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Week of April 26-May 1

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.

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.

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.

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 3

Your Life Cannot Be Any Easier Than Your Movements: Healing with Cortical Field Reeducation®, Feldenkrais®, and Brain Plasticity

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?

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

A Time To Reflect

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

ArtLife

Nicholas Wilton

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

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

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

Month of May 10-June 7

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.

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 Time To Reflect

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 & Christopher Tompkins

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.

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

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

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

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.

Kirtan Flight School

Dave Stringer with musicians:Sheela Bringi, Miles Shrewsbery,Brent Kuecker

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

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

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,

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.

Weekend of July 3-5

Esalen's Fourth of July Weekend Retreat

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

The Magical Family

Ivy Mayer Lavie

Enjoy the magic of Esalen with your family! Get ready for a unique experience for you and your child, including mindfulness practices through visual, expressive, and sensory awareness games.

Weekend of July 3-5

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

Week of July 5-12

From Oppression to Freedom: Social Inequality and Justice in Film

Francis Lu & Brother David Steindl-Rast

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. —John F. Kennedy

Month of July 5-August 2

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

Nina Merrens

The privilege of a lifetime is being who we are.— Joseph Campbell

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 5-10

Mindfulness as a Wisdom Practice

Brad Lewis & Vignesh Swaminathan

This workshop combines mindfulness practices from a variety of spiritual traditions with the wisdom of world philosophies, emergent neuroscience, and the creative arts of music, poetry, painting, a

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.

Spoken Word: Your Voice, Your Body, Your Truth

Caroline Harvey

Experience the energetic and liberating art of Spoken Word (sometimes called slam or performance poetry), where powerful personal healing meets excellent literary craft.

The Way of Mindful Education

Daniel Rechtschaffen

Research shows that mindfulness practices can decrease stress, anxiety, and depression in children, while improving emotional regulation, ability to focus, and social relations — all proven contrib

Yoga, Creativity and the Artist's Journey

Micheline Berry with Joey Lugassy & Ensemble

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

Weekend of July 10-12

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

Mariah Fenton Gladis

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

The Bio-Breakthrough Workshop: From Limitation to Liberation

Isabelle Benarous

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

Weekend of July 10-12

Navel Intelligence: A Journey into the Core of You

Kia Miller & Schuyler Grant

Many foundational yogic texts state that yoga begins at the navel. It is the center from which we derive our sense of self and initiate all movement.

Week of July 12-17

Embodying Your Love: Explorations in Intimacy for Couples

Stella Resnick & Alan Kishbaugh

Much emphasis in couples’ enrichment focuses on verbal communication, especially articulating feelings and mending bridges. This is valuable work, yet nonverbal communications are often ignored.

Move Better. Live Better.

Eric Goodman

Life in the 21st century has left many of us with painfully imbalanced bodies.

Week of July 12-19

Love in the Families Among Us: The View from Film

Francis Lu & Brother David Steindl-Rast

I sustain myself through the love of family. –Maya Angelou

Week of July 12-17

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.

The Painting Process Rediscovered: The Magic of Spontaneous Expression

Michele Cassou with Aline Gittleman & 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 July 17-19

A Call for Gay Heroes

Christian de la Huerta

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

Weekend of July 17-19

Getting the Love You Want: A Workshop for Couples

Rick Brown

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

The Intention Masterclass

Lynne McTaggart & Bryan Hubbard

Internationally best-selling author Lynne McTaggart will offer a program of practical tools and exercises to help you use the power of intention to heal both your own world — your relationships, yo

Week of July 19-24

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 July 19-24

IAHE - Full Body Presence: Grounding and Healthy Boundaries

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

To thrive in today’s demanding world, we all need full access to our inner and outer resources.

R.D. Laing In the Twenty-First Century: What is Sanity? What is Madness?

Fritjof Capra, Steve Sorkin & Michael Guy Thompson

Scottish-born psychiatrist R.D. Laing is best-known for his impassioned plea in the 1960s and 1970s for more humane treatment for those who felt society was destroying them.

