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Weekend of October 24-26

A Time to Reflect

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

Family Halloween and Harvest Festival

Ivy Mayer Lavie

During the days before Halloween, we'll celebrate the spirit of this earthy season. The festivities will include a Saturday night bonfire (weather permitting) with face painting, fun stories, livel

Father and Sons: Creating a Fulfilling Conscious Relationship

James Baraz & Adam Baraz

The bond between a father and son is a precious relationship. When it is healthy, conscious, and has spiritual depth, it can be the most significant relationship in a young man’s life.

Open Your Heart and Reclaim Your Life

Eva Selhub

Fear, anger, and anxiety that go on for too long can lead to a list of debilitating ailments that are so common we assume they are unavoidable: insomnia, heart disease, arthritis, gastrointestinal

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

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 26-31

A Time to Reflect

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

Advanced Esalen® Massage Intensive: Gentle Creative Stretches within the Flowing Touch of Massage

Daniela Urbassek & Nora Matten

Moving a client’s body on the massage table in a skillful, creative, and attuned way is one of the fine skills of an advanced bodyworker.

Esalen Farm to Table: Farmstead Traditions for the Contemporary Kitchen

Phillip Burrus

“At Esalen, we're blessed to be situated in a culinary paradise,” writes Esalen chef Phillip Burrus.

Gateway to Soul: Process Acupressure

Laurie Cahoon & Paul Sibcy

Would you like to find wise inner guidance from all parts of yourself?

Shadow Play: Reclaiming the Disowned Self

Linda Nicholls

Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual's conscious life, the blacker and denser it is.

The Wild Woman’s Way: Embodied Feminine Practice

Michaela Boehm

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

Month of October 26-November 23

Legacy Group - Nonviolent Communication: The Language of Life

Jean Morrison

This month we’ll rigorously integrate the internationally recognized process called Nonviolent Communication (NVC), which is also known as Compassionate Communication.

Work Study - Streams of Energy

Jim Gallas

Jim Gallas leads this program of Eastern bodywork and movement, including Reiki 1 Certification, a thorough overview of Shiatsu Massage, an introduction to meridian theory, and an easy-to-learn, po

Weekend of October 31-November 2

Current Trends in Esalen® Massage and Bodywork

Carl Swanson & Vicki Topp

This workshop is an invitation to explore and experience current trends in Esalen Massage and Bodywork.

Healthy Backs and Necks: From Pain to Fitness

Anat Baniel

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.

Introduction to Radical Aliveness

Ann Bradney

Ann Bradney writes, “There is a state in which you are fully alive, authentic, and spontaneous. You are open to all of your feelings, connected to your strength and your truth.

Mindful Communication: Truth Without Blame

Jean Morrison

All too often, the words we express create walls when we were hoping for connection or understanding.

The Alchemy of Initiation, Transition and Transformation

Ronald Alexander

The journey of 10,000 miles begins with one step. -Ancient Taoist proverb

November 2-5

A Time To Reflect

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

Week of November 2-7

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 Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Disorders of the Temporo-Mandibular Joint

Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

There is growing demand for massage practitioners who have mastered the art of moving deeply into the body with skill and sensitivity.

The Radically Alive Leader: A Core Energetics/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.

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 November 7-9

A Time to Reflect

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

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.

What's Next? Reviewing and Revisioning Our Lives

Sam Keen

Periodically, we need to review and revision our lives. Every decade of the life-cycle brings new challenges, goals, pleasures, and horizons.

Week of November 9-14

Advanced Esalen® Massage with Special Focus on the Shoulder Girdle

Char Pias & Jessica Fagan

This advanced massage workshop focuses on the shoulder girdle and the interplay of muscular balance between the neck, thoracic cavity, spine, and arms.

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:

Memoir Writing: Plumbing Your Own Depths for Effective Life Narrative

Katie Hafner

Memoir writing is one of the most challenging forms of narrative non-fiction. A memoir is by definition revealing, and often intimate.

The Joy of an Open Heart: Love, Awareness and Intimacy with Others

Karishma Darby

There is a natural desire in all of us to fully be ourselves, to live and love from our deepest essential nature. We feel this desire most keenly in our longing for authentic human intimacy.

Walking on Clouds: Integral Way Tai Chi™

Kenn Chase & Victoria Chase

Regular practice of tai chi has profound effects on our neuro-biology. Through the centuries the Chinese have utilized tai chi as a healing art.

Week of November 9-14

Songwriting from the Heart—Progressing on the Journey

Johnsmith & Julie Baker

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.

Weekend of November 14-16

A Women’s Weekend with Atalanta

Jean Shinoda Bolen

In Jean Shinoda Bolen’s storytelling, myths come to life and archetypal themes resonate with our own lives. Such is the story of Atalanta: The Indomitable Spirit of Artemis.

Being Present for Your Life: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

James Baraz

How much are you present for your own life?

Prime of Life Yoga™: Brain, Heart and Joints

Larry Payne & David Allen

Prime of Life Yoga reflects adaptations recommended for the majority of the US population, which is now in midlife or beyond.

Rasa Lila - Kirtan and Yoga

Jai Uttal & Nubia Teixeira

Rasa Lila, the “dance of divine love,” refers to the ecstasy that arose in the hearts of Krishna's most intimate devotees, the Gopis of Vrindavan, who, upon hearing the sound of their beloved's flu

Week of November 16-21

A Time to Reflect

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

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.

Exploring Encaustic: Stretching the Boundaries of Hot Wax

Cari Hernandez

This workshop is a creative journey that can awaken the senses as you explore the ancient medium of encaustic.

Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman: Archetypes in Depth Psychology and Soul Work

Jean Shinoda Bolen

Jean Shinoda Bolen is a storyteller who brings mythic patterns to life in listeners and readers. Her book, Goddesses in Everywoman, has been published in more than thirty foreign translations.

The Gokhale Method® for a Pain-Free Life

Esther Gokhale

Why are so many of us in pain?

Weekend of November 21-23

Loving Your Way to Enlightenment: The Path of Outrageous Love

Sally Kempton & Marc Gafni

We live in a world of outrageous pain. The only response to outrageous pain is outrageous love. 

The Art of Esalen® Massage

Brita Ostrom & Silvia Guersenzvaig

Giving a massage is a sure-fire way to “come home” to a refreshed and relaxed sense of self.

The Art of Joyful Living

Linda Bloom & Charlie Bloom

The purpose of our lives is to be happy. -His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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

Lucia Horan & Davida Taurek

Movement is medicine. — Gabrielle Roth

The Soul Structure: Damanhur's Approach to Inner Personalities

Shama Viola

Have you ever noticed that we often find ourselves with conflicting desires? Or that one day you want one thing and the next day you want the complete opposite?

November 23-December 12

100-Hour Esalen® Massage Certification Program

Dean Marson & Peggy Horan

Esalen offers three levels of basic certification in Esalen massage: For those already certified in massage by a state-approved school, the 100-Hour Course provides a Certificate in Esalen® Massage

Week of November 23-28

5Rhythms®: Connections

Lucia Horan

Invisible threads are the strongest ties. — Friedrich Nietzsche

A Time to Reflect

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

Knowing the Self through Understanding the Mind

Pierre Grimes

It is entirely possible to verify for oneself that we are part of a caring and intelligible universe.

