The intention of the course is to realize our always present awake nature, cultivate our deeply healed embodied presence, and to be of benefit to the vast interconnected family of beings.
From the ground of simple, ever-present awareness, one’s entire bodymind will resurrect. When you rest in primordial awareness, that awareness begins to saturate your being, and from the stream of consciousness a new destiny is resurrected. When the Great Search is undone, and the separate-self sense has been crucified; when the continuity of witnessing has stabilized in your own case; when ever-present awareness is your constant ground—then your entire bodymind will regenerate, resurrect, and reorganize itself around intrinsic Spirit, and you will arise, as from the dead, to a new destiny and a new duty in consciousness.
This curriculum is an integrated tapestry of methods from across traditions and time as well as freshly emergent wisdom teachings.
You will be learning nondual Awakening practices rooted in ancient wisdom traditions, contemporary methodologies from fields of psychology, somatics, neurobiology, energetic practices and healing modalities.
By integrating seemingly disparate paradigms into one coherent whole, we are revealing a wider, seamless view and offering you a comprehensive set of tools for healing and awakening.
Awaken to our True nature and live from this in our everyday.
Many of us have tasted deep inner peace, profound aliveness, and unparalleled intimacy that touches into our deepest experience of life. Though we may be able to experience these deep states of awareness in meditation or have had spontaneous glimpses, we are wanting to deepen our realization, understand how to access Awake Awareness with ease and more frequency and learn to stabilize this awareness in our day to day.
Partake in an awakening path that is integrated with a healing path
Our healing is not separate from the Awakening path but an integral part of it.
At Luminous we offer a roadmap to help us navigate what for many can be a confusing path. What is authentic awakening? How do I know if I'm experiencing it and what practices must I do to access it regularly and begin to stabilize it. Where are the the experiences I'm having and how do they fit in a map. Further more, what is the intersection of awakening with healing? When do I focus where? What healing is needed for my awakening to be real and stable and embodied and when am I focusing too much on healing or the content of my experience and need to touch more into the real root that resolves the suffering and is the source of true happiness?
At Luminous we receive:
- A roadmap and practices for an integrated Awakening and Healing path
- Guidance that is personalized to your place on the path and your unique energetic constitution
- A community to practice with, be supported and reflected by, and powerful group field for healing together.
Together we cultivate a community of illuminated heart-centered beings that are dedicated to help to heal and uplift the world and be of benefit to all beings everywhere
"Bravery evokes Magic. Here bravery is the courage to be - to live in the world without any deception and with tremendous kindness and caring for others." Trungpa
Throughout this program we will learn to recognize and marinate in the 7 aspects of Awakened Wisdom.
These aspects are like facets of a diamond, each an aspect of the wholeness and an expression of our True nature. We explore these facets through the elements, that are more than physical, rather an expressions of the deepest dimension of our being.
The modules and the elemental themes are Air, Water, Tree, Fire, Earth, Realm and Crystal
In each module we explore both the Awakened qualities as well as its Shadow. In this way we realize all dimensions of our awakened consciousness and also work with the shadow that obstructs our Luminous awareness from shining in the world.
The 7 Modules:
In this program's seamless integration of practices to realize our already here, awake nature and the healing and shadow work to resolve our inner obstacles we provides both lectures, practices and experiential learning and in depth dives into:
- Attachment trauma repair work
- Healing through developmental stages: learn a systematic way to evaluate where we have gaps in 7 stages of our early development and methods to repair them.
- A clear roadmap for Awakening
- Awakening practices through the 5 levels of Mind: Ordinary, Subtle, Awake Awareness, Simultaneous Awareness, and True nature
- Awakened Relational practices
- Healing sessions supported by Group field: With Awake awareness and dynamic energy we liberate ourselves from our deeply rooted karmic patterns.
- Energetic Practices and techniques that open our lenses of perception.
Module 1 - AIR
WHAT YOU REALIZE:
Awakened Air: Awake Awareness - Openness and Freedom
In Module 2 you will experience resting in Awake Awareness, the Pure Awareness of your innate nature: vast, pristine, bright and boundless. From this level of mind there is an immense sense of freedom, unbounded by conditioning and free from the reactivity of the ordinary mind.
As you recognize the already awake dimension of your being and begin to rest in it with more stability you will experience lucidity and unshakeable peace.
