September 1, 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
Newton, New Hampshire
Begins at noon
Community As Healer
with Linda Marks
Worcester Goddess Fair
Worcester State College
at Club Cafe, Boston
(I will join her for a few songs)
Louise Van Aarsen
at Vernissage, Brookline
Bill and Bo Winiker
Jazz Meets Broadway
The Chart, Quincy
7 pm and 9 pm shows
Special Blues Cruise in Honor of Shirley Lewis
Produced by Joe Laite
Turning Muck to Gold
Natural Living Expo
Music Mentoring and Friendraising Gala
at Scullers Jazz Club
5 - 8 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,
Labor Day weekend often
marks the transition from summer and its time of vacations to fall and
its faster pace of engagement in the world.
September has many
wonderful music events coming up. I am part of some of them, and my
friends are part of others. All of my musical friends are not only
talented at their art form, but also wonderful human beings. Catch
their shows if you can:
Bonnie MacLeod will be playing at Club Cafe in Boston on September 17, Louise Van Aarsen will be playing at Vernissage in Brookline on September 19 , and Bill and Bo Winiker with their band will be playing at The Chart in Quincy on September 20. See the calendar for more details.
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.
November 16, I will be giving a workshop on Relationship Alchemy: Turning Muck into Gold at the Natural Living Expo in Marlboro, MA.
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.
"We Need Each Other: Kindness, Bonding and Barriers to Bonding,"
exploring our deep need for connection and what makes it so hard to bond in today's world, and "Being A Force of Nature,"
reflecting on a message I've been given quite repeatedly in recent times.
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 - 8:00 pm
Doors open at 4:30 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)
|We Need Each Other: Kindness, Bonding and Barriers to Bonding|
world can be cold and cruel, and as we increasingly reach out and touch
our handheld devices, instead of one another, it is easy to become numb
to our basic human need to connect and feel connected emotionally,
physically and in real time to ourselves and others.
Bruce Perry, who specializes in the impact of childhood trauma on our
ability to bond and form healthy relationships talks about
"attachment,'" our capacity to form and maintain healthy emotional
relationships. Dr. Perry believes that at our core, human beings are
relational creatures. In fact, he believes the very nature of humanity
arises from relationships. Almost everything we learn about what it
means to be a human being in learned in a relational context including:
how we impact one another through our words, thought and actions, how
we think and feel and how we express or communicate our thoughts and
feelings, how to respond or behave in a given situation and how the
world works, both in small details and bigger picture ways.
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
|Being A Force of Nature|
I am grateful
that since childhood I have been given the gifts of clarity,
groundedness and the ability to take vision and make it real through
action. I have found myself in positions of leadership again and again,
even without intending to land there or trying. Even as a shy 8th
grader, I ended up elected to serve as the class president, despite or
perhaps because instead of reading a canned campaign speech, I sat on
the edge of the stage and spoke from my heart to everyone in the
I have been
called "the engine" in numerous volunteer groups, perhaps for my ability
to sustain a strong focus both for myself and the group or organization
as a whole, and to find ways to integrate and direct the skills and
talents of others in the group towards a common vision over time.
Most recently, I
have found myself repeatedly called, "a force of nature." That term
has at times been a compliment, but at other times a less than
endearing phrase. When another human being marvels at what I can create
and sustain from a respectful place, that can be touching. However,
when the implication is that another person is scared of me because my
power and passion are so strong they fear being swept under by my wave,
that saddens and isolates me.
To read the complete article
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
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Please let me know what you think of this new blog.