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 July 24-26

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

Robert Fisher

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

Surrender to the Power of Your Intuition

Judith Orloff

Intuition is an incredible source of wisdom that everyone can tap into. The magic comes when we awaken it and trust its guidance in our personal and professional lives.

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.

Week of July 26-31

Life at the Edge of Possibility for Transforming Heart, Mind, and Soul: Ericksonian Hypnosis Seminars

Carol Kershaw & Bill Wade

By the time we are adults, we live by a set of habitual behaviors, thoughts, beliefs, and emotional reactions. These may have evolved from trauma, fearful experiences, or normal everyday worries.

Man Alive: Recapturing Our Passion and Energy

Mark Stevens & Fredric Rabinowitz

Throughout their lives, men are encouraged to play by the “rules of masculinity.” These rules about what is acceptable for men often involve inhibiting the spontaneous, creative, vulnerable, authen

Soul Motion™: Taking Refuge

Zuza Engler & Scott Engler

Every heart to love will come–but like a refugee. —Leonard Cohen

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.

Week of July 26-31

The Nature of Movement

Steven Harper

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

Weekend of July 31-August 2

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

George Kohlrieser

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

Weekend of July 31-August 2

Wisdom 2.0 Unplugged

Soren Gordhamer

Have you wondered how to live with greater compassion, power, and purpose in an age of ever deepening complexity?

Week of August 2-7

An Introduction to Esalen® Massage

Daniela Urbassek & Dean Marson

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

Empowering Creativity through Movement/Dance and Life/Art Metaphors

Anna Halprin & Daria Halprin

In honor of Anna’s 95th year, Anna and Daria Halprin will join forces for this five-day experience.

Music and Nature Family Workshop

Joanna Claassen & Banana Slug String Band

Celebrate summer in the land of rejuvenation with a unique collaboration between the world-renowned Banana Slug String Band and Esalen’s Gazebo Park School environmental education teachers.

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.

The Upledger Institute's Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 1

Susan Steiner

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.

Week of August 2-7

Leading the Edge: How to Reach Extraordinary Performance

George Kohlrieser

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

Month of August 2-30

Legacy Group - Leadership and Presence

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

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

Work Study - 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

Weekend of August 7-9

Choosing Happiness: Five Decisions That Can Take You From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be

Marilyn Tam & Jan Ingram

You can choose to be happy! The people in the world’s developed nations have become increasingly unhappy*. The personal and professional costs of “success” are enormous.

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

Leadership Embodiment for a Sustainable Future

Wendy Palmer

Leadership Embodiment draws on the traditions of aikido and mindfulness to offer simple yet powerful practices that help people recognize the body’s habitual stress patterns, and develop alternativ

Pathways to Intimacy

Anne Watts

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

Speak to Inspire

Peter Meyers with Stand and Deliver Staff

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

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 August 9-14

Building a Vocal Community

Ysaye Barnwell

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

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

Radiant Body: Living From The Heart

Kia Miller

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

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 Transformational Enneagram: Mindfulness, Insight and Experience 

Russ Hudson

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

Weekend of August 14-16

Sharing Your Life Story: Page to Stage

Ann Randolph

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

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

Russell Delman

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

The Extraordinary Couples Workshop

Peter Sandhill & Felicia Williams Cosey

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

The Passion Test: Living Your Life From a Place of Total Alignment

Janet Bray Attwood

Join The Passion Test creator Janet Bray Attwood for this fun, hands-on, interactive workshop that can help you create more clarity, integrity, and success in your life.

Week of August 16-21

5Rhythms®: Gateways

Lucia Horan

Come to dance and be danced! Move until you are moved. Dance until the dancer disappears and only the dance remains. - Gabrielle Roth

Big Sur Wilderness Experience

Steven Harper

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

Week of August 16-21

Embodying the Intelligence of Your Heart and Soul

Terry Patten

In this workshop, we will create a safe space to notice, relax, and release the armoring around our hearts, which can open us into intimacy with ourselves, our bodies, and Spirit itself.

