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All Workshops

Week of June 4-9

Heart to Heart: 5Rhythms® Heartbeat and Buddhist Heart Practice

Lucia Horan

Love is not a mood, but a dynamic way of being. – Gabrielle Roth

Month of June 4-July 2

Work Study - Relational Leadership: Building a Radically Engaged Culture

Mark Fairfield

This program is part of our Integral Leadership Summer Series.

Weekend of June 9-11

Behind the Mask, Beneath the Ego: 5Rhythms® and FaustWork® Mask Theater

Lucia Horan & Rob Faust

The mask is a powerful tool for transformation. From behind the mask, the shy find their voice, the boisterous find a sense of calm, and the scattered find focus.

Being Present in the Body: Using Mindfulness to Work with Trauma

Pawan Bareja

Our desire to be happy is our most basic urge, but physical or emotional trauma can get in the way.

Changes and Transitions in Your 30s and 40s: How to Stay True to Yourself

Phillip Moffitt

Every age and stage of life brings changes and transitions – some by choice and some not.

Herbs for Restoration and Relaxation

Darren Huckle

The plant world holds many tools for supporting peace, resiliency, and vitality for those of us who live intense or busy lives.

Mindfulness in Deep Relationship: Savoring the Sources of Nourishment

Jerome Front

This retreat invites participants to open to their most elemental relationship, that which exists between the body, mind, and the natural world as it manifests through eating, breathing, and our se

Week of June 11-16

Experiencing the Esalen Farm & Garden

Anna Pierce-Slive & Dan Phelps

For more than forty years, the Esalen Farm & Garden has provided a holistic model of food security and sustainability—producing food that sustains, heals, and educates the community.

God, Sex and the Body

Jonathan Horan

God, Sex and the Body is and always will be a profound and integral part of the 5Rhythms® curriculum.

Inner Power Qigong: The 9 Phases of Qi Cultivation and Mastery

Roger Jahnke

Health, well-being, and longevity can be achieved through cultivating and mastering qi. Every style of qigong – including tai chi and yoga – shares a basis in essential principles.

Week of June 11-16

Simply Wild: Experiencing Nature

Steven Harper

I do know how to pay attention,

how to fall down into the grass,

how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed,

how to stroll through the fields,

The Painting Process Rediscovered: The Magic of Spontaneous Expression

Michele Cassou, with Cherie Ray & Anna Billings

For many of us, it is difficult to simply let go and create. Programmed to fear being judged, we set narrow boundaries on our creativity.

Weekend of June 16-18

Celebrating Fatherhood

Joanna Claassen Ferraro & Sean Brennan

Inspired by Big Sur's wild nature and the heartfelt path of fatherhood, this family workshop will be a weekend of laughter, exploration, and connection.

Enjoying Meditation: Returning to Ease

Peter Russell

Discover how something as simple as surrendering all resistance in meditation can open us to the peace and joy that lie within.

Fail Fast, Fail Often! Creating a Life of Passionate Action

Ryan Babineaux

Joyous and successful people spend less time planning and more time acting.

Practical Intuition: Full Effectiveness Living

Laura Day

You cannot divide the material and the spiritual world. We are all part of one energy, and yet we often revere the spirit without valuing the material "self" too.

The Five Longings: What We’ve Always Wanted and Already Have

David Richo

“There are five longings we all have: love, meaning, freedom, happiness, and growth,”

Week of June 18-23

Embodied Intimacy: Neurobiological-Gestalt FST Integration of Couples and Sex Therapy

Stella Resnick

Embodied intimacy is the body-to-body intersubjective connection between parent and infant that shapes the brain and grows secure children, underlies the affection between mates, and arouses erotic

Esalen's 13th Annual Yoga Festival: Summer Solstice Sadhana

Janet Stone, Sianna Sherman, Saul David Raye & Andrew Sealy

Since ancient times, solstices and equinoxes have been essential and sacred points in the year to honor the flow of life on earth. They are times for us to come back into balance and harmony.

Weekend of June 23-25

Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples

Sam Jinich & Michelle Gannon

The Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples is based on practices drawn from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), attachment theory, and Sue Johnson’s best-selling book, Hold Me Tight.

Kindred Spirit

Matthew Engelhart & Terces Engelhart

The Kindred workshop is all about relationships: Are we going to use this relationship to awaken together? What if love is a presence – a state of mind?

Men's Renewal Weekend

Adam Rumack

For men, it can be challenging to find the time and space to renew ourselves, and to find a supportive company of other men who are willing to live the important questions of what it means to be al

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mark Abramson

The impact of stress on health is well recognized. Now the efficacy of stress reduction as an adjunct to medical treatment is being recognized in more and more health care settings. In 1996 Dr.

Strengthening the Heart through Compassion

Leah Weiss

Experience a weekend immersion in compassion cultivation, based on the Stanford Compassion Training program developed by psychologists, scientists, and contemplative scholars at Stanford University

Week of June 25-30

Writers' Camp

Cheryl Strayed, Pam Houston, Steve Almond, Samantha Dunn Camp, David Hernandez & Thrity Umrigar

Writers take over the entire Esalen campus during this annual workshop organized by best-selling author, Cheryl Strayed.

Weekend of June 30-July 2

Esalen Midsummer Festival Time to Reflect

Join us for a holiday weekend full of friends, families, fun, music, and good food!

The Magical Family

Ivy Mayer Lavie & Robert Fisher

The gorgeous Esalen gardens are home base for this weekend of play, creativity, and celebration.

Week of July 2-7

EFT for Physical and Emotional Healing

Dawson Church

More than 10 million people today use EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) for both mental and emotional health.

Intermediate Yoga Practice Intensive: Affirm Your Freedom!

Noah Maze

Join Noah Mazé for a week of yogic practices, community, nature, contemplation, and celebration of our freedom over this July 4th week.

Mindful Education Teacher Training

Daniel Rechtschaffen

Schools around the world are turning to mindfulness and social-emotional learning as an antidote for rising stress, emotional dysregulation, and attention deficit.

