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All Workshops

Weekend of January 20-22

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 Mastery of Self: A Toltec Guide to Freedom

Miguel Ruiz, Jr.

“The ancient Toltec culture believed that life as we perceive it is a dream,” says don Miguel Ruiz Jr.

Weekend Esalen® Massage Intensive

Char Pias & Robin Fann-Costanzo

This weekend offers the opportunity to replenish spirit and reconnect to the healing power of nature, while learning how to give an effective and pleasurable Esalen Massage.

Weekend of January 27-29

A Time To Reflect

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

LEVITYoga™: The Incredible Lightness of Heart, Mind & Body

Peter Sterios

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

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 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.

Month of January 29-March 12

250-hour Esalen® Massage Certification Program

Perry Holloman, Peggy Horan & Johanna Holloman

Esalen offers numerous levels of basic massage certification.

Week of January 29-February 3

A Time To Reflect

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

Overcoming Addictive Thinking and Behavior: A Path to Inner Freedom

Raoul Goldberg

Our reality and experience in life are determined by the character position in which we find ourselves. This position may be historically determined through social conditioning, or ingeniously thro

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

Soul Motion™: Begin Again

Vinn Arjuna Martí

“Each time we gather to dance,” says Vinn Arjuna Martí, “we are poised at an open portal to divine presence.

Weekend of February 3-5

How We Change and Why We Don't: The Art and Science of Transformation

Cassandra Vieten & Michael Sapiro

Have you ever worked hard to make a change, only to find yourself slipping back into old habits and patterns?

Restructuring and Unburdening Trauma

Bessel van der Kolk & Richard Schwartz

In this workshop, two master clinicians in the treatment of traumatic stress will experientially explore two complementary approaches: Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Psychodramatic Structures.

Rise Up Singing

Lisa G. Littlebird

If I cannot fly, let me sing. –Stephen Sondheim

Week of February 5-10

A Time To Reflect

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

Gay Men's - LifeQuest

Devarshi Steven Hartman

Imagine delving into new transformational tools that can launch you into the next phase of your extraordinary life.

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.

Trauma, Memory and the Restoration of One’s Self

Bessel van der Kolk & Licia Sky

The function of our brains is to take care of us and to be in sync with the body’s systems. Trauma changes the way the brain processes information and the body engages with the world.

Weekend of February 10-12

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

Gina Ogden with Kamara McAndrews

Health, well-being, and intimate relationships are profoundly affected by sexual concerns.

How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: 7 Steps to a Personal Renaissance

Michael Gelb

Anatomist, architect, botanist, city planner, chef, engineer, inventor, geographer, geologist, musician, painter, philosopher, and raconteur, Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519) helped bring the Wester

Secrets of Great Relationships: For Individuals and Couples

Charlie Bloom & Linda Bloom

For one human being to love another, that is the most difficult of all of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, for which all other work is but preparation. — Rainer Maria Rilke

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 February 12-17

A Time to Reflect

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

Constellations for Family and Personal Issues: Liberating Your Potential

Judith Hemming

Constellations are a simple yet profound method to shed light on areas of unhappiness and distress in our lives, which often occur as a result of unresolved and hidden relational issues.

The Path of Forgiveness: Returning to Love

Eileen Barker & Michael Gelbart

Forgiveness is essential for anyone seeking psychological freedom, emotional transformation, more fulfilling intimacy, and spiritual growth.

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

Tracee Stanley

Are you living to your fullest potential?

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

Gina Ogden with Kamara McAndrews

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

Month of February 12-March 12

Legacy Group - Inspired by Nature: Creative Expression in Esalen’s Big Sur Landscape

Christina Dauenhauer

“On Esalen’s property we have the opportunity to experience Big Sur’s dynamic wilderness, from the redwood forest to the rocky coastline,” writes Christina Dauenhauer.

Work Study - Beyond the “Revolving Door”: Gestalt Relational Constellations

Gordon Wheeler & Nancy Lunney-Wheeler

“In certain parts of our lives, we move forward with strength and relative ease, adding new learning and new capacity to familiar areas of comfort and confidence,” the leaders write.

Weekend of February 17-19

Constellations for Family and Personal Issues: Liberating Your Potential

Judith Hemming

Constellations are a simple yet profound method to shed light on areas of unhappiness and distress in our lives, which often occur as a result of unresolved and hidden relational issues.