Stillness in Motion: Zen Practice and Wild Goose Qigong

Robert Rosenbaum

This workshop combines Zen Buddhist sitting meditation and Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong. Together they offer a way to realize our lives by meeting each moment with the whole body and mind.

The Way of Story: The Craft and Soul of Writing

Catherine Ann Jones

The Way of Story offers an integrative approach to writing narrative, combining solid craft with the experiential discovery of the intangible dimensions of writing, because craft alone is not enoug

Your One Wild and Precious Life: A Deepening Gathering for Women

Jean Shinoda Bolen

The premise of Jean’s Jungian, feminist, and spiritual perspective begins with the certainty that it matters what we do with our “one wild and precious life,” a quote from the poet Mary Oliver.

Week of August 21-28

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

Susan Harper & Lama Drimed

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

Transforming Trauma with EMDR: Comprehensive Training (Parts 1 and 2)

Laurel Parnell

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

Weekend of August 21-23

Mothering and Daughtering: Keeping Your Bond Strong

Sil Reynolds & Eliza Reynolds

Join a vibrant community of mothers and their ten- to fourteen-year-old daughters, where you can slow down, nourish your relationship, and have some fun!

Self-Hypnosis for Natural Mind-Brain Transformation: Ericksonian Hypnosis Seminars

Annellen Simpkins & C. Alexander Simpkins

Enjoy an intensive and powerful experience of self-hypnosis that you can take home! Your unconscious is a reservoir of potential, and hypnosis is an expedient way to access that potential.

Week of August 23-28

Expand and Evolve: Intermediate Yoga Camp

Noah Maze

In this intimate week of yogic practice and retreat, you will have ample opportunity to expand and refine your practice.

Zero Balancing - Part 1

Fritz Smith

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

Week of August 23-28

Transformational Mask Making and Mask Movement

Rob Faust

This workshop is a soulful journey of discovery into masks; we’ll make them, wear them, and explore the mask as a powerful tool for inner exploration and transformation.

Weekend of August 28-30

Healthy Backs and Necks: From Pain to Fitness with NeuroMovement®

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.

IAHE - Full Body Presence: Skills to Energize Your Life

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

Energize your daily life in this weekend workshop.

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?

Power Vinyasa Yoga

Susan Hauser

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

Writing to Awaken: Spiritual Memoir as a Healing Path

Mark Matousek

This transformational weekend introduces students of all levels to spiritual memoir and writing as a path of self-knowledge.

Week of August 30-September 4

A Time to Reflect

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

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.

Walking on Clouds: Integral Way Tai Chi® Advanced Workshop

Kenn Chase & Victoria Chase

Tai chi is the ancient art of moving meditation.

Week of August 30-September 4

Hurtling toward Wholeness

Alanis Morissette, Ann Randolph, Justin Hilton & Andrea Juhan

Alanis Morissette and friends invite you to explore, define, express, and deepen your connection with self, spirit, and other.

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.

 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.

Weekend of September 4-6

Intuition, Poetry and Autumn: A Writing Workshop

Brenda Hillman

Whether you are a beginning poet, a returning poet, or an agile practicing poet, this weekend workshop will put you in a place of refreshed imagination.

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

Coby Kozlowski

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

Relaxed and Awake: Mindfulness Meditation and Feldenkrais® Movement

Wes "Scoop" Nisker & Dan Clurman

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

Yoga Practice: An Ongoing Metamorphosis

Thomas Michael Fortel

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

Your Heart's Blueprint: Passionate Purpose and Peaceful Presence

Sheva Carr & Robert Browning

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

Week of September 6-11

The Art and Science of Compassion, Mindfulness, Gratitude and Forgiveness

Byron Katie, Daniel Siegel, Kristin Neff, Dacher Keltner, Shauna Shapiro & Frederic Luskin

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

Weekend of September 11-13

Loving What Is

Byron Katie

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

Week of September 13-18

Buddha’s Brain: Lighting up the Neural Circuits of Happiness, Love and Wisdom

Rick Hanson with Jan Hanson

Using the power of modern neuroscience, informed by ancient contemplative wisdom, you can use your mind alone to change your brain for the better.

