Samurai Game® Workshop March 25-27 2016

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Samurai Game® Workshop is an intense, exciting, thought provoking and valuable 2.5 day workshop that is center around the Samurai Game® developed in 1977 by George Leonard.

 

George was a founding member and former president of Esalen Institute. He held the rank of 5th Degree Black Belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido and authored many books including: Mastery, The Ultimate Athlete, Education & Ecstasy, The Way of Aikido, The Silent Pulse, and The Life We Are Given. The Samurai Game® is now used globally in classes, seminars and corporate retreats, and has served hundreds of thousands of people.

 

The Samurai Game Workshop is a mirror that allows you to see exactly how you live your everyday life. As the game unfolds, major life issues will come to the surface for you to confront and deal with. For some people, the main issue is commitment—the willingness to persevere, not give up, in the face of setbacks, difficulties, and even pain. For others, its honesty and integrity—the courage to speak the truth, even when speaking the truth means the possibility of rejection or becoming an outcast. For others, what surfaces is the struggle between cowardice—giving in to fear—and courage, the willingness to risk, for what you believe in. And for still others, the issue brought up by the game is trust—trust in yourself, trust in other people, trust in life itself. The list of major life issues that may surface in the game is endless, since the game is simply a mirror. But you can count on being challenged to face up to yourself in a deep and meaningful way. Another challenge in the Samurai Game® for many people is the challenge of (symbolically) facing death. As you confront the possibility of dying in battle, you have an opportunity to contemplate the meaning of your life—and to face up to how brief this lifetime really is. For many participants, this is a chance to re-evaluate their priorities, and to gain a new level of clarity about what really matters.

 

In the workshop you will have a powerful opportunity to experience the way of the warrior as a path to deeper self-awareness and enlightenment. The Samurai Game® can also be an exercise in leadership and teamwork. Throughout the game, you will be presented with opportunities to lead—and opportunities to surrender completely to the leadership of others. The game will test you, and expose for you to see clearly your strengths and weaknesses as a leader and as a member of the team.

 

Come join us for one of our games that are open to the public or contact us about creating and scheduling a private game for your company or organization.