The Nature of Movement: Embodiment and the Wilds

Steven Harper

Throughout the ages and across cultural traditions, nature has inspired the human spirit.

Tuning Your Instrument: The Buddha, the Brain, and Bach

Clifford Saron, Barbara Bogatin & Nikki Mirghafori

Join us for an exploration of the benefits of practice from three distinct, intertwined perspectives.

Month of July 2-30

Legacy Group - Path of the Liberated Leader: Realizing Authentic Vision and Living Purpose

Vanessa Stone

This program is part of Esalen's Integral Leadership Summer Series.

Work Study - High Performance Leadership: How to Unleash Your Full Potential

George Kohlrieser

This program is part of our Integral Leadership Program Summer Leadership Series.

Weekend of July 7-9

A Call for Gay Heroes

Christian de la Huerta

What does it mean to be a hero—to live heroically—in these times?

From Physical to Subtle Body: Strong Medicine for Your Whole Being

Schuyler Grant & Elena Brower

Self-love is an architectural feat. Built with movement, meditation, contemplation, and consistency, self-love becomes a radical evolution that impacts everyone near and far.


Andrea Juhan

There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them. –Vicki Baum

Week of July 9-16

Bringing Cultures Together in Search of Peace and Love: A Film Seminar

Francis Lu & Patricia Berry

For peace, one must remember: As a bird cannot fly with one wing, as a man cannot applaud with one hand, so a country cannot make peace just with one side, with itself.

Week of July 9-14

Mindfulness as a Wisdom Practice

Brad Lewis & Vignesh Swaminathan

Mindfulness teachings often isolate the practice from larger cultural, spiritual, and expressive contexts.

Not For the Feint of Heart: Be Bold in Your Personal Growth

Mariah Fenton Gladis

If you’re “feint of heart,” you avoid confronting the emotional injuries or habits that prevent you from enjoying life to the fullest.

Stealing Fire: The Secret Revolution in Human Possibility 

Jamie Wheal & Steven Kotler

There’s a revolution happening right now and it’s hiding in plain sight.

Weekend of July 14-16

Arrive Already Loved: Creating Sacred Attachment with Yourself in the Here and Now

Mariah Fenton Gladis

"Many people ask me how to have a fair shot at developing a healthy relationship with another human being," writes Mariah Fenton Gladis. "I advise them to arrive already loved.

Care to Dare: How to Unleash Astonishing Potential in Yourself and Others

George Kohlrieser

Each one of us is a product of how we think and interact.

Healthy Backs and Necks: From Pain to Fitness with NeuroMovement

Anat Baniel & Chris Krzyzkowski

We all want to be strong, flexible, and full of energy and vitality, yet so many of us experience pain and limitation and are less fit than we would like to be.

Week of July 16-21

Embodying Your Love: Explorations in Intimacy for Couples

Stella Resnick & Alan Kishbaugh

Much emphasis in couples’ enrichment focuses on verbal communication, particularly articulating feelings and mending bridges.

Liquid Asana Live: Summer Yoga, Mindfulness and Art Retreat

Micheline Berry with Joey Lugassy & Ensemble

All art arises from an embodied creative source within your own body and mind.

R.D. Laing in the Twenty-First Century: What Are Altered Realities?

Fritjof Capra, Michael Guy Thompson & Heather LaFace

Scottish-born psychiatrist R. D. Laing devoted his career to exploring the nature of alternative realities and heightened awareness.

Week of July 16-23

Renewing Integrity Through Film: Images of Caring for the Truth

Francis Lu & Thomas Matus

Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it. -Blaise Pascal

Weekend of July 21-23

Awake in the Wild—Meditation in Nature

Mark Coleman

Following ancient spiritual traditions that value the transformative power of nature, this experiential workshop will be spent meditating outdoors in the natural beauty and mystery of Esalen.

Getting the Love You Want: A Workshop for Couples

Rick Brown

This workshop is designed to help couples understand at a deeper level why they were attracted to each other, why they get stuck in endless power struggles, and how to safely begin to work through

Week of July 23-28

Building a Vocal Community

Ysaye Barnwell

There is an awesome power in the human voice, and when uncommon voices are blended for the common good they become a “vocal community” at its best.

Empowering Creativity through Movement /Dance and Life/Art Metaphors

Anna Halprin & Daria Halprin with guest musicians Jahan Khalighi & Dohee Lee

As Anna Halprin celebrates her 97th year, she and Daria Halprin return to Esalen for their annual teaching collaboration.

Music and Nature Family Workshop

Doug Dirt Greenfield & Banana Slug String Band

Celebrate summer in the land of rejuvenation with the world-renowned Banana Slug String Band.

The Radically Alive Leader: A Radical Aliveness Workshop

Ann Bradney

People in leadership positions who strive to be inspiring, influential, and highly effective must be exquisitely present, fully alive, and unafraid to know anything about themselves.

Weekend of July 28-30

Igniting the Power of Your Empathy and Intuition

Judith Orloff

There is a powerful connection between your emotions, intuition, and empathy.

Music and Nature Family Workshop Part 2

Doug Dirt Greenfield & Banana Slug String Band

This workshop can be taken on its own or as an extension of the July 23-28 Music and Nature Family Workshop.

Week of July 30-August 4

Dancing with the Planetary Crisis: A Soul-Initiation

Terry Patten & Sarah Marshank

Do you recoil from global warming and our planetary ecological predicament? Do you see extreme weather events as inconvenient anomalies or fierce teachers?

Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples

Sam Jinich & Michelle Gannon

The Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples is based on practices drawn from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), attachment theory, and Sue Johnson’s best-selling book, Hold Me Tight.

Leading the Edge: How to Reach Extraordinary Performance

George Kohlrieser

Why do some leaders overcome impossible barriers, go beyond unbearable pressure and frustration, and persevere in order to achieve outcomes seemingly beyond reach when others would give up?

Quarter-Life Calling: Creating an Extraordinary Life in Your 20s

Coby Kozlowski

Your twenties can be a time of possibility, inspiration, and the discovery of your deepest values and truths.