HOW YOU HEAL
Shadow of Air
You may identify with the quality of Air if you notice that you are highly attuned and you pick up on subtle cues that others seem to have missed. You might also have the distortion of air, if you feel “too sensitive” and as a result feel like running away or hiding from everything that feels overwhelming. In those moments you might become spacey, dissociated, or otherwise ungrounded. For example, people with this distortion often hang out at the periphery of groups or avoid them altogether and instead disappear into computers, books, or other isolated activities.
In Module 2 you will understand and access deep healing at the root of what causes this fear, disconnection, and isolation. Healing at this level brings an ability to ground, and a deep sense of security, stability, and belonging.
WHAT YOU WILL TRAIN
Energetic Gift: Air Bending
In Module 2 you develop Air Bending skills: boundless nonlocal awareness and the ability to localize awareness anywhere in the boundless field. Yo will learn to rest in one vast, interconnected field and perceive information beyond the reaches of your body or five senses. For example, you can learn to put attention on someone else for the sake of healing and help locate the energetic blockages in their system.
Module 2 - WATER
Awake Water: Embracing Awareness, Boundless Love and Interconnectedness
In Module 3 you’ll learn to experience the felt experience of a boundless field of interconnectedness and warmth, and the fullness of being. You will glimpse and learn to marinate in the Ocean of Compassion that is like the Ultimate Mother: You will practicing viewing through the awake unconditional heart that recognizes the perfection of everything and the quintessential preciousness of being.
You will practice Embracing Awareness, and embody unconditional acceptance, holding everything that arises with tenderness and warmth. Embodying this state, you simply allow the energy of life to move through you without resistance, opening to the flowing blissfulness of our fundamental nature.
HOW YOU HEAL
Ordinary Water and its Shadow
If you identify with Water, you’ll know yourself to be someone very empathetic and feelings oriented. If you have the distortion of water, you might also hold a belief or a fear of “not enough” - either that you’re not receiving enough from the world around you, or that YOU are fundamentally “not enough”. As a result you may find yourself feeling overly emotional, or needy and clingy with people, or have lots of cravings and be desirous of anything that might quench your endless thirst.
In this module you will learn to release that which blocks you from receiving what you need and get to experience the true fullness of life. You will find ways to heal that enable you to develop a deep sense of inner fulfillment and be able to access what you need from others in healthy ways. You will shift from an experience of “not enough” to the ability to access overflowing inner abundance and a fulfilling sense of interconnection with everything.
WHAT YOU LEARN
Energetic Gift: Water Bending
In Module 3 you develop Water Bending skills: the innate capacity to transmit warm hearted compassion and in the interconnected field be in the felt sense with others experiences. When water bending, you transmit to others a deep sense of safety, connection, and fullness, in which they feel seen, held, and nurtured. You have the subtle power to softly guide people out of their defense patterns. You become the transmitter of flourishing, sensuality and embodied bliss.
Module 4 - TREE - Discriminating awareness, Unique Purpose and Alignment
Awakened Tree: Discriminating Awareness
In Module 4 you will learn to recognize the "Kingdom" within, and experience a deep inner strength and alignment and develop your capacity for awakened presence. You will realize the depth of your internal compass that is able to navigate as an expression of awakened wisdom.
Awakened Tree can be the “Sword of Truth” that cuts through the clouds of our conditioned mind. It is the awakened discernment that illuminates truth from delusion. Though symbolized by the sword, Tree is a form of compassion and is not separate from the ground of love and compassion itself.
As your capacity for discriminating awareness grows, you will grow boundaries and structures that support your life and your mission. You will no longer lose energy or be drained by things that are out of alignment with your greater self.
HOW YOU HEAL
Ordinary Tree and its Shadow
If you identify with Tree, you’re probably known as the reliable helper here to support the good. If you have the distortion of tree you might also be overly self-reliant, not trusting that others will really be there to help you. You may feel cut off from a part of your emotional and sensual experience, and so you might shy away from emotional connection. Instead, you probably choose to live mainly in the world of thoughts, where concrete order feels reliable.
You might also feel incapable of manifesting your purpose in the world - or perhaps you’re still looking for what your true gifts are, and what your purpose is. Though you might be really good at getting things done, your actions might not yet be happening in the direction of your true purpose.
