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.

Unitive Consciousness, Transpersonal Psychology, Polarity Therapy

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

2020-21 Workshop Schedule

Arunachelaiswara Temple

I Can’t Say No To India!... But India is saying no to me!

2021 India Workshop Canceled!

If you would like to host a Somatic Emotional Clearing or
Energy Medicine Workshop

in Costa Rica or Hawaii

in late 2021 or 2022 Please Contact Me...

Our 2020 Transformational Therapy Workshop in Tiruvannamalai India was Divine!

The quality of the Individuals that were guided to the work...

The safe/sacred space we co-created...

The life changing healing work that each person accomplished...

The heart opening experience of so many amazing Indian people...

Each persons profound leap in consciousness through the grace of 

sacred mountain Arunachala Shiva...

My own deep personal and spiritual renewal...

All demand that we return to Mother India next year...

You are invited to join us in Tiruvannamalai India ????

For The Transformation of Your Life!


Dear friend,

if you are at all inclined to study with Bruce, I have to persuade you!!!

You absolutely need to do it!!!

This was my fourth course, going deeper every single time.

Honestly, I mostly wanted to be in presence of this incredible teacher and a part of the divine community he creates.

The work by itself is not just an amazing tool for any and all kinds of trauma healing you might come across but also a huge leap on your path of personal growth.

You will feel so much more whole, awakened and aligned with your purpose! You will be charged and ready to put this work into practice.

The healing of a wounded inner child and his/ her rescue to safe and loving environment is my favorite part of Polarity Therapy. Our hurts and long time buried traumas don’t need to be part of our present experience. You will learn how to release them and how you can be free to thrive right now.

The classes are being held outside the holy town of Tiruvannamalai, just  at the base of sacred mountain Arunachala. This by itself is like nothing else I ever felt.

I can not recommend this course enough!!! The depth and profoundness of it blows my mind every time!! No matter if you are an established body worker or a newbie, you will benefit immensely.

So many gifts, so many friendships and many many true deep healings happen here. 

See you in Tiru next year!!!! 

Love and Namaste to all you Goddesses and Gods!!!


Zoom To a Higher Level of Consciousness with Bruce!

Energy Medicine Foundation Training
APP Introduction
earn 22.5 Hours Credit toward APP Certification

8 Thursdays 9:30-12:30 PST

The ancient wisdom offers an unparalleled  understanding
and powerful hands on techniques for working with
Life Force Energy in The Healing Arts

Highly recommended For Newcomers
and Experienced Energy Workers!

Sept- 3 Oct 22, 2020

Learn 4 Unique & Powerful Energy Balancing Sessions
Sattvic: Facilitates Inner Peace and Soul Communion
Rajasic: Facilitates Energy and Vitality
Ultrasonic Core: Clears Shock & Trauma from the Central Nervous System
Pelvic: Releases Emotional Armoring & Opens the Pelvis

Mantra Yoga
In Depth Exploration of Energy Dynamics
   Hands-On Step by Step Demonstrations of Energy Balancing Contacts
Learn 4 Energy Balancing Sessions


This Class will work best if you register with a friend &
commit to practicing the sessions with each other each week.
Thus the $295. tuition is for two people.
Two certificates of completion will be issued and 22.5 hours NCBTMB credit each.


Transpersonal Psychology, Unitive Consciousness, Polarity Therapy, Somatic Psychology

2021 India Workshop Canceled!

Energy Medicine Professional Training

Energy Medicine 

Learn More  >>>

Energy Medicine Foundation Training
Karuna Sagara Ashram
Ananda College of Living Wisdom
Nevada City,  Ca.
6 days
Late September 2021


"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!"


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Our Programs Earn Certification:
American Polarity Therapy Association: APP-Associate Polarity Practitioner
International Polarity Education Alliance:EPP- Energy Principles Practitioner, and  PTP- Polarity Therapy Practitioner
National Certification Board For Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork:
Board Approved Continuing Education Provider (CEH): Number 451667-11 , Expires 7/1/2023


Free Podcast With Bruce Burger 

The World as Music

Bruce's Blog
Contemplating The Divinity and Unity of All Life
Check Out, Where Bruce is at these days....  New!

New Zoom On-Line
Somatic Emotional Clearing'
Counseling For Bodyworkers
Mantra Yoga

Spring 2021

A Unique Synthesis of Transpersonal and Somatic Psychology

Join Bruce Burger MA, BCPP 
founder of the legendary
Heartwood Institute
and author of
Esoteric Anatomy: The Body As Consciousness
Which has been called a "Bible of Energy Medicine"

Immerse yourself in liberating Unitive Consciousness

* Topics Include...
* Holding Sacred Space
* Ethical responsibilities of a Privileged Relationship.
* Health Building our limited scope of practice.... Only working with healthy clients who are able to take responsibility for their wellbeing.
* Client Directed Therapy and Active Listening.
* Facilitating the negotiation of resources and intentions with clients.
* The Healing Power of Therapeutic Presence
* How to Use Sattvic cradles and Parasympathetic Innervation to facilitate states of deep relaxation and wellbeing.
* Recognize signs of possible retraumatization and  prevent retraumatization using breath, presence,  parasympathetic innervation and guidance into resources.
* Facilitate the clearing of stress, shock, trauma and emotional armoring.
* Facilitate the experience that it’s safe for the client
to breathe... safe to be fully present in their bodies... safe to be fully alive.
* Facilitate Sensation Based Awareness, Titration, Pendulation.
* Theomorphic Step-Down and Emotional Armoring
* Dr Stone's powerful hands-on Sympathetic NS release
* Dr Stone's powerful hands-on Parasympethic NS Innervation
* Facilitate  Rescuing The Inner Child and Etheric Plane Communication  protocols.
* Facilitate Cutting Cords and Envisioning Future Self.

