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Living Awake: Grief, Grace, and Gratitude

Now is the perfect time to live your most radiant life from a place of resilient well-being. Learn to experience how surrendering to life’s rises and falls can cultivate essential happiness.

Rancho La Puerta

This is one of the closest places to heaven on earth and an world-renowned award winning destination year after year including the most recent repeat award “Top 5 International Best Destination Spa

Course Description
This course is designed for those who cultivate curiousity, are interested in depth of presence, and recognize the value of becoming comfortable with discomfort.

We offer a deep intimate immersion into how it is to live your life from a place of radical well-being. You will discover the magic of relaxing into the rises and falls of life’s journey. Paradoxically this acceptance opens into vital and sustainable changes in your life.

Through exercises designed to invite and guide you to experience the power of vulnerability and presence, your innate wholeness is revealed.

Through innovative approaches for embracing the perfection of imperfection, you will experience the freedom in realizing patterns of reactivity and move into greater fluency and flow. Discover belonging from the inside out and explore dancing with edges. Living Awake inspires a life worth living.

You’ll Learn To
• more fully connect with the innate intelligence of your body
• experience the teachings of your heart
• nourish curiousity and discernment
• tap into the transformative power of the natural world and ancient wisdom
• cultivate vibrancy

You’ll Take Home
• a renewed sense of interconnectedness
• deeper trust in yourself and life as it unfolds
• understanding and appreciating response-ability; more able to respond to whatever arises
• relaxed vitality



Over a decade ago, Lilli developed a model of Learned Happiness, which continues to synthesize cutting edge research in the fields of Neuropsychology, Buddhism, Spirituality, and Transformational Learning. For over thirty years, her work includes educating students and clients to delve deeper into their well-spring of well-being. Lilli considers herself a Pracademic; adept at bridging the academic with the practical; innovatively translating research into effective approaches for life. Her guiding principle is “Conscious Suffering cultivates Essential Happiness”.
Lilli is as an Adjunct Professor at Gonzaga University and City University. She is also in private practice and a supervisor for counsellors and students at four agencies in Victoria: Greater Victoria Citizens’ Counselling Centre, Victoria Sexual Assault Centre, Inspire Health, and Victoria Child Abuse Prevention and Counselling.

“What really matters? Love has no opposite. So I love dancing with paradox. From this viewpoint I can see how we connect and are joined by our commonalities.”
-Katheryn Trenshaw

Katheryn Trenshaw, the founder and creative director of the Passionate Presence Center for Creative Expression, is an inspiratrice and evocateur of presence and possibility. She creates spaces through which authentic expression can flow from source and radical well-being happens through living THIS.

Katheryn is an international artist, teacher, writer, art therapist and creative consultant who has offered, for over 35 years, training and facilitation in movement, art and personal development particularly focused on awakening as Embodied Consciousness. She conducts educational events, workshops, multimedia projects and undertakes consulting for individuals, groups and organisations in the United States, Europe and around the world.

Some of her projects include: The multimedia In Your Own Skin Project with a new book available from Amazon. The 10 year tour of the Breaking the Silence Project offers healing through illustrated talks, mask-making and workshops, and includes an upcoming book.

And her most recent three year adventure, Facing Death: a Radical Well-Being Sabbatical, addresses overcoming advanced breast cancer and realising more than ever how precious and juicy life is. This more persistantly informs, underpins and enhances every single moment and all of the work and depth of presence that Katheryn offers.

About Katheryn and Lilli
We met on a dance floor at Rancho La Puerta in a Mexican border town, a synchronistic gateway for discovering our mutual passions and gifts; such as reverence for life, pigheadedness, and being easily moved to tears.
We soon discovered the waters ran deep between us and flowed into this offering of an abundant bouquet of sixty years of training, experience, and teaching. Our multitude of modalities include meditation, integrative health, somatic practices, dynamic communication, movement, and creative expression.
Our complimentary styles and skills dove-tail to provide a safe atmosphere for diving deep, connecting with love, and transformation.
We are a dancing paradox. Our collaboration creates a synergistic and beauty-full movement into Living Awake.