Month of November 23-December 21

Legacy Group - Systems for Living: Understanding and Designing for a Sustainable Life

Michael Ableman

Words like sustainability, permaculture, and ecological design are now part of the public lexicon, but what do they really mean?

Work Study - Gestalt Awareness Practice

Dorothy Charles

Each of us is born with an inherent drive for aliveness and self-expression and belonging. As we grow up, our sense of self and our ability to be spontaneous may become blocked.

Week of November 23-28

The MAX: Expanding the Limits of Your Self-Expression

Paula Shaw

For more than twenty years, THE MAX has held an honored status among the Esalen staff and is considered by many to be an essential rite of passage for community members.

Weekend of November 28-30

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.

Weekend of November 28-30

Social Entrepreneurship: From Spiritual Values to Effective Action

Susan Collin Marks & John Marks

Many of us long to do something that will have a positive impact on the world. We hold a vision of infusing our spiritual values into the life of our planet.

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.

Week of November 30-December 5

A Time to Reflect

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

Bone Knowing: Using Art and Felt-Sense to Access Inner Guidance

Jennifer Allen

What do you know deep in your bones?

Creative Tai Ji Practice: Play and Improvisation in Tao Living

Chungliang Al Huang

In Asian culture, the philosophy of “play” is always at the underlying core of “serious” living.

Introduction to Esalen® Massage: The Art of Healing Touch

Robin Fann-Costanzo & Silvia Guersenzvaig

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

New Self, New World: A Healing Embodiment of Consciousness

Philip Shepherd

“Here’s a little-known fact: 8,000 years ago our ancestors experienced their thinking in the belly,” proposes Philip Shepherd.

Secrets to Lasting Intimacy: Tantra for Couples 

Elsbeth Meuth & Freddy Zental Weaver

Do you want to feel more passionate, deeply intimate, and fulfilled in life, love, and intimacy?

Weekend of December 5-7

Buddhism and the Twelve Steps 

Kevin Griffin

The Buddha said craving is the cause of suffering. Twelve Step programs work with the deepest forms of craving.

Rise Up: An Ecstatic Journey into Yoga, Movement and Singing for the Soul

Suzanne Sterling

Join Suzanne Sterling for this ecstatic mind/body immersion into the heart of soulful self-expression.

The Power of Dialogue: Finding Solutions that Work for Everyone

Miki Kashtan

Dialogue is the alchemical power that transforms mere talking into relational magic.

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.

The Writing Life

Ellen Bass

Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard. -Anne Sexton

Week of December 7-12

A Time to Reflect

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

Brilliant Body: Fundamentals of Conquering Injury and Pain

Jean Couch & Jenn Sherer

Do chronic tension, stress, or aches and pains plague you? Are you fit, but injured? Do you feel tight all the time?

The Secret Path and Its Eight Laws: How Individuals Can Change History

Stephan Schwartz

The Secret Path is a participatory workshop grounded in the relationship between individual and social consciousness.

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

Week of December 7-12

Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Stewart Cubley

The power inherent in painting is that it can awaken a wild vein of passion that will not go back to sleep.

Weekend of December 12-14

Advanced Energy Efficiency and Alternative Supplies for Profitable Climate Protection

Amory Lovins

Half of America’s oil and gas and three-quarters of its electricity can be saved more cheaply than supplying them from existing facilities.

Beyond the “Revolving Door”: Gestalt Relational Constellations 

Gordon Wheeler & Nancy Lunney-Wheeler

Do you ever feel like certain issues in your life come around again and again, across different situations and relationships?

Feeding the Future: Growing for Family, Neighborhood or Market

Michael Ableman & Josh Volk

Whether you have a large yard, a balcony, or a few acres of land, growing at least some of your own food increases the pleasure of the table, provides a greater sense of self-reliance, and can beco

Massage for Couples

Robin Fann-Costanzo & Tom Case

This weekend is designed to help couples renew their relationship while exploring touch and learning massage.

Re-Visioning Madness: Compassionately Responding to People in Extreme States

Michael Cornwall & David Lukoff

Esalen co-founders Richard Price and Michael Murphy envisioned Dick Price's experiences of madness to be of great potential value in helping others, and as a way to expand the human potential movem

The Courage to Create

Phil Cousineau & Gregg Chadwick

What role does creativity play in our lives? Is it a luxury reserved only for so-called geniuses — or is it an inner imperative that helps us forge the well-lived life?

Winemaker Dinner Weekend Holiday Retreat

Phillip Burrus

Join us for a very special opportunity to participate in the Esalen learning culture in a relaxing, relatively unstructured way.

Weekend of December 19-21

A Big New Free Happy Unusual Life: Motion Improv Theater 

Nina Wise

It is our nature to be free—and to express that freedom spontaneously and without hesitation through song and dance, poetry and play.

A Time to Reflect

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

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.

Solstice Meditation Retreat

Mark Coleman & Lori Anne 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.

The Art of Gratefulness

Patricia Carlson

What does it mean to be grateful through the ups and downs of life? How can we appreciate the gift of each day without minimizing the challenges that face us personally and as a global community?

The Gift of Touch: An Esalen® Massage Holiday Retreat

Deborah Anne Medow & Jessica Fagan

Celebrate the holiday season by enjoying the natural beauty of the Esalen land while learning how to give an Esalen Massage.

Week of December 21-26

A Time to Reflect

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

Awake Mind, Loving Heart: Living a Mindful and Compassionate Life

Mark Coleman

Come learn how to abide in the heart of loving presence.

Month of December 21-January 18

Legacy Group - The Buddhist Path of Awakening

Noah Levine

Using a hybrid of mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation techniques, Noah will offer an experience of the teachings and practices of Buddhism.

Work Study - Deep Bodywork®

Rob Wilks & Paul Wehrman

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

Week of December 21-28

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.

Weekend of December 26-28

A Time to Reflect

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

Massage for Couples

Char Pias & Oliver Bailey

Give your significant other or good friend a wonderful holiday gift of touch. Enjoy the serene beauty of Big Sur as you and your partner learn how to give one another an effective Esalen® Massage.

Week of December 28-January 2

A Time to Reflect

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

New Year's Silent Meditation Retreat

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 and Ayurveda: Cultivating a Personal Practice

Scott Blossom & Chandra Easton with Robert Svoboda

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

Week of December 28-January 2

The Natural Singer 

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.

Weekend of January 2-4

A Time to Reflect

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

Creativity On Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius

Michael Gelb

Creative energy is our ultimate resource.

Designing the Life You Want: Self-Renewal in the New Year

Mark Nicolson

You have never been where you are today. You have never been the age you are today, or had the experience you have today.

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.

The Shared Heart New Year’s Retreat for Couples

Joyce Vissell & Barry Vissell

Imagine your relationship expressing the true depths of your love and commitment. If you are in love, this retreat is an opportunity to rise even higher in love.

Week of January 4-9

5Rhythms®: Heartbeat

Lucia Horan

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

A Time to Reflect

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

Born to Be Me: Creating an Authentic Life of Passion and Purpose for Women

Karen Ely

If you’ve ever asked yourself, “What are my dreams — or, did I ever have any?” or “What do I really want to do with the rest of my life?” then you are not alone.

Fundamentals of Esalen® Massage

Dean Marson & Nora Matten

This workshop introduces the core concepts of Esalen Massage.

