Updated: 12-13-2012

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“If you enter a state of non-ordinary reality, it is only to draw from it what you need in order to see the miraculous character of ordinary reality. For me the way to live - the path with heart - is presence in the world.

Carlos Castaneda

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 workshops, classes and publications on the art of Tensegrity®: 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.” Up to the present, Cleargreen has published four videos on Tensegrity and sponsored workshops in Mexico City, Los Angeles, San Diego, Arizona, Hawaii, Esalen Center in California, Oakland, California, Portland, the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, New York City, Boston, Caracas, Venezuela; Sao Paolo and Curitiba, Brazil; Buenos Aires and Corboda, Argentina; Munich, Berlin, and Hannover, Germany; Barcelona, Madrid and Sevilla, Spain; Amsterdam and Haarlem, Netherlands; Rome, Verona and Rimini, Italy; London, and Bath, United Kingdom; Karma Ling and St. Cannat, France; Geneva, Switzerland; Sofia, Bulgaria; Kiev, Ukraine; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg and Moscow, 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.

What is freedom?

It means the ability to see past our habitual interpretations of reality, in order to follow the guidance of our inner seer. This part of us is directly connected the intelligent heart of the universe called intent.

In the context of Tensegrity, it refers to an approach to daily life which considers that:

  • The world we live in is extraordinary, and is the arena for our awakening awareness; the animals, plants, trees, rocks, elements, planets and stars of our world are sentient and create an interactive fabric of consciousness.

  • Pervading or existing alongside that world is an unseen world of sentient beings and consciousness called the second attention.

  • We can integrate the expanded view of the second attention for greater awareness and purpose in our daily lives through:

    a) The continuous effort to be more aware of oneself, others and the world, and;

    b) The integration of the self - which includes the physical body and the luminous sphere of energy that flows through and around it - and what don Juan called the dreaming body, or the energy body: our twin sphere, made entirely of energy.

  • Our experience of the world is an interpretation, one that can change. Carlos Castaneda said that Tensegrity could be considered a practice of Applied Hermeneutics. Hermeneutics refers to the study of interpretation - first it was the interpretation of the great texts of the world, then it expanded to mean the interpretation of reality itself. Applied hermeneutics means recognizing on a practical level how we are influenced by our cultures, our lineage, our families, in how we interpret the world - and taking the best of those influences, and liberating ourselves from the rest. 

Our teachers emphasized that freedom comes from examining our own beliefs and actions, and taking responsibility for our own experience of life and the world. It means recognizing, without judgment, that we attract experiences that vibrate in concert with our own state of being - and that connecting to intent, we can change, little by little, that state of being.

Tools for Freedom

Freedom begins with deciding we want to be aware, then realigning our attention and energy to that end. The arts of Tensegrity that can aid us in this quest include: Magical Passes® (practiced in silence, or with music or sounds of nature), dreaming, inner silence, life review or recapitulation, and Theater of Infinity, which integrates magical passes and life review. All of these practices consider that our bodily state and breathing are intimately connected to our mental and emotional states and to our awareness.

The Theater of Infinity is theater that is anchored in the magical passes, especially those sequences that evoke the awareness of other life forms and their interactions in reality, such as the narwhal whale, the butterfly, the bird, or the wolf. As a practice of awareness, it is theater in which we enact, with the help of the magical passes, and supportive fellow actor/witnesses, scenes from our lives, imbuing those scenes with the more expanded consciousness that includes all those other sentient beings that inhabit the world we live in. This consciousness brings greater freedom of choice. (More information on Theater of Infinity)

All these endeavors are guided by the premise: Love is the highest form of intelligence. Love of self, love of others, love of the extraordinary quality of this world. Love of this moment.

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.

Cleargreen Directors

Renata and Nyei Murez  

Renata Murez is a Facilitator and Instructor of Tensegrity®, and Creative Co-Director at Cleargreen. She along with Kylie Lundahl and Nyei Murez, is a member of the original team of Tensegrity® leaders, who, under the direction of the four students of don Juan—Carlos Castaneda, Florinda Donner-Grau, Taisha Abelar and Carol Tiggs—helped to formulate the modernization of the magical passes and other practices that comprise Tensegrity®. She holds a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, from California State University at Northridge, where she taught Composition and wrote her Master’s Thesis on the work of Native American author Louise Erdrich. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Biochemistry from UCLA, where she worked with Professor Emeritus Lissy Jarvik, and co-authored a paper with Steven S. Matsuyama, Ph.D.