Transformative Medicine: A Journey toward Radical Healing

Ruediger Dahlke

What if health issues, from acne to injuries to cancer, aren't random, meaningless events but a somatic language that holds clues to existential questions such as, What is my purpose?

Month of July 30-August 27

Legacy Group - Speak to Inspire

Peter Meyers

This program is part of Esalen's Integral Leadership Summer Series.

Work Study - Embodied Leadership in a Disembodied World

Don Hanlon Johnson

This program is part of our Integral Leadership Summer Series.

Weekend of August 4-6

Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science that will Transform Your Sex Life

Emily Nagoski

"During this workshop, which is designed for participants of all gender and sexual orientation, we’ll begin with the science of sexual response like you’ve never heard it before, and then blow away

Speak to Inspire

Peter Meyers with Stand and Deliver Staff

Speak to Inspire is an intensive communication and leadership seminar that can transform your ability to engage and move others through the power of the spoken word.

Wisdom 2.0 Unplugged: Inner and Outer Connection

Soren Gordhamer

The fourth annual Wisdom 2.0 Unplugged retreat will be a chance to connect—without devices—with other people in the beautiful natural setting of Esalen Institute.

Week of August 6-11

Professional Training Program in Mind-Body Medicine

James Gordon, Amy Shinal & Lynda Richtmeier Cyr

The Professional Training Program in Mind-Body Medicine is the core program of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM), offered around the world for twenty years.

The Transformational Enneagram: Mindfulness, Insight and Experience 

Russ Hudson

A growing number of people are aware of the Enneagram as an accurate and profound map of personality.

Weekend of August 11-13

How the Way We Sit and Stand Can Change the Way We Think and Speak

Wendy Palmer

Research by psychologist Dr. Albert Mehrabian and others shows that at least 70% of all communication is non verbal.

Single Women: Live Fully, Joyfully and Unapologetically

Bella DePaulo & Kay Trimberger

“Never before have so many of us been leading lives as strong, independent women,” say Bella DePaulo and E. Kay Trimberger.

The Embodied Life™: Meditation, Guided Inquiry and the Teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais

Russell Delman

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you—don't go back to sleep. -Rumi

The Extraordinary Couples Workshop

Jason Weston & Marci Graham

Do you remember the magic of the beginning of your relationship, when just seeing your partner got your adrenaline running?

Week of August 13-18

Greater Good

Shauna Shapiro, Daniel Siegel, Dacher Keltner, Mollie McNeil & Teja Bell

This workshop brings together a team of internationally recognized scientists, meditation teachers, and clinicians to deepen our understanding of how to live a meaningful, healthy, and joyful life.

Week of August 18-25

Healing the Pelvic Floor: Reclaiming your Power, Sexuality and Pleasure Potential

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

“As women we have a unique power of creativity in our reproductive systems,” Suzanne Scurlock-Durana writes.

Weekend of August 18-20

Pathways to Intimacy

Anne Watts

What if you could create more love and deeper and more connected relationships in your life?

Power Vinyasa Yoga

Susan Hauser

Power Vinyasa Yoga connects breath with movement using a vigorous, fitness-based approach to vinyasa-style yoga.

Week of August 20-25

5Rhythms® Trance and Transformation

Lucia Horan

Move until you are moved. Dance until the dancer disappears and only the dance remains. - Gabrielle Roth

Big Sur Wilderness Experience

Steven Harper

Esalen is the trailhead to one of the most spectacular mountainous coastlines in the world.

IAHE: Barral Institute's Visceral Manipulation 3

Dee Dettmann Ahern

This Visceral Manipulation course focuses on the pelvis, with participants studying the relationship between functional and structural mechanics of the pelvic area.

IAHE: Upledger Institute International's Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 1

Stan Gerome

CranioSacral therapy is a gentle, noninvasive, hands-on technique to help detect and correct imbalances in the craniosacral system that may cause sensory, motor, or intellectual dysfunction.

IAHE: Upledger Institute International's Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 2

Chas Perry

“The acceptance of this invitation carries with it the responsibility of daily presence in both group discussions and hands-on practice sessions,” writes Chas Perry.

Weekend of August 25-27

5Rhythms® Moon Lodge: Honoring the Sacred Feminine A Women-Only Retreat

Lucia Horan

“Join us as we journey into the Moon Lodge, a weekend of tribal and ritual healing for women,” says Lucia Horan. “How empowered are you as a woman navigating this world?

IAHE - Full Body Presence: Skills to Energize Your Life

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

This workshop is packed with useful skills for rejuvenating your mind, body, and soul, including practical tools to energize your daily life, skills for meeting life’s challenges with new resources

Week of August 25-September 1

EMDR Basic Training: Parts 1 & 2 – Transforming Trauma with EMDR

Laurel Parnell

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful therapeutic method for healing trauma-based problems.

Lotus Borne Perception: Awareness Teachings of Tibetan Buddhism and Continuum Movement

Susan Harper & Lama Drimed

In this retreat Lama Drimed and Susan Harper open a multi-dimensional inquiry into our spiritual, somatic, and creative human capacity.

Month of August 27-September 24

Legacy Group - Leadership and Presence

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

The more present we are in ourselves, the more present we can be with someone else.

Work Study -The Art and Science of Living Well, Together

Linda Nicholls

We are all interwoven within a dynamic, complex web of interdependent relationships. Whether we notice it or not, we are not separate from our engagement with others.

Week of August 27-September 1

Radiant Body: Living From the Heart

Kia Miller

Connect to your inner self and create new possibilities in your life. To truly thrive, one must develop the ability to listen to the quiet voice of the soul.

Zero Balancing - Part 1

Fritz Smith & Todd Williams

Zero Balancing (ZB) is a nondiagnostic system of healing which clarifies and coordinates energy fields in the body, balances body energy with body structure, and focuses on bone energy and the skel

Weekend of September 1-3

Soul Saturation: Igniting an Intimate Relationship with Your Soul

Sera Beak

“Deep in our bodies, where our truth burns the brightest, we know we cannot be free, we cannot be of service, we cannot truly come alive if we aren’t consciously connected to our soul,” writes Sera

Writing to Awaken: Memoir as a Path of Transformation

Mark Matousek

“We each have our own story, a personal myth constructed from the content life presents us,” Mark Matousek says.