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.

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 19-24

Fundamentals of Esalen® Massage

Carl Swanson & Jessica Fagan

This workshop introduces the core concepts of Esalen Massage.

Libido: Desire and Ice

Andrea Juhan

“As conscious dance becomes more popular, many of us are regularly moving in non-verbal, embodied proximity to others,” says Andrea Juhan.

Open Your Heart, Develop Your Mind, Awaken Your Spirit

George Protos & Adam Leonard

“Life can be complex: relationships, careers, health, finances, personal development, and so on,” say the leaders.

Week of February 26-March 3

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.

Continuum Movement®: Honoring the Life and Work of Emilie Conrad

Donnalea Van Vleet Goelz

Continuum is about the artistry of human existence…an inquiry into creative flourishing. –Emilie Conrad

Living through the Heart: Divine Tactics for a Spiritualized Life

Jonathan Goldman

Everything you need to live a grounded, prosperous, love-filled, spiritually authentic life is already built into your greatest gift: your body. Your body has many energetic layers.

The Body Remembers: Healing Trauma and Returning to Ourselves with Esalen® Massage

Brita Ostrom & Dean Marson

“Touch is a universal form of soothing, and it can awaken us to what is real in this moment,” the leaders write.

The Craft and Art of Effective Memoir Writing

Katie Hafner

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

Weekend of March 3-5

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

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 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.

Wild Wisdom: Free Your Instinctual Knowing

Llyn Roberts

“Nature is alive and intelligent,” says Llyn Roberts. “We can tap into that same spark of knowing, which also flows through us. We can use it to heal and transform, and to live an inspired life.

Week of March 5-10

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Cultivating Psychological Wellness

John Forsyth & Jamie Forsyth

Acceptance and mindfulness-based practices are rapidly making their way into mental health care, medicine, and society – both to alleviate human suffering and nurture psychological health and welln

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

Mindfulness and Leadership: Developing Courage, Clarity and Compassion

Anushka Fernandopulle

Being an effective leader calls on many strengths.

Romancing the World: Soulcraft and the Mythopoetic Imagination

Bill Plotkin & Geneen Marie Haugen

“What ignites your imagination?” the leaders ask. “When do you erupt into awe and wonder? What circumstances bring you heart-achingly alive?

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 March 10-12

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

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.

The Writing Life

Ellen Bass

There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.

Week of March 12-17

Kirtan Flight School

Dave Stringer with Miles Shrewsbery and Sheila Bringi

If you can't teach me to fly, then teach me to sing. –from Peter Pan by Sir James Barrie

Radically Alive: A Radical Aliveness 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 Art2Life Workshop

Nicholas Wilton

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

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.

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

Month of March 12-April 9

Legacy Group - 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

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.

Weekend of March 17-19

Doorways to the Infinite: Exploring Non-Duality through the Body-Mind

Sally Kempton

The Vijnana Bhairava (Wisdom of the Fiery One) is an ancient manual for self-realization and one of the most famous and powerful meditation texts in tantric literature.

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.

Radically Alive Sexuality: A Radical Aliveness Workshop

Ann Bradney

“Sexual energy and life force energy are the same,” Ann Bradney says.

Week of March 19-24

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

Deborah Anne Medow & 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

Dancing with the Heart of the World

Ya'Acov Darling Khan

“In order to bring the essence of who we are to our lives, we must take time to remember the dreams that inspire us, and uncover the purpose that guides us,” says Ya’Acov Darling Khan.

Growing Bliss Bodies: Sparking Full Aliveness With Body Intelligence, Presence and Play

Kathlyn Hendricks & Lamara Heartwell

Are you willing to experience the pleasure of being fully alive in your body? Are you ready to make the shift from adrenaline- and fear-based living to embodied presence and flow?

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.

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.

The Passion of Painting: Get In, Get Out, Get On With It!

Erin Gafill with Tom Birmingham

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

Weekend of March 24-26

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.

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.

One Spirit Medicine: The Mind of God, the Brain of Man, the Heart of the Shaman

Alberto Villoldo

Are you ready to create a life filled with joy, prosperity, and peace? "Shamans from South America learned how to wire the brain for bliss,” Four Winds Society founder Alberto Villoldo writes.

Week of March 26-31

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.