In Module 4 we explore ways to access your feelings and gain greater capacity for meaningful connection with yourself and others. You will connect with the flow of life force energy within you, which helps you open to spontaneity, emotion, and trust. As you free your life force you will also uncover your capacities and unique gifts, being able to understand your true self on a deeper level. Instead of orienting to what is familiar or to what pleases others, you will learn to align your actions to your own greatest purpose.
Energetic Gift: Tree Bending
In Module 4 you also learn the skills we call Tree Bending: tapping into the subtle gift of perceiving when things are in or out of alignment and accessing a sense of clarity around how to realign them. With this skill, you have a super-powered ability to guide others to their greatest purpose and recognize their unique gifts.
Module 5 - FIRE
Awake Fire : Dynamic Awareness - Energy and Enlightened activity and True Power
Awakened Fire is the dynamic lively expression of primordial wisdom; an all-pervasive Awareness-Energy, Shiva~Shakti and the realization of our natural Bliss.
Awake Fire is the spark, the generative force, the aliveness that is a dynamic intelligence.
At Awakened Fire we begin to experience the divine Union within and without, described as
At Awake Fire we recognize the aspect of awakening that is self-organizing and self liberating. At this stage in our Awakening we experience an effortless flow where things unfold themselves by them self and we realize that It is our own Awaken nature that is awakening us.
While our ordinary mind lives in lack and feeling of being at the mercy of other's power, at this realization, we recognize an unlimited supply, an infinite Ocean of Awareness- Energy and werealize that there is no power of this all pervasive wisdom.
HOW YOU HEAL
The Shadow of Fire
You might identify with Fire if you magnetize good things, and powerfully serve others with your leadership. You might also identify with the distorted parts of fire, if for example, you feel things only get done when you’re the one in charge, tend to push your energy and things to happen and you can only trust your on competency in the process. Maybe you do know how to make big moves, but perhaps you notice that they’re sometimes more self-serving than they are in service to the whole. Maybe sometimes you notice that you use your power to dominate or manipulate others to get what you want, exercising “power over” rather than “power with”.
As we heal from this defense pattern we find the love that runs through everything, and the magnetic force that it has to alter the course of reality. When we learn to surrender and soften our hearts, and when our “smaller self” lets go of being in charge, we find that something larger shows up to express itself through us. Instead of feeling powerless, we access an even greater power that can support our actions. We can then manifest big things in the world effortlessly.
Energetic Gift: Fire Bending
With the love-power you learn in Module 5, you gain the skills of Fire Bending: you become a powerful love-force capable of transforming the world around you. You access huge currents of energy that flow through your body as you move, act, create, and transform. You can amplify energy, magnetize, and manifest. You can build excitement and inspire passion in others, and direct the energy of a group.
Module 6 - EARTH
Awakened Earth: Ground of Being- Stability - Agenda-less presence
In Module 6 you get to explore the ground of Being. The timeless infinite depth that is always here. The mountain like stability that we can rest in and as. The boundless ground that is both emptiness and form. Here we land in the everyday world yet experiencing every-"thing" is gleaming from within. As we recognize this dimension of ourself there is a relaxation into beingness and experience of deep security and rest. As if, "all is well."
Natural Awareness, or, “inter-being,” the understanding and felt-sense that everything is interdependent with everything else, and there is actually no boundary between things: everything is all truly connected. From this quality of awareness you experience the natural timing, rhythm, and pacing of the earth and the whole cosmos. Rather than expend effort, you learn to rest in effortlessness and in synchronization with the natural balances of the world.
As your access to natural awareness grows, synchronicity will become a regular experience. You will be in synchronization with everything: with your body, the earth, nature, other people, and the whole cosmos. You will experience an incredible restfulness, as you relax into the natural unfolding of things. More and more everything will seem to get done by itself, via its own innate wisdom.
HOW YOU HEAL
The Shadow of Earth
If you identify with the Earth Bender archetype, you might notice you are embodied, grounded, strong, concrete and practical, hands-on, hard working, and loyal. You are steady, you are very much “here”, and you know how to hunker down and do what you’ve got to do. In the distortion of Earth, though, you might also find yourself a bit too hunkered down - in other words, stuck. Maybe you feel resistant to change, maybe you feel like you can’t express yourself or stick up for yourself or break free from what’s bogging you down. Maybe you don’t want to change, and you especially don’t want other people to make you do anything. You might feel resistant to…just about anything, even the things you say you want.