Yoga Practice: An Ongoing Metamorphosis

Thomas Michael Fortel

One's whole being, starting from the physical body, can be refined and strengthened so it acts as a medium for the higher cosmic force.

Week of September 3-8

Digital Raign Reality Summit

Alison Raby & James Hanusa

The Digital Raign Reality Summit brings together creative technologists, filmmakers, philanthropists, artists, academics, and consciousness researchers to explore the intersection of virtual realit

I Am the Word: The Energetics of Consciousness

Paul Selig

In his breakthrough works of channeled literature, I Am the Word and The Book of Love and Creation, author and medium Paul Selig recorded a program for personal and planetary evolution as humankind

Rising Strong Workshop for Women

Michelle Gannon & Beth Jaeger-Skigen

The Rising Strong Workshop is based on the latest groundbreaking research of Brené Brown and led by San Francisco therapists and certified Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ facilitators Michelle Ganno

Weekend of September 8-10

A Time to Reflect

This is a special opportunity for people to experience Esalen without taking a workshop.

Essentials of Hakomi Mindfulness-Based Experiential Therapy: Journey to the Depths of the Psyche

Robert Fisher

This workshop, designed for therapists and other healing professionals, provides an overview of the Hakomi Method.

I Am the Word: The Energetics of Consciousness

Paul Selig

In his breakthrough works of channeled literature, I Am the Word and The Book of Love and Creation, author and medium Paul Selig recorded a program for personal and planetary evolution as humankind

The Brazilian Soul: Dance and Drumming

Cida Vieira & Mestre Beiçola

Drumming inspires people to connect. Nationalities and individual agendas disappear; what remains is the grounding presence of our transformed selves—our spirits lightened and empowered.

Week of September 10-15

Beyond Tantra: Integrating Science, Spirit and Sexuality

Margot Anand, Shauna Shapiro, Lorin Roche, Layla Martin & Bryan Reeves

Join internationally recognized teachers to weave together ancient wisdom traditions of Tantra and meditation with modern neuroscience.

Cultivating Resilience: Coping with Disappointment, Difficulty, even Disaster

Linda Graham

Every human being has to face failures and crises. How we deal with such challenges is central to determining our level of happiness and well-being.

Way of Nature: The Practice of the Wild

Steven Harper

You didn't come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here. — Alan Watts

Weekend of September 15-17

Loving What Is

Byron Katie

Byron Katie has one job: to teach people how to end their own suffering.

Week of September 17-22

Leading with Relational Mindfulness: Regenerating Ourselves and the World

Nina Simons & Deborah Eden Tull

“In this time of so much change, we are all called to be leaders,” say Nina Simons and Deborah Eden Tull.

More Than a Communication Workshop

Jean Morrison & Martine Amita Algier

Whether you are looking for change in your close relationships, your work environment, or your wider world, the principles and practices of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) offer a lifetime of suppor

Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving

Charles Muir & Leah Alchin with Diane Greenberg

This is a “reset point” for couples who want to dramatically improve the quality of sex and intimacy in their love lives and open up to more ecstatic pleasure and spiritual connection in their rela

The Anatomy of a Calling

Lissa Rankin

We are all embarked on what Joseph Campbell calls the "Hero's Journey" of finding and fulfilling our calling.

Weekend of September 22-24

Enough Excuses Already: Discover Your Sustainable Yoga Practice

Harvey Deutch

We live in a culture that extols constant productivity. From sunrise to sunset, we move at a breakneck pace in order to meet the day's demands.

Grief in Our Bones

Kim Mooney

“When we can embrace a broken heart with true compassion, grief gives us the strength to hold all the pain and difficulty, the courage to take one more breath, and the capacity to build a powerful

Healer Within™ Practice Leader Training: Medical Qigong Certification

Roger Jahnke

Medical Qigong has powerful roots in ancient healing traditions and also in modern science.

Spiritwalker: Shamanic Journeywork and Empowerment

Hank Wesselman

Many of the indigenous peoples perceive that our world is made up of two halves—a world of things seen and a world of things hidden—and they draw no distinction between them.

September 22-October 1

Path of Devotion: A Yoga Teacher Training

Janet Stone

Whether you’re an established yoga teacher, an aspiring teacher, or a dedicated long-time student of yoga, the alchemy of a yogic path promises deep transformation.

Week of September 24-29

Abandonment to Healing: Overcoming your Self-Defeating Patterns

Susan Anderson

Abandonment is a primal human fear and the underlying cause of emotional distress and dysfunction.

IAHE - Full Body Presence: Grounding and Healthy Boundaries

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

In today’s demanding world, we all need full access to our inner and outer resources in order to survive and thrive. Are you tired of feeling scattered and pulled in too many directions?

Soul Sense: Discover Yourself through Essential Plant Alchemy

Andrea Shanti

The light of compassion opens the petals of the heart. When the petals of the heart unfold fragrance spreads across the valley. –Amit Ray

Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Certification Training

Roger Jahnke

Tai Chi Easy is a practice that combines gentle exercises, breath practices, self-massage, and meditation to help you experience a refreshing, healing boost to body, mind, and spirit.

Visionseeker: Spirit Medicine

Hank Wesselman

Today, interest in complementary and alternative therapies is on the rise, and more people are rediscovering the healing modalities pioneered by indigenous peoples.

Month of September 24-October 22

Legacy Group - Live with the Will of Your Heart™: The Mindfulness of Relating

Siegmar Gerken & Cornelia Gerken

Whether you choose to be single or in a relationship, you need strong skills for relating and communicating with others.

Work Study - Deep Bodywork®

Rob Wilks

Deep Bodywork, as created by Perry Holloman over the last twenty-five years at Esalen Institute, is a method that integrates the qualities of a flowing Esalen® Massage with the therapeutic effectiv

Weekend of September 29-October 1

Embracing the Wild Unknown: A Women’s Self-Renewal Retreat

Renée Trudeau

Self-care—the art of attuning and responding to your needs and desires—is a moment-to-moment process.

