Cleargreen was founded in 1995 under the guidance of the students of don Juan Matus—Carlos Castaneda, Taisha Abelar, Florinda Donner-Grau and Carol Tiggs—to sponsor Tensegrity® workshops, classes and publications. Tensegrity® is an art: the modern practice of the way of being that don Juan taught his students. Don Juan was the heir to a lineage of seers or shamans that began in Mexico of ancient times, and whose goal was what he called “freedom of perception.”
Cleargreen has published four Tensegrity® videos and sponsored workshops, classes and private sessions in Mexico, South America, the United States, Europe, and Russia.
Cleargreen stewards an international community of Tensegrity® practice groups, teaches web classes that reach over thirty countries, and is now carrying out a Tensegrity® Facilitator Training program worldwide.
Workshops, online classes and private sessions are led by Cleargreen Directors, students of Carlos Castaneda, Taisha Abelar, Florinda Donner-Grau and Carol Tiggs, assisted by Associate Tensegrity® Instructors.
Local classes around the world are taught by the new team of Tensegrity® Facilitators in Training, who are dedicated to sharing the focus, purpose, daring and joy they have gained through their own Tensegrity® practice. The first class of Level One Tensegrity® Facilitators will graduate in October 2013.
The name Cleargreen recognizes that we are luminous beings, reflecting in our energy fields the various colors of the spectrum of light. One of these auspicious colors for our time is a translucent green, the hue of the heart center where the energy body is linked to the assemblage point—the flower (in nahuatl, xochitl) of consciousness where we can shift our perspective, to be able to see the miraculous character of ordinary reality. It is the center of our courage, and a quality which don Juan called unbending intent, a sustained sense of purpose and passion unique to human beings, and which we can direct to a new way of interacting in the modern world—one centered on conscious and mutually enhancing interchange with the beings and the world around us.
Cleargreen’s symbol, a pair of iridescent dragonflies holding a luminous egg, calls our attention to some of the earliest prehistoric beings who intended flight, and to our energetic nature as luminous beings. If humans can come together in cooperation to acknowledge our energetic essence, don Juan believed, they could evolve, and take flight, in terms of their awareness.
Carlos Castaneda was an anthropologist seeking to do field work on the use of medicinal plants when he met don Juan Matus at a bus station in Yuma Arizona. Castaneda’s field informant became his teacher, who ushered him into a new way of being, based on the knowledge of the seers of his lineage. Dr. Castaneda wrote twelve books on his apprenticeship. He and his colleagues and fellow students of don Juan, authors Florinda Donner-Grau, Taisha Abelar, and Carol Tiggs, noticed, in their years of lecturing in bookstores and university classrooms that audiences seemed to retain more of what was said, and to begin the effort to integrate it into their lives, whenever they were taught the energizing bodily movements and breaths that don Juan taught them. So don Juan’s students decided to bring out and update the movements and breaths, called Magical Passes®, and other practices don Juan had taught them, and together with their students, Kylie Lundahl, Renata Murez and Nyei Murez, they launched Tensegrity®: a practical and modernized form of don Juan’s teachings.