How to get out of your own way? How to get others out of your way? These are the feelings and paradigms we’ll be working on in the healing work of Module 6. As you free yourself of these binds you discover a uniquely unhindered self that moves in congruence with its own nature. You begin to access an effortlessness that connects you to the cosmic unfolding of everything.
Energetic Gift: Earth Bending
In Module 6 you get a chance to experience Earth Bending: the ability to sense the underlying patterns and cycles within and between all living things. You tap into your superhuman power to connect and commune with the physical body, the physical environment, and living beings of planet earth in profound ways - just as many shamans across many cultures have done: honoring the intelligence of these natural systems and through doing so, empowering their own self-healing mechanisms.
Module 7 - REALM -
Awake Realm: Multi-dimensional awareness- all times and all space
Module 7 is the most magical module at Luminous, where you get to majorly challenge your worldview, beliefs, and boundaries regarding aspects of space-time and layers of reality. You can move your awareness beyond the bubble of what you think existence is, into new experiences of yourself, others, and the multiverse.
As you cultivate your access to Beyond Space-Time Awareness, you recognize that life and the world out there is like a dream with you as the dreamer - and you are building your own dream, in co-creation with others. With Beyond Space-Time Awareness, your vision opens, your capacity to download the future emerges, and your ability to shift vantage points and connect with support from all the realms opens up.
HOW YOU HEAL
Shadow of Realm
You might identify as a Realm Bender if you know yourself as a playful, energetic, creative visionary, often thinking outside the box and being “ahead of the times”. If you find yourself in the distortion of Realm, you might feel deeply unseen by other people, and wish so badly that they would truly see you. As a result, you might tend to perform, entertain, or otherwise be really good at getting attention - so that you’re at least seen on the surface. But still, people aren’t seeing your deeper self. And there’s even a chance you might not be seeing it either.
You might also identify with being in the distortion of realm if you find yourself avoiding harsh reality by running away from what you’re supposed to be dealing with head-on, and by putting your energy basically anywhere else - like by hiding in distraction, or in some kind of fantasy land. As a result, you might be unable to focus, unable to finish projects you started, be late for appointments, or become scattered in your thoughts or actions.
In Module 7 you will be guided towards healing the distortions of realm. You will learn to establish your center. All of the energy that before was dispersed in fantasy, drama, and reaching outside of oneself for affirmation, will be able to self organize. You will develop a capacity to channel your energy though a clear center and true vision.
WHAT YOU LEARN
Energetic Gift: Realm Bending
When you engage in Realm Bending, you’re connecting with the part of you that “sees” beyond the 5 senses: the vision of the mystics. You can begin to access information about the past and future, and experience consciousness and communication throughout dimensions of reality.
Module 7 - CRYSTAL
Awake Crystal: Clarity and Knowing Awareness
In Module 8 we access the state of Knowing Awareness and lucid clarity where we experience direct knowing, beyond conceptual mind. Some call this state “Big Mind” or “High Mind”. Here, you are accessing infinite intelligence unbound by conditioning.
As your gain access to knowing awareness you become more lucid and clear. Ideas and understanding of things may stream through your mind. You often can get the big picture or understand seemingly complex ideas instantaneously. Instead of working things out step by step, sometimes the whole concept reveals itself at once. Brilliance and precision become second nature.
HOW YOU HEAL
Shadow of Crystal
Crystal in its essence is a bright mind untainted by conditioned reality. But in the distortion of crystal, you’re following an artificial framework of cultural conditioning - a specific set of rules or ways of thinking that you either created or adopted from your family, education, or community. If you identify with Crystal, you may find yourself to be highly structured and organized, articulate and precise. But you may also engage in lots of black-and-white thinking, assume that you’re the one that is definitely right when you’re in an argument, or judge other people who see or do things differently than you do. You may tend to be rigid, trying to be perfect. You might not know who you are at your essence, as you’re trying to so hard to be appropriate or to achieve according to "the rules of the game” that you’ve decided (consciously or not) that you must follow.
WHAT YOU LEARN
Energetic Gift: Crystal Bending
The Crystal Bender accesses a highly and finely structured awareness mind. The subtle gift is to be able to access information from the “network” or greater mind and "download" information with great clarity.