Qigong for Health, Creativity and Empowerment

Michael Gelb & Roger Jahnke

“Qi cultivation strengthens your vitality, and enhanced vitality is a key to liberating creativity,” writes Michael J. Gelb in Creativity On Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius.

Taking Refuge: Committing to the Practices and Principles of Awakening

Noah Levine

We are always taking refuge in something, and for most this means seeking safety and happiness in material things and sensual pleasures.

Weekend of January 9-11

Esalen® Massage for Couples, Friends or Family Members

Brita Ostrom & Oliver Bailey

A tender touch can do wonders for any relationship by easing stress and deepening subtle communication skills.

Fully Alive: Set Your New Year in Motion

Jovinna Chan

Who am I? What is my purpose? How do I live fully? These are perfect questions to ask yourself at the start of the new year.

Respite, Reflect, Release: The Three Rs for Hospice and Palliative Care Professionals

Charlea Massion

We care deeply for others, but how about ourselves?

The 5Rhythms® and 4 Foundations of Mindfulness 

Lucia Horan & Noah Levine

In order to understand the dance one must be still. And in order to truly understand stillness one must dance. - Rumi

Month of January 11-February 22

250-hour Esalen® Massage Certification Program

Deborah Anne Medow & Perry Holloman

Esalen offers numerous levels of basic massage certification.

Week of January 11-16

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Training

Kristin Neff & Christopher Germer

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

Week of January 11-16

Self-Compassion in Inner and Outer Relationships

Richard Schwartz

This five-day retreat is open to anyone — currently in a relationship or not — who is interested in exploring the idea that it is possible and optimal to bring one's full heart to any important rel

Weekend of January 16-18

Plugging Into Body Intelligence: Love Your Body, Live Your Dreams and Lead the Change

Katie Hendricks & Lamara Heartwell

Humans have the opportunity to make the shift now from fear-focused, adrenaline-fueled living to full-body-intelligent living.

Weekend of January 16-18

Sacred Commerce: Business as a Path of Awakening

Matthew Engelhart & Terces Engelhart

Are you engaged in relationships with staff, co-workers, or business partners? Have you experienced frustration in these relationships?

Yoga Practice: Refining and Magnifying Body, Mind and Spirit

Thomas Michael Fortel & Karen Cook

One of the fundamental tenets of yoga philosophy is that every human being is, at the core, an expression of divine light and love. The yogis refer to this as the Supreme Self or Inner Self.

Week of January 18-23

Esalen® Massage and Komyo Reiki Kai (Reiki)

Char Pias & Silvia Guersenzvaig

Char Pias and Silvia Guersenzvaig invite you to step into the New Year by participating in a five-day journey to renew your body, mind, and spirit.

Leadership as a Path to Awakening

Terces Engelhart & Matthew Engelhart

“Leaders are stewards of the collective consciousness who steer the community toward what is sacred,” write Terces and Matthew Engelhart.

The I in the Storm: Bringing Self-Leadership to Everyday Life 

Richard Schwartz

This workshop introduces the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy, and teaches healing professionals and all who are interested how to apply it to their own countertransference.

Yoga and Zen: One Bright Jewel

Tias Little & Henry Shukman

This yoga immersion uncovers the fundamental common essence of dhyana (meditation) and asana (posture) practice.

Month of January 18-February 15

Legacy Group - Seeing Eye to I: Learning the Art of Wellness

Sam Berne

The eyes reveal many mind-body patterns related to health.

Work Study - Spiritual Massage: Lightbody Infusion

Maria Lucia Bittencourt Sauer

Spiritual Massage is a hands-on healing practice that works directly on the energy body, balancing the chakras, cleansing old thought forms, and gently facilitating release of emotional, physical,

Weekend of January 23-25

Ashaya Yoga™: Align Your Body, Awaken Your Heart

Todd Norian

Ashaya (AH-shy-ah) is a Sanskrit word that means “abode of the heart.” Ashaya Yoga blends precise, biomechanical alignment techniques with empowering and spiritually uplifting heart virtues that su

Awakening Joy

James Baraz & Jane Baraz

True happiness is not about acquiring anything, but rather opening to the natural joy and aliveness right inside of you.

The Writer’s Journey: Crafting Personal Stories that are Vivid, Compelling and True

Laura Davis

Many of us hold a deep dream of writing. We want to write so we can understand ourselves more deeply and so that we can be seen.

With the Grain: The Art of Nonviolent Woodturning

Jerry Kermode

Enjoy an opportunity to learn the ancient craft of woodturning during this weekend of hands-on instruction in technique and philosophy.

Week of January 25-30

An Introduction to Rolf Structural Integration

Edward Maupin

This workshop is an introduction to the principles of Rolf Structural Integration, especially designed for body-therapy and health professionals.

As Above So Below: The Alchemy of Destiny

Benjamin Fox & Lorie Eve Dechar

In every life, there are times when Heaven and Earth meet. At these moments, we know who we are and why we are here. Our lives have meaning, purpose, and passion.

Ashaya Yoga™ Study Retreat

Todd Norian

Ashaya (AH-shy-ah) is a Sanskrit word that means "abode of the heart." Ashaya Yoga blends therapeutic alignment techniques and positive heart virtues with the empowering teachings of Tantra philoso

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

Lynda Greenberg

For many, drawing seems to be a mysterious process reserved for the “talented” few. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain has debunked this myth.

Week of January 25-30

Bateson and Watts: Mischief Makers in the Cultural Metaphor

Nora Bateson & Mark Watts

You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself. ― Alan Watts

Weekend of January 30-February 1

A Time to Reflect

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

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 and non-reactivity.

Emotional Mindfulness, Connection and Healing for Gay Men

Ron Frederick & Timothy Beyer

Why is it so hard for us as gay men to feel present in our lives and closer to those we love?

Living Presence: Soul Motion™ and Embodied Inquiry

Zuza Engler & Scott Engler

What if one day, you woke up smack in the midst of the human condition with absolutely no need to fix, deny, solve, or transcend anything?

Love Yourself and the Rest Will Follow

Mike Robbins

Self-love is one of those things that many of us know is important on our personal journey, yet can be challenging to embody and experience in an authentic way.

The Art of Seeing: Integrating Our Eyes, Brain and Body for Better Wellness

Sam Berne

Today, the fear of losing our eyesight is escalating because of an increase in many deteriorating visual conditions. Current allopathic medical approaches offer little hope.

Weekend of January 30-February 1

The Ecstasy of Sound: A Music and Healing Workshop 

Jennifer Berezan

At the core of all that exists in the universe is vibration. Many cultures have long believed that the world itself was created through sound.

Week of February 1-6

The Sutras of Science: Science and Nonduality Retreat

Deepak Chopra, Robert Thurman, Michael Murphy, Menas Kafatos, Peter Russell, Richard Miller & Catherine Pepin

The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both. — Carl Sagan

Weekend of February 6-8

Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy: A Training for Health Professionals

Gina Ogden

Health, well-being, and intimate relationships are profoundly affected by sexual issues, yet most health professionals lack adequate training to help clients.

Weekend of February 6-8

Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation

Cassandra Vieten

We are each always changing, always growing.

Psychedelic Medicines and the Mind

David Presti & Kristi Panik

Psychedelics are among the most interesting and poorly understood of all the psychoactive substances.

