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Weekend of September 5-7

Advanced Esalen® Massage

Daniela Urbassek & Rob Wilks

During this workshop, Esalen® Massage and Bodywork practitioners Daniela Urbassek and Rob Wilks will offer unique explorations in the practices of gentle stretching combined with deeper bodywork.

Mind Over Medicine: 6 Steps to Healing Yourself

Lissa Rankin

What if you could activate the power of your mind as medicine for your body? Whether you’re battling a chronic illness or seeking to live to be 100, treating your soul can improve your health.

Overcoming Self-Restriction through Conscious and Empowered Self-Expression

Raoul Goldberg

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

Spiritual Practices and Scientific Intuition

Rupert Sheldrake & Marc Andrus

The sciences are moving towards a more holistic view of reality, in which creativity is inherent in all nature.

The Healing Voice: Chanting, Ritual and Resonance

Jill Purce

Liberate your voice, your heart, and your mind in a joyful and uplifting exploration of breathing, chanting, mantra and sonic meditations, sacred chants, trance healing, and shamanic ceremony.

Writing For Our Lives

Ellen Bass

"The philosophy behind this workshop experience," writes Ellen Bass, "is best expressed by Martha Graham, who said, 'There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated th

Week of September 7-12

Beyond the Long Stroke: The Integration of Deep Bodywork and Esalen® Massage

Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

“In our previous classes, we’ve focused on teaching the practice of Deep Bodywork for specific segments of the body,” write the leaders.

Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving

Charles Muir & Caroline Muir with Diane Greenberg

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

The Beliefs Our Bodies Carry: Somatic Sensing and Cognitive Repatterning

Michael Clemmens & Renee Jennings

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

The Dancing Buddha: Conscious Embodiment and the Awakened Heart

Heather Munro Pierce & Donald Rothberg

In this workshop, we will combine traditional Buddhist practice of the “Divine Abodes” (brahmavihara) of lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity, with movement meditation and ecstatic dance

Weekend of September 12-14

Loving What Is

Byron Katie

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

Week of September 14-19

A Time to Reflect

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


Nicholas Wilton

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

Jivamukti Yoga Bhakti Immersion

Gabriela Bozic

The music is new, but the practices are ancient. Expect the full Jivamukti package of tradition, music, meditation, bhakti, and challenging asana, with a taste of outrageousness.

Qigong for Emotional Transformation

Mingtong Gu

“Open your heart, ignite the flame in your being and awaken the natural flow of life energy in your heart,” writes Mingtong Gu. “When your heart opens, the world around you changes.”

The Pleasure Principle Today: Staying Connected in an Ever More Virtual World

Terry Hunt

Over a century ago, Sigmund Freud postulated that the primary motivation of the individual was the pursuit of pleasure: sucking, reaching, gazing, and eventual curiosity about the world.

The 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

Week of September 14-21

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.

Weekend of September 19-21

Awakening through Love

David Newman

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

Esalen® Massage - The Basics

Brita Ostrom & Laurie Lioness Parizek

During an Esalen Massage, we experience a remarkable web of interdependence: a listening touch, a deepening breath, our nervous system soothed in connection with another.

Integrating the Self through WEL (Whole Energy Lifestyle)

Dawson Church

How do all the transformational methods you've learned fit together? WEL is a method that integrates mindfulness, biofeedback, HeartMath, Gestalt, shamanic ritual, and EFT tapping.

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.

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 September 21-26

Constellations for Family and Personal Issues: Liberating Your Potential

Judith Hemming

Constellations are a simple yet profound method to shed light on any areas of unhappiness and distress in our lives.

Couples’ Massage Retreat

Deborah Anne Medow & Rob Wilks

Deepen the relationship and commitment you have with your lover by learning or rediscovering the magic of Esalen® Massage.

Right Livelihood Quest: Uncovering Your Life Purpose

Simon Goland

Have you ever asked yourself, How can I add more meaning to my life? What can I do to make a lasting difference in the world? Why am I here?

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

Seena Frost & Mariabruna Sirabella

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

Taoist Chi Kung: Enhancing Health "The Shen"

Juanita Lew

Soft and gentle as a leaf unfolding, and healing you in its wake; this is the essence of Taoist Chi Kung. This retreat is based on the teaching of Taoist Master Share K.

The Promise: Advanced Yoga for Everyone Intensive

Mark Whitwell

Yoga is not a linear process. It is direct intimacy with life, and it is available to everyone.

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

Weekend of September 26-28

Couples' Communication Retreat 

Warren Farrell

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

Healer Within™ Practice Leader Certification: Mind-Body Energetics Foundations

Roger Jahnke

During this workshop, you can learn how to share Mind-Body Energetics in your community as a Healer Within™ Practice Leader.

IAHE - Full Body Presence: Skills to Energize Your Life

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

Energize your daily life in this weekend workshop.