Mosaic Art: Patterns in Nature

Wilma Wyss

“Nature provides space to quiet our souls, gain perspective, and harness our creativity, says Wilma Wyss.

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

Revisioning your Hero’s Journey®: A Mythological Toolbox (24th ed., revised)

Robert Walter

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

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.

Weekend of March 31-April 2

Developing Your Personal Close/Free Balance for a Thriving Relationship

Gerald Smith

“How can we be open and vulnerable to love our partner, and at the same time be free to continue to grow as an individual?” Gerald Smith asks.

Esalen® Massage in the Side-Lying Position

Daniela Urbassek & Nora Matten

During this weekend workshop, we will explore the basic principles of Esalen Massage: quality of touch and presence, long, integrative and flowing strokes, and passive movement, with the client lyi

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

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.

Your MythBody: Exploring the Journey of a Lifetime

Chungliang Al Huang & Robert Walter

When Chungliang Al Huang and Joseph Campbell co-led Esalen workshops in the 1980s, they coined the term “MythBody” to describe the vital interrelationship of your physical body and your story (“myt

Week of April 2-7

5Rhythms®: A Graceful Journey

Lucia Horan

Energy moves in waves. Waves move in rhythms. Rhythms move in patters. Patterns move in cycles. A human being is just this. Nothing more. Nothing less. A dance. –Gabrielle Roth

A Time to Reflect

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

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.

Who Are You: Beyond Addiction, Illness and Limiting Beliefs

Gabor Maté,with Katalin Kálmán & Andrea Davis

All addictions are afflictions and all afflictions are addictions. –Michael Brown, author of The Presence Process

Weekend of April 7-9

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?

Can Science Be Sacred?

Steve Paulson

Is there a sacred dimension to science? How have experiences of wonder and mystery shaped your own life?

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?

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

Gahl Sasson with Bianca Sapetto

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?

Relational Gestalt Process: The Transformative Power of Emotion

Dorothy Charles

Each of us finds our true selves through our emotions.

Week of April 7-14

Deep Bodywork® and Cortical Field Reeducation®

Perry Holloman, Johanna Holloman, Melissa Krikorian & Laura Kunysz

Traditionally, deep tissue modalities have been practiced and taught with a singular focus on organizing the body’s connective tissues.

Week of April 9-14

Inspired by Nature: Creative Expression in Esalen’s Big Sur Landscape

Christina Dauenhauer

“On Esalen’s property we have the opportunity to experience Big Sur’s dynamic wilderness, from the redwood forest to the rocky coastline,” says Christina Dauenhauer.

Living In Gratitude

Joe Cavanaugh

Gratefulness is the key to joy. Joy is the happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens. -Brother David Steindl-Rast

Primordial Qigong Intensive: Health, Longevity and Unity with the Tao

Kenneth Cohen

This revered and comprehensive system of ancient Chinese health and longevity exercises cleanses the body of stagnation and recharges the body with fresh and clear energy (qi).

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

Laura Davis

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

Month of April 9-May 7

Legacy Group - Transforming Your Identity, Discovering Your Authentic Self

Tanya McGinnity

Our emotions can be hugely important in determining the quality of our lives.

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

Weekend of April 14-16

Consciousness and Transformation in Kashmir Shaivism and Sri Aurobindo

Menas Kafatos & Debashish Banerjee

In this workshop, Menas C. Kafatos and Debashish Banerji explore the fundamental and practical aspects of two great world systems, those of Kashmir Shaivism and Sri Aurobindo.

Skydancing Tantra®: Gateways to Bliss

Margot Anand & Jim Benson

“How might we relate to our sexuality in a healthier and more sacred way?” ask Margot Anand and Jim Benson.

Soul Rising: Ritual of Renewal

Shiva Rea with Demetrius Velisaurius

See and taste the flowing One through your whole being. Feel the Holy Spirit moving you within the flowing fire of the One. – Mechthild of Magdeburg

The Magical Family

Ivy Mayer Lavie

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

Week of April 16-21

Big Sur Wilderness Experience: Springtime

Steven Harper

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

Week of April 16-21

Fluid Power: The Practical Art of Living Flow Spring Regeneration Retreat

Shiva Rea with Demetrius Velisaurius

“Dive into a regenerative retreat to align yourself with the emergence of spring,” says Shiva Rea.

