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

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ॐ  2018-2019 Workshop Schedule 

Tiruvannamalai, India

Energy As Medicine:

Three Week
Personal Growth & Career Training Retreat

January  8-25, 2019

Energy Medicine

Personal Growth & Professional Training

6 Thursdays, April 18-May 23

In our Benbow, CA Home

Somatic Emotional Clearing

Counseling For Bodyworkers

Heartwood Institute

June 27th-June 30th, 2019

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Energy As Medicine Workshop
Tiruvannamalai India 


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NCTMB    ipea   APTA
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:
Board Approved Continuing Education Provider (CEH): Number 451667-11 , Expires 6/30/2020

Enjoy A Tax Deductible* Trip to India & Nourishing Vacation with Like Minded People

Counselors, Massage Therapists, Yoga Teachers, can deduct the cost of advanced professional trainings necessary to keep their professional certification and jobs.

*As I understand Google... The IRS allows self-employed workers to deduct some training costs, including transportation to and from course locations.
If you are not Self-Employed...and the certification is to maintain or improve your skills for a job you are already working in, or is required to keep your current job, you can deduct the cost as job-related expenses. However, job-related expenses are a miscellaneous itemized deduction subject to the 2% of AGI limitation.
Please check this out with a your tax professional....


"I won't pass up any opportunity to study with Bruce and receive the amazing blessing of his work, knowledge, and presence! Taking a seminar with him is like a spiritual retreat as much as an educational professional workshop. His knowledge is vast and unique and so valuable...

I have studied Polarity Therapy (energy balancing) and recently the Somatic Emotional Clearing work with Bruce. The work is profound and helps to clear long-held blockages that get lodged in the physical & energetic bodies, after traumatic experiences to the mind or nervous system. The work addresses the nervous system and helps clients to get back into a relaxed parasympathetic state and out of the fight-or-flight sympathetic reactive state.

The recent work I studied was even more profound, as it is basically soul retrieval, helping the client to return to a state of awareness and embodiment of their inherent divinity. I think this work can really help people to thrive and come into a state of gratitude and abundance, and I am so excited to begin sharing it with my community."


"Bruce's teachings and practical work is of incredible value to anyone who is searching and willing to take their health into their hands and be responsible for their well-being.

This was my third course with Bruce, and apparently, I haven't had enough. The work he is sharing changed my life for better and forever on many levels. What we went through was not just deep emotional healing and transformation but also personal journey breakthrough.

I am way more connected to my soul, I understand the patterns that are holding me back, and I also have a 'Driver's manual to navigate through life challenges. I am in charge of my experiences.

I feel like the whole course was equally for my business as for my growth. Also, the friendships with other participants are lifelong and on very deep level. We are still supporting each other and sharing our lives.

On top of that, I learned and got reminded of the importance of being PRESENT in all aspects of life. I can't wait to share all I have mastered during these three weeks with my clients, my family and anyone who will cross my path.

Thanks to Bruce's presence I am better, more connected and awake person. I am more aware and very very grateful. Daily habits and chores can be done with grace and intention.

Bruce has been my teacher for several years now. His wisdom is based on the Truth, kindness, generosity and love. I will take every opportunity to be in his presence and learn from him again and again."
          Namaste, Radka

Energy Medicine

Personal Growth &

Professional Training


6 Thursdays

April 18-May 23

in our

Benbow, CA Home


* Learn 3 powerful hands-On Energy Balancing Sessions

* Learn Powerful Mantra Yoga: Daily Self Care Techniques
* Expand Your capacity to give and receive love and nurturance
* Be a part of a safe and caring support group

$395. Tuition Investment

Early Bird registration before March 1st earns a $50. Discount

Bring a friend... & Register together earns a $50. discount each.

Above discounts can be combined...

Former students repeating the class may take a $100 discount.

Register Today $50.

Learn 3 nourishing energy balancing protocols that can be used alone or integrated into a massage practice...

Somatic Emotional Clearing

Counseling For Bodyworkers

Heartwood Institute

June 27th-June 30th, 2019

Enjoy A Tax Deductible*  Nourishing Learning Vacation with Like Minded People

* Counselors, Massage Therapists, Yoga Teachers, etc. can deduct the cost of advanced professional trainings necessary to keep their professional certification and jobs.

*As I understand Google... The IRS allows self-employed workers to deduct some training costs, including transportation to and from course locations. If you are not self-employed...and the certification is to maintain or improve your skills for a job you are already working in, or is required to keep your current job, you can deduct the cost as job-related expenses. However, job-related expenses are a miscellaneous itemized deduction subject to the 2% of AGI limitation. Please check this out with a your tax professional....

Earn 20 NCBTMB CEH To maintain professional licensing requirements in our Professional Training Programs

* Tuition Investment $495.

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 four 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 well-being. Bruce's work offers a unique hands-on synthesis of Transpersonal and Somatic Psychology.

An advanced professional training in Somatic and Transpersonal Psychology...