Weekend of September 29-October 1

The Gokhale Method®: The Posture Dance Connection

Esther Gokhale

Dance is an unusually rich avenue for improving strength, flexibility, circulation, posture, mood, and connection.

Unfinished Business: Create Your Next Steps in Life from the Inside Out

Pam Kramer & Steve Edelman

Is your life an expression of who you really are at the core? Perhaps you have already succeeded brilliantly at what you wanted to do, or gone as far as you can go.

Week of October 1-6

The Art of Empathy: Balancing Connection, Self-Care and Healthy Intimacy

Karla McLaren & Amanda Ball

Empathy is possibly your most essential skill. It helps you understand yourself and others, and it is the core skill in your ability to communicate and relate to the world around you.

Through Our Own Eyes: A Retreat For and By Women Physicians

Leslie Waters & Ligia Giese

This is our twelfth meeting of women physicians since 1997.

Yoga, Meditation and Addiction Recovery Retreat: A Celebration of Healing

Rolf Gates, Nikki Myers, Melody Moore, Tim Walsh & Tommy Rosen

Join us as we bring together the ancient tools and practices of yoga and meditation as ways to deepen the exploration of recovery from addictions.

Weekend of October 6-8

Brain, Mind and Consciousness: A Deep Knowing

David Presti & Kristi Panik

The human brain is the most complex object in the known universe, and the study of its structure and function is one of the most rapidly developing fields in contemporary science.

Couples' Communication Retreat

Warren Farrell

Our inability to handle personal criticism from loved ones is a common Achilles’ heel. The more deeply we love, the more fragile we feel.

Soul Motion™: Sweat Ecstasy

Vinn Arjuna Martí

“Soul Motion is a conscious dance practice that offers students a view, a handle, a key, and a striker,” says Vinn Arjuna Martí.

Taking the Midlife Leap, One Step at a Time

Jett Psaris

If you are between 40 and 65 years old, you are undoubtedly attempting to navigate the emotional, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of your midlife passage.

Week of October 8-13

Beyond the Long Stroke: The Integration of Deep Bodywork and Esalen® Massage

Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

“In our previous classes, we’ve focused on teaching the practice of Deep Bodywork for specific segments of the body,” write the leaders.

Dharana and Drishti

Thomas Michael Fortel

“Dharana and drishti are Sanskrit words that indicate a process of development in our ability for a depth of mental focus and concentration,” says Thomas Fortel.

Real Sex: Awaken your Erotic Intelligence

Mike Lousada & Louise Mazanti

“We have a deep yearning for love and aliveness in our body, yet our culture has hijacked sexuality with commercialism, pornography, and performance pressure,” say Mike Lousada and Louise Mazanti.

Straw Into Gold: The Alchemy of Memoir

Katy Butler

Do you have a story you are longing to tell? Take a great leap forward with a passionate teacher whose best-selling memoir was named a NY Times Notable Book of the year.

Women in Transition: Climbing into Your Authentic Self

Jnana Gowan & Suze Allen

Your house is on fire. Your boat is sinking. What do you want take with you? What are you willing to sacrifice to the fire or watch sink to the depths below?

Weekend of October 13-15

An Introduction to Esalen® Massage: The Art of Healing Touch

Daniela Urbassek & Robin Fann-Costanzo

This workshop is a wonderful opportunity for you to enjoy the beauty of Big Sur and the healing waters of the Esalen hot springs, while gaining a foundation in the art and practice of Esalen Massag

Evidence-Based Traditional Taiji (T'ai Chi) and Qigong: Nurturing Mind, Body and Spirit

Yang Yang & Robert Sheeler

Master Yang is a traditionally trained, internationally recognized taiji and qigong grandmaster who has distilled essential aspects of these arts into an easy-to-learn program suitable for people o

Getting the Love You Want: A Workshop for Couples

Rick Brown

This workshop is designed to help couples understand at a deeper level why they were attracted to each other, why they get stuck in endless power struggles, and how to safely begin to work through

The Science of Happiness and Well-being

June Gruber & Hedy Kober

What brings us true happiness?

Week of October 15-20

A Time to Reflect

This is a special opportunity for people to experience Esalen without taking a workshop.

Awakening to the True You: 5 Steps to Radically Transform Your Love Life and Beyond

Katherine Woodward Thomas

“Most of us intuitively know that we cannot create that which we are not truly open to and ready to receive,” says Katherine Woodward Thomas.

Esalen® Massage and Meditation

Oliver Bailey & Peggy Horan

Esalen Massage is a moving meditation, a practice in presence and mindfulness, and a loving healing art.

Groundation Celebration: Ignite [R]evolution through Yoga, Writing and Ritual

Nadine McNeil & Sienna Creasy

“Groundation, a term coined by Jamaica’s indigenous Rastafari people, describes a potent Jamaican way of life—being balanced, grounded, and centered within one’s purpose,” say Nadine McNeil and Sie

Medicinal Plants and Spiritual Evolution

David Crow

“Medicinal plants can support our spiritual evolution in many ways,” says David Crow.

The Bio-Breakthrough Workshop: From Limitation to Liberation

Isabelle Benarous

In this workshop, Isabelle Benarous introduces you to The Bio-Breakthrough, an innovative process based on biological decoding and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Weekend of October 20-22

Into the Fire: The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing

Sy Safransky, Doug Crandell, Danusha Lameris, Heather Sellers, Sparrow & Joe Wilkins

Since 1974, The Sun has published the kind of brave, revealing writing that lives up to the magazine’s motto: “What is to give light must endure burning.” We invite you to join Sun readers and cont

Month of October 22-November 19

Legacy Group - Embodied Relational Gestalt

Michael Clemmens

“We develop relationships with ourselves and others through the physicality of our vision, smell, touch, and movement,” says Michael Clemmens.

Work Study - Medicine in Motion: 5Rhythms® Movement Meditation

Davida Taurek

Put the psyche into motion and it will heal itself. – Gabrielle Roth

Weekend of October 27-29

BodyWise: Discovering Your Body Intelligence for Lifelong Health and Healing

Rachel Abrams

What might it feel like to live a life your body loves?