Advanced Opportunities in the 2-Year Program
You've been through the 2-year program and you want more? Everything you got a taste of is a tiny sip of a huge well. Come back to drink from the well. Additional details coming soon!
- Payment of the $1500 deposit to hold your spot.
- Completion and submission of an in-depth application.
Access to the application submission form will be provided after receipt of your deposit. You can also download an editable document of the application to explore at your leisure (Google Document - you must download or save to your own Google Drive to edit). Please complete your application within 2 weeks of paying your deposit.
- Scheduling of an interview with the LAI Master Teachers, if you have not already met them. Will be scheduled after review of your application.
2-Year Program Dates
Walking the path -online awakening traing
7 Live MODULES
(4-days - from Thursday at 12:30pm
to Sunday at apx. 6pm)
At Expanding Light:
January 16-19, 2020
March 26-29, 2020
June 18-21, 2020
August 20-23, 2020
October 22-25, 2020
January 14-17, 2021
March 25-28, 2021
Choose from Two Graduation Tracks
LAI STUDENT COMPLETION
Personal healing sessions are not a requirement of this track, although they are highly recommended. A small amount of homework is required for completion and to get the full benefit of participation in the program.
LEVEL 1 LUMINOUS PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATE
Additional homework and personal healing sessions are required for this track, which will add to the overall price of the program. Successful completion of this track allows you to offer Luminous sessions as a private practitioner or to weave Luminous practices into other modalities or contexts in your personal or professional life.
Additional Requirements for Practitioner Certification
at a Glance
If you wish to be certified as a Level 1 Luminous Practitioner, there are specific requirements beyond those expected of all students. Meeting some of these requirements entails additional time and cost. Each of these requirements will be fully explained.
- 21 personal healing sessions from an official Luminous Practitioner with 3 received between each module (these sessions are NOT included in your tuition unless you are on the Accelerate Path - see below).
- 10 practice sessions given to people in your community between each module (for a total of 70 sessions), with practitioner forms filled out and submitted. May be done with other students.
- 12 minis traded with fellow students between each module (minis are 5-10 minute presence sessions).
- Minimum practice of Chi Gong and Meditation 3+ times per week, with daily practice recommended.
- Custom exercises assigned by instructors as the program develops.
Please note: Level 1 Practitioner certification entitles you to offer sessions in the Luminous framework in private practice or to weave these skills into other modalities. It does not guarantee you a job as an official Luminous Practitioner, which requires additional training and assessment and is by invitation only.
Our 2-year program is a profound investment in your growth and transformation. Immersive group work, meditation practices, healing assessments, and online materials, are the foundation of our Basic Package. Our Accelerate Package includes a selection of individualized sessions and small group pods that deepen the work in your tuition. For those interested in becoming practitioners, the Accelerate Package builds in some of the requirements. You can also do sessions and pods a la carte with either Package.
There is limited enrollment for this program. Your enrollment will be considered on a first come first served basis. You need to complete and submit all application materials, in addition to your deposit, in order to be considered for enrollment. Below you can see what is included in our Basic and Accelerate Package.
- Eight Modules
Attend eight 4-day immersive trainings at a beautiful California retreat center every 9-11 weeks.
- Meditation Retreats
Two 2-day meditation retreats with a master meditation teacher to deepen your practice.
- Personalized Meditation Practice
Receive clear instructions and support to help you know if you are on track with your personal meditation practice between modules. Learn step by step awareness practices to be able to gauge your progress on an awakening path.
- Luminous Awareness Online Materials
Open your energetic body and shift your level of awareness through a synthesis of meditation practices, Chi Gong and self awareness exercises and educational materials posted in our Student Portal.
- Luminous Facilitated Labs
Receive ongoing training and support as well as community connection between modules with labs facilitated by advanced interns or teaching assistants. These are a powerful opportunity to practice the skills learned with fellow students and to explore the material in greater depth.
- Decisive Discounts and Bring A Friend Discounts
Commit to the program at one of our pre-course events by paying in full or paying your deposit and setting up your payment plan to save $500! Or, bring a friend and receive $250 as a referral bonus to apply to you or your friend's tuition cost.
- Add Sessions & Pods (small group healing experiences) A La Carte
You can pay for a session or join a pod on an a la carte basis.
