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Weekend of February 12-14

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.

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

Girish

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

Love, Sex and Intimacy

Charlie Bloom & Linda Bloom

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

Week of February 14-19

Evolution of Gestalt Series No. 6: Healing and Empowerment: Gestalt Approaches in a Field of Trauma

Lena Axelsson, Michael Clemmens, Mark Fairfield, Renee Jennings, Mary Ann Kraus & Leanne O'Shea

As counselors, therapists, consultants, organizers, and activists, we confront traumatic events and their consequences, both past and present.

Lead to Gold: An Introduction to Alchemical Healing

Benjamin Fox & Lorie Eve Dechar

The origin of the word alchemy comes from the Arabic alkīmiyā, meaning "black soil art." Rather than looking up in search of transcendence, alchemists dare to go down – to dig deep into the soil of

Radical Aliveness: A Core Energetics Workshop

Ann Bradney

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

Month of February 14-March 13

Legacy Group - Touching Essence™

Ellen Watson

Touching Essence is a multi-sensory healing arts practice that combines the senses of touch, smell, and sound.

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.

Weekend of February 19-21

A Time To Reflect

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

Delicious Meals in Minutes Fresh from the Esalen Garden

Leslie Cerier

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

Easing the Neck - Bodywork Intensive

Tom Myers

As a bodywork professional, you know that many of your clients’ problems are accompanied by neck issues.

The Path: Mastering the Nine Pillars of Resilience and Success

Stephen Sideroff

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

Week of February 21-26

Improvisational Cooking for Health and Vitality

Leslie Cerier

In this hands-on vegetarian cooking class, gourmet organic chef/teacher and cookbook author Leslie Cerier presents whole foods that are not just good for you, but also pleasurable and delicious.

Mosaic: An Esalen Renewal Project

Wilma Wyss & Carol Bevilacqua

Esalen is a place where diverse elements come together to create something new.

Opening the Breath: Advanced Bodywork Intensive

Tom Myers

Manual therapists can use Rolfing-based structural integration techniques to create fascial freedom and build core support through the abdomen, spine, and pelvic floor for an integrated, complete b

Practicing Presence through Body-Centered Awareness

Patrice Hamilton

Our bodies are our greatest resource and provide a direct path for exploring our unconscious, limiting beliefs, and the emotions tied to them. The issues are in the tissues.

Songwriting: Catch and Release

Cris Williamson

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

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 26-28

Conscious Loving Ever After

Kathlyn Hendricks & Gay Hendricks

What does it take to keep love flowing and growing in the second half of our lives?

Crafting Careers that Truly Fit: How to Work From Within

Susan Bernstein

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

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

Renée Trudeau

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

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

Ryan Babineaux

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

From Stress and Anxiety to Mindfulness: Wellness Retreat for Lawyers

Jeena Cho

Do you feel as though you’re constantly running on fumes, and always trying to catch up with ever-increasing demands?

Week of February 28-March 4

A Time to Reflect

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

SAND Presents: Continuous Awakening - Nonduality in the Midst of Life

Sally Kempton, Jeff Foster, Rupert Spira, Peter Russell, Dorothy Hunt, Ellen Emmet & Helen Palmer

Many of us have experienced some form of realization and are beginning to recognize ourselves as awareness.

Weekend of March 4-6

Being Present for Your Life: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

James Baraz

How much are you present for your own life?

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

Science and Spirituality: The Missing Link

Menas Kafatos

Science and spirituality are usually thought of as fundamentally opposite, yet there is much more common to both than you might realize.

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

Harvey Deutch

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

Week of March 6-11

A Time To Reflect

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

An Introduction to Rolf Structural Integration

Edward Maupin

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

Awakening the Dream: Gestalt Practice of Working with Dreams, Symbols and Fantasies

Jim Kepner & Lourdes Quiroz Kepner

Therapists, coaches, and facilitators in human development need to access resources and insight that may not be readily available in the client's current awareness.

Re-Creation: An Intensive Movement Medicine Journey

Ya'Acov Darling Khan

How would your life be if the past were a source of inspiration and energy?

The ArtLife Workshop

Nicholas Wilton

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

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

Weekend of March 11-13

Free Your Body: Yoga for Common Injuries and Limitations

Amy Ippoliti

Do you identify yourself as an injured person or see yourself as easily injured?