She was a student in the Arica School of Oscar Ichazo, studying enneagram personality types.

She met Carol Tiggs and Carlos Castaneda when Dr. Castaneda was giving a lecture at the Phoenix Bookstore in Santa Monica, California. She first facilitated Tensegrity® in 1993; the discovery continues to unfold.

Nyei Murez is a Facilitator and Instructor of Tensegrity®, and Creative Co-Director at Cleargreen. She along with Kylie Lundahl and Renata Murez, is a member of the original team of Tensegrity® leaders, who, under the direction of the four students of don Juan—Carlos Castaneda, Florinda Donner-Grau, Taisha Abelar and Carol Tiggs—helped to formulate the modernization of the magical passes and other practices that comprise Tensegrity®. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University, studying under poets Derek Walcott and Olga Broumas. She holds a BA in English from the University of Southern Mississippi, where she was a flutist in the University Wind Ensemble. She studied with Atlanta Symphony Principal Flutist Charles Bradley, and in addition to silver flute, plays Native American flute, inspired most especially by Tarascan-Apache flutist and flutemaker Guillermo Martinez.

She has studied specific breathing and energy restorative practices with the students of don Juan and others, including David Elliott.

Her interest in Tensegrity® began while attending a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar in Berkeley, California, where she met Florinda Donner-Grau and Carlos Castaneda; she first taught Tensegrity in 1993; and the adventure continues.

Associate Instructors of Tensegrity®
Teo Alfero

Teo Alfero is an Associate Instructor of Tensegrity® and the Founder and Director of Wolf Connection Conservancy. Born and raised in Argentina, Teo attended military school and then worked as a mountaineering instructor in the Andes Mountains before moving to Los Angeles in 1999. In the Andes, a friend handed him a book by Carlos Castaneda and a video on Tensegrity and the rest, he says, is history. “It was as if a part of my being that was longing to wake up was finally liberated. I could feel a jolt through my body with every paragraph, and energy moving around and through me with every magical pass ... It was like nothing I’ve experienced before, I had found my life-long practice and inner home.” He moved to Los Angeles and began attending Tensegrity practice groups and events regularly. He joined the team of Tensegrity facilitators in 2003 and has also helped to lead joint events given by Cleargreen and Wolf Connection.

As a result of his Tensegrity practice and the search for his path with heart, he started to embrace the legacy of his family's lineage of educators and developed a passion to be of service to others, particularly young people in need of mentoring and guidance. He has been a children's Court Advocate with the CASA program and is a registered foster father, a trainer for the Safe School Ambassadors program, and a certified life coach and mentor for adolescents and young adults. In 2008 he founded Spring of Evolution, Inc., a non-profit initiative, with Wolf Connection's youth education and empowerment program as its centerpiece.

Alexander Dergay

Alexander Dergay is an Associate Tensegrity Instructor and Co-Sponsor, and the founder and Director of Aterdux Entertainment, an independent game developer company. He began reading the books of Carlos Castaneda in 1995 and attended his first workshop on Tensegrity in 1996 at UCLA. He joined the team of Facilitators in 2001, also serving that same year as co-sponsor of the first Tensegrity workshop in Russia. He continues to participate actively in workshops in the US, Europe, Mexico and Russia and since 2009 has been an active co-sponsor in Russia and the Ukraine.

Born and raised in Minsk, Belarus, he holds a BS in Mathematics from Byelorussian State University and spent a decade working as a software engineer, first in Germany and then in the United States.

In 2009 he started Aterdux Entertainment, an independent game developer company that created Discord Times and now working on their new game called Legends of Eisenwald. He lives and works in Minsk, Belarus.

Jim Morris

Guilhem Morera aka Jim Morris is an Associate Tensegrity Instructor and Cleargreen Workshop Co-Sponsor, and author of "La Cartomancie des Anciens Mages" (“The Science of the Cards of the Ancient Magicians”).

Born and raised in Marseille, France, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Aix-en-Provence.  He worked for ten years as an actor and conceptual artist with the award-winning Théâtre Demodesastr, an international touring theater group directed by Agnès del Amo and inspired by the work of German choreographer Pina Baush, Polish director Tadeusz Kantor and German expressionism.

