August 20, 2013
Reclaiming the Power of the Heart
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 . . .
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.
To be scheduled
Community As Healer
1 - 4 pm
Honoring the life of Shirley Lewis
More details TBA
Community As Healer
with Linda Marks
Worcester Goddess Fair
Worcester State College
Special Blues Cruise in Honor of Shirley Lewis
Produced by Joe Laite
Music Mentoring and Friendraising Gala
at Scullers Jazz Club
5 - 7:30 pm
April 20, 2014
3rd Annual Voices of Boys and Men Benefit Concert
for Boys to Men New England
at Scullers Jazz Club
5 - 7:30 pm
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,
It's been quite a while
since you've heard from me. I have experienced first hand what it means
to be in "the sandwich" generation, with an 86 year old mother with
Alzheimers and a 17 year old son going off to college, with a summer of
parenting challenges along the way.
Life is humbling and
music truly grounds me and keeps me present. My writing efforts have
not been prose, but songs. I am very happy that some good material has
been harvested from some really challenging times. A colleague of mine
said that often what is too deep to express in words can be expressed
Creating events that
integrate music, community and a good cause spark the flame of my
passion. I am working on two amazing events, both at Scullers Jazz
Club, which I hope you will come out and enjoy: a Music Mentoring and Friendraising Gala on Sunday, November 24, 2013 benefitting the Boston Minstrels and the Living the Blues Foundation, and the 3rd Annual "Voices of Boys and Men Benefit Concert" for Boys to Men New England on Sunday April 20, 2014.
I will be speaking on Community As Healer at the Goddess Fair at Worcester State College on September 14.
Defining Moments for Therapists,
edited by Serge Prengel and Lynn Somerstein, includes a chapter I
wrote, "Soul Geisha." The book is available on Amazon.com.
"Soul Mates and Wound Mates," building on a brilliant distinction made by my colleague Jeff Brown, and
"Even a Super Mom Can't Take the Place of a Dad," a piece I wrote for Dawn Caroll's Over My Shoulder Foundation
A very special Blues Cruise will take place on Saturday, September 21 honoring Shirley Lewis. For more information:
Your comments and feedback are always welcome!
Sunday, November 24 2013
5:00 - 7:30 pm
Scullers Jazz Club
Tickets: $25 General Admission
$40 Preferred Seating
is a language that feeds the soul, bridges all divides and brings great
joy. Music brings people together in a way little else can and unites
event is a special benefit, integrating the blues, jazz and Boston
Minstrels communities to highlight and celebrate the importance of
mentoring in the music world. Keynote speakers from the blues, jazz and
Boston Minstrels communities will speak and play their special flavor
of music, along with other special musical talents.
proceeds will go to the Boston Minstrels, whose mission is to bring
positive emotional change to people in need (prisons, homeless shelters,
VA hospitals...) through music and the Living the Blues Foundation,
founded in memory of Shirley Lewis, the Regal Queen of the Blues.
Keynote speakers are:
speaking about mentoring in the blues community
Bill and Bo Winiker,
speaking about mentoring in the jazz community
Tim McHale, Boston Minstrels Founder,
speaking about mentoring in the larger world community
To purchase tickets click here
|What is 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.
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
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."
|3rd Annual Benefit Concert for Boys to Men New England|
This year's Benefit Concert for Boys to Men New England will take place on Sunday, April 20, 2014 from 5 - 7:30 pm at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston.
are putting together our line up of performers, which will include "the
Godfather of the Boston Folk Scene," Geoff Bartley with Howie Tarnower,
Regal queen of the blues Shirley Lewis' fabulous daughter Angela
Warner, and our father-son duo Jack and Jesse Gauthier...and many other
exciting artists to be announced.
Tickets are $50 General Admission and $75 Preferred Seating, 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 teen 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).
4. Being an event sponsor ($500 donation gets your logo on the back cover)
|Soulmates and Woundmates|
many of us wish to meet a "soul mate," another human being with whom we
share a deep connection, where the level of intimacy seems
endless, and where we may feel like we have known the other person
forever, even when we have just met them. With a soul mate, we can talk
about seemingly anything, and the potential for joy, growth and
fulfillment through relationship seems profound and exquisite.
we often don't take into consideration, and may not be aware of, is
that when we have a deep connection with another person, not only do our
most positive qualities have the opportunity to shine, but also our
shadow parts come to the surface as well. Deep connections, because
they are safe and far reaching, allow us to connect with our
undeveloped, unhealed and unexamined parts so that we may heal and
integrate them as we grow. When we do this critical shadow work, the
rewards are soul rendering.
if we do not realize that with soul connection comes soul work, we may
run from this important opportunity for growth, sometimes abandoning
ship--our own and the one we share with a soul mate.
colleague Jeff Brown, one of the most brilliant articulators of matters
of the heart I know, has made a beautiful and very helpful distinction:
soul mates and wound mates.
To read the complete article:
|Workshops: Community As Healer |
Community As Healer
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.
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
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. She also serves on the Board of the Living the
| Even A Supermom Can't Take the Place of a Dad|
One of the
hallmarks of this American culture is self-reliance. Messages about
doing it all on our own, and being strong and tough and persevering
abound, not only for men, but also for women. When a woman finds
herself in the position of being a single mom raising a son on her own,
most people look the other way and tell her to just carry on.
my son was 2 ¾ his dad and I separated. He was 4 ½ when his parents
divorced. I was the primary custodial parent, but my son did have
contact with his dad. When my son was 12, he and his dad stopped seeing
one another. My son had asked his dad to address some serious issues
between them, and his dad responded by pulling away.
the separation was very good for my son. He and I together finally had
the space for my son to have a more "normal life." Soccer, Red Sox
games, movies and leadership conferences all became easier to take part
in for my son with his life unencumbered by the issues with his dad.
that my son needed good male role models in his life, I sought out
organizations and activities that allowed my son to interact with male
mentors. I found Boys to Men New England when he was 12, and over time,
BTMNE became a critical part of the emotional foundation for my son's
To read the complete article
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