Actualize Your Compassionate Nature

It is a blessing to be called to a life of compassionate service in the natural healing arts.

To be an instrument of a caring universe.

To consciously accelerate one's evolution through a life of dedicated service.

To take personal responsibility for the healing of humanity.

To live in integrity with one's most cherished beliefs of the sacredness and unity of life.

Bruce Burger, MA, BCPP

Study with Bruce Burger, MA, Author of
Esoteric Anatomy: The Body as Consciousness
Founder,  Heartwood Institute
Board Certified Polarity Practitioner, BCPP

 2016-17 Workshop Schedule

Tiruvannamalai, India

Energy As Medicine: Three Week
Personal Growth & Career Training Retreat

January  7-24, 2017

Benbow, California
Energy As Medicine
Diaphragm Session

October 13th, 2016

Oceanside, California
Polarity Therapy
with David Cushing Fuess
October 15-16, 2016

Kings Beach, Lake Tahoe, California

Somatic Emotional Clearing

Counseling For Bodyworkers

April 10-13, 2017

Benbow, California
Energy As Medicine
6 Thursdays
April 20- May 25, 2017

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Our Programs Earn Certification:
American Polarity Therapy Association: APP-Associate Polarity Practitioner
International Polarity Education Alliance: PTP- Polarity Therapy Practitioner, EPP-Energy Principles Practitioner
National Certification Board For Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork: Continuing Education Provider: CEH

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Words can not do justice to the profound transformative experience that transpired over three weeks with Bruce in India. I had taken the basic polarity training with Bruce in California in 2012 and was deeply touched by the work. I began to integrate some of the basic polarity therapy into my therapeutic massage practice and always knew that I would further my training with Bruce one day.

Well, the day came and even having had a taste of the magic of polarity therapy/somatic emotional release 'a la Bruce' in 2012, I could not have imagined HOW MUCH DEEPER this work would take me into my own authentic way of Being in this body and in the world as well as with my work as a massage therapist, now polarity/somatic emotional release therapist.
Bruce is truly a shining example of Divine Intelligence in action. My gratitude for his ability to lovingly share the profoundly transformative potential of this work with such grace, intelligence and PRESENCE (and many puns) is inexpressible.
Since my return from incredible India where the course was held, I have noticed a subtle source of energy and kind of inspired confidence that I have not detected before, both in my work and life overall. I can't quite put it to words but it has a quality of something that is surging up in my body like a well as opposed to something I've cultivated personally. This work opens you in ways you can't imagine and then you yourself become an open channel for the work to assist others. It's a beautiful exchange.
Bruce, I can't thank you enough. It's exactly the 'KaPOW' I've been wanting to add into my bodywork practice, not to mention my own life!


Join us in our Benbow Home...
Energy As Medicine:
Diaphragm & Heart Session Workshop
Thursday October 13th, 2016


We will share the powerful and life changing Diaphragm & Heart Session.
 Dr Stone revels that this work has the power to release
the fundamental fears that are held in the depths of the heart. 
Dr Stone felt this work was often the key to life changing healing,
to enhance inner peace and attunement with our Divine Self.

Class starts at 9:30am with Mantra Yoga, and ends around 5pm

The cost of the one day class is $50.
You can take a $5. discount if you have given 1 Energy Balancing session after our last class on September 8th,
a $10. discount if you have given 2 sessions,
a $15. discount with 3 sessions,  a $20. discount with 4 sessions,
and a $30. discount with 5 or more sessions.
Give 5 Energy As Medicine Sessions between September 8th October 13th and this class is only $20.

Please email me an RSVP for the class… Please carpool, if possible…

Oceanside, California
Polarity Therapy
with David Cushing Fuess
October 15-16, 2016


"I immediately felt I was connected to your work and your energy
and  so glad I followed my inner voice and joined the course.
Its been magical studying with you and the healing is still working in my life now.
Thank you Bruce for  everything: your authenticity, compassion and integrity.
You held a sacred space for me to go deeper into my healing
and to reclaim aspects of my being which had fragmented off from me in the past. 
Every now and again we get a choice  and opportunity
to really invest in ourselves and put our spiritual life and at the top of the list.
The course has been an example of this for me.
It has filled my being in so many ways. Im so glad I made that choice."
Neil A

Tiruvannamalai, India
18-Day Energy as Medicine Career Training,
with Bruce Burger
 January 7-24th, 2017