Safe, simple, easy to learn... Highly recommended for massage therapists, yoga teachers,
Reiki practitioners, bodyworkers and counselors seeking profoundly effective
principles and hands on tools to accelerate healing and personal growth.

Learn to release shock, stress, 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 Re-traumatization
* Active Listening
* Resource Building
* Somatic Emotional Clearing
* Dr Eugene Gendlin's profoundly effective Focusing Technique
* Sensation Based Awareness
* Etheric Plane Communication
* Rescuing the Inner Child
* Mantra Yoga: Self Care Practices

Our Mantra Yoga teachings facilitate your cellular recognition of your inherent divinity
to promote a profound shift into Soul Communion... harmonizing the energy fields of every atom of your body into a well attuned to Being to promote clarity, peace, health and happiness!

Somatic Psychology: Cutting edge research reveals that body centered therapies have a profound capacity to release stress, dissolve emotional armoring and heal trauma. Trauma is largely held on the somatic level. Therapies centered on the mind and emotions are generally ineffective in addressing the somatic level.

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.

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.

Somatic Check-In
Somatic Emotional Clearing can be practiced within a massage or bodywork session
or with the client sitting in a chair or lying on a yoga mat.

4 Days
For More Information & Registration:
Contact Bruce: (707) 923-3387

Tiruvannamalai, India 
18-Day Energy as Medicine Career Training,
with Bruce Burger
January 8th-25, 2019

Join our Profoundly Healing
Transformational Therapy Career Training

Sacred Mountain Arunachala-Shiva

Energy As Medicine
Personal Growth & Career Training Retreat

Our Energy As Medicine training is unique in the healing arts for our constant intention to address the Soul....the animating intelligence of Life.

We work with the body as a vibratory field and the person, holistically to clear blocked energy and entrain with Nature.

You will learn profoundly effective energy balancing protocols and principles that will heal and transform your life and the lives of your clients!

  •  Foundation Training: 4 days
  •  Sattvic Polarity Therapy Energy Balancing Session:
  •  Balances the nervous system to promote healing Soul Communion.
  •  Rajasic Polarity Therapy  Energy Balancing Session: Enhances vitality.
    •  2 days morning pilgrimage, afternoons practice, personal space, & tourism
    • Visit Arunachaleswarar Temple, and
    • Giripradakshina/Circumambulate Arunachala Holy Hill
  •  Intermediate Training: 4 days
  •  Core Polarity Therapy Energy Balancing Session:
  • Releases tension and trauma from the sympathetic nervous system.
  •  Pelvic Polarity Therapy   Energy Balancing Session:
  • Releases blocked energy and emotional armoring.
    •   2 days morning pilgrimage, afternoons practice, 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
  • Day 1 offers an orientation in the afternoon,  (Jan 8)

    Program ends at noon of day 18,  a morning of integration and celebration (Jan 25)

Retreat includes:
ॐ  Morning Energy Exercise classes
ॐ  The World As Music: Mantra Yoga Classes
Constant immersion in Unitive consciousness
ॐ  Delicious healthy South Indian vegetarian cuisine



*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, receive 5 Polarity Therapy sessions from an RPP or BCPP, give 30 Polarity Therapy Sessions. APTA membership & fees are required to apply for APP.)

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

* 110 NCBTMB ceh's available to licensed massage/bodyworkers
(National Certification Board For Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork,
Approved Provider Number  451667-11)

Arunachelaeswara Temple

Price List:  Energy as Medicine - 2019
  • 18 Day Course,  Jan 8-25, 2019
  • 2 Person Room (attached bath)  Vegetarian meals, bottled water, chai, fruit
  • Guided Tours On Practice Days
  • Complete Package Only $1995.
Add ... AC Taxi Airport pickup & drop... $115.
Add... 5 day Sacred Sites Tour after workshop... $899.
Register Today!  $108.Tuition Deposit*

There are only 2 or 3 single rooms. Register today to reserve a single room.

Register Today: email Jehan

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 Jehan

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.
Our Hosts
Mountain Saran Day Tours have over 90 Five Star reviews at Trip Advisor!

Join our Profoundly Healing
Transformational Therapy Career Training

  Photos & Testimonials

  Energy As Medicine Workshop Tiruvannamalai India  2017 

Questions?? Bruce (707) 923-3387

Save Up To $100. With  Bring a Friend, and Former Student Discounts!  Register today!*

2019  Detailed Price List: (Prices in USD)

18-Day Energy as Medicine - January 8 - 25th, 2019

Full 18-Day Course, including 4 morning guided tours of local sacred sites
18-Day Energy as Medicine training course, with Bruce Burger (included breakfast and lunch for the 16 days of the course and breakfast on the last day). The first day (January 8th) starts in the afternoon, at tea time, 4:00 pm, and the last day January 25th ends at 2:00 pm after lunch.                $1595

Accommodation, plus dinner at the guesthouse
(Accommodation offered is on site, where the training course will be happening. Accommodation also includes dinner at the guesthouse). Single rooms are limited to a maximum of 4 - so it’s first come, first serve on singles.

