Thursday, December 23, 2021

Run Gasparilla's RD, Susan Harmeling

 Episode 60 "Run Gasparilla's RD, Susan Harmeling" can be heard on most podcast apps, including Anchor, Spotify, Apple and Google!


Our guest Susan Harmeling has been at the helm of the Gasparilla Distance Classic for 30 years here in Tampa Bay, and guided it from a small local race to one of the largest events in this part of the country. Susan started at Run Gasparilla just after her first marathon, and literally had to "read the book" on race organizing, and has since accumulated wisdom and been the recipient of knowledge from some of the best!  When she started, she was the only full time employee, with a few volunteer and part-time advisors. The Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic is close to our hearts as it truly highlights some of Tampa's best views and character, as part of the Gasparilla Festivities each year. Jose Gaspar is a fictional pirate, who is loosely based on the real-life buckaneers and other seafarers who sailed in this part of Florida centuries ago.

Susan Harmeling at the Finish Line

 Like most running events across the globe, it has been sidelined by Covid-19 and was run virtually in 2019-2021. In addition, its community running and youth programs were put on pause as a result. All are excited to get going again, according to her. In this episode, Susan gives us some hope for the future and a look at things to come in 2022. In addition, she describes what it's like to put on a world-class expo and race-day logistics, harnessing the incredible power of volunteers, without which no modern race could realistically take place. 

Run Gasparilla in the News, Pepperjack:

Susan also thanks the running community for their continued support, and reveals the new mascot's name (Pepperjack) as a result of a naming contest the past few months!  Finally, she shares what a hobby runner with a passion for organization and the running community can do.   We share some of this in this episode, and of course a dose of cheer to carry us into the new year... ready or not, here we come, 2022!  

Need some R&R over the holidays? We might suggest trying some of our runner-focused guided meditations and affirmations pre/post-run:

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Monday, December 13, 2021

Movement as Medicine: Summary of Movement Therapy Resources

Movement Therapy Summary from December 2021 Mini-Retreat "Movement as Medicine"

Here, movement therapy is applied and understood as a means to promote improved connection of body-mind-spirit, with the therapist and all group members. Moving together towards a higher purpose is the essence of this idea, in which a connection between body-mind-spirit are also explored. Through improved awareness of our spiritual dimension’s impact on the body and brain, a more effective intuition and connection/dialogue with conscience may be fostered. This is especially true in cases where there is a blockage (resentment or fear) which are holding the individual back from accessing the noetic dimension and spiritual growth. Chrisman & Frey (2018) offer an excellent overview of various movement therapies and their origins, for those wishing to start from a broad overview of potential practices. 

I. Talk at Global Logotherapist Conference on Movement Therapy, Walk/Running logotherapy and Recovery:

II. Qigong Sessions (weekly Wednesday morning) on M. Lane Holbert’s Insight Timer page, and recorded guided meditations:



*An excellent example of a dance movement therapeutic session, by Ekin Bernay: A lesson in therapeutic dance movement 

IV. Walk & Talk Therapy, Group Movement Therapy: My interviews with other walk/run therapists, working with individuals in recovery (addiction, loss, trauma, suffering from anxiety/depression):

- William Pullen (Britain), "Dynamic Running Therapy"

- “Team Unbreakable”, with Dan McGann (Canada)- youth walk/run therapy for depression, anxiety

"Run with Love's" interview with me about run/walk therapy

V. "RECOVERY CAMINO", a pilgrimage group experience (virtual or physical pilgrimage small group walk along the Camino de Santiago in Spain several times each year, co-led by a logotherapist and nurse/music therapist)

VI.  12 Step Workshop & Weekly Meetings, in-depth for all addictions:

Zoom Meetings List:

REFERENCES (from mini retreat):

Chrisman, Linda; Frey, Rebecca "Movement Therapy ." Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine. Retrieved November 24, 2021 from

Cho, S. (2008). Effects of logo-autobiography program on meaning in life and mental health in the wives of alcoholics. Journal of Asian Nursing Research, 2(2), 129–139.

Frankl, V. E. (1986). The doctor and the soul. Penguin Random House.

Frankl, V. E. (2006). Man’s search for meaning. Beacon Press.

Frankl V. E. (1988). The Will to Meaning: Foundations and Applications of Logotherapy. New York, NY: Penguin.

Gregoire, T. K. (1995). Alcoholism: The quest for transcendence and meaning. Clinical Social Work Journal, 23(3), 339-359.

Madeson, M. (2019)

Vaillant, G. E. (2008). Spiritual evolution: A scientific defense of faith. Broadway Books.

Yalom, I. D. (1985) The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy. 3rd Edition. New York.

Fisher, G. L., & Harrison, T. C. (2018). Substance Abuse: Information for School 

Counselors, Social Workers, Therapists, and Counselors (6th Edition). 

Pearson Education.