Embodied Anatomy and Movement in Esalen® Massage

Peggy Horan & Vicki Topp

No one is ever competent enough, nor is any technique effective enough. It is only the continuing growth of the practitioner that can guarantee competence and effectiveness.

Week of September 13-18

The Gokhale Method™ for a Pain-Free Life

Esther Gokhale

Why are so many of us in pain?

Weekend of September 18-20

Advanced Esalen® Massage

Nora Matten & Rob Wilks

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

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.

Healer Within™ Practice Leader Certification: Medical Qigong for Stress Mastery, Healing and Vitality

Roger Jahnke

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

Yoga and Creative Writing

Katchie Ananda & John Robbins

Stretch your body. Rewrite your life. John Robbins is the author of Diet For a New America, The New Good Life, and numerous other bestsellers.

Week of September 18-25

Healing with Cortical Field Reeducation®, Feldenkrais® and Brain Plasticity: Cutting-Edge Professional and Personal Tools for Health Practitioners

Harriet Goslins, Melissa Krikorian & Laura Kunysz

The most effective tool in healing injury is engaging the patient’s, client’s, or student’s own nervous system, using your touch to get the attention of the brain, tissues, and immune system.

Week of September 20-25

Inner Awakening and Evolutionary Relationship: The Shiva/Shakti Meditation Retreat

Sally Kempton

The non-dual tantric approach to inner practice offers a refined and radical methodology for living self-realization.

Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Certification: Mind-Body Practice for Self-Care, Inner Power, and Resiliency

Roger Jahnke

Why do tai chi practitioners experience stress relief, inner peace, longevity, and inner power?

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

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.

Week of September 20-25

Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving

Charles Muir, Leah Alchin with Diane Greenberg

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

Weekend of September 25-27

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.

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.

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.

Spiritwalker: Shamanic Journeywork and Empowerment

Hank Wesselman

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

Unleash Your Calling: Create the Work and Life You Love

Tama Kieves

Do you sense another life calling you? Do you crave meaningful work, or ache to express your creativity or contribution and pay your bills? Your wildest dreams are not frivolous.

Week of September 27-October 2

ArtLife

Nicholas Wilton

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

IAHE: D'Ambrogio Institute's Total Body Energetics 1

Kerry D'Ambrogio

Total Body Balancing (TBB) is a body evaluation and treatment approach based on classical osteopathic theory.

IAHE: Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 2 

Karen Axelrod

CranioSacral Therapy 2 studies cranial-base dysfunctions as diagnosed and treated by Dr. William Sutherland, the “father” of cranial osteopathy.

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

Visionseeker: Spirit Medicine

Hank Wesselman

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

Month of September 27-October 25

Legacy Group - Leadership for Radical Engagement

Mark Fairfield

Under the guidance of community health leader and Gestalt trainer/author Mark Fairfield, The Relational Center in Los Angeles, Calif., has pioneered an innovative leadership training that inspires

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

Week of September 27-October 2

Way of Nature: The Practice of the Wild

Steven Harper

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

Weekend of October 2-4

Brain, Mind and Consciousness: A Deep Knowing

David Presti & Kristi Panik

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

Esalen® Massage: The Basics

Brita Ostrom & Laurie Lioness Parizek

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.

Realization Process: Awakening to and Embodying Spiritual Essence

Roma Hammel

Spiritual traditions point to the essence of our being as infinite, radiant, empty awareness.

Recapturing Your Posture: Release Biomechanical Stress and Maximize Your Energy

Harvey Deutch

Sometimes it is sudden, but more often it is a slow realization that our posture and energy have started to slump and drag.

The Fear Cure

Lissa Rankin

While fear is a painful emotion that causes a lot of suffering and can even make you sick, fear actually can be your friend.