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

Strengthening the Heart with 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

The Power of Purpose: Living and Working From Your Passion

Athena Katsaros

Purpose is life flowing through us; it exists within each of us. What would your life be like if you could clearly articulate your purpose and find the courage to live it?

What’s Next? Reviewing and Revisioning Our Lives

Sam Keen

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

Week of March 13-18

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

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.

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

Bill Plotkin & Geneen Marie Haugen

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

The Yi Quan Qigong Intensive: Develop Health, Balance and Inner Strength

Kenneth Cohen

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

Month of March 13-April 10

Legacy Group - Leading with Mindfulness: Using Discernment and Compassion to Effect Change

Bill Morgan & Susan Morgan

Leadership in these challenging times requires sensitivity, discernment, and wise action. Mindfulness meditation is a vehicle that can cultivate and strengthen these qualities.

Week of March 13-18

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.

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.

Weekend of March 18-20

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.

From Despair to Resilience: Transforming Our Relationship to this Troubled World

James Baraz & Bob Doppelt

Life today is filled with anxiety and stress—from ever-increasing pressure to produce more with less, rising tensions over equity and social injustice, and moral and spiritual distress over environ

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.

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?

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.

Shared Adventures in Woodturning

Jerry Kermode

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

Week of March 20-25

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

Brita Ostrom & 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

Beyond Tantra: Integrating Science, Spirit and Sexuality

Shauna Shapiro, Margot Anand & Lorin Roche

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

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.

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.

Weekend of March 25-27

A Time to Reflect

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

Enlivening Meditation Practice

Bill Morgan & Susan Morgan

Why do we struggle to meditate regularly?

Fire and Flow: Spring Equinox- Easter Regeneration Retreat

Shiva Rea

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

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 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.

Week of March 27-April 1

Esalen® Massage: Accessing the Back Body from the Front

Daniela Urbassek & Nora Matten

This workshop is ideal for practitioners who would like to learn how to apply the principles of Esalen Massage while keeping the client in the supine position throughout the session.

Mindfulness through Qigong: Meditative Movement and Sound

Mingtong Gu

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

Revisioning Your Hero’s Journey®: A Mythological Toolbox (23rd ed., revised)

Robert Walter

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

The Practical Art of Living Flow: A Spring Regeneration Retreat

Shiva Rea

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

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 April 1-3

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.

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.

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.

Week of April 3-8

Embodied Intimacy: A Neurobiological-Gestalt Training in Relational Sex Therapy

Stella Resnick

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

Esalen® Massage and the Art of Continuous Presence

Oliver Bailey & Peggy Horan

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

Falling in Love with Where You Are: Finding the Mindful Calm in the Midst of Life's Storm

Jeff Foster

What happens when – even for a moment – you stop trying to fix or improve yourself, and embrace yourself exactly as you are?

Mindful Living Revolution: How to Live Sustainably and Thrive from the Inside Out

Deborah Eden Tull

The way we treat our selves and the way we treat our world are one and the same.

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

Zuza Engler & Scott Engler

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

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

Yuval Ron

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

Weekend of April 8-10

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.

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, and our nervous system soothed in connection with another.

Pathways to Intimacy

Anne Watts

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

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

Laura Davis

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

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

Tracee Stanley

Are you living to your fullest potential?

Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion

Gregg Levoy

What inspires passion in your life, and what defeats it? How do you lose it, and get it back?

Week of April 10-15

Dance of Oneness®: Spiral of Love

Banafsheh Sayyad with Tony Khalife

“How would you like to delve into movement as spiritual practice, and gain tools to dance through the cycles of birth, life, and death with grace?” asks Banafsheh Sayyad.

Week of April 10-15

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.

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

Terry Hunt

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

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.

Painting From the Source: Awaken Your Artist Soul

Aviva Gold

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

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.

Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving 

Charles Muir & Caroline Muir with Diane Greenberg

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

Month of April 10-May 8

Legacy Group - Building Resilience: Bodymindspirit

Eric Moya

The world is increasing in complexity faster than we can evolve. The resulting tension placed on our bodymindspirit takes its toll over time and depletes us.

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.

Weekend of April 15-17

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?

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

Micheline Berry

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 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?

Week of April 17-22

5Rhythms®: Heartbeat

Lucia Horan

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

Big Sur Wilderness Experience: Springtime

Steven Harper with Stacy Carlson

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

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.

Gyrokinesis®

Juergen Bamberger

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

Weekend of April 22-24

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.