Sacred Evolution: Yoga and Meditation

Charu Rachlis

“We are living in the most accelerated time of change in history,” Charu Rachlis writes. “The challenge each of us faces is how to navigate these changes with wisdom, creativity, and joy.

Week of February 8-13

IAHE: Upledger Institute International's SomatoEmotional Release 2

Chas Perry

SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is a healing process that helps rid the mind and body of residual effects of past trauma and associated negative emotional experiences. Joint research efforts by Dr.

The Future of Leadership: Cultivating Heart and Mind for a Flourishing World

George Protos & Barrett Brown

In these times of wild complexity, change, and opportunity, how do we develop our hearts and minds to thrive – and help the world thrive – in the 21st century?

Trauma, Memory and the Restoration of One’s Self

Bessel van der Kolk & Dana Moore with Special Guest Licia Sky

Trauma changes the way the brain processes information and the body engages with the world. This course explores how trauma affects people’s rhythms within themselves and with their surroundings.

February 8-22

Path of Devotion: A Yoga Teacher Training

Janet Stone & Sianna Sherman

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 February 8-13

Women's Sexual Stories: Healing the Wounds, Celebrating the Joy

Gina Ogden

The route to sexual pleasure and intimacy is like the route to any other of life’s mysteries. It means exploring new emotional landscapes.

Weekend of February 13-15

Everyday Leadership: Bringing All of Who You Are to Everything You Do

Athena Katsaros

Come discover the essence of your unique leadership and how to express it in every aspect of your life.

Love, Sex and Intimacy

Charlie Bloom & Linda Bloom

For individuals and couples, intimacy is to the soul as food is to the body.

Weekend of February 13-15

Finding True Love

Daphne Rose Kingma

"Love is the experience of emotional and spiritual awakening to the bliss that is the true condition of the soul," says Daphne Rose Kingma.

Week of February 15-20

Cultivate Romantic Intelligence: Moving From Fear to Love

Frances Verrinder & Michael Griffith

Developing romantic intelligence — the ability to engage in a loving, long-term romantic relationship — involves learning to express affection, tenderness, kindness, and sexual love, as well as ide

Exploring the Gift of Healing through Hypnosis

Roxanna Erickson-Klein & Mary Ellen Bluntzer

Enrich your healing abilities by exploring the interface of science and hypnosis.

Letting Loose: Remembering Expressive Mark Making

Joanne Beaule Ruggles

From the bottom of your feet to the tips of your fingers, employ your entire body to make marks that are in touch with and communicate your emotions.

Romancing the World: Soulcraft, the Dreaming of Nature and the Mytho-Poetic Imagination

Bill Plotkin & Geneen Marie Haugen

Great visions and essential enactments of human potential emerge from that mysterious place where the taproots of soul intertwine with the dreams of Earth and cosmos.

Spiritual Massage: Lightbody Infusion and Shamanic Practices

Maria Lucia Bittencourt Sauer

“These special times call us forth to deeply and intentionally integrate our own healing, and also to use our hands as wonderful instruments to heal others,” writes Maria Lucia.

Month of February 15-March 15

Legacy Group - The User's Guide to the Human Body

Tom Myers

Your body is the closest friend you’ll ever have.

Month of February 15-March 15

Work Study - Opening the Creative Channel

Johnsmith

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

Weekend of February 20-22

Medical Qigong - Qi Empowerment: Cultivate Supreme Well-Being of Body-Mind-Spirit

Roger Jahnke

“You will be amazed when you understand the definition of ‘medical’ in relation to qigong mind-body practice,” Roger Jahnke writes. “What limits you or restrains your potential?

Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Retreat

Jean Kristeller & Andrea Lieberstein

Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT), developed by Jean Kristeller, addresses the mindless eating so prevalent in our culture — the type of eating that can lead to weight gain, obes

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.

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 happy to watch sink or go up in flames?

Week of February 22-27

Create Personal Divinatory Cards with SoulCollage®

Seena Frost & Mariabruna Sirabella

Are you ready for a full immersion in creativity? Access your imagination and intuition to create unique collages, and begin your own deck of imaginal cards: it is simple and satisfying.

Enlivening Meditation Practice

Bill Morgan & Susan Morgan

Why do we struggle to meditate regularly? Why does it feel like another “should”?

Esalen Farm to Table: Farmstead Traditions

Phillip Burrus

“At Esalen, we're blessed to be situated in a culinary paradise,” writes Esalen chef Phillip Burrus.

Hanna Somatics: Freeing Your Body and the Wisdom of Your Somatic Self

Eleanor Criswell Hanna

Hanna Somatics is a mind-body technique developed by Thomas Hanna that enables us to move toward greater mind-body integration, ease of movement, and freedom.

Soul Motion™: Pause Presence

Vinn Arjuna Martí

“Space is a stretched canvas where the dance artist unfurls the work of gesture, the inquiry of mystery, the recognition of the movement moment, and the exploration of stillness,” writes Arjuna Mar

The Yoga of Willpower and Intention™: A Journey to Self Mastery

Tracee Stanley

Are you living to your fullest potential?

Zero Balancing II

Jim McCormick

This will be a special version of Zero Balancing II.

Weekend of February 27-March 1

A Time to Reflect

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

Putting the Science of Happiness into Practice

Emiliana Simon-Thomas & Dacher Keltner

We all want to be happy, and there are countless ideas about what happiness is and how we can get it. It may be difficult, even disheartening, to dig in.

Week of March 1-6

A Time to Reflect

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

Dance of Oneness: Creative Fire

Banafsheh Sayyad with Tony Khalife

Creation is a frame, creation is a chalice, how do you fill it? - Rumi

Dream Descent: Journey to the Soul and the Promise of Archetypal Dreamwork 

Christa Lancaster & Marc Bregman

Every night, dreams come to help us know love in a very real way — in our bodies, hearts, and lives.

Full- Spectrum Gestalt Sex Therapy: A Comprehensive Training in Relationship and Sexual Enhancement

Stella Resnick

As therapists, our effectiveness depends on our own continuing aliveness and growth, particularly in interpersonal relationships.

Heart of Awareness: Joining Embodiment and Meditation, Discovering Healing and Compassion

Susan Aposhyan

Being a human is a complex task. In order to make the most of our lives and cultivate a peaceful and sustainable human culture, most of us need to practice being present and feeling our bodies.

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.

Weekend of March 6-8

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

Mariah Fenton Gladis

"The essential foundation of being loved is to first love yourself," Mariah Fenton Gladis writes. "That doesn’t mean a narcissistic pride, preoccupation with self, or conceit.

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

Ryan Babineaux

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

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

Heart of the Song – A Foray into Songwriting

Johnsmith & Julie Baker

Come take your seat alongside other aspiring songwriters as we explore the ins and outs of songwriting.

The Dynamic Spine: Yoga for the Prevention and Relief of Low Back and Pelvic Dysfunction

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.

Week of March 8-13

Introduction to Esalen® Massage: The Art of Healing Touch

Jessica Fagan & 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

Radical Aliveness: A Core Energetics Workshop

Ann Bradney

Ann Bradney writes, "There is a state in which you are fully alive, authentic, and spontaneous. You are open to all of your feelings, connected to your strength and your truth.