Weekend of October 2-4

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?

Week of October 4-9

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.

Week of October 4-9

Soul Motion™: The Practice

Vinn Arjuna Martí

Are you a practitioner? What does that mean? A practitioner of course is someone who practices, doesn’t aspire to do something. How can you aspire to have a glass of water?

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

Juliet Bradley & Leslie Waters

This is our eleventh meeting of women physicians at Esalen since 1997.

October 7-9

A Time To Reflect

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

Weekend of October 9-11

Awake in the Wild - Meditation in Nature

Mark Coleman

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

Getting the Love You Want: A Workshop for Couples

Rick Brown

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

Kid Power Yoga: Teacher Training Foundation

Mariam Gates

Join Mariam Gates, author of Good Night Yoga: A Pose by Pose Bedtime Story, to learn how to bring yoga to young people.

The Science of Happiness and Well-being

June Gruber & Emma Seppala

What brings us true happiness?

Week of October 11-16

Web of Change

Julie Szabo & Web of Change participants

Web of Change (WOC) is an innovative and dynamic community that connects diverse leaders working at the frontiers of technology and social change.

Weekend of October 16-18

Into the Fire: The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing

Sy Safransky with Authors from The Sun Magazine

To write about ourselves in a way that touches others and reminds them of our fundamental connectedness we must be willing to take a leap —with all our passion, fear, and longing— into the fire.

Weekend of October 23-25

Awakening Through Love

David Newman

Spiritual awakening is spreading rapidly, and many diverse paths and practices are responsible for supporting seekers in this ultimate quest.

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? Join Alberto Villoldo, founder of the Four Winds Society, for an exploration of the healing power of shamanic energy work.

Week of October 25-30

IAHE: Barral Institute's Visceral Manipulation 1

Dee Dettmann Ahern

In this course, you will be introduced to the models and concepts of functional biomechanics as viewed from Jean-Pierre Barral's Visceral Manipulation approach.

Relational Gestalt Practice: The Transforming Power of Emotion

Dorothy Charles

Each of us finds our true selves through our emotions.

The Breath as a Tool of Transition: Yoga in Our Daily Lives

Thomas Michael Fortel

The long, slow, conscious breath has the ability to stabilize and quiet the fluctuations of the mind.

The Wild Woman’s Way: Embodied Feminine Practice 

Michaela Boehm

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

Traditional Thai Massage, Meditative Mindfulness and Six Healing Sounds Chi Kung

Richard Gold

Whether you are an experienced body worker, a complete novice, or somewhere in between, this workshop offers a joyful and profound immersion experience of traditional Thai massage.

Month of October 25-November 22

Legacy Group - Practicing Presence through Body-Centered Awareness

Patrice Hamilton

"The issues are in the tissues.” Habitual beliefs and behaviors formed early in life lead to habitual ways of responding that limit life experience. Our bodies are our greatest resource.

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.

Week of October 25-30

Songwriting: Catch and Release 

Cris Williamson

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

Weekend of October 30-November 1

Awakening Somatic Intelligence: The Art and Practice of Embodied Mindfulness

Risa Kaparo

Is it possible that even a slight shift in awareness can bring about such profound change that we no longer live in the same body or the same reality?

Buddhism and the 12 Steps

Kevin Griffin

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

The Art of Leadership: Communication, Creativity and Vision

Ronald Alexander

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

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.

November 1-20

100-Hour Esalen® Massage Certification Program

Jessica Fagan & Char Pias

Esalen offers numerous levels of basic massage certification.

Week of November 1-6

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.

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.

Intimacy and the Body-Mind

Mike Lousada

We all yearn for love, intimacy, and connection. So why do we continue to behave in ways that invite the opposite?

Love and Belonging: Nourishing the Heart of Relationship

Dyrian Benz-Chartrand & JoAnne Chartrand-Benz

Sometimes your heart slips into hiding, and you can disconnect from the empowerment and well-being that comes from living “heartfully.” What happened to this radiance and wholeness you were born wi

The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork®; Deep Tissue Skills for Massage Practitioners Advanced Hip-work, Feet and Lower Legs

Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Mastering the art of moving deeply into the body’s soft tissue layers adds a powerful dimension to the massage practitioner’s skill set.

