Beyond ‘Self Defense’

A One-Day Workshop with Michele Benzamin-Miki

Saturday August 3

10am – 4pm



Registration is closed. Space is still available. You may register at the door.

This is more than a self defense class; you will learn skills of awareness and focus for the ‘inner game of self defense,’ developing trust in your instincts, composure and clarity, and display a physical confidence–presence. You will learn how to be ‘present’ so you’re no easy target, or presenting yourself as a victim. Instead learn to be empowered, more flexible and resourceful in conflict and high stress-situations, even move beyond some of your fear responses, and possibly change old triggers of ‘being a victim’ from your past. Most importantly you will learn how to define your boundaries, which are your rules of engagement – teaching others how you want to be treated.

Essentially cultivate respect and appreciation for yourself, and learn the skills to have more choices than you think you have in any situation – problem or conflict. This day will change your thinking!
Did I mention this day long will be fun too?

Cost: Sliding Scale of $40-$70 plus dana for the instructor. Please pay at the highest level you can afford to support our programs and those who have less.

$100 Plus Monthly Supporters attend for no cost. Please Click Here for more info on our Monthly Supporter program.
Some scholarships and work-study is available. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Michele Benzamin-Miki cofounder of Five Changes and Manzanita Village retreat center in Warner Springs, CA. has mentored and trained individuals and facilitated retreats and training-seminars worldwide for more than twenty-five years. Using combined skills as Master Trainer of NLP, Hypnotherapy, and Gestalt, with three decades of experience as a Zen and Vipassana teacher. Michele is a woman of high ranking in the martial arts of Aikido and two forms of Iaido sword, and a visual and performance artist. The work we do at Five Changes has been referred to as magical, ‘alchemical’, beyond the range of what is usually considered possible, because of the synergy of all these tools and skills.