Conversations on the Edge: Feminine and Masculine in the 21st Century

Soren Gordhamer, Mark Nicolson & Elizabeth Esalen

But if you pay close attention, you will see that the most masculine man has a feminine soul, and the most feminine woman has a masculine soul. - Carl Jung

The Path: Mastering the Nine Pillars of Resilience and Success

Stephen Sideroff

Our stress and its symptoms are maintained unconsciously as a distraction from emotional issues and harmful thinking.

The Yoga of Deep Intimacy

Michaela Boehm

Whether you are starting an intimate relationship or want to deepen passion with your partner, the principles of Intimacy and Polarity—the spark that keeps passion alive—are always available to dee

Zero Balancing Open Forum

Fritz Smith

This weekend is an opportunity for people practicing Zero Balancing to reconnect with Fritz Smith, with Zero Balancing, and with each other.

Week of October 29-November 3

IAHE: Upledger Institute International's SomatoEmotional Release 1

Stan Gerome

During this course, you will learn about the physiological mechanism of disease and will participate in hands-on training to facilitate the SomatoEmotional Release process.

Jivamukti Yoga Bhakti Immersion

Gabriela Bozic

During this workshop, expect the full Jivamukti package of tradition, music, meditation, bhakti, and creative asana sequences.

Not For the Feint of Heart: Be Bold in Your Personal Growth

Mariah Fenton Gladis

If you’re “feint of heart,” you avoid confronting the emotional injuries or habits that prevent you from enjoying life to the fullest.

The Wild Woman’s Way: Embodied Feminine Practice

Michaela Boehm

The Wild Woman is an archetype that represents a connection with our “wildish” nature.

Weekend of November 3-5

Arrive Already Loved: Creating Sacred Attachment with Yourself in the Here and Now

Mariah Fenton Gladis

"Many people ask me how to have a fair shot at developing a healthy relationship with another human being," writes Mariah Fenton Gladis. "I advise them to arrive already loved.

Gratitude Retreat

Janet Stone

“We gather at Esalen for a weekend to remember—with our bodies, minds, and spirits—all that we have to be grateful for,” Janet Stone writes.

The Art of Leadership: Communication, Creativity and Vision

Ronald Alexander

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams

Week of November 5-10

Art as a Spiritual Path: Paintings that Awaken the Soul

Paul Heussenstamm

The practice of painting is healing and meditative. No experience is necessary as we transform our everyday consciousness into the inner artist that lives in each of us.

Cultivating Meaning and Happiness through Mindfulness and Yoga

Ira Israel

Many of us would benefit from learning how to dis-identify with the mental chatter in our heads and cultivate equanimity.

Songwriting from the Heart—Progressing on the Journey


Come take your seat among other songwriters as we work to refine our songwriting tools. We will go beyond the basic nuts and bolts of the craft, working to take our skills to the next level.

The Space Between Stories

Charles Eisenstein

“The world is in a time of transition in the deep mythology that runs our civilization,” says Charles Eisenstein. “Many of us personally are in such a transition as well.

Weekend of November 10-12

A Different Perspective: Reframe Your Life Using Play, Embodiment and Humor

Ann Randolph & Michael Clemmens

It is all too easy to stay stuck in a rut, unable to see or do things differently even when we know we want to change.

Connect to Your Inner-Net: Mindful Practices for Life and Work

Gopi Kallayil & Mirabai Bush

How can the modern workplace become a source of inner peace and global transformation?

Esalen® Massage: The Basics

Brita Ostrom & Deborah Anne Medow

During an Esalen Massage, we experience a remarkable web of interdependence: a listening touch, a deepening breath, our nervous system soothed in connection with another.

Yoga and Longevity: Optimum Health for Life

Larry Payne & David Allen

This workshop integrates the ageless wisdom of yoga with modern integrative medicine, with a special emphasis on women and men aged forty plus.

Week of November 12-17

Beyond Type: Using the Deeper Work of the Enneagram for a More Conscious and Compassionate Life

Russ Hudson

Cultures and spiritual traditions since the beginning of civilization have grappled with how to live a human life from a place of spiritual wisdom.

Enhancing Your Skills in Esalen® Massage and Bodywork

Nora Matten & Vicki Topp

Using principles of experiential anatomy, this workshop explores the balance between sensitive and structural touch, and the interplay of nervous system, skeleton, and muscles.

Sharing Your Life Story: From the Page to the Stage

Ann Randolph

This is an invitation for you to discover your own unique and powerful story and the profound transformation that occurs when you speak it out loud.

The Promise: Advanced Yoga for Everyone

Mark Whitwell

Yoga is not a linear process. It is direct intimacy with life, and it is available to everyone.

Weekend of November 17-19

Consciousness Hacking: Meditation + Technology

Mikey Siegel & Dustin DiPerna

Participate in the emerging intersection of ancient wisdom, neuroscience, and modern technology.

Energy Medicine: A Hands-on Experience

Donna Eden with David Feinstein

In a workshop designed to be both transformational and fun, Donna Eden will show you how health concerns can be a path to a more harmonious and joyful relationship with your body.

The Rhythms and Stories of our Lives: 5Rhythms® and Motion Theater®

Lucia Horan & Davida Taurek

Movement is medicine. — Gabrielle Roth

Week of November 19-24

5Rhythms®: Heartbeat, Joy and Generosity

Lucia Horan

Love is not a mood, but a dynamic way of being. - Gabrielle Roth

Thanksgiving Retreat: Gratitude, Love and Easiness

Charu Rachlis

“What a blessing to take time away from our daily schedules and allow ourselves to relax, rejuvenate, and celebrate life in the sacred land of Esalen,” Charu writes.

THE MAX: Expanding the Limits of Your Self-Expression

Paula Shaw

For more than twenty years, THE MAX has been considered by many at Esalen to be an essential rite of passage for community members.