Know Thy Selves: Recognizing, Discovering and Experiencing our Inner Personalities and Past Lives

Shama Viola

“In this workshop, you will have the chance to get to know many aspects of yourself and understand how each one influences your life,” writes Shama Viola of Damanhur.

The Yin and Yang of Ecstasy: Empowering the Feminine, Awakening the Masculine

Margot Anand & Jim Benson

Life is a flow between the two poles of our nature: yin and yang, and feminine and masculine.

Weekend of April 21-23

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

Integral Transformative Practice®: The Essential Esalen Experience

Pam Kramer & Barry Robbins

What changes do you envision for yourself?

The Self-Care Vow: Embodying Wellbeing in the Face of Burnout and Stress

Michael Sapiro

“Caring for self, others, community, nation, and world takes a toll on our personal resources,” says Michael Sapiro. “Continuously sacrificing our own needs leads to stress and burnout.

What’s Next: Reviewing and Revisioning Our Lives

Sam Keen & Patricia De Jong

Every decade of your life brings new challenges, goals, pleasures, and horizons.

Week of April 23-28

Mind, Mood and Food: Optimal Nutrition for Body and Brain

James S. Gordon & Kathie Swift with guest presenters

Mind, Mood and Food brings together medical and culinary nutrition with cutting-edge research for clinicians and health-conscious individuals to learn how to improve mental and emotional well-being

Weekend of April 28-30

Girish Chant Camp: Daily Live Music, Yoga and In-depth Chant Practice


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

Meditation as the Medicine of the Mind: Research, Practice and Self-Transformation

Alejandro Chaoul & Lorenzo Cohen

Does meditation have power to heal the body?

Psychedelic and Contemplative Approaches to the Mind

David Presti & Kristi Panik

Psychedelics produce a variety of interesting and powerful effects on the brain and mind, including intensification of thoughts and feelings, alterations of sensory perception, and loosening of psy

Thresholds and Breakthroughs on the Yoga Journey

Ulrika Engman

“Right before every breakthrough there is a threshold, and at that threshold is the power of transformation,” says Ulrika Engman. “And that power is at the heart of yoga practice.

Thriving in Uncertainty: A Workshop in Sensory Awareness

Lee Lesser

Life is uncertain. As much as we try to create stability and predictability, each moment brings its own surprise and its own unique offering.

Week of April 30-May 5

Esalen® Massage and Komyo Reiki Kai (Reiki)

Char Pias & Silvia Guersenzvaig

Char Pias and Silvia Guersenzvaig invite you to participate in a five-day journey to renew your body, mind, and spirit.

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.

Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving 

Charles Muir, Christy 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 May 5-7

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.

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.

Organic Skin and Body Care from the Garden

Rachel Berry

Discover how to make your own high-quality organic skin care, individually customized to best match your needs and preferences.

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?

Unstuck - Turning Towards Transformation

Tanya McGinnity

This transformative course is dedicated to a deep exploration of patterns in relationships with self and others to regain personal power and radiant life-force.

Week of May 7-12

Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Stewart Cubley

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

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

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.

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.

Sharing Your Life Story: For the Page and 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.

Yoga as a Journey of Being

Thomas Michael Fortel

“In many ways, our whole lives are a series of doorways and passages into new or forgotten ways of being,” says Thomas Fortel.

Month of May 7-June 4

Legacy Group - Coming Alive through Conscious Dance, Meditation and Yoga Philosophy

Jovinna Chan

Are you ready to tap into your potential for deeper love, awareness, aliveness, and creativity?

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.

Weekend of May 12-14

Fully Alive: Unveil Yourself through Mindfulness, Yoga and Conscious Dance

Jovinna Chan

Who am I? What is my purpose? What is the most importing thing right now in my life? Have you asked yourself these questions?

Introduction to Gestalt

Michael Clemmens

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

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.

Mindfulness and Lovingkindness Meditation

Shauna Shapiro

Come join us as we cultivate greater wisdom, joy, health, and well-being.

Mother's Day Family Workshop

Joanna Claassen Ferraro & Sean Brennan

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

Week of May 14-19

EMDR Basic Training: Part 3 – Advanced Clinical Workshop and Refresher Course

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

Improv: Expand Yourself with Laughter

Clifford Henderson & Dixie Cox

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

Land of Milk & 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?

Yoga Nidra Immersion: Become the Master of Your life

Kamini Desai & John Vosler

Are you burned out, tired, or in transition? What if you had a way to manage your habits, thoughts, and emotions – rather than serving them? What if change doesn’t just happen while you are awake?

