Best-Selling Author Debbie Ford to Present Movie Screening and Workshop in San Francisco

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An accomplished Olympic athlete is caught on video smoking a bong. A state governor is impeached for political corruption. The public wonders, "Why do people risk damaging their reputations, destroying their families and their careers? Debbie Ford's work provides an answer and an option.

Debbie Ford

Acts of self-sabotage are predictable

Internationally acclaimed author and lecturer Debbie Ford will be in San Francisco to present a sneak preview of her upcoming documentary release "If Shadows Could Talk" along with a day long workshop, "Embracing Your Shadow." The screening will take place Friday evening, May 1, 2009 from 7-10 p.m. followed by the workshop on Saturday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hosted by the San Francisco Bay Area ICF Coaches, both events are open to the public, and will take place at the Unitarian Center, 1187 Franklin St., in San Francisco, CA. Tickets are on sale now at

"Acts of self-sabotage are predictable," says Debbie, an internationally acclaimed expert on the shadow. "They arise from the repression of what I call our dark side, the aspects of ourselves and our lives that we find too embarrassing to admit, to inconvenient to accept. Our suppressed emotions and repressed urges gather strength like lava beneath the surface of the earth. If there are no steam vents at the earth's surface to release the pressure of the powerful force that is building beneath it, the only outlet comes in the form of an eruption. When our dark side is repressed out of shame, and denied out of fear, it has no choice but to erupt. This is how the shadow works. This is how every human being is designed."

The secret is learning to embrace the dark impulses, the imperfections, the mistakes and the heartache - in other words, the "shadow." As Debbie explains, "The shadow is the hidden key that unlocks a life beyond your wildest imagination, a life where you are destined to live your highest potential."

The Film - If Shadows Could Talk. This is a visually stunning and cutting-edge documentary that will inspire viewers to uncover the wisdom in their wounds, the blessings in their misfortunes, and the gifts that are waiting to be claimed where they may least expect them… in the dark. The film, with contributions from some of the most brilliant and evolutionary thinkers of the 21st century, including Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Mark Victor Hansen, James Van Praagh, and others, is a world-class cinematic experience that pulls no punches as it tells the fascinating story of why we do what we do and fear what we fear. It's a chilling and revealing inquiry into the conflicting forces of darkness and light that compete for attention within every human being.

The Workshop - Embracing Your Shadow. In this interactive one-day workshop, Debbie reveals the profound secret of the shadow and how to unlock the confidence, power, creativity and freedom to fully be our most magnificent selves. She will guide us into the heart of the duality that unknowingly operates within each one of us: the force that compels us to live by our values, and give and receive love; and the force that holds us back, sabotages our efforts and repeatedly steers us toward bad choices. Debbie will explain the origins of self-destructive behavior and the battle between our light and dark sides. Providing the tools to unlock the patterns of self-sabotage, Debbie shows us how to heal the split between light and dark, and live the authentic life that is within our reach.

About Debbie Ford
New York Times best-selling author Debbie Ford is an internationally recognized expert in the field of personal transformation. Creator of the Shadow Process Workshop, Debbie is a pioneering force in incorporating the study and integration of the shadow into modern psychological and spiritual practices. Featured last spring on ABC TV's Ex-Wives Club, Debbie has also appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, and The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, and Fox & Friends. As the host of her own popular, weekly radio show, she can also be heard each week on Debbie's six groundbreaking books, including The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, Spiritual Divorce, and Why Good People Do Bad Things, have sold over 1 million copies, are translated into 32 languages, and are used in institutions of learning worldwide. For more information, visit

About Bay Area Coaches and the International Coach Federation
Bay Area Coaches is comprised of the four International Coach Federation (ICF) chapters located in the San Francisco Bay Area. The groups cover territory from Marin County to Monterey County, as well as the East Bay and San Francisco. Founded in 1995, the International Coach Federation is the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification, and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches. Having more than doubled in size in the past 5 years, it currently has approximately 12,000 members in over 80 countries.


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