Waking to the Rhythm of a New Myth

David Feinstein & Ann Mortifee

“Your personal mythology is the internal guidance system that shapes your journey through a world of bewildering personal and social change,” say David Feinstein and Ann Mortifee.

Month of November 19-December 17

Legacy Group - I Am the Word: The Energetics of Consciousness

Paul Selig

In his breakthrough works of channeled literature, I Am the Word, The Book of Love and Creation, The Book of Knowing and Worth, The Book of Mastery and The Book of Truth, author and medium Paul Sel

Work Study - The Enneagram: Nine Journeys of Awakening

Russ Hudson

"This program is a wide-ranging conversation about how the Enneagram and related inner work can be of use in the possibilities and challenges emerging in our time," Russ Hudson says.

Weekend of November 24-26

Improv Inspiration: Wit and Wisdom in an Instant

Paula Shaw

This workshop is an adventure in releasing programmed patterns and discovering the delight of spontaneous creation.

Social Entrepreneurship: From Spiritual Values to Effective Action

Susan Collin Marks & John Marks

Many of us feel a growing longing to have a positive impact on the world.

Tending the Heart Fire: Regenerating the Body of Love Thanksgiving Yoga Journey

Shiva Rea

“Join our annual Thanksgiving retreat to tend your heart fire as the center of wisdom, soul satisfaction, and most of all the transforming power of love,” writes Shiva Rea.

The Essential Qi-Gong Exercises of China

Chungliang Al Huang

This weekend, Chungliang Al Huang will teach the most essential qi-gong exercises of China for all who wish to sustain a daily practice for personal mind-body-spirit well-being.

Week of November 26-December 1

Creative Tai Ji Experience in Daily Living

Chungliang Al Huang

"This week, we will re-invent tai ji forms playfully with ancient Tai Ji rituals, Five Moving Forces of Nature, as well as traditional Tai Ji motifs,” Chungliang Al Huang writes.

Dreamgates: Exploring the Worlds of Soul, Imagination and Life Beyond Death

Robert Moss

In this high adventure in Active Dreaming, you’ll be encouraged to remember and live the deeper story of your life. This workshop is an invitation to explore a deeper reality:

Love and Wonder: A Meditation Retreat with the Radiance Sutras

Lorin Roche & Camille Maurine

“What is this delight-filled universe into which we find ourselves born?” Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine ask.

Relational Gestalt Practice: The Transformative Power of Emotion

Dorothy Charles

Each of us finds our true selves through our emotions.

Spinal Awareness (with Humor): The Essence of Feldenkrais® and Energy Work

Patrick Douce

Spinal awareness is a combination of the Feldenkrais Method®, Taoist energetic science, and the Esalen experience.

Weekend of December 1-3

Couples Heart Tantra

Peter Sandhill & Sarah Sandhill

Couples’ Heart Tantra offers couples an introductory exploration into the tender, exciting, and empowering dance of Tantra.

Meeting What Matters Most: Mindfulness, Sensory Awareness and Zen Practice

Lee Lesser & Marc Lesser

“In our world of busyness – of more, faster, better – this retreat offers time to stop, reflect, and renew. It is a time to step fully into the richness of our lives,” say the leaders.

Relaxed and Awake: Mindfulness Meditation and Feldenkrais® Movement

Wes "Scoop" Nisker & Dan Clurman

By changing our habits of movement, we relax and awaken the body; by changing our habits of thinking, we awaken and relax the mind.

Retreat Restore Lead: A Women's Leadership Retreat

Kerena Saltzman

There is a groundswell in women's lives like never before.

The Tao of Global and Personal Ecology: Making Healthier Choices in Our Daily Lives

Chungliang Al Huang & Amory Lovins

For more than three decades, Amory Lovins and Chungliang Al Huang have shared a special kinship in the natural wisdom of the ineffable Tao.

Your Heart's Blueprint: Passionate Purpose and Peaceful Presence

Sheva Carr & Robert Browning

Just as an acorn contains all the information to become an oak tree, you were born with a user’s manual for your life—including purpose, well-being, and peace of mind—right inside your own heart.

December 3-22

100-Hour Esalen® Massage Certification Program

Char Pias & Jessica Fagan

Esalen offers numerous levels of basic massage certification.

Week of December 3-8

Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Stewart Cubley

Explore the world of spontaneous creation, an unpredictable territory beyond the expected where no rules apply.

Hearth of Belonging

Susan Harper & Michael Molin-Skelton

Belonging is a powerful theme that is directly related to the capacity for intimacy that is in every human being. In this five-day retreat, we’ll explore the relational capacity of the heart.

The Life of Poetry

Ellen Bass

“This week will be an opportunity to engage our greatest resources: attention, courage, precision, imagination,” says Ellen Bass.

Total Immersion for Total Transformation

Raphael Cushnir

This workshop is right for you if • You’re willing to perform a rigorous emotional and spiritual self-assessment

Weekend of December 8-10

Esalen® Massage for Couples, Friends or Family Members

Ellen Watson & Rob Wilks

This workshop is designed for loving partners who wish to bring the nurturing practice of massage into their daily lives and spend a special weekend together cradled in the beauty and intensity of

Integrated Awareness®: Ask Anything and Your Body Will Answer

Lansing Barrett Gresham

Elegantly designed and profoundly attuned, your body can be a primary source of guidance, alignment with life purpose, and support for a state of health.

Releasing Pain, Healing Grief and Remembering with Love

David Kessler & Paul Denniston

Many people in grief dread the holidays after a loss. Join grief expert David Kessler and grief yoga teacher Paul Denniston for a weekend of healing.

The Workshop of Doing and Being: Embodied Creativity in Life, Love and Work

Barnet Bain

Embody the raw power of your creative self.

Week of December 10-15

Deepening Your Life Experience: Meditation, Raja Yoga and Mindfulness

Michele Hébert & Mehrad Nazari

The ancient spiritual discipline of meditation, the core of many wisdom traditions, has integrated itself into modern life and become an increasingly familiar word in our vocabulary.

Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive Training

Kristin Neff & Christopher Germer

Self-compassion is the heart of mindfulness. It is warm-hearted, connected presence during difficult moments in our lives.