He began studying Tensegrity in 1998 and moved to Los Angeles in 2000, where he worked as an assistant to the director at the Theater Raymond Kabbaz. He also played guitar in the Latin band “Jicamo,” where he shared his passion for Flamenco music.

Parallel to his training in Tensegrity® he was trained and certified as a Magi counselor in the science of the cards by Robert Lee Camp and has studied with healers and spiritual teachers author David Elliott, Howard Wills and Hawaiian Kahuna and recording artist, Lei'ohu Ryder.

He currently lives and works in the South of France giving private sessions where he blends his knowledge of the cards, astrology and healing to help the client find his or her own path towards well-being.

He has been a member of the team of Associate Instructors of Tensegrity for the last seven years and works as a cosponsor for Cleargreen events in Europe and organizes, supervises and facilitates Tensegrity classes and intensive practices in France.
Alice Rulde

Alice Rulde is an Associate Tensegrity® Instructor. She has served as an Office Manager and Administrative Assistant of Cleargreen from 2006 until now. She joined the team of Tensegrity® Facilitators in 2007. She was a cosponsor for the first Tensegrity® classes in France.

Born and raised in Paris, France, she holds a Tourism and Travel vocational degree and is a Licensed Tourist Guide of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of the South of France.  She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist, and is currently in the process of completing her certification as a TRE™ Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises Practitioner. Additionally she is now studying Psychology at Santa Monica College.

She considers herself to be a continuous student of life. Her curiosity and interest in people and all forms of life have lead her to take many classes in various fields such as the performing arts - theater, music, dance - environmental studies, yoga, and traditional Chinese medicine. She is passionate about sustainable ways of living on many layers: materially, professionally, emotionally and spiritually.

She began reading the books of Carlos Castaneda in 1991 and attended her first Tensegrity workshop in 1998. It has been a life-changing experience for her, discovering her path of heart, and since then the journey of self-discovery has never stopped. 

Ambar de la Parra

Ambar de la Parra is an Associate Instructor of Tensegrity® and coordinator of the Facilitators in Training in Mexico. Ambar first attended a Tensegirty workshop in 1996 in Mexico City, and after listening the lectures of Carlos Castaneda and practicing the movements of Tensegrity, Ambar knew that Tensegrity was her path with heart, and has been following it ever since.

In 2001 she moved to Los Angeles, California and served for several years as an administrative assistant for Cleargreen. During that time she also became an Associate Instructor of Tensegrity® and has participated actively in workshops given in the US, Europe, Brazil and Mexico.

Ambar founded Mexico Direct Travel in 1995, a travel agency specializing in ancient archeological sites. Following her passion for ancient cultures, Ambar earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at the University of California Los Angeles. Following her keen interest in improving the quality of neighborhoods that began in her beloved childhood neighborhood in Mexico City, she went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Urban Planning at UCLA

She currently lives and works in Mexico City, and for the last three years she has organized the Journeys in the Second Attention Tours of Tensegrity in Mexico.

J Allen

Jake Allen is a member of the team of Associate Instructors of Tensegrity® since 2010, contributing actively in Tensegrity® events in the United States, Brazil, Europe and Mexico, and is an Associate Instructor and Technical Co-Director for live, online Tensegrity® classes, a musician in Tensegrity ensembles, and has served as an Administrator at Cleargreen since 2008, first as Coordinator and now as a Manager.

He began reading the books of Carlos Castaneda, Florinda Donner-Grau and Taisha Abelar in the 1990’s and began participating in Tensegrity® events and practice groups in 2003.

Originally from Maine and New Hampshire, United States, his passion for and interest in diversity of cultures, languages, ways of expression, and perspectives led him to a year in Turkey as a Rotary International Exchange Scholar, and extensive independent travels in Mexico and Brazil. He is fluent in Spanish, proficient in Portuguese, Turkish, French, and Italian, and can swim in the waters of Russian, Arabic, German and Mandarin Chinese.

Born into a family of musicians, he currently plays bass guitar and percussion. He is also inspired by the arts of movement, astronomy, agriculture, and sustainability of energy and resources, and by the greater possibilities of awareness and collaboration Tensegrity brings to its community, as well as to our familial, global, and celestial communities. 

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