If you would like to learn simple, highly effective ways to connect to your soul and gain guidance far beyond what the ego can offer, while at once expressing your creativity and cultivating your athletic ability, then Zen in the Garden: Rock & Soul workshop is for you.
Zen in the Garden with Paul is a unique offering for participants to learn first hand how they can create balance, beauty, joy and peace in their lives. In this unique one-day workshop, Paul will teach you how to let your soul guide you, access your instincts, and connect to the wisdom of nature as you co-create with Her.
Zen in the Garden is an opportunity to spend time with Paul in an intimate, small group setting. This unique experience is only offered on rare occasions and now is your chance to live and learn with Paul for a day.
The workshop will begin with harmonization exercises to calm and center us individually, and as a group. From a state of inner-harmony, Paul will teach you how to access soul guidance so that you can work with your soul and the “Stone Buddhas”.
Rock and Soul
In this special Zen in the Garden workshop, Paul will show you ways to center and calm yourself, access guidance from your soul and express your creativity while getting excellent fitness in ways that people of all ages and levels of athletic ability can enjoy.
I spent most of my life (now 59 years long) working very hard at everything. I’ve applied myself intensively in all that I’ve done, from learning, to extreme sports and success in dangerous jobs, such as working in logging camps, to being a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, racing motto cross, stock car racing, drag racing, to being a husband and father, to traveling the world and building the CHEK Institute. Yes, I even worked hard to develop myself through meditation, tai-chi, and Qi-going…BUT, it wasn’t until I was drawn to working with stones (I call them “The Stone Buddhas”), as a means of expressing my creativity and creating stone stacks/sculptures that I began to learn things I didn’t realize I needed to learn to reach my full potential as a man, artist, achieving greater spiritual awareness, working with my soul, and putting my (sometimes Huge) ego in the back seat so my soul could guide me.
Throughout my life, I’ve found that when you can’t find the answers “out there”, its best to look within myself. After studying over 120 books on the soul and asking experts for advice on how to access my soul and getting only vague answers like, “you just have to trust yourself”… I made it my duty to discover the mechanics of how to connect to, listen to, ask questions of, and take guidance from my soul. When I learned how to let my soul guide me, I never felt alone. When I let my soul guide me, I was able to create much more beauty in my life, be it through my art, designing exercise or rehabilitation programs for myself and others, finding my way when lost, healing relationships, writing, teaching, parenting, or making love.
Yes, I’ve pushed myself hard while creating and training with stones and I’ve learned some very tough, painful lessons. Some examples are that all actions come with consequences, and when a finger, toe, or foot gets smashed, it can really wake you up!! I’ve learned that real balance in life, or in a rock garden, can’t come without awareness, presence, patience and commitment to letting things flow naturally. I’ve found over and over again that the Stone Buddhas are very honest teachers; they will celebrate patience, presence, connection and creativity with you, and they will also be present with you when your ego needs to be put in check! They say little — yet say everything.
In the 13 years I’ve been consistently working with stones as a means to meditate, express my creativity, and achieve an incredible level of conditioning and connection to nature, I’ve found that when I find my center, let my soul (consciousness within) guide me, and act from that invisible stillness within the center of my being, amazing things happen! I often look at what I’ve created in awe. There have been countless times I said to myself, “I could never have done that if I’d tried to “do it myself” (as opposed to doing it with the guidance of my soul and the intuitive guidance I get from the stones and nature).
If I’d only have known what I know now much earlier in my life, oh how many painful, challenging times I’d have saved myself and others from! If you’d like to come join me for a day and learn how stillness moves into action, I’d love to share amazing experiences with you that will influence you and all your relationships for the rest of your life!