- NOTE: Practitioner Track is available regardless of whether you choose the Basic or Accelerate Package.
- THIS SECTION UNDER REVISION - Details soon!
- Everything included in the Basic Package!
- Eight Immersive Modules
- Two Meditation Retreats
- Meditation Practice Support
- Online Materials
- Decisive Discounts and Bring a Friend Bonuses
- Plus the additional benefits below!
- Three Master Healing Sessions
Receive three (3) one hour sessions with Master Healers. These sessions will uncover the energetic root to your primary issues, release and re-pattern these issues and shift you into higher levels of consciousness.
- Nine Healing Sessions with Luminous Practitioners
Receive nine healing sessions spread out over the course of the program with official Luminous Practitioners to expand and deepen the transformation initiated in the modules. Practitioners will be assigned to you based on best fit for your healing process.
- Nine Group Pod Sessions
Participate in nine pods where you gain extra practice while receiving private instruction and guidance on healing and awareness skills from a skilled practitioner in a small group format. During each Pod, several students receive a session from an official Luminous practitioner with the support of the other students.
- Fulfills Healing Session Practitioner Track Requirements
Students who wish to be certified as Level 1 Luminous Practitioners are required to receive 21 healing sessions or pods with official Luminous Practitioners over the course of the program. The Accelerate Package builds these into your payment plan and you can add sessions and pods a la carte with either package.
- Sessions & Pods Rolled into Payment Plan
Accelerate simply rolls the cost of a set number of sessions and pods into your payment plan. Additional sessions or pods can be added a la carte.
- NOTE: Practitioner Track is available regardless of whether you choose the Basic or Accelerate Package. Accelerate Package may be more difficult to take advantage of for those who live outside the larger Bay Area. Please contact us to discuss.
- Hold your spot with a deposit:
- $850 deposit holds your place in the program and is applied to your tuition. Before September 1, $600 of this deposit is refundable. Before November 1, $300 of this deposit is refundable. After November 1, the entire deposit is non-refundable.
- Payment options:
- Payment in full - save $250! (Can apply with Decisive or Early Bird discounts.)
- Two Yearly Payments (after deposit)
- Basic Package: Pay $5000 a year for 2 years
- Accelerate Package: Pay $6275 a year for 2 years
- Recurring Payments (after deposit):
- Basic Package: $440* a month for 24 months
- Accelerate Package: $550* a month for 24 months
*Includes a fee for managing credit card payments.
- First payment is due by October 1, 2019
- Discounts & Bring a Friend Bonus:
- Early Bird Discount: Pay by July 1, 2019 and save $250
- Commit to the program at one of our pre-course events and save $500! Discount is applied to your tuition, not your deposit. To get the discount, you must pay the deposit within 48 hours of the event to lock in this discount.
- Bring a friend and receive $250 as a referral bonus.*
*Both you and your friend must pay for and attend the full program for you to receive this bonus. Payout will occur halfway through the program.
NOTE: These prices do NOT include food & lodging, travel costs, or the cost of extra offerings between modules such as pods and private healing sessions (except for those included with the Accelerate Package). Also, only one discount applies per person (choose Decisive or Early Bird discounts).
Food and lodging for the 2-day meditation retreats are the responsibility of the student and are not arranged by LAI.
Luminous Modules are immersive. The first module is held near San Francisco at the IONS / Earthrise Retreat Center. Direct travel time from the Oakland International Airport (OAK) is approximately an hour and a quarter, and from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is approximately an hour and a half, depending on traffic.
The other seven modules are held at the Expanding Light retreat center in Northern California. The closest airport is in Sacramento and it is just over a 90 minute drive to Expanding Light, depending on traffic.
Lodging covers three nights each module with a choice of options usually ranging from camping to dorm rooms to shared rooms to private rooms. Nine meals are included, from Thursday dinner to Sunday lunch. Rough prices for food and lodging vary at the two different retreat centers. The first module will cost a bit more, from about $470 - $605. All other modules will run from $300-$700 depending on your lodging choices (with around $400 being the average).
Details of lodging and the retreat centers will be provided after enrollment and closer to the start of the program.
NOTE: room and board are not provided for the 2-day Meditation Weekends held in Berkeley, CA as most students live in the Bay Area. Out-of-town students may be able to stay with local students or in the many Airbnb options in Berkeley.