Join our Profoundly Healing
Transformational Therapy Career Training

Sacred Mountain Arunachala-Shiva

Energy As Medicine
Personal Growth & Career Training Retreat

  •  Foundation Training: 4 days
  •  Sattvic Energy Balancing Session: Balances the nervous system to promote healing Soul Communion.
  •  Rajasic Energy Balancing Session: Enhances vitality.
    •  2 days morning practice-afternoon personal space/tourism
    • Visit Arunachaleswarar Temple, and
    • Giripradakshina/Circumambulate Arunachala Holy Hill
  •  Intermediate Training: 4 days
  •   Core Energy Balancing Session: Releases tension and trauma from the sympathetic nervous system.
  •   Pelvic Energy Balancing Session: Releases blocked energy and emotional armoring.
    •  2 days morning practice-afternoon personal space/tourism
    • Visit Ramana Ashram and SriRamana's Virupaksha Cave,
    • Climb to the "feet of Shiva" at the top of Arunachala Holy Hill
  •  Somatic Emotional Clearing: 4 days
  •   Learn to clear emotional armoring, stress and trauma from the cellular memory of the body.
  •  Understand how to prevent re-traumatization
  •  Integrating Somatics and bodywork
  •  Learn to rescue the inner child
Retreat includes:
*    Morning Energy Exercise classes and health building diet
ॐ  The World As Music: Mantra Yoga Classes


*APP Certification:
 Meets Polarity Therapy requirements to apply to American Polarity Therapy Association,  for APP, Associate Polarity Practitioner certification. (In addition 10 Hrs of Anatomy & APTA membership & fees are required  to apply for APP.)

*PTP Certification:
Meets requirements to join the International Polarity Education Alliance,
(pay small one time membership fee) and apply for PTP- Polarity Therapy Practitioner Certification also earns credit toward, advanced IPEA EPP-Energy Principles Practitioner Certification.

* 90 NCBTMB ceh's available to licensed massage/bodyworkers

Arunachelaeswara Temple

Price List:  Energy as Medicine - 2017
  • 18 Day Course,  Jan 7-24 2017
  • 2 Person Room (attached bath)  Vegetarian meals, bottled water, chai, fruit
  • Airport AC taxi pick-up & drop off
  • $50 discount (early bird, bring a friend, or former student)
  • Complete Package Only $1995.
Add Air Conditioning Shared Room... $76
Add Single Room Non AC...  $135.
Add Single Room AC... $285. 
Add Guided Tours On Practice Days... $108.
Add 5 day Sacred Sites Tour... $849.
Register Now!  $108.Tuition Deposit

Register Today: Enrollment is limited to 12 students
Register Now: Single rooms are limited
50% of fees are due within 14 days of registration.

*Discount of $50. for  signing up with a friend,
or if you have already completed one of Bruce’s Energy As Medicine courses.

Register Today: email Jahan

Your lodging is in a family run, newly built retreat center.
    Rooms are of ecological rammed-earth construction, and offer
    high quality mattresses, a ceiling fan and screened windows.
    Each room has an attached western style bathroom.
    Our retreat is located outside of town in a quiet countryside setting.
    Your stay should be peaceful and nourishing, undisturbed by noise, or insects.

Register Today: email Jahan

Saran, Jehan, Ishani
Saran, Jehan and Ishani

Our American born host Jehan and her South Indian husband Saran
 are experienced tour guides who are
dedicated to your well being, health and safety.

Join our Profoundly Healing
Transformational Therapy Career Training

Questions?? Bruce (707) 923-3387

Shopping in India

5 - Day Sacred Sites Tour
  January 25-29th, 2017
This tour starts the day after the Energy as Medicine Training Course ends
And can be taken together...

Arunachelaeswara Temple

Expert guide and devotee of Arunachala mountain, Saran, will lead you on this 5-Day Sacred Sites Tour.  You will visit many of the most spiritually powerful and respected temples, ashrams and natural landscapes in Tamil Nadu, South India. Included in your tour will be:

Explore the some of the many powerful sacred sites in South India,
lead by expert native guide, Saran. Saran has a passion for these places,
which is contagious, and makes for a wonderful tour. Time spent in these places will do wonders to enhance any spiritual practice you enjoy.

An overnight stay at the top of the holy hill Arunachala.
 You will get mountain chai (made with local, fresh herbs), and a meal made on the mountaintop.

Lords Feet
At the peak of holy mountain Arunachala, Lord Shiva is worshiped  with an offering of flowers.