Organic Skin and Body Care from the Garden

Rachel Berry

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

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?

The Posture Dance Connection

Esther Gokhale

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

Transformation through Neuroscience: Enhance Your Brain to Reach Your Potential 

Annellen Simpkins & C. Alexander Simpkins

Neuroscience is the new frontier.

Women in Transition: Climbing into Your Authentic Self

Jnana Gowan & Suze Allen

Your house is on fire. Your boat is sinking. What do you want take with you? What are you happy to watch sink or go up in flames?

Week of April 24-29

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? We all experience loss, but we don’t always know how to grieve.

Deepening Your Life Experience: Meditation, Yoga and Mindfulness

Mehrad Nazari & Michele Hébert

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

Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: An Introduction to the Psoas, Deep Visceral Work™ and Healing Knees

Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Because demand for practitioners with Deep Bodywork skills is growing, Perry and Johanna Holloman have developed a series of seminars designed to teach massage practitioners this healing art.

Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training: A Professional Course

Jean Kristeller & Andrea Lieberstein

Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT), developed by Jean Kristeller, is an intervention program that addresses mindless eating, stress-related eating, disordered eating patterns, and

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.

Retreat Restore Lead: A Women's Leadership Retreat

Kerena Saltzman & Tery Eliot

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

Self-Acceptance: The Heart of Healing

Joe Cavanaugh

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

Weekend of April 29-May 1

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.

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.

Men as Sexual Beings: Pleasure, Shame, Pride and Intimacy

Matt Englar-Carlson & Mark Stevens

For many men, sexual energy occupies a tremendous amount space in our way of knowing ourselves and relating to others.

Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Retreat

Jean Kristeller & Andrea Lieberstein

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

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 May 1-6

A Matrix of Light: Prana and the Practices of Yoga

Thomas Michael Fortel

Just as a plexus of nerves (many criss-crossing at the same place) in the body emits a stronger force of energy, the practitioners of yoga, by virtue of ongoing practice, have developed a high leve

Developing Strength and Long-term Pain Relief with Daily Foundation Training

Eric Goodman

Each day of this workshop will teach you powerful movement and breathing skills to improve the overall strength of your whole body.

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

Christa Lancaster & Marc Bregman

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

Gateway to Soul: Process Acupressure

Laurie Cahoon & Paul Sibcy

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

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.

In Touch with Your Inner Knowing: Opening Your Heart and Whole Body to Intimacy

John Prendergast & Kelly Boys

What does it mean to be intimately in touch with yourself and others? How may the subtle cues of your heart and whole body guide you to navigate the mysteries of love and life?

The Good-Hearted Physician: Flourishing as a Twenty-First Century Physician

Jim Duffy & Alejandro Chaoul

The practice of medicine has never been easy. However, the twenty-first-century physician faces extraordinary challenges.

Weekend of May 6-8

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.

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.

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 Way of Awareness

Will Kabat-Zinn

“During this retreat, we’ll take a deep dive into our hearts and minds, cultivating meditative stillness of mind and body and looking deeply into the nature of our own experience,” Will Kabat-Zinn

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 May 8-13

Anchoring into Our Body and Breath: A Yoga Journey through the Elements

Ulrika Engman

Every part and system of the body has an elegant and intelligent design behind it, supporting its meaning and purpose.

Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Stewart Cubley

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

Brilliant Body: Fundamentals of Conquering Injury and Pain

Jean Couch & Jenn Sherer

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

Exploring Fundamental Contentment through Emotional Intelligence

Daniel Cordaro & Robin Stern

“At the deepest core of human wellness is a sense of profound completeness called fundamental contentment, and uncovering it for yourself is your birthright,” write the leaders.

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,” says Michael.

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.

Month of May 8-June 5

Legacy Group - Being a Positive Influence for a Flourishing World

George Protos

By accessing our emotional, cognitive, and relational capacities, we can become influencers for positive change.

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 May 13-15

Causative Nutrition: How to Maximize Your Health With Food

Julienna Hever

“In a society with an unquenchable thirst for the ideal diet, a feverish search ensues,” Julieanna Hever writes.

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

Exploring Fundamental Contentment through Emotional Intelligence

Daniel Cordaro & Robin Stern

“At the deepest core of human wellness is a sense of profound completeness called fundamental contentment, and uncovering it for yourself is your birthright,” write the leaders.

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.