The Healing Breath: Qigong for Springtime Renewal

Kenneth Cohen

Do you ever wonder why, in spite of the miracles of modern medicine, more than 2.5 million Americans practice ancient healing exercises from China?

Visionseeker: Shamanic Cosmology

Hank Wesselman

Over the past 35,000 years, indigenous shamans developed a methodology to expand awareness and explore the many dimensions of reality, generating a rich body of knowledge about the nature and funct

Week of March 8-13

Painting From The Source

Aviva Gold

“If you've considered painting but never thought you could, or if you're trained in the arts and would like to explore your source of creativity, this retreat is for you,” writes Aviva Gold.

March 12-13

A Time to Reflect

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

Weekend of March 13-15

Conscious Leadership: Accessing Presence to become Whole, Congruent and Flexible

Raj Sisodia, Vijay Bhat & Nilima Bhat

The world’s many crises call for a new breed of leaders. Arising from its military origins, leadership-as-usual mostly takes an outside-in, competency-based approach.

Opening the Pelvis, Balancing the Core

Tom Myers

As the keystone of human architecture, the pelvis is a potent center of power and feeling.

What's Next? Reviewing and Revisioning Our Lives

Sam Keen

Periodically, we need to review and revision our lives. Every decade of the life-cycle brings new challenges, goals, pleasures, and horizons.

Month of March 15-April 12

Legacy Group - Mind/Body Resilience – Thriving in your life

Eric Moya

Whether we like it or not, the world is increasing in complexity faster than we can evolve.

Work Study - Wisdom Healing Qigong: Wholeness is the Nature of the Self

Mingtong Gu

“Your true nature is wholeness at one with the universe and all life,” writes Master Mingtong Gu.

Week of March 15-20

Meditation, Kundalini and the Inner Marriage

Sally Kempton

To live a truly awakened life, it’s essential that we bring together our inner masculine and feminine polarities.

Week of March 15-20

The MAX: Expanding the Limits of Your Self-Expression

Paula Shaw

For more than twenty years, THE MAX has held an honored status among the Esalen staff and is considered by many to be an essential rite of passage for community members.

March 18-20

A Time to Reflect

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

Massage Retreat for Couples   

Carl Swanson & Laurie Lioness Parizek

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

Weekend of March 20-22

Fire and Flow: Spring Equinox Regeneration Retreat

Shiva Rea with G Sathyanarayanan & Demetri Velisarius

As the very flow of consciousness, you dance the world into existence. – Ksemaraja

Mindfulness through Qigong: Meditative Movement and Sound

Mingtong Gu

This healing workshop is designed to activate your essential capacity to live with a clear mind and open heart.

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.

Weekend of March 20-22

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.

Week of March 22-27

Brilliant Body: Fundamentals of Conquering Injury and Pain

Jean Couch & Jenn Sherer

Do chronic tension, stress, or aches and pains plague you? Are you fit, but injured? Do you feel tight all the time?

Mindfulness and Lovingkindness Meditation

Shauna Shapiro

Learn how to rest in the heart of joy, ease, and loving presence.

Relational Gestalt Practice: The Transformative Power of Emotion

Dorothy Charles

Each of us finds our true selves through our emotions.

Revisioning Your Hero’s Journey®: A Mythological Toolbox (22nd ed., revised)

Robert Walter & The Joseph Campbell Foundation

For years, Joseph Campbell celebrated his birthday (March 26th) at Esalen.

The Practical Art of Living Flow: A Spring Regeneration Retreat

Shiva Rea with G Sathyanarayanan & Demetri Velisarius

Dive into a regenerative yoga retreat and align yourself with the emergence of spring.

Weekend of March 27-29

Be Confident; Question Everything

Marc Lesser

To create an inspired and effective life, we must cultivate confidence as well as vulnerability and inquiry.

Become a Better B Corp Leader: Best Practices to B the Change

Flip Brown & Amy Hartzler

The rapidly expanding world of certified B Corps provides benefits to employees, customers, communities, and the planet.

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.

Esalen® Massage - The Basics

Daniela Urbassek & Laurie Lioness Parizek

During an Esalen Massage, we experience a remarkable web of interdependence: a listening touch, a deepening breath, a sense of connection with another.

Liberate the Body and Stretch the Mind: Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga

Wes "Scoop" Nisker & Katchie Ananda

Oh wondrous creatures, by what strange miracle do you so often not smile? —Hafiz

The Writing Life

Ellen Bass

Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard. -Anne Sexton

Week of March 29-April 3

Beginning Integral Way Tai Chi™: Walking on Clouds

Kenn Chase & Victoria Chase

Tai chi is the ancient art of moving meditation.

Delicious Meals in Minutes Fresh from the Esalen Garden

Leslie Cerier

In this hands-on, vegetarian cooking class, gourmet organic chef, teacher, and cookbook author Leslie Cerier presents delicious whole foods that are quick, easy to prepare, health enhancing, and nu

Gravity and Grace: Yoga for Longevity

Peter Sterios

Yoga is a discipline created by ancient Indian sages for increasing life force and providing the means for a long and healthy life.

Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Advanced Back-work: Healing Acute and Chronic Back Pain

Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Competent, deep soft-tissue work is an invaluable tool in the skill-set of today’s successful massage and bodywork practitioner.

Reclaiming Your Authentic Self

Anne Watts

Have you ever found yourself thinking you want one thing but doing something else? The thing you’re doing comes from the inner child. What, exactly, is the inner child?

Week of March 29-April 3

Sacred Sound, Meditation and Dance to Change Your Brain and Transform Your Life

Yuval Ron

Experience introspective and ecstatic practices of four ancient spiritual paths: Zen Buddhism, Kabbalistic Judaism, early contemplative Christianity, and Sufi-Islam.

The Passion of Painting - Get In, Get Out, and Get On WIth It!

Erin Gafill

How much more could you create if you weren't second-guessing yourself, or walking away from the easel too soon?

Weekend of April 3-5

A Weekend of Advanced Esalen® Massage

Rob Wilks & Vicki Topp

This weekend provides practitioners with the opportunity to inspire their current massage practice.

Mindfulness and Heartfulness: The Healing and Transformation of Mind and Body

Mark Abramson

This program is designed to integrate the practice of mindful awareness with directed heartfulness to facilitate growth, healing, and change.

Open Floor Encounter

Andrea Juhan

Open Floor Encounter is an exhilarating group process that contains elements of Gestalt Awareness Practice (GAP), psychodrama, movement, and somatic psychotherapy.

Sharing Your Life Story: From the Page to the Stage

Ann Randolph

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

The Magical Family 

Ivy Mayer Lavie

The Esalen Art Barn is home base for this weekend of play, creativity, and celebration. Families will have the opportunity to explore, make art, and celebrate a renewed connection with each other.

Week of April 5-10

Shadow, Skill and Breakthrough: Advanced Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Psychology Training

Sianna Sherman, Ronald Alexander, Ashley Turner & Theodore Kyriakos

Join us for a dynamic integration of mindfulness, yoga, and Western psychology.

Sharing Your Life Story: 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

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 April 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.