Add One:
 18 nights shared non a/c accommodation, add:        $400
 18 nights shared a/c accommodation, add:              $475

 18 nights single non a/c accommodation, add:          $550
 18 nights single a/c accommodation, add:               $700

Add Airport Transport:
Chennai airport pick-up and drop off with a/c taxi, add: $115
 (CHENNAI Airport pick-up and drop-off can be shared with someone on you flight, coming to Tiru - if you’re arriving at another airport, ask us and we will tell you the price from that location)

*Discount of $50 (each) for registering with 50% of course fees paid by August 1st, or for signing up with a friend, or if you have already completed one of Bruce’s courses (up to 2 discounts per person).

**50% of the course and accommodation fees are required upon signing up for the 18-Day Energy As Medicine Course. The remaining 50% should be paid by November 15th to ensure full registration.

***All meals provided will be vegetarian, using organic and high quality ingredients. Filtered water is provided at the guesthouse, please bring a refillable water bottle for your drinking water.

***** Link to Mountainsaran Tours Cancellation & Refund Policy

There are only 2 or 3 single rooms. Register today to reserve a single room.

"Bruce's Energy Medicine and Somatic Emotional Clearing workshops are really a life changing experience for personal growth as well as for your healing arts practice. What stands out most is the compassionate sacred space that is held for everyone to explore their own healing journey as well as the wisdom of learning from a heart-centered teacher with several decades of professional experience. The first time I saw Bruce Burger at Heartwood Institute, the healing arts school he founded, I knew I wanted to study with him because of the light and energy in his eyes. Its wonderful study with someone who has a depth of many years of spiritual practice that you can feel in the space.

I just attended the Somatic Emotional Clearing workshop and was struck by how profoundly deep these therapies are to get right to the root layer of what causes our pain and dysfunction. I really resonate with the Somatic psychology approach that informs the work. Many years ago I attended the Polarity courses and regularly integrate the techniques into my massage and bodywork practice as well. Very affordable rates for classes too!"


Shopping in India

"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! "


  5 - Day Sacred Sites Tour
  January 25-30th, 2019
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 packed to bring to the top.

Visit Sri Puram (the Golden Temple of South India), and go for puja (sacred offering ceremony) with Sri Shakti Amma.

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 near the beach at Mango Hill Hotel (or similar type hotel/guesthouse). Get Ayurvedic massage (at additional cost). 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: $899.
Includes 6 nights accommodation (single room) at clean, comfortable hotels or guesthouses, 3 vegetarian meals each day (plus snacks and chai/coffee), travel by a/c tempo traveller (small bus), all tours and arrangements, plus pick-up and drop at Chennai airport (price without pick-up and drop is $ 785). The tour starts in Tiruvannamalai and ends in Auroville.

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


 South India Trip FAQS:

Mother India Map

Americans and citizens of most other countries are required to apply for an Indian Visa!

30 day E-Visa...On-line and easy...

(A 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 from 120 to 4 days before travel....$75. for US citizens.
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:

No vaccinations are required for India.

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 much better rate. Your driver can  stop at a money changer if you have cash
(for the best rate) or take you to an ATM.

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




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

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Institute For

Alternative and Complementary Therapies

You Can Now Practice
Alternative and Complementary Therapies

Under Health Freedom Legislation SB 577  you can practice alternative and complementary therapies like Polarity Therapy, Acupressure, Aroma Therapy, Ayurveda, Brehma,  Reiki,   Therapeutic Touch, etc. without a massage license. You can legally advertise and offer your services in; Apitherapy, Bach Flowers,  Chrystal Healing, EFT, Herbology,  Homeopathy,   Hypnotherapy,   Shamanism,   etc. 
January 1, 2003: The dawn of a new era...
On September 23, 2002, history was made in California. With the unanimous support of the legislature, Governor Davis signed into law SB-577, sponsored by the California Health Freedom Coalition (CHFC) and authored by Senator John Burton.

As of January 1, 2003, California law now recognizes the professional legitimacy of alternative and complementary health care practitioners and healers allowing them, for the first time, to be able to legally provide and advertise their services in California.

California law defines massage as the "scientific manipulation of soft tissues".  It is my understanding that working with the body through esoteric principles as a field of energy/consciousness as illustrated in my book Esoteric Anatomy: The Body As Consciousness,  and as detailed in the Standards For Practice and Code of Ethics of the American Polarity Therapy Association, is outside of the scope of practice of massage therapy  ( but I am not a lawyer, thank Goddess). In my understanding you can advertise and practice Polarity Therapy Energy Balancing under SB577.

Our Energy As Medicine Workshop includes a series of Exercises and Practices to foster your success in your new career in the natural healing arts!

more about SB-577  here

Institute For Alternative and Complementary Therapy


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