Overcoming the Fear of Love: Adult Attachment in Romantic Relationships

Lisa Firestone & Joyce Catlett

What prevents most people from being able to sustain romantic, meaningful relationships that satisfy their needs and desires?

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

Pam Kramer & Steve Edelman

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

Week of May 15-20

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

Carl Swanson & Nora Matten

This workshop will introduce the core concepts of Esalen Massage.

Beginning Integral Way Tai Chi™: Walking on Clouds

Kenn Chase & Victoria Chase

Tai chi is the ancient art of moving meditation.

Intimacy and Exposure: The Alchemy of Photography

Andy Abrahams Wilson

Photography is a profound exchange of light energy.

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?

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

Weekend of May 20-22

Garden Herbalism

Darren Huckle

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

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?

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.

Massage for Couples, Friends or Family Members

Laurie Lioness Parizek & Oliver Bailey

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

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

Mark Abramson

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

Week of May 22-27

Hanna Somatics: Freeing the Wisdom of Your Somatic Self

Eleanor Criswell Hanna

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

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.

More Than a Communication Workshop

Jean Morrison & Martine Amita Algier

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

Relational Gestalt Process: The Transformative Power of Emotion

Dorothy Charles

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

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

Erin Gafill

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

Weekend of May 27-29

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.

Family Mindfulness 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

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?

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.

Week of May 29-June 3

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.

Experiencing the Esalen Farm and Garden

Anna Pierce-Slive & Chad Morse

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.

Gravity and Grace: Yoga for Rewiring the Subtle Body

Peter Sterios

“Your mind is a powerful tool of attention, where everything is temporary and nothing is impossible,” Peter Sterios writes.

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.

Liberate Your Writing!

Sarah McLean

For many, writing is a spiritual practice that leads to a profound experience of timelessness. A single moment of inspiration can take you on an imaginative journey beyond time and space.

Weekend of June 3-5

Basic Sanity: Zen Wisdom for Daily Life

Jody Greene & Linda Galijan

In this workshop, we’ll study core principles from the Zen tradition that can help us bring greater sanity, presence, and ease to our daily living.

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

Getting Unblocked

Ann Weiser Cornell

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

Sharing Your Life Story from the Page to the Stage

Ann Randolph

Writing from your deepest source, gain insight and self-understanding that can bring peace and healing.

Soul Motion™: Freedom to Soar

Vinn Arjuna Martí

“Are you ready to rediscover your body relaxed and restored to its natural birthright of flexibility, ease, and wonder?” asks Vinn Arjuna Martí.

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 June 5-10

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.

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.

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.

Sharing Your Life Story from the Page to the Stage

Ann Randolph

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

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 5-July 3

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

Adam Wolpert

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

Work Study - Bhagavad-Gita: Wisdom, Literature and Leadership

Brad Lewis

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

Weekend of June 10-12

Gay Men Thriving in Love and Sex through Mindfulness

Rik Isensee & James Guay

Gay men have been at the forefront of sexual liberation, countering homophobia, and expanding the boundaries of sexuality and intimacy.

Weekend of June 10-12

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.

Mindfulness and Lovingkindness Meditation

Shauna Shapiro

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

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 12-17

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.

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.

Simply Wild: Experiencing Nature

Steven Harper with Adam Rumack

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

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.

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.

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?

Weekend of June 17-19

Celebrating Fatherhood

Joanna Claassen & Sean Brennan

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

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

Steven Harper, Kes Harper & Kai Harper

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

Revolution: Shapeshifting Yourself and the World

John Perkins & Sara Vetter

“We have entered the greatest revolution in history: the birth of a new era in which we create a Life Economy for a Living Earth,” write John Perkins and Sara Vetter.

The Egoless Path to Self-Esteem and Generous Love

David Richo

“Our ego is healthy when it helps us fulfill our life goals,” David Richo writes. “When an ego becomes too big for its britches, it becomes egotism, the main obstacle to healthy relating.

Touching Essence: Esalen® Massage Retreat for Couples

Carl Swanson & Ellen Watson

This program is specifically designed to enhance the quality and experience in loving relationships through the sense of touch.

Week of June 19-24

Esalen's 12th Annual Yoga Festival: Summer Solstice Sadhana

Janet Stone, Sianna Sherman, Saul David Raye, with Jason Nemer, Jody Greene

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 24-26

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.

Come Alive in Your 9 to 5: Building a Meaningful Career in Your Twenties

Adam Smiley Poswolsky

As 20- and 30-somethings, information overload and too much social media can spiral us into career confusion.

