November 1, 2013 

HealingHeartPower Newsletter

Reclaiming the Power of the Heart
In This Issue
Heart by Doug Hammer
Intimacy And Health
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About Linda
Me and Flora

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.   


To be scheduled

Community As Healer


Newton, MA 

1 - 4 pm


  October 31

Singing at the Putterham Grill  in Brookline, MA

with Tracy Clark

8 pm

Linda Marks and Bonnie MacLeod

November 16

Relationship Alchemy:

Turning Muck to Gold

Natural Living Expo

Marlboro, MA

3 pm.


November 24

Music Mentoring and Friendraising Gala

at Scullers Jazz Club

Boston, MA

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,




As I walk through life, my eyes are always looking for people, projects, images and experiences that contribute to making the world a more heartful place. Composer and pianist Doug Hammer caught my eye with a beautiful video he created set to the music of his lovely new song, "Heart."  Building on a very simple and universal gesture, we get to experience the power that comes from opening the heart.


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.


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

 This newsletter focuses on the heart from many different points of view.  In addition to the video of Doug Hammer's beautiful "Heart," an article on "Intimacy and Health," looks at how being deeply known and feeling connected are truly food groups for soul health.

Your comments and feedback are always welcome!    




Music Mentoring and Friendraising Gala Logo 

Get Your Tickets Now!

Sunday, November 24 2013 

5:00 - 8:00 pm

Doors open at 4:30 pm

Scullers Jazz Club

Boston, MA


Tickets:  $25 General Admission

$40 Preferred Seating


Music 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 our hearts.


This 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.  


Jordan Rich
WBZ's Jordan Rich will present a Lifetime Music Mentoring Award to Scullers Impressario Fred Taylor

Financial 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:


James Montgomery, 

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


Heart by Doug Hammer



Heart  by Doug Hammer
Heart by Doug Hammer


 This video, set to Doug Hammer's beautiful new song, shows the power of one simple, universal gesture.  It reminds us how touching it is to open our hearts to one another.


Intimacy and Health



When we think about intimacy, too often our frame of reference is far too narrow:  as something that is part of a "romantic" relationship.  Being with another person, even for a series of moments, where you feel that you have their full attention, that you really matter, and that deeper levels of your heart and soul and theirs can be exposed, shared and appreciated is a very sacred experience.  And it is something our souls crave, and not just with a love partner, to be healthy and vital, 
Do you have a friend who knows just how to respond to you when you are scared or sad?  Do you have a friend who knows it is better to just be present and listen rather than give advice when you are struggling?  Is there someone in your life who knows your favorite kind of tea or the kind of gesture that makes you feel loved when you are having a bad day--or bad life passage?  When someone truly knows and sees you for who you are, and responds to you with a sense of sacred respect and love, intimacy is created.



To read the complete article



3rd Annual Benefit Concert for Boys to Men New England
Mentoring Matters
2013 Benefit Concert Flyer
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.

We 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, Tracy Clark...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)
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.



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."


Workshops:  Community As Healer 

Community As Healer

$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.  She also serves on the Board of the Living the Blues Foundation.

My first blog at 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 is user friendly, and even something you can subscribe to.
Please let me know what you think of this new blog.


Linda Marks

phone: (617) 965-7846