Week of May 14-19

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 19-21

Awakening Through Love

David Newman

Do you feel the transformational sparks of spiritual awakening that are spreading rapidly on the planet today?

The Fire of Awareness: Tibetan Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Adam Baraz & Lama Norbu

Tibetan yoga, known in Vajrayana Buddhism as Tsa-lung, is a collection of yogic breathwork techniques and physical exercises that are highly effective for awakening the subtle energy body, healing

Waking Up, Together: An Excursion into 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?

Wired for Love: Creating an Owner’s Manual for a Secure-Functioning Relationship

Stan Tatkin with Tracey Boldemann Tatkin

“People are complex,” says Stan Tatkin. “We don’t come with manuals that automate the process of getting along.

Women's Intimacy, Desire and Eroticism: The Triumvirate of Sexual Pleasure

Alexandra Katehakis

Do you know the difference between intimacy, desire, and eroticism? Do you find yourself churning through lovers because your sexual desire drops off over time?

Week of May 21-26

A Time to Reflect

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

Mind Body Studies: Exploring the Work of Moshé Feldenkrais

Mia Segal & Leora Gaster

“How can we enhance our mind-body potential to embody our best selves in all the spheres of our lives?” ask Mia Segal and Leora Gaster. “Dr.

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion: We Need Two Wings to Fly

Christiane Wolf

Are you curious about mindfulness and self-compassion and about their transformative potential for you? Join us for a weekend of practicing and learning together.

The Great Intimacy

John Prendergast & Kelly Boys

“What does it mean to be deeply intimate with ourselves and with the whole of life - to be in true communion?” write the leaders.

Week of May 21-26

Waking Up in the Big Sur Wilds

Adam Rumack

You must learn one thing.

The world was made to be free in.

Give up all the other worlds

Except the one in which you belong.

-David Whyte

Weekend of May 26-28

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.


Juergen Bamberger

Experience the joy of moving your spine with ease! Take this journey through your entire body to open your awareness to your energetic and physical structures!

Mind, Mood and Happiness: Transforming the Self

Ronald Alexander

Studies in the fields of health psychology, neuroscience, and learned optimism confirm that people can learn to change their thinking and behavior in ways that enhance happiness and resiliency.

The Mindful Family Retreat

Ivy Mayer Lavie & Shai 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

Week of May 28-June 2

Artemis, Women’s Circles and Sacred Feminine: A Women’s Retreat

Jean Shinoda Bolen

“This workshop-retreat meets in a circle with a sacred center, and invokes the indomitable spirit of Artemis, the goddess of the hunt and moon and archetype of the sister, midwife, and protector of

IAHE: The Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 1

Melinda Naye

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.

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.

The Art of Masterful Living: Embodying the Five Elements through Yoga

Todd Norian

We are all made of the five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and sky. Masterful living is achieved when these elements are balanced within.

Weekend of June 2-4

Awakening the Sacred Body

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Join Bön Buddhist meditation master Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche as he invites you to engage in the practice of meditation and reflection – to look intimately within and find the jewel that is hidden in

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.

Manifest the Love of Your Life with The Soulmate Secret

Arielle Ford

Are you ready to invite true love into your life? In this fun, empowering, and experiential workshop, you can learn how to:

Week of June 4-9

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.

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

Lucia Horan

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

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?

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.

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 4-July 2

Legacy Group - Truly Human Leadership: Leading From the Heart of Self

Nina Merrens

This program is part of our Integral Leadership Summer Series. The privilege of a lifetime is being who we are. - Joseph Campbell

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 & Chad Morse

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

Esalen's 13th 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 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?

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

Weekend of June 23-25

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

Week of June 25-30

Writers' Camp

Cheryl Strayed

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

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

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 our 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?

Week of July 16-21

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 23-28

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.

Month of July 30-August 27

Legacy Group - Speak to Inspire

Peter Meyers

This program is part of our Integral Leadership Summer Series.

Work Study - Embodied Leadership in a Disembodied World

Don Johnson

This program is part of our Integral Leadership Summer Series.

Weekend of August 4-6

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 20 years.

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.

Month of August 27-September 24

Legacy - Leadershp 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.

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.

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

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

Week of November 5-10

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.

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.

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.


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