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.

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?

Weekend of June 24-26

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 26-July 1

Writers' Camp

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

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

Weekend of July 1-3

Esalen Midsummer Festival

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.

Week of July 3-8

Advanced Esalen® Massage with Special Focus on the Shoulder Girdle

Char Pias & Jessica Fagan

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

Libido Fundamentals

Andrea Juhan

“When we awaken through dance, our sexual energy begins to stir,” writes Andrea Juhan. “One moment we may feel juicy, radiant, and desirable, while at other times we battle feeling awkward or shy.

Mindful Education Teacher Training

Daniel Rechtschaffen

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

Mindfulness as a Wisdom Practice

Brad Lewis & Vignesh Swaminathan

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

Month of July 3-31

Legacy Group - Tongue and Pen: Spoken Word at the Edge of Poetic Experience

Caroline Harvey

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

Week of July 3-8

Walk on the Wild Side: Hiking the Big Sur Country

Steven Harper

"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 July 8-10

A Call For Gay Heroes

Christian de la Huerta

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

The Bio-Breakthrough Workshop: From Limitation to Liberation

Isabelle Benarous

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

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.

Weekend of July 8-10

Navel Intelligence: A Journey into the Core of You

Schuyler Grant & Kia Miller

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 10-15

Empowering Creativity through Movement/Dance & Life/Art Metaphors

Anna Halprin & Daria Halprin

In honor of Anna’s 96th year, Anna and Daria Halprin will join forces for this five-day experience.

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.

Week of July 10-15

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 10-17

The Resilience of the Family in Film: Epics of Love, Loss, and Recovery

Francis Lu & Brother David Steindl-Rast

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. – Helen Keller

Weekend of July 15-17

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.

EcoMeditation

Dawson Church

Meditation can regulate all of your body’s systems. Researchers have found that heart rate, nervous system, hormones, and respiration all respond to a deeply peaceful state.

Getting the Love You Want: A Workshop for Couples

Rick Brown

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

Week of July 17-22

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.

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.

Liquid Asana Live: Summer Yoga, Mindfulness and Art Retreat

Micheline Berry with Red Musette Collective

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

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

Sylvia Boorstein, Clifford Saron & Barbara Bogatin

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

Week of July 17-24

Through Compassion to Serenity in the Mindful Viewing of Japanese and Western Films

Francis Lu & Brother David Steindl-Rast

Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek. ― Dalai Lama XIV

Weekend of July 22-24

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 24-29

Big Sur Wilderness Experience

Steven Harper

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

Week of July 24-29

Embodying the Intelligence of Your Heart and Soul

Terry Patten & Sarah Marshank

“Join us to reconnect with your embodied wisdom, power, and passion,” the leaders write.

IAHE - Full Body Presence: Grounding and Healthy Boundaries

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

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

Music and Nature Family Workshop

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.

The Inner Spiritual Dimensions of Ayurvedic, Tibetan and Chinese Medicine

David Crow

Classical Asian medical systems offer far more than physical well-being for humanity.

Week of July 29-August 5

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

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

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

Weekend of July 29-31

Wisdom 2.0 Unplugged: Inner and Outer Connection

Soren Gordhamer

The third annual Wisdom 2.0 Unplugged retreat is an opportunity to connect – without devices – in the beautiful and intimate setting of Esalen. It is a time to co-create intentional community.

Week of July 31-August 5

5Rhythms®: Connections

Lucia Horan

Invisible threads are the strongest ties. — Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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.

Month of July 31-August 28

Legacy Group - Exploring Symbol and Personal Meaning through Artistic Expression 

Branan Freeman

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

Work Study - Performance Theater

Peter James Meyers

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

Weekend of August 5-7

5Rhythms® Moon Lodge: Honoring the Sacred Feminine

Lucia Horan

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

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

Weekend of August 5-7

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.

Week of August 7-12

IAHE: The Upledger Institute International's Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 1

Stan Gerome

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

R.D. Laing in the Twenty-First Century: What is Therapeutic?

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.

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.

Tongue and Pen: Spoken Word Poetry at the Intersection of Courage and Compassion

Caroline Harvey

“We long to be acknowledged for our unique truths,” Caroline Harvey writes.

Week of August 7-12

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?

Weekend of August 12-14

The Ecstasy of Sound: A Music and Healing Workshop

Jennifer Berezan

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

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

Russell Delman

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

The Extraordinary Couples Workshop

Jason Weston & Marci Graham

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

Week of August 14-19

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.

