The Bipolar Experience: In “Disorder,” In Our Culture, In All of Us Sat 4/7

Posted on: March 5, 2018

Saturday, April 7th  1:00 – 5:00 PM

with Chris Cole & Bill Scheffel



Is the bipolar experience also a spiritual one? In what ways does our own culture express a bipolar condition? In what ways do each of us cycle through a bipolar spectrum?
Explore these question as you:
  • Participate in an open, compassionate dialogue about the personal, social and spiritual implications of the bipolar experience.
  • Receive guided instruction in simple breathing, yoga and meditation practices that can be done anywhere and that support working with bipolar experience.
  • Learn an empowering and holistic model for understanding bipolar and other extreme or non-ordinary states.

In this four-hour workshop, Chris and Bill will share from their own journey with bipolar experience and deeply engage with those attending in an intimate exploration of the many ways of viewing bipolar and what the western mental system calls mental illnesses. We will look at ancient and contemporary methods for achieving healing and wholeness. The goal will be to share experience, expand possibilities and come away with new tools for promoting mental health – in all of us.

Note: we have a three-tiered pricing structure ($15 – $35 –$65) to help counter financial inequity and help make our program affordable to all. Please select the price that most appropriately reflects your financial resources. Thank you for your generosity in helping us implement greater accessibility and inclusivity.

Please Register through Eventbrite

Transcending Madness: Resources for Mental Health

Chris Cole offers life coaching for any number of mental health conditions, specializing in bipolar disorder and spiritual emergence. He hosts the Waking Up Bipolar podcast and is the author of The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness, inspired by his own journey of spiritual unfolding and mental health challenges. Chris operates from a heart-centered transpersonal orientation, gleaned from deep insight into his lived experience combined with years of service to those navigating the intimate terrain of transformative crisis. Learn more about Chris and his work at


Bill Scheffel is a writer, public speaker, I Ching consultant, creative writing and meditation teacher who currently directs most of his energy to Transcending Madness: Resources for Mental Health, a weekend workshop or sanctuary where meditation/yoga and bearing witness become the basis for an intimate community and a deep journey into healing and mental health. Bill was authorized by Chogyam Trungpa to teach meditation, studied with Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman when he earned an MFA from Naropa University, spent several “visionary” years traveling to Cambodia and has had the lived experience of psychosis/spiritual emergency.

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