Weekend of December 15-17

Aligning With Nature: A Winter Solstice Yoga Retreat

Sarana Miller

For centuries, winter solstice has been a time of reflection. Today, the holidays can be a hectic time of doing, leaving us feeling stressed and depleted.

I Am the Word: The Energetics of Consciousness

Paul Selig

In his breakthrough works of channeled literature, I Am the Word and The Book of Love and Creation, author and medium Paul Selig recorded a program for personal and planetary evolution as humankind

Solstice Meditation Retreat

Mark Coleman & Lori Schwanbeck

Following ancient traditions on this winter solstice, we will take this poignant time to retreat, slow down, and enter stillness, silence, and inner exploration.

Week of December 17-22

I Am the Word: The Energetics of Consciousness

Paul Selig

In his breakthrough works of channeled literature, I Am the Word and The Book of Love and Creation, author and medium Paul Selig recorded a program for personal and planetary evolution as humankind

Living a Mindful and Compassionate Life

Mark Coleman

Awareness and love (metta) are essential and beautiful aspects of any spiritual life. Awareness as developed through mindfulness practice leads to clarity, insight, and understanding.

Solstice Dance of Oneness®: Rumi and the Celebration of Light

Banafsheh Sayyad with Tony Khalife

Even if the darkness of hell swallows the sun and the moon, where is your flame, where is your light? - Rumi

The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Healing the Shoulder and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Deep bodywork, practiced with great sensitivity, is one of the most effective healing modalities available to the bodywork practitioner.

Month of December 17-January 14

Legacy Group - Ways of Council: Mind, Body, Soul and Spirit

Adam Rumack

In this program, we will explore the deep listening and mindfulness awareness practices of council, and learn through didactic skill building, body-based awareness practices, contact with our perso

Work Study - Intimacy with the Subtle Body: Movement, Mind and Breath

Peter Sterios

“We all share a desire for joy, and seek experiences that produce freedom, gratitude, and light-heartedness,” says Peter Sterios.

Week of December 22-29

Qigong for Health and Happiness

Mingtong Gu

Join Master Mingtong Gu for a week dedicated to healing and balancing body, mind, heart, and spirit through the powerful movement, sound, and visualization practices of qigong. This retreat is a gr

Soul Motion™: Tenderness at the Heart of the Dance

Zuza Engler & Scott Engler

“Soul is flow, an ever-changing cloudscape of textures, hues, sensations, scents, and feelings,” writes Zuza. “Soul is how the deathless Presence meets and moves a finite human body.

Winter Solstice Mindfulness Retreat

Shauna Shapiro

Come rest and rejuvenate yourself in good company during this darkest time of the year, which also is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the return of light and the joy of life.

Week of December 29-January 5

New Year Meditation Retreat: Self-Love and Kindness that Benefits All

Mark Abramson

Meditating in noble silence offers a special opportunity to focus inward, and to deeply connect with oneself, create intentions, and reflect on life goals.

Shadow Yoga: Cultivating a Personal Practice

Scott Blossom & Chandra Easton

Like the whales who gracefully navigate their winter migration down the California coast each year, we must cultivate a fluid mixture of perseverance, clear reckoning, skillful navigation of life's

The Natural Singer: Finding Your True Voice

Claude Stein

Come and celebrate the awesome healing power of your voice. Whether you already sing or have always wished you could, this workshop can change your life.

Month of January 14-February 11

Legacy Group - Songsmithing:Opening the Creative Channel 


If your life was a song, what would that song be? If you told the story of your heart, what story would you tell?

Work Study - Fulfilling the Vow of Your Birth: Exploring Purpose and Potential

Michael Sapiro

“What will your life look like, and how will you feel, if every day you rise to meet your highest potential?” asks Michael Sapiro.

Month of January 26-March 9

250-hour Esalen® Massage Certification Program

Deborah Anne Medow & Perry Holloman

Esalen offers numerous levels of basic massage certification.

Month of February 11-March 11

Legacy Group - Spiritual Massage and Compassionate Touch

Seema Christie

Spiritual Massage is a hands-on healing practice that can balance the energy body and gently facilitate release of physical, mental/emotional, relational, and spiritual blockages.

Work Study - Growing Sea Legs in Samsara: Mindfulness in Challenging Times

Bill Morgan & Susan Morgan

Living skillfully in these challenging times requires sensitivity, discernment, and wise action.

Month of March 11-April 8

Legacy Group - Radical Presence: Tibetan Mind-Body Practices for Health and Well-being

Alejandro Chaoul

Well-being in the Tibetan tradition is a holistic sense of wellness that
encompasses body, energy, and mind.

Work Study - Upledger Institute International’s CranioSacral Therapy Level One Intensive: Presence, Palpation and Protocol

Karen Axelrod

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) utilizes very gentle touch to assess and correct imbalances in the craniosacral system – the membranes and fluids protecting the brain and spinal cord.

Month of April 8-May 6

Legacy Group - Asian Healing Arts: Theory and Practice

Richard Gold

The ancient, rich traditions of Asian healing arts are based on what is best described as an energetic paradigm of human existence.

Work Study - Gestalt Group Process

Michael Clemmens

This month-long program is focused on Gestalt as a group process.

Month of May 6-June 3

Work Study - Write Your Life for the Page and the Stage

Ann Randolph

As we write, we are both describing and deciding the direction that our life is taking. –Julia Cameron

Month of June 3-July 1

Legacy Group - Collaborative Leadership, Ecological Consciousness and Creative Self-Expression

Adam Wolpert

Skillful collaboration is facilitated by an open mind and heart, keen powers of observation of self and others, compassionate communication, a whole-systems view, and willingness to witness and exp

Work Study -

David Presti

Month of July 1-29

Legacy Group -

Caroline Harvey

Work Study -

Drew Dillenger

Month of August 26-September 23

Work Study -

Jody Greene

Month of October 21-November 18

Work Study - Streams of Energy

Jim Gallas

CE credit for massage;

Month of November 18-December 16

Work Study -

Coby Kozlowski


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