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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

A Time To Reflect

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

Big Sur Wilderness Experience

Steven Harper

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

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

Doug Dirt Greenfield & Banana Slug String Band

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

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.

Weekend of July 29-31

A Time to Reflect

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

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 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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

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

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

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

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.

Weekend of August 26-28

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

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

Benjamin von Mendelssohn, Sabine Lichtenfels with Charles Eisenstein

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.

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

Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving

Charles Muir, Leah Alchin with Diane Greenberg

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

The Anatomy of a Calling

Lissa Rankin

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

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.

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.

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 14-16

Gratitude as an Expression of Renewal: Esalen Benefit Weekend

Join the Friends of Esalen in a Benefit Weekend celebrating gratitude as an expression of renewal.

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 & Michael Sapiro

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

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?

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.

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.

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

Legacy Group - Nonviolent Communication: The Language of Life

Jean Morrison

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

Work Study - 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.

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 Love Identity Core 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.

Deep Bodywork®, Esalen® Massage 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.

Week of January 8-13

Silent Yin/Yang Yoga-Meditation Retreat

Sarah Powers, Ty Powers, Paul Grilley & Suzee Grilley

This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of Esalen for five days of property-wide, sustained and continuous silent practice.

Weekend of January 13-15

A WisdomWomen Visionary Gathering

Wisdom Women

WisdomWomen is a growing movement of women who believe it is time to look in a revolutionary new direction and build our world from a different paradigm.

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


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

Week of January 15-20

Yoga and Zen: Seeing into the Heart

Tias Little & Henry Shukman

One minute of sitting, one inch of Buddha Like lightning all thoughts come and go. Just once see into your mind-depths: Nothing else has ever been. – Manzan

Month of February 12-March 12

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

Christina Dauenhauer

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

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

Gordon Wheeler & Nancy Lunney-Wheeler

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

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 - Coming Alive through Conscious Dance, Meditation and Yoga Philosophy

Jovinna Chan

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

Work Study - Embodied Relational Gestalt

Michael Clemmens

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

Week of August 18-25

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

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

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

Month of September 24-October 22

Legacy Group - Soul Motion

Vinn Arjuna Martí

Month of October 22-November 19


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