Visit ancient & holy temples and ashrams in the various towns we will stop at over 5 days.
Arial View of Sri Sakthi Amma's Golden Lakshmi Temple

Visit Auroville. Relax next to a spacious pool. Get Ayurvedic massage. Unwind. Let the peace sweep through you, so that all there is this moment...Enjoy the many trees on Auroville roads, which are designed using Sacred Geometry. Visit the Matri Mandir, for a unique meditation opportunity.
Matrimandir Temple, Auroville

Visit Pondicherry. See the French Quarter, and enjoy some shopping and site seeing. Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram and a temple devoted to Lord Ganesha (the Elephant-headed God, remover of obstacles).

 Ancient Beach Temple at Mamalapuram

Visit the ancient hand carved stone temples of Mamalapuram. Some of these temples have taken multiple generations to carve, from a single, large stone! Amazing to see the incredible detail, of the lifelike Gods and Goddesses in stone.

5 - Day Sacred Sites Tour: $849.
Includes 5 nights accommodation at clean, comfortable hotels or guesthouses, 3 vegetarian meals plus bottled water each day (plus snacks and chai), travel by a/c vehicle, all tours and arrangements, and drop at Chennai airport at the end. (4 person minimum for this tour).

*Contact us for more information, or to book your place for this tour!


 South India Trip FAQS:

Mother India Map

30 day E-Visa...On-line and easy...
Available 34 days before travel... not earlier...
(5 or 10 year multiple entry Visa can be applied for at any time...) **

Then Click....Visa button on top left...

Which takes you to this page....
30 day E-Visa...On-line and easy...
Available 34 days before travel... not earlier...

e visa application

If your asked  for an address in India, hotel and or personal reference in India:
D. Saravanan
128/37 Pey Gopuram St #4
Tiruvannamalai, 606601
Tamil Nadu, India

Purpose: Tourist
 Places You Plan to visit: Chennai, Tiruvannamalai, Pondicherry, Mamallapuram

**A 5 or 10 year multiple entry Tourist Visa can be applied for at any time... via
The Consulate General of India, San Francisco, does not, directly accept applications, either in person or through mail for Visa services. .ALL VISA APPLICANTS must go through Cox & Kings Global Services San Francisco at:

Our driver will meet you at the exit door of the Chennai Airport
(formerly known as Madras) - Airport Code MAA

Chennai's Modern Airport

 Let us know your flight details and where you are flying to Chennai from so we can be sure the driver meets you at either the domestic or international exit, based on your flight.

He will be holding a placard with your name printed on it so you can easily spot him.

He will have your flight number (remember to give this to us),
and even if your plane is late, he will wait for you.

Airport Arrivals Scene: Taxi Drivers with Name Placards

We are in regular mobile phone communication with our drivers to ensure all goes as smoothly as possible for your pick-up and drop-off.

You will have Jehan’s mobile phone number if you need anything.

You will be driven in an air-conditioned taxi to our retreat, near
 a 3 - 4 hour journey (depending on traffic and time of day).

Taxi & Driver

Your taxi will have bottled drinking water and your driver will help you with needs on the way. We recommend waiting to get to Tiruvannamalai to do any shopping for essential items and snacks.

English is a second language for many people in India...
people are friendly and curious, and communication is usually fun and easy.

You can exchange dollars for Indian rupees in the arrival hall of the airport,
 or you can wait until you reach Tiruvannamalai, for a better rate.

There are ATM machines in every town and neighborhood,
which accept international Visa & MC cards.

 ATM's Are Easy To Find

There are good stores, including a small "Health Food Supermarket" restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques catering to westerners across from Ramana Ashram in


Citizens from many countries can arrange to get a 30 day
visa on arrival at the airport.
Please check online as visa requirements vary by country. 

No vaccinations are required for India.


Ambivalent about visiting India?

Our workshop is a skillful way of entering and familiarizing yourself with traveling in India.

Our workshop is recommended for first time and more experienced visitors alike.

You will most likely meet like-minded folks in the course to join in your travels afterward.

We will do our best to point you toward excellent Yoga programs, Ayurvedic treatment facilities, inspiring teachers and sacred sites in incredible India.

Tiruvannamalai is a spiritual hot spot, home to numerous saints, sages, ashrams and a focal point for pilgrims from India and around the world.


Our American born hostess Jehan and her South Indian husband Saran are experienced tour guides and are dedicated to your well being, health and safety.