Gratitude and Forgiveness: Deepening into The Embodied Life™

Russell Delman

During this five-day seminar, you will experience direct, enjoyable, and reliable practices for inviting embodied presence.

Stealing Fire: The Secret Revolution in Human Possibility

Jamie Wheal & Steven Kotler

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

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 19-21

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

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!

Week of August 19-26

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.

Week of August 21-26

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

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 21-26

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

Weekend of August 26-28

A Time To Reflect

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

Power Vinyasa Yoga

Susan Hauser

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

Speak to Inspire

Peter Meyers

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.

Writing to Awaken: Memoir as a Path of Transformation

Mark Matousek

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

Month of August 28-September 25

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 - Present-Moment Experience and Depth in Psychotherapy, The Hakomi Method

Robert Fisher & Julie Murphy

Experience the nuances of working with mindfulness and the present moment to unfold the creative and healing capabilities of the psyche.

Week of August 28-September 2

The Art and Science of Mindfulness, Compassion and Joy

Shauna Shapiro, Daniel Siegel, Rick Hanson, Kristin Neff & Lee Holden

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 2-4

Soul Saturation: Igniting an Intimate Relationship with Your Soul

Sera Beak

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

The Gokhale Method: The Posture Dance Connection

Esther Gokhale

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

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 hear

Week of September 4-9

Embodying Shakti: Awakening Sacred Power in your Body, Mind and Speech

Sally Kempton & Silvia Nakkach

In this highly practical retreat, two powerful teachers will initiate you into core sacred practices from the tantric traditions of goddess wisdom.

The Art2Life Workshop

Nicholas Wilton

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

Upledger Institute’s Unwinding Meridians: Applying Acupuncture Principles to CST

Ken Koles

This hands-on workshop teaches you how to utilize the points and pathways of acupuncture along with the energy, intention, and wisdom of your own hands to enhance the effectiveness of CranioSacral

Week of September 4-9

Way of Nature: The Practice of the Wild

Steven Harper

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

Weekend of September 9-11

Being Present for Your Life: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation 

James Baraz

How much are you present for your own life?

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.

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.

Soul Motion™: Pause Presence

Arjuna Martí

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

Week of September 11-16

Conversations on the Edge: Love, Sex and the Evolution of the Masculine and Feminine

Love and sexuality are the central political issues of the newly dawning era… – Dieter Duhm, Tamera Global Love School

Weekend of September 16-18

Loving What Is

Byron Katie

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

Week of September 18-23

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.

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

Week of September 18-23

Planting the Seed: A Workshop for Farm and Garden Educators

Anna Pierce-Slive, Chad Morse & Hannah Shulman

The Esalen Farm and Garden has been growing fresh, organic produce for more than forty years, and is dedicated to the idea that sustainable agriculture can be a powerful vehicle for positive social

The Anatomy of a Calling

Lissa Rankin

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

The Radically Alive Leader: A Radical Aliveness Workshop

Ann Bradney

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

Weekend of September 23-25

Healer Within™ Practice Leader Training: Medical Qigong Certification

Roger Jahnke

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

IAHE - Full Body Presence: Skills to Energize Your Life

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

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

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.

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.

September 23-October 2

Path of Devotion: A Yoga Teacher Training

Janet Stone

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

Week of September 25-30

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.

Know Your Sexual Self

Mike Lousada & Louise Mazanti

When we work consciously to expand and grow, sexuality is often the last piece of the puzzle that we explore.

Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Certification Training

Roger Jahnke

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

Visionseeker: Spirit Medicine

Hank Wesselman

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

Month of September 25-October 23

Legacy Group - Motion Theater®: Dreaming on Your Feet

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.

Month of September 25-October 23

Work Study - Deep Bodywork®

Rob Wilks & Paul Wehrman

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

Weekend of September 30-October 2

Esalen® Massage - The Basics

Laurie Lioness Parizek & Oliver Bailey

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

Mindfulness and Lovingkindness Meditation

Shauna Shapiro

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

Week of October 2-7

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

Carl Swanson & 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

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.

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

Rolf Gates, Nikki Myers, Tommy Rosen, Melody Moore & Will Kabat-Zinn

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

Weekend of October 7-9

Color Yourself Calm: Mandalas

Paul Heussenstamm

A mandala is an ancient symbol whose basic form of nesting circles and squares can represent both the universe and a doorway into the individual human soul.

