MA.  Helping people connect, feel heard and understood so they have healthier, happier relationships is at the heart of her work.   Linda is committed to creating a better world for children and serves as Board Co-Chair of Boys to Men New England, serves on the Board of Directors for Ben Speaks, and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Flo Creed Jacobson Foundation.

Defining Moments for Therapists:  A Window into the Makings of Body Psychotherapists
When my colleague Serge Prengel invited me to write a chapter about Defining Moments that led me to become a body psychotherapist, I was honored to be given a chance to share my journey.  Writing the chapter initiated me into a much deeper writer's journey than I ever imagined.  The chapter I wrote is laying the foundation for my next book, Memoirs of a Modern Day Geisha, which is incubating in the walkabout process that I experience when I am creating a new work.
On April 18, Serge and his co-editor Lynn Somerstein, will proudly release, Defining Moments for Therapists, and offer a window into the journey of ten body psychotherapists.

Serge and Lynn write, "If therapy is a relational process, it takes a person on the therapist's end. The goal of the project is to capture the therapist's evolving sense of self as it is shaped by our experiences as active participants in a creative interaction.  The ten chapters of this book are first-person accounts, by ten therapists, of some "aha" moments where they got to understand themselves better, and to understand better why they do what they do."


For more information on the book go to http://lifesherpa.com/therapists/


Creating Better Lives for Kids:  Boys to Men, Flo Creed-Jacobson Foundation, BenSpeaks, Life Is Good Kids Foundation
One of my greatest commitments is to support organizations that work to make the world a better place for kids.  Four of the organizations I give time to are Boys to Men New England, the Flo Creed-Jacobson Foundation, BenSpeaks and the Life Is Good Kids Foundation.

In the months ahead, I will share more information about each of these important organizations and the transformational work they are doing.  All proceeds from my Community As Healer workshops are donated to these organizations or others like them.

Boys to Men offers adult-teen mentoring in community, helping teenage boys find their voices and grow into the men they want to be.  We offer a community group that meets regularly, and also help schools develop school-based programs.  Our 2nd Annual "Voices of Boys and Men" Benefit Concert will take place at Scullers Jazz Club on April 21, 2013. To learn more...

My first blog at www.heartspacecafe.com/blog will still be active, but it is built in forum software, which many people find more cumbersome to use than official "blog" software.

In an effort to cultivate more dialogue in more contemporarily relevant ways, my new blog at HealingHeartPower.blogspot.com is user friendly, and even something you can subscribe to.
Please let me know what you think of this new blog.


Linda Marks

email: lsmheart@aol.com
phone: (617) 965-7846
web: www.HealingHeartPower.com