Weekend of November 6-8

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.

Stories that Sicken, Stories that Heal; Myth, Dis-ease and Self-Healing

Sam Keen

Human beings are biomythic animals, storytellers, myth makers, spinners of tales.

Week of November 8-13

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.

Brilliant Body: Fundamentals of Conquering Injury and Pain via Spinefulness

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?

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:

Mindfulness and Intimacy for Women: Connecting Deeply with Self and Others 

Nancy Mortifee

How do we cultivate and sustain fulfilling intimate relationships that nurture our being and ignite our passion?

Weekend of November 13-15

Dancing Divine Feminine Wisdom

Banafsheh Sayyad & Safron Rossi

Transformation of consciousness is a key to navigating the chaos of our world, both personally and collectively.

Open Your Heart and Reclaim Your Health Destiny

Eva Selhub

You are not your diagnosis, your DNA, or your parents.

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.

Speaking with Nature: Awakening to the Deep Wisdom of the Earth

Llyn Roberts & Sandra Ingerman

Shamanic teachers Sandra Ingerman and Llyn Roberts show how you can access the magic of the wild, whether through animals, plants, trees, or insects, or through other nature beings.

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 November 13-20

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.

Week of November 15-20

Know Thy Selves: Contemplating 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.

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.

Overcoming Addictive Thinking and Behavior: A Path to Inner Freedom

Raoul Goldberg

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

The Beliefs Our Bodies Carry: Somatic Sensing and Cognitive Repatterning

Michael Clemmens & Renee Jennings

This transformative workshop is a deep dive into the terrain of our so-called “negative” beliefs and fears (also known as introjects), and the embodied process of repatterning, or shifting, the bod

Weekend of November 20-22

Grateful Heart, Joyful Heart

James Baraz & Jane Baraz

Research shows that those who practice gratitude increase their feelings of joyfulness, enthusiasm, interest, attentiveness, and energy.

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

Relational Gestalt Process: The Transforming Power of Emotion

Dorothy Charles

In order to become whole, we must engage in the ongoing process of discovering our own personal truth.

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

Lucia Horan & Davida Taurek

Movement is medicine. — Gabrielle Roth

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.

Where the Healing Waters Meet: Esalen® Massage, Water and Temperature

Barbara Braunstein & Brita Ostrom

Ancient baths were considered spiritual, hygienic, therapeutic, and social. The role that bathing plays within a culture reveals the culture's attitude toward human relaxation.

Week of November 22-27

5Rhythms®: Connections

Lucia Horan

Invisible threads are the strongest ties. — Friedrich Nietzsche

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.

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.

The Gift of Touch: An Esalen® Massage Holiday Retreat

Deborah Anne Medow & Rob Wilks

Give thanks by celebrating the holiday season and enjoying the natural beauty of the Esalen land, while learning how to give an Esalen Massage.

Month of November 22-December 20

Legacy Group - Unveil Yourself through Mindfulness, Yoga and Conscious Dance

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.

Week of November 22-27

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 27-29

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 27-29

Mindful Communication:Truth Without Blame

Jean Morrison

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

Social Entrepreneurship: From Spiritual Values to Effective Action

Susan Collin Marks & John Marks

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

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

Shiva Rea

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

Week of November 29-December 4

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.

Meditative Writing

Daniel Rechtschaffen & Benjamin Jackson

In this workshop, Daniel and Ben will lead you through writing exercises and meditations designed to engage the senses and help you tap into your reservoirs of memory, imagination, and direct aware

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 Intimate Couple: Integrative Body Psychotherapy for Relationships

Frank Evarts & Barbara Kess Evarts

When the initial, breathtaking bloom of love fades into angry bickering or numbing boredom, it is easy to give up, break up, or settle for what you don’t want.