Weekend of October 7-9

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

You Can Heal Your Heart

David Kessler & Paul Denniston

The body remembers pain, and healing resides in the body. After a loss, we often get stuck in our grief.

Week of October 9-14

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.

Dancing with Shadow and Light: An Advanced Yoga Psychology Training

Ashley Turner & Daniel Stewart

Jung. Yoga. Psyche. Soma. Come integrate depth psychology, yoga, and meditation as a path to self-awakening.

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.

The Path of the Wisdompreneur: Shifting the Paradigm

Alison Raby & Paul Zelizer

The most powerful resource humans possess is attention — the capacity to direct and concentrate the mind on ideas, questions, and innovation.

Weekend of October 21-23

Into the Fire: The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing

Sy Safransky, Krista Bremer, Chris Dombrowski, Alison Luterman, Heather Sellers & Sparrow

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.

Week of October 23-28

Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Healing the Back, Hips and Shoulders

Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

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

Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation

Cassandra Vieten

We are each always changing, always growing.

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 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.

Month of October 23-November 20

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 - Streams of Energy

Jim Gallas

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

Weekend of October 28-30

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.

Search Inside Yourself

Gopi Kallayil & Mirabai Bush

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

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

Barnet Bain

Come unlock the raw power of the creative self.

The Yoga of Deep Intimacy

Michaela Boehm

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

Zero Balancing Open Forum

Fritz Smith

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

Week of October 30-November 4

Regenerative Leadership: Attunement, Relational Mindfulness and Deep Listening

Nina Simons & Deborah Eden Tull

By turning to nature’s wisdom and the teachings of interconnection and oneness, we can find the tools, guidance, and clarity to embody an emergent paradigm of leadership and engaged action, one tha

Week of October 30-November 4

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.

Stillness in Motion: Zen Practice and Wild Goose Qigong

Robert Rosenbaum

By combining Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong with Zen Buddhist sitting meditation, we can cultivate a way to realize each moment with our whole body-and-mind.

Weekend of November 4-6

Gratitude, Love and Easiness

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.

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 November 6-11

Dance of Oneness®: Radiant Balance

Banafsheh Sayyad with Tony Khalife

Overwhelmed, stressed out, tired, and struggling? Do you want to shift into a dynamic, joyous, and energetic way of being that lasts?

Week of November 6-11

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:

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.

IAHE: Barral Institute's Visceral Manipulation 2

Dee Dettmann Ahern

In this course, you will begin with a review of functional anatomy, hand placements, and manipulations that were covered in Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 1, followed by additional concepts and tec

Songwriting from the Heart—Progressing on the Journey

Johnsmith & Julie Baker

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

Weekend of November 11-13

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.

Prescription for Happiness: The Work of Byron Katie

Roxann Burroughs

The Work of Byron Katie is a way to identify and question the thoughts that cause suffering in the world.

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.

Weekend of November 11-13

Yoga and Longevity; Optimum Health for Life

Larry Payne & David Allen

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

Week of November 13-18

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?

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.

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.

Weekend of November 18-20

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.

NeuroMovement® for Whole Body Fitness and Vitality

Anat Baniel & Neil Sharp

Our bodies are magical. 37.2 trillion cells work together to create each one of us, and our bodies are designed to move!

The Essential Qi-Gong Exercises of China

Chungliang Al Huang

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

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

Lucia Horan & Davida Taurek

Movement is medicine. — Gabrielle Roth

Week of November 20-25

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

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.

Thanksgiving Retreat: Gratitude, Love and Easiness

Charu Rachlis

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

Month of November 20-December 18

Legacy Group - Nonviolent Communication: The Language of Life

Jean Morrison

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

Week of November 20-25

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.

Month of November 20-December 18

Work Study - The Art of Skillful Living: Leadership, Love and Freedom

Coby Kozlowski

We are all called to leadership as agents of inspiration, purpose, and change. Leadership is about being of service to the world, and every moment is an opportunity for leadership.

Weekend of November 25-27

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 25-27

Social Entrepreneurship: From Spiritual Values to Effective Action

Susan Collin Marks & John Marks

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

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

Shiva Rea

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

The Luminescent Body: Soul Motion™ and Gestalt Practice

Zuza Engler & Scott Engler

Be inspired by the flame where everything shines as it disappears. – Rainer Maria Rilke

Week of November 27-December 2

Web of Change

Web of Change Board of Directors

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 December 2-4

Advanced Energy Efficiency and Alternative Supplies for Profitable Climate Protection

Amory Lovins

All of America’s oil and most or all of its natural gas, and three-quarters of its electricity can be saved more cheaply than supplying them from existing facilities.