Experiencing Esalen

Deborah Anne Medow

We must answer anew the old questions. "What are the limits of human ability, the boundaries of the human experience? What does it mean to be a human being?" — From the 1965 Esalen Catalog

The Desire Path to Enlightenment

Scott Von

The whole of evolution, in fact, is an evolution from unconscious divinity to conscious divinity in which God Himself, essentially eternal and unchangeable, assumes an infinite variety of forms, en

The One Thing Holding You Back: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Connection

Raphael Cushnir

Do you have an unrealized dream? Are you still waiting to tap your full potential?

Wired for Love: An Insider's Guide to Your Relationship

Stanley Tatkin with Tracey Tatkin

“There is perhaps nothing more difficult than relating to another person,” says Stan Tatkin, clinician, researcher, teacher, and developer of A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy®.

Weekend of April 10-12

A Future Unexpected: Women Redefining an Unimagined Life

Daphne Rose Kingma

Women growing into their forties — or fifties, sixties, or seventies — are more than ever finding themselves on a path they’d never expected, either because of choices or out-of-the-blue life chang

Week of April 12-17

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.

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.

Self-Acceptance: The Heart of Healing

Joe Cavanaugh

The heart has reasons which reason knows nothing of. -Blaise Pascal

Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving

Charles Muir & Caroline Muir 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 Eternal Return: Honoring the Life and Work of Emilie Conrad

Donnalea Van Vleet Goelz & Beth Pettengill Riley

The universe communicates to us through resonant streams that are separate from everyday functional movements.

Unshakable Presence: Coming Home to Who You Truly Are

Miranda Macpherson

Imagine being deeply at rest, and held within an unconditional love that offers total support for you to go within, let go, and address the important themes of your life.

Month of April 12-May 10

Legacy Group - Sharing Your Life Story

Ann Randolph

Everything in your life, from the mundane to the extraordinary, is a story waiting to be told. During this program you can discover your own unique and powerful story.

Work Study - 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.

Week of April 12 - 17, 2015

Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving

Charles Muir & Caroline Muir 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

Weekend of April 17-19

Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life

Gregg Levoy

Callings are urgings and imperatives from the deep self that tell us what it will take to make our lives "come true." They point us toward awakenings, course corrections, and powerful authenticity.

Crafting Careers that Truly Fit: How to Work From Within

Susan Bernstein

More than 50% of Americans are dissatisfied with their jobs. Often, we stumble or fall into careers that don’t fit, and then we feel stuck.

Fire in the Belly, Honey in the Heart: Spring Detox

Micheline Berry with Joey Lugassy & Ensemble

Join us for a spring detox immersion into the healing depths of your own yoga practice, contemplative meditation, live music and percussion, ecstatic dance, and Esalen's famous hot springs and heal

Getting Unblocked

Ann Weiser Cornell

Do you sabotage yourself? Is there something you really need to get done but you just don’t do it? Are there parts of your life that stay stuck no matter how hard you try?

Kabbalah and the Tree of Life: Unlocking the Secrets of Ancient Mystical Traditions

Gahl Sasson

What is Kabbalah? Why did people from different cultural traditions risk their lives to study it? How can it help us improve our lives today?

Organic Skin and Body Care from the Garden

Rachel Berry

Discover the joy of making your own organic skin care products. Once you learn some basic herbal processing skills, you can easily make your own skin creams, facial scrubs, skin toners, and more.

Week of April 19-24

Big Sur Wilderness Experience: Springtime

Steven Harper with Stacy Carlson

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

Present–Open–Awake: Soul Motion™ and Embodied Inquiry

Zuza Engler & Scott Engler

With our body we are in the presence of a force that is filled with wisdom, loving, flawlessly reliable, and, strange to say, worthy of our deepest devotion. —Reginald Ray

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.

 I-You-Us: Pleasure, Intimacy and the Search for Connectedness 

Terry Hunt

This workshop is about healthy relationships—in love, in friendship, in daily life.

Week of April 19-24

Esalen Inspirational Film Festival: Films that Empower and Enrich the Human Spirit

Corinne Bourdeau & Mary Elizabeth Murphy

Cinema can enlighten, inspire, and uplift the human spirit.

Spirit Songs: Freeing Your Voice through the Power of Gospel

Vernon Bush

Do you want to feel musical and spiritual freedom in every cell of your body?

Weekend of April 24-26

5Rhythms®: Grief, Loss and the Body in Motion

Lucia Horan & Peter Selwyn

Have you experienced loss and the natural emotions of sadness, anger, fear, and love? How do you process your losses and move through your life?

Close Yet Free: The Path to Making a Good Relationship Even Better

Gerald Smith

How can you be open and vulnerable to love your partner, and, at the same time, free to continue to grow as an individual?

Creating Extraordinary Impact: The True Purpose of Business and Life

Norman Wolfe with Jane Wolfe

Do you want to express your divine nature in everything you do? Are you ready to expand beyond limiting beliefs?

Girish Chant Camp: Daily Live Music, Yoga and Chant Practice

Girish

Join Girish for a weekend of chanting, meditation, yoga, pranayama, and kirtan to manifest and enhance divine love in your life.

Integral Transformative Practice®: The Essential Esalen Experience

Pam Kramer & Barry Robbins

What changes do you envision for yourself?

Meditation as the Medicine of the Mind: Research and Practice

Alejandro Chaoul & Lorenzo Cohen

Does meditation have power to heal the body?

Tasting Life: Men and Living in the Now

Matt Englar-Carlson & Mark Stevens

Men’s lives are often driven by a desire and expectation to climb the ladder of success.

Week of April 26-May 1

5Rhythms®: Heartbeat

Lucia Horan

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

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.

Temple of Shamanic Dream Healing

Robert Moss

You are invited to enter the temple of dream healing for the renewal of body and soul. Come ready to dream deep.

Week of April 26-May 1

Painting the Outer and Inner Landscape

Adam Wolpert

Painting can be a profound experience — one that engages all of our senses, our minds, and our spirits. It brings together observation with introspection, contemplation, and healing.

Week of April 26-May 3

Your Life Cannot Be Any Easier Than Your Movement: Introduction to Cortical Field Reeducation®

Harriet Goslins & Sybil Krauter

How we sit, stand, move, or respond to contact with others reflects patterns wired into our nervous systems in infancy. By early childhood, conflicting intentions distort these patterns.

Weekend of May 1-3

Find Your Focus, Master Distraction and Get the Right Things Done

Peter Bregman

How would it feel to focus on the right things, use the best of who you are, and avoid the distractions that subvert your efforts?

Weekend of May 1-3

Gay Men Thriving in Mindfulness: Bring Greater Ease and Joy into Your Life

Rik Isensee & James Guay

What does mindfulness practice have to offer gay men? Many of us have made great strides overcoming homophobia and shame. We are truly creative survivors of adversity!

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, food, and our senses.

Transformation through Neuroscience: Enhance Your Brain to Reach Your Potential 

Annellen Simpkins & C. Alexander Simpkins

Neuroscience is the new frontier.

Week of May 3-8

ArtLife

Nicholas Wilton

This workshop is a playful exploration of the creative image-making process.

Week of May 3-8

Taoist Sexual Secrets: The Alchemy of Energy and Ecstasy

Lee Holden

Within us is a wellspring of vitality known as qi waiting to amplify every aspect of our lives.

The Posture of Observation

Thomas Michael Fortel & Sarana Miller

One of the great benefits of ongoing yoga practice is the development of our ability to pause, and to rest in the posture of observation: an inner state of conscious awareness.