* Mantra Yoga: Immerse yourself in liberating Unitive Consciousness with Bruce as we contemplate some of life's deepest questions and explore the divine realizations available to us through the wisdom and sonic practices of ancient India.

Join us for this Life Enhancing Transformational Healing Journey

Tuition Investment $108.

Registration coming...


"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! "




" I just completed an 18 day intensive course with Bruce Burger in Tiruvanamalai, South India.  This was my first encounter with Bruce on any level, so I entered the experience with little understanding of the breadth of his teaching and with few expectations. It was a choice made from an intuitive sense of rightness and ripeness,


As a veteran and professional in the human growth potential, well...I have one colleague who calls me "BTDT"---"Been There-Done That", I came thinking that this would be a healers' refresher course for me. While some of the techniques and perspectives were familiar to me, what Bruce evoked in his teaching and well designed course was profoundly personally healing and created a dramatic shift in my perspective as a healer.


It is difficult to separate what was taught in the course and who Bruce Burger is as a highly evolved being who brings all of himself to each moment of his teaching...both depth and lightness of  being, compassion and detachment, a sense of humor and incisive focus on staying on track with the material he is intent on presenting.


The days were full but well balanced with a relaxed flow of meals, exercise, chanting, presentation, demonstration, practice and integration.  The flow is so well designed and orchestrated, it seems seamless and each day builds on the previous for an organic ripening of the learning process and its assimilation..


Bruce creates a beautiful atmosphere which is respectful, kind, playful, spiritually nourishing  & effectively educational.. It is truly an opportunity for an immersive pilgrimage into the rich, rich culture of Mother India as well as for personal healing and retreat and expanding, refining and adding new tools to ones healing tool box. The oasis of a retreat center, the beautiful host family, the sacred mountain Arunachala, the profound Shiva energy that permeates the region, the field trips and the deep dives into the Self make for a rich tapestry of immersive learning, healing and and refining ones ability to create healing for another with such a do-able price tag...I recommend it highly to anyone felling the call."


Chezspri Fischer RN, MA

Tiruvannamalai, India 

2021 India Workshop Canceled!


18-Day Transformational Therapy
Energy Medicine Career Training

Associate Polarity Practitioner, APP

Energy Principles Practitioner, EPP

 Certificate Program

with Bruce Burger


Accelerate Your Healing,  Personal Growth and Well-Being

Arunachala Shiva
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 Source...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 Agni Temple
    • Giripradakshina/Circumambulate Arunachala Holy Hill
  • Intermediate Training: 4 days
  • Core Polarity Therapy Energy Balancing Session:
  • Releases tension and trauma in 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,
    • Pilgrimage to 8 Asta Lingams: Planetary Essences to clear karma
  •  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)

  • Polarity Therapy

    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

    Price List:  Energy as Medicine -
      • 18 Day Course Tuition,  Jan 8-25, 2021
      • 2 Person Room (attached bath)
      • 3 Vegetarian meals daily, purified water, chai, fruit
      • Guided Tours On Practice Days
      • Complete Package Only $1995.
    Add ... AC Taxi Airport pickup & drop... $115.
    Add... 7 day Sacred Sites Tour after workshop... $Additional
    Register Today!  $108.Tuition Deposit*

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

    *APP Certificate Standards:
     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.) Total 155 Hours.

    *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)

    Register Today: email Jehan

    Your lodging is in a newly built family run retreat center: Arunadri
        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 with shower & hot water.
        A peaceful, safe and nourishing setting.

    Arunadri Retreat Center

      Photos & Testimonials
      Energy As Medicine Workshop Tiruvannamalai India  2017 

    Questions? Call Bruce Now! (707) 923-3387        email:

    Save Up To $150. With  Early Bird, Bring a Friend, and Former Student Discounts!  Register today!*

    Shopping in India
    Sacred Sites Tour

    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 7-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 your spiritual practice.

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

    Learn More: Sacred Sites Tour Brochure
    Click Link to Sacred Sites Tour Brochure Above...

    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.


    Sacred Sites Tour
    Includes 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 . The tour starts in Tiruvannamalai and ends in Auroville.

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


    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...

    An e-visa costs $20 and you can pay by credit or debit card.
     If you use this option, you should apply at least 48 hours before travel
    and can do so up to 3 months in advance.


    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 & Master Card credit and debt cards.

     ATM's Are Easy To Find

    There are good stores, including a  small supermarket and an "Organic and Natural Health Food Supermarket,
    " excellent restaurants, art galleries, book stores, 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.


    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


    Professional Trainings in Tahoe/Reno & Bay Area

    Meet the standards of the International Polarity Education Alliance and begin as Energy Student and receive your

    EPP or PTP certification depending the length of training. The focus in Polarity Therapy is the relationship between spirit and matter.

    Learn to work with the nervous system and restore energetic balance & integrity. Study with Joaquin Fioresi


    Study with Joaquin Fioresi

    Founder of

     Institute For Alternative  Complementary Therapy

    author of

    Human Touch: The Elements of Presence