Please don't hesitate to contact them with your questions at:

Jehan: (91) 9944 02 4265
Saran: (91) 9944 63 8811

Staying Healthy in India: Tips For Staying Healthy in India:

Hello Bruce, this is Radka. I just wanna let you know how much you have influenced me on this new journey. I am still singing your mantras almost daily and I am in love with them. I was doing your exercises religiously but switched to awesome local yoga classes, but will return soon to them on no yoga days.

I am fairly confident in the energy sessions and  I am creating a massage room in my house and working on a flyer to post on FB and around our small valley. I am also slowly working on leaving the restaurant job, which is really scary but I can't be putting this off any longer.

I also wanted to express my gratitude for the three weeks we spent together. I am very grateful for all the friends I got out of our time, we are still in touch…

The training was the  best spent money in my life. The profoundness of your teachings and the deep camaraderie, made this trip worth every penny. I hope I will be able to join you again soon.

Kings Beach, Lake Tahoe, California
Well Being Center

Somatic Emotional Clearing

Counseling For Bodyworkers

April 10-13, 2017

Kings Beach
Kings Beach, Lake Tahoe

Join the author of Esoteric Anatomy: The Body as Consciousness in this hands-on training in somatic psychology. We will work with a synthesis of profoundly effective bodywork and somatic techniques, evolved by Heartwood's founder over three decades of research and practice. This conscious approach to body therapy facilitates a cleansing of the body's cellular memory of emotional armoring, and promotes mental and emotional clarity and wellbeing. Bruce's work offers a unique hands-on synthesis of Transpersonal and Somatic Psychology.

The emphasis is on compassion, presence and vulnerability as attitudes which support a safe space in which the client has permission to heal. We will work with the client as a person, respecting the pathos of their life as a conscious evolving spiritual being. We will approach healing as a creative process that is guided by higher intelligence. We will facilitate a sacred space for releasing the past, quieting the mind and healing the heart.

Learn to release shock, obsession, and trauma from the cellular memory of the body...

You will Learn a Unique Synthesis of Techniques Including:
* Transpersonal Psychology
* Somatic Psychology
* Holding Sacred Space
* Preventing Retraumatization
* Active Listening
* Resource Building
* Somatic Emotional Clearing
* Releasing trauma from the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight).
* Innervating the parasympathetic nervous system ( deep relaxation & wellbeing.)
* Dr Eugene Gendlin's profoundly effective Focusing Technique
* Sensation Based Awareness
* Etheric Plane Communication
* Rescuing the Inner Child
* Cutting Chords
* Envisioning Our Future Self.

** Prerequisite: Bodywork or counseling experience, spiritual and emotional maturity.

Cutting edge research reveals that body centered therapies have a profound capacity to release stress, dissolve emotional armoring and heal trauma.

Western psychology focuses on the mind and emotions. Transpersonal psychology focuses on the Self, the intelligence that witnesses the stream of thoughts and feelings. While mind and emotions are a kaleidoscope of obsession and instability, the Self is a constant of stable Presence. In this training, healing takes place as we balance energy to attune our life with the Self.

Our original nature is Freedom. Perceived threats to our security lead to obsession and a myriad of confused and contradictory mental and emotional impulses through the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) into the musculature creating emotional armoring. Learn profoundly effective energy balancing protocols that release stress and trauma from the sympathetic nervous system and the cellular memory of the body.

Transpersonal Psychology, Somatic bodywork 
Energy steps down from Spirit to matter. The body personifies the process of creation. This movement of energy from subtle to material vibration, underlies our unique & deep approach to clearing trauma from the cellular memory of the nervous system. (See Burger's Theomorphic Stepdown Chart)

Tuition: $395.
 For More Information & Registration:
Contact Joaquin Fioresi: (530) 391-1794

Benbow, California

Energy As Medicine
6 Thursdays
April 20-May 25, 2017

You are welcome to join us in our Benbow home on six Thursdays from 9:30am to 4:30pm
for our,  Energy As Medicine: Personal Growth and Career Training  Program

You Will Learn:

  Profoundly healing Polarity Therapy Energy Balancing Sessions to...
Enhance vitality, well-being  & inner peace
  Mantra Yoga: a  spiritual practice & form of music therapy for self care
  Transpersonal Psychology to contact a deeper level of your own well-being
ॐ  Somatic Psychology to clear stress, shock, obsession, and trauma from the body-mind

Contact Bruce Burger for information & registration (707) 923-3387
Tuition $395.      50% Discount For Former Students

Esoteric Anatomy:The Body As Consciousness
Transformational Therapy