The Radiance of Energy, Body and Consciousness

Jim Kepner & Carol DeSanto

“By working with the subtle energy systems present in the human body, we foster awareness from the densest bone to the finest aspects of the energy field,” write Jim Kepner and Carol DeSanto. “The

May 6-8

A Time to Reflect

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

Weekend of May 8-10

Brain Care: The Neuroscience of Self-Care

Linda Graham

When we nourish and replenish our brains, we are nourishing and replenishing ourselves.

Building Collaborative Relationships through Five Essential Skills

Jim Tamm with Mayte Barba

This is a how-to course for people who want to be more effective at creating climates of trust, building relationships, and dealing with conflict — at work, at home, or within oneself.

Distilling Garden Plants and Creating Organic Skincare Products

Eden Jamila Clearbrook

Come participate in the transformation of fresh, organic botanicals into pure distillates, smooth and silky moisturizing face creams, and flower-rich massage oils.

Esalen® Massage for Couples, Friends or Family Members

Carl Swanson & Vicki Topp

Come with your partner to discover the movements and creative, loving connections available to your relationship through Esalen Massage.

Mother's Day Family Workshop

Joanna Claassen & Sean Brennan

This Mother's Day weekend, celebrate and nourish yourself and your family. Esalen is a magical place for adults and children alike.

The Posture Dance Connection

Esther Gokhale

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

You Were Born to Receive: 7 Steps to a Life of Energy, Passion and Purpose

Amanda Owen

Are you better at giving than receiving? Do you know how to help others get what they want but don’t know what you want?

Week of May 10-15

A Time to Reflect

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

Gyrokinesis®

Juergen Bamberger

Gyrokinesis is a movement methodology based on circular and spiraling body motion. It uses the natural movement capabilities of the spine to increase the circulation of vital energies.

Land of Milk and Honey: An Introduction to Farmstead Arts

Charlie Cascio & Liam McDermott

Would you like to reconnect with farmstead traditions and develop your ability to produce and prepare your own food?

Lean Inward: Yoga and Personal Leadership

Michele Hébert & Mehrad Nazari

Extraordinary leaders master their inner environment to achieve greatness in and for the world around them.

Liberating Your Essential Self: The Alchemy of Love and Aliveness

Karishma Darby

There is a deep desire in all of us to know ourselves, to live and love from our most essential nature.

Transforming Trauma with EMDR: Advanced Clinical Workshop and Refresher Course (Part 3) 

Laurel Parnell

Refresh your technique and review EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) protocols and procedures, consult on your difficult cases, watch demonstrations, and practice EMDR in small, s

Wake Up and Write! (Writing as a Path to Awakening)

Albert Flynn DeSilver

Are you ready to experience, and then write forth, the truth of who you really are?

Month of May 10-June 7

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

Paul Selig

In his breakthrough trilogy of channeled literature, I Am the Word, The Book of Love and Creation, and The Book of Knowing and Worth, acclaimed author and medium Paul Selig recorded an extraordinar

Work Study - The Human as Two: Channeling in History and Practice

Jeffrey Kripal

Channeling is a modern expression of an ancient practice found all over the world and throughout human history in numerous forms, from ancient Greek prophecy to various forms of divine possession t

Weekend of May 15-17

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

Phillip Moffitt

Your 30s and 40s are a transitional time in life. For most people, these decades are a time to make unique choices about how you want your life to be, and to find and step into your power.

Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice

Lisa Firestone & Joyce Catlett

Are you living the life you were destined to live or are you living someone else’s life? Are your actions based on what you really feel and believe or on negative programming from your past?

The Quantum Dynamics of Consciousness and Healing Dreams

Ernest Rossi & Kathryn Rossi

The Quantum Dynamics of Consciousness and Healing Dreams Ernest Rossi & Kathryn Rossi

Walking an Authentic Path: Purpose and Meaning in Your Twenties and Early Thirties

Kerena Saltzman

Are you part of the millennial generation of people in their twenties to early thirties?

Winemaker Dinner Weekend Retreat

Phillip Burrus

Join us for a very special opportunity to participate in the Esalen learning culture in a relaxing, relatively unstructured way.

Week of May 17-22

Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Stewart Cubley

The power inherent in painting is that it can awaken a wild vein of passion that will not go back to sleep.

Week of May 17-22

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

Love and Belonging: Harvesting the Power of Attachment, Intimacy and Autonomy

Dyrian Benz-Chartrand & JoAnne Chartrand-Benz

Love and a sense of belonging are the cornerstones to fulfilling relationships throughout life. When the flow of love and acceptance is interrupted in life, the soul suffers.

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 bestselling memoir was named a NY Times Notable Book of the year.

Touching Essence™: Esalen® Massage and Essential Oils

Daniela Urbassek & Ellen Watson

The artistry of a skilled Esalen® Massage practitioner is recognized among connoisseurs of bodywork all over the world.

Transforming the Judgmental Mind

Donald Rothberg

Judgments of a reactive and often automatic nature are very strong in most of our lives, and also in the dominant culture.

Walk on the Wild Side: Hiking the Big Sur Country

Steven Harper with Adam Rumack

"What’s the quickest way out of the city?" John Muir is reported to have asked a stranger on the street of the metropolis in which Muir had just arrived. "Where do you want to go?" the man asked.

Weekend of May 22-24

Couples' Communication Retreat

Warren Farrell

Our inability to handle personal criticism from loved ones is a common Achilles’ heel. The more deeply we are in love, the harder it is to handle.

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

Family Mindfulness Retreat

Ivy Mayer Lavie

Imagine a beautiful and protected space that supports you to mindfully turn within and find greater ease, and gives you space to play and just be with your family—all held in the dramatic natural s

Mind, Mood and Happiness: Transforming the Self 

Ronald Alexander

People can learn to change their thinking and behavior in ways that enhance happiness and well-being.

Week of May 24-29

Exposure and Intimacy: The Alchemy of Photography

Andy Abrahams Wilson

Photography is a profound exchange of light energy.

Gestalt Practice and Cortical Field Re-Education: Developing Emotional and Somatic Resources

Dorothy Charles & Patrice Hamilton

Increasing awareness of our somatic sense of self provides new options for developing more effective psychological and physical patterns.

IAHE: The Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 1

Eric Moya

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.

Prometheus Rising: How to Harness Peak Experiences to Become Your Greatest Self

Jamie Wheal & Steven Kotler

We've all had those moments in which time slows down, we lose our sense of self, and the task at hand becomes effortless and "in the flow." The trouble is, we've never known where those moments cam

Soul Motion™: The Practice

Michael Molin-Skelton

“Soul Motion is a movement practice during which we cultivate our capacity for listening to the deep wisdom of the body and the silent whisperings of the soul,” Michael and Anneli write.

The Art and Science of the Yoga Sequence

Ulrika Engman

Sequencing is a term used in yoga meaning how poses are linked together. If a single pose is a word, then a sequence is a poem.

Weekend of May 29-31

Being Present for Your Life: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

James Baraz

How much are you present for your own life?

Expand Your Vinyasa Flow Yoga Toolkit

Ulrika Engman

There are many tools in yoga that greatly enhance, support, and liberate the body’s full potential for increased range of movement and help align the spine with the limbs.