Advanced Esalen® Massage

Daniela Urbassek & Rob Wilks

Experienced Esalen Massage and Bodywork practitioners Daniela Urbassek and Rob Wilks will offer unique explorations in the practices of gentle extensions and dynamic mobilization, along with soft a

Calling in “The One”: Transforming Your Core Love Identity Beliefs

Katherine Woodward Thomas

Many of us are challenged when trying to find a loving, happy, healthy, and long-term relationship because it would literally be outside our identity to be loved, supported, nourished, safe, and va

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.

December 4-23

100-Hour Esalen® Massage Certification Program

Brita Ostrom & Dean Marson

Esalen offers numerous levels of basic massage certification.

Week of December 4-9

Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Stewart Cubley

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

Relational Gestalt Process: The Transforming Power of Emotion

Dorothy Charles

Each of us finds our true selves through our emotions.

Total Immersion for Total Transformation

Raphael Cushnir

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

Week of December 4-11

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

Harriet Goslins, Laura Kunysz & Melissa Krikorian

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 December 9-11

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 Science of Happiness and Well-being

June Gruber & Hedy Kober

What brings us true happiness?

When Water Becomes Gold: The New Alchemy

Amory Lovins, Ian-Michael Hebert & Peter Mullin

Esalen Institute is blessed by three powerful waters: the Pacific Ocean, the healing hot springs, and the freshwater creek that flows through the property.

Week of December 11-16

A Time To Relfect

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

Esalen® Massage, Deep Bodywork® and Subtle Energy

Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Subtle phenomena can frequently arise during an effective massage or bodywork session.

Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive Training

Kristin Neff & Christopher Germer

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

Weekend of December 16-18

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.

Mindful Communication: Truth Without Blame

Jean Morrison

Do the words you express often create walls when you are hoping for connection or understanding? Are you OK in relationships yet desire something deeper with more meaning and heart?

Solstice Meditation Retreat

Mark Coleman & Lori Anne Schwanbeck

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

Week of December 18-23

A Time to Reflect

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

Living a Mindful and Compassionate Life

Mark Coleman

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

Shift Happens: Learning to Bounce Back from Disappointment and Difficulty

Linda Graham

The ability to cope effectively with the challenges and crises of life is the core of our resilience and well-being.

The Gift of Touch: An Esalen® Massage Holiday Retreat

Deborah Anne Medow & Ellen Watson

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

Yoga Practice Intensive: Mindful Transition

Noah Mazé

Join Noah Mazé for a week of celebration, practice, and contemplation as we plan and prepare for an easeful transition into the New Year.

Month of December 18-January 15

Work Study - The Heart of Buddhism

Noah Levine & Vinny Ferraro

The Buddha offered a timeless teaching on how to live a life that is sourced from kindness, compassion, and appreciation.

Week of December 23-30

Kind Awareness: Meditations and Reflections on the Buddhist Path of Awakening

Noah Levine & Vinny Ferraro

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

Qigong for Health and Happiness

Mingtong Gu

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

Soul Motion™: Tenderness at the Heart of the Dance

Zuza Engler & Scott Engler

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

Weekend of December 30-January 1

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

Mark Abramson

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

The Promise: Advanced Yoga for Everyone

Mark Whitwell

Refresh your life in the New Year with a powerful and nurturing yoga practice designed especially for you. Yoga is not a linear process.

Week of December 30-January 6

The Natural Singer: Finding Your True Voice

Claude Stein

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

Week of January 1-6

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.

New Year 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.

The Promise: Advanced Yoga for Everyone

Mark Whitwell

Refresh your life in the New Year with a powerful and nurturing yoga practice designed especially for you. Yoga is not a linear process.

Month of January 15-February 12

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

Cassandra Vieten

How do people, both individuals and groups, make foundational shifts in their worldviews that give rise to radically new ways of being in the world?

Work Study - Opening the Creative Channel

Johnsmith

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

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

Description pending.

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.

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

Month of May 7-June 4

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.

Month of September 24-October 22

Legacy Group - Soul Motion

Vinn Arjuna Martí

Month of October 22-November 19

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