The Opening the Heart Workshop

The Opening the Heart (OTH) philosophy recognizes that true health is based on a holistic model that includes mind, body, and spirit. Drawing on a unique blend of contemporary positive psychology and ancient wisdom traditions, you engage the body’s natural energies in exercises designed to help you

  • Heal past trauma
  • Work through blocked emotions
  • Disentangle from the past and reconnect with core truths
  • Deepen self-respect and self-love
  • Learn to live more fully in a heartfelt way.

Exploring deep areas of the self requires the security of a safe environment, in which participants receive respectful, loving, individual attention. The leaders of the OTH workshop have many years of experience in providing these essentials.

Note Download and complete this questionnaire and return to the presenters before the program begins.

Program at a Glance

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Program Theme
Personal Growth


Linda Aranda Belliveau, a grief counselor and wellness coach, has led Opening the Heart workshops since 1981. She also specializes in holistic and integrative mental health education.

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Al DeGroot coordinated Opening the Heart for years at Spring Hill Institute, and with wife Judy was a lead facilitator of the OTH for Couples.

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Judy Kushner-DeGroot is a senior leader of Opening the Heart and specializes in working with individuals, couples, and LGBTQ groups.

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Liz Mazlish has led Opening the Heart Workshops since 1990, and has had a private psychotherapy practice for 27 years, working with teens, adults, and couples.

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Lee Perlman, PhD, teaches philosophy in the experimental study group at MIT, is the director of the MIT prison initiative, and teaches university courses in Massachusetts prisons.

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December 6–8, 2019

Don Rhoades, LMHC, has years of experience leading the Opening the Heart Workshop, and working with clients' substance abuse issues in a heart-centered way.

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