Yoga and Psyche Thanksgiving Gratitude Retreat: Psychological Integration through Yoga

Mariana Caplan

We become free to experience the gratitude, openness, and joy that is our natural state when we are relieved of the weight of self-hatred, shame, trauma, low self-esteem, and all the psychological

Week of November 29-December 4

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.

SoulCollage® and the Archetypes: Meet the Ones that Guide You

Mariabruna Sirabella

Enter an artful, slow-paced, and soul-spacious time to free your imagination and construct collages that represent the main archetypes that guide and inspire your life (even though you may not know

Weekend of December 4-6

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

Daniela Urbassek & Robin Fann-Costanzo

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.

Celebration of Life: Yoga and Meditation

Charu Rachlis

Each day is a gift.

Manifest Love 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:

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.

The Pleasure Principle Today: Intimacy, Privacy and Secrets

Terry Hunt

The Internet, along with social networks, texting and “reality” shows, have profoundly changed relationships, for better and worse.

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.

Week of December 6-11

Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Stewart Cubley

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

Week of December 6-11

Body and the Erotic Field: A Workshop for Reclaiming Our Healthy Erotic Spirit

Michael Clemmens & Ellen Hoffman

How is it to be a person in your sexual/erotic body-self in a positive way?

Deep Bodywork and Healing Trauma: Working with Difficult Cases

Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Deep Bodywork is a unique modality for healing the effects of trauma within the human organism.

EFT for Physical and Emotional Healing

Dawson Church

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

The Life of Poetry

Ellen Bass

This week will be an opportunity to engage our greatest resources — attention, courage, precision, imagination — in bringing new poems into being.

Total Immersion for Total Transformation

Raphael Cushnir

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

Weekend of December 11-13

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?

Bouncing Back: The Neuroscience of Resilience and Well-Being

Linda Graham

Welcome to an experiential weekend of strengthening your inner resources and the natural resilience that supports your well-being and flourishing.

Esalen® Massage for Couples

Deborah Anne Medow & 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.

Voice of Change®: Find Your Voice, Live Your Truth

Suzanne Sterling

Do you yearn to stand in your power and speak your truth? Is it time to listen to the poetry of your own soul and the wisdom of your sacred intuition?

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 18-20

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.

Loving Yourself

Daphne Rose Kingma

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve to be loved. -Buddha

Solstice Meditation Retreat

Mark Coleman

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 Essential Touch: Classical Esalen® Massage

Carl Swanson & Ellen Watson

The healing art form of Esalen Massage has become a benchmark for contactful, caring, sensuous, and heartful touch.

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

Barnet Bain

Come unlock the raw power of the creative self.

Month of December 20-January 17

Legacy Group - The Buddhist Path of Awakening

Vinny Ferraro

This program will be focused on the insight meditation practices of mindfulness and the heart practices of the Buddha.

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

Week of December 20-27

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.

Thriving!

Linda Bloom & Charlie Bloom

What are you doing with your one wild and precious life? - Mary Oliver Thrive: To improve steadily, to grow, flourish, prosper, and grow vigorously.

Winter Solstice Mindfulness Retreat

Shauna Shapiro

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

Week of December 27-January 3

Cultivating a Personal Practice: Shadow Yoga and Ayurveda

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

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.

Week of December 27-January 3

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.

Month of January 17-February 14

Work Study - Integral Way Tai Chi®

Kenn Chase & Victoria Chase

Regular practice of tai chi ch’uan can have profound effects on our neuro-biology, and it produces many health benefits.

Month of February 14-March 13

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.

Month of March 13-April 10

Work Study - Seeing Eye to I: Learning the Art of Wellness

Sam Berne

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

Month of April 10-May 8

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 May 8-June 5

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

Ann Randolph

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

Month of June 5-July 3

Work Study - Bhagavad-Gita: Wisdom, Literature andLeadership

Brad Lewis

The Bhagavad-Gita is the most popular and widely studied of the Hindu scriptures.

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