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

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

Pam Kramer

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 May 31-June 5

A New Beginning: Courage and Heart

Mary Goldenson

One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began . . . — Mary Oliver Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. — Mark Twain

Cycles: A 5Rhythms® Exploration of the Rhythms of Life

Jonathan Horan

In this workshop, rooted in Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms movement practice, we use our dance like archeologists to dig beneath the surface, to seek buried treasures and pearls of wisdom gleaned from o

Deep Writing

Eric Maisel

Eric Maisel’s Deep Writing workshops are simple in structure and powerful in effect. The group creates a genuinely safe environment because participants’ writing is neither shared nor critiqued.

Experiencing the Esalen Farm and Garden

Christopher La Rose & Jessica Spain

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

Improv: Expand Yourself with Laughter

Dixie Cox & Clifford Henderson

Activate your imagination, creativity, and spontaneity. Just as muscles can tighten with stress and age, so can notions about ourselves.

More Than a Communication Workshop

Jean Morrison & Martine Amita Algier

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) has been described as a a powerful tool for social change and leadership development, a personal practice for clarifying and living one’s values, a guide for interper

Weekend of June 5-7

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.

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.

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.

Weekend of June 5-7

Guardian Qigong: Boost Your Inner Power

Robert Peng

When our internal organs are strong and healthy, we radiate an energy field called Guardian Qi that protects the body from the environment. Strong Guardian Qi also enhances the immune system.

Week of June 7-12

Deep Tissue Skills for Massage Practitioners: Healing the Neck, Opening the Chest and Freeing Breath

Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

There is growing demand for massage practitioners who have mastered the art of moving deeply into the body with skill and sensitivity.

Visionseeker: The Shaman's Path into Illumination

Hank Wesselman

The rediscovery of shamanism has emerged as a major thrust in the spiritual reawakening of the Western world.

Month of June 7-July 5

Legacy Group - Spoken Word: Your Voice, Your Body, Your Truth

Caroline Harvey

Experience the liberating art of spoken word (sometimes called slam or performance poetry): where powerful personal healing meets excellent literary craft.

Week of June 7-12

Plein Air Painting in Big Sur

Jennifer McChristian

Join award-winning painter Jennifer McChristian for a five-day intensive workshop for all levels of artists who want to learn the time-honored joy of painting en plein air.

Qigong Empowerment and Healing Intensive

Robert Peng

As a boy in China, Robert Peng apprenticed secretly under the legendary Buddhist monk Xiao Yao, who trained him in the martial and healing arts.

Songwriting: Catch and Release

Cris Williamson

“Everyone has songs living within, ready to emerge,” Cris Williamson writes.

Month of June 7-July 5

Work Study - Embodied Leadership in a Disembodied World

Don Hanlon Johnson

From its beginning, Esalen has been the model for a new kind of leadership that builds on the complex range of human potentials and recognizes that these potentials are not just the preserve of a s

Weekend of June 12-14

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.

Dynamic Woman Qigong

Deborah Davis

Qigong is an ancient system of self-healing from China that has been used for more than 2,000 years to maintain health, achieve longevity, and treat disease.

Jump Start Your Memoir: Write it From the Heart 

Nancy Slonim Aronie

This writing workshop is about reclaiming your voice. It’s about using your own language, your own rhythms, and writing your own story.

The Jewish Path to Liberation and Transformation

Michael Lerner & Cat Zavis

You don't have to be Jewish to experience what is liberating and hope-generating in the Jewish faith.

Weekend of June 12-14

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.

Week of June 14-19

Esalen's 11th Annual Yoga Festival: Summer Solstice Sadhana

Janet Stone, Sianna Sherman & Saul David Raye

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 19-21

Celebrating Fatherhood

Joanna Claassen & 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.

Fathers and Sons: Celebrating Father’s Day in the Tradition of the Old Ways

Steven Harper, Kai Harper & Kes Harper

It is a wise child that knows his own father. — Homer It is a wise father that knows his own child. — William Shakespeare

Waking Up, Together : Soul Motion™ and Embodied Inquiry

Zuza Engler & Scott Engler

What if one day, you woke up smack in the midst of the human condition with absolutely no need to fix, deny, solve, or transcend anything?

Weekend of June 19-21

Radiance Sutras Playground and Jam Session

Lorin Roche, Camille Maurine & Dave Stringer

Come play in the luminous world of The Radiance Sutras, a sensuous, poetic version of a classic yoga text, the Vijñana Bhairava Tantra.

The Power of Grace: Recognizing Unexpected Gifts on the Path

David Richo

If we think back over the relationships and milestones of our lives, we notice that often something wonderfully helpful or surprisingly beneficial happened without our choice, effort, plan, or expe

Week of June 21-26

A Time to Reflect

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

Esalen Farm to Table: Farmstead Traditions

Phillip Burrus

“At Esalen, we're blessed to be situated in a culinary paradise,” writes Esalen chef Phillip Burrus.

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

Roger Jahnke

The greatest promise is that we can heal our own pain and suffering, our body-mind-spirit.

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,

Soul Motion™: Sanctuary

Vinn Arjuna Martí

sanc•tu•ary n, 1. A sacred place, such as a church, temple, or mosque. 2. A place of refuge or asylum.

Week of June 21-26

Kirtan Flight School

Dave Stringer

If you can't teach me to fly, then teach me to sing.

-from Peter Pan by Sir James Barrie

Weekend of June 26-28

Claiming Your Voice

Meredith Haberfeld

Some of the greatest leaps in personal development come when we stop believing that others have more access to deep wisdom than we do, have superior opinions to ours, or hold sway over us—when we f

Introduction to Esalen® Massage: The Art of Healing Touch 

Brita Ostrom & Peggy Horan

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.

Love Yourself - For Everyone Else's Sake

Mark Abramson

This workshop directly challenges the confusion surrounding the issue of self-love. Self-love is the most altruistic of all practices.

Love, Sexuality, Relationship and the Will of Your Heart 

Siegmar Gerken & Cornelia Gerken

Love is resonance with the flow of life. It connects us with all existence.

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.

Week of June 28-July 3

Writers Camp

Cheryl Strayed, Pam Houston, Steve Almond, Samantha Dunn Camp & Alan Heathcock

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

Month of July 5-August 2

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

George Kohlrieser

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

Week of July 24-31

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 system,” Suzanne Scurlock-Durana writes.

Month of August 2-30

Work Study - Speak to Inspire

Peter Meyers

The opportunity to lead comes to us every day. Whether we're at the dining room table, in a conference room, or on a public platform, leadership in action is about bringing our best ideas into the

Month of August 30-September 27

Work Study - 5Rhythms® Dance and Conscious Movement Practice

Geordie Jahner

The body is the vessel in which the transformation process takes place. - James Hillman.

Month of September 27-October 25

Work Study - Streams of Energy

Jim Gallas

Jim Gallas leads this program of Eastern bodywork and movement, including Reiki 1 Certification, a thorough overview of Shiatsu Massage, an introduction to meridian theory, and an easy-to-learn, po

Month of October 25-November 22

Work Study - Relational Gestalt Practice

Dorothy Charles

Living a full and connected life requires our capacity to feel and to make use of our emotional experience.

Month of November 22-December 20

Work Study - 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.

Month of December 20-January 17

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

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