Power Vinyasa Yoga

Susan Hauser

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

Unleash Your Calling: Create the Work and Life You Love 

Tama Kieves

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

Week of September 28-October 3

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

Rick Hanson with Jan Hanson

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

Earth and Sky: Sacred Circle Yoga and Meditation Immersion with Live Music

Saul David Raye

Join us for this healing, transforming, and soul-stirring week of asana and beyond, as we journey into the holistic and shamanic roots of yoga practice through sacred wisdom teachings, dynamic asan

How to Hear Yourself: A Proprioceptive Writing® Immersion

Linda Trichter Metcalf & Tobin Simon

What is it like to really hear yourself? Unlike ordinary hearing, it’s like entering a world where you know yourself differently than you did before.

Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Certification: A Revolution in Mind-Body Energetics

Roger Jahnke

Why do tai chi practitioners experience longevity, inner peace, and inner power? With Tai Chi Easy, developed by Dr.

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 28-October 26

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 - 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.

Weekend of October 3-5

Brain and Mind: A Deep Knowing

David Presti & Kristi Panik

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

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.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mark Abramson

The impact of stress on health is well recognized. Now the efficacy of stress reduction as an adjunct to medical treatment is being recognized in more and more health care settings. In 1996 Dr.

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.

Sharing Your Life Story: From the Page to the Stage

Ann Randolph

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

Yoga and Psyche: Psychological Integration through Yoga

Mariana Caplan

Have you noticed that no matter how many times you chant a mantra or how often you return to the breath, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, and other self-defeating behaviors persist?

Week of October 5-10

Recovery as a Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice

Rami Shapiro

We are all addicts, and what we are addicted to is control. Liberation begins when we surrender control, or, as cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous Bill W.

Sharing Your Life Story: For the Page and the Stage

Ann Randolph

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

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 Martí.

October 8-10

A Time to Reflect

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

Weekend of October 10-12

Ecopoetry for Autumn

Brenda Hillman

Autumn comes to coastal California in microseasons: gourds and pumpkins swell in the fields, and the first rains come to the redwoods and cypresses.

Esalen® Massage Workshop for Couples

Nora Matten & Oliver Bailey

Discover the art of touching with presence, sensitivity, and listening hands. Experience the pleasure of cultivating a practice of loving, non-sexual touch in your relationship.

Love Begins Within: A Workshop for Gay Men

Rob Bauer

As gay men, we hear about ourselves from others. Icons of our time, we are an obsession of the courts and religious and political machines.

Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent

Rami Shapiro

Have you ever stood naked before the wildness of existence, or had certainty stripped from you, and everything you knew turned to ash by the fires of living?

Relaxed and Awake: Mindfulness Meditation and Feldenkrais® Movement

Wes "Scoop" Nisker & Dan Clurman

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

The Science of Happiness and Well-being

June Gruber & Emma Seppala

What brings us true happiness?

Week of October 12-17

A Time to Reflect

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

Enlivening Meditation Practice

Susan Morgan & Bill Morgan

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

IAHE: Chikly's Lymph Drainage Therapy 1

Paula Gurak

Proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to our body's ability to detoxify and regenerate tissues, filter out foreign substances, and maintain a healthy immune system.

Love and Belonging: Healing and Creativity through Relational Constellations

JoAnne Chartrand-Benz & Dyrian Benz-Chartrand

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

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.

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.

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

Nikki Myers, Rolf Gates, Tommy Rosen, Ashley Turner & Heidi Sormaz

Join us for our 5th anniversary celebration!

Weekend of October 17-19

Experiencing Esalen

Brita Ostrom

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

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

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?

Transforming your Identity, Discovering Your Authentic Self

Tanya McGinnity

This course is an exploration of identity, relationships, and vision with the goal of regaining personal power and radiant life-force.

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.

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

Ellen Kindl & Melody Fairchild

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.

Week of October 19-24

IAHE: Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 2 

Eric Moya

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

Improv: Expand Yourself With Laughter

Clifford Henderson & Dixie Cox

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

Living In Gratitude

Joe Cavanaugh

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

Yoga as a Journey of Being

Thomas Michael Fortel

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

Weekend of October 24-26

A Time to Reflect

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

Family Halloween and Harvest Festival

Ivy Mayer Lavie

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

Father and Sons: Creating a Fulfilling Conscious Relationship

James Baraz & Adam Baraz

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

Open Your Heart and Reclaim Your Life

Eva Selhub

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

The Yoga of Deep Intimacy

Michaela Boehm

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

Zero Balancing: Open Forum

Fritz Smith

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

Week of October 26-31

A Time to Reflect

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

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

Daniela Urbassek & Nora Matten

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

Esalen Farm to Table: Farmstead Traditions for the Contemporary Kitchen

Phillip Burrus

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

Gateway to Soul: Process Acupressure

Laurie Cahoon & Paul Sibcy

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

Shadow Play: Reclaiming the Disowned Self

Linda Nicholls

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

The Wild Woman’s Way: Embodied Feminine Practice

Michaela Boehm

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

Month of October 26-November 23

Legacy Group - Nonviolent Communication: The Language of Life

Jean Morrison

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

Work Study - Streams of Energy

Jim Gallas

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

Weekend of October 31-November 2

Current Trends in Esalen® Massage and Bodywork

Carl Swanson & Vicki Topp

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

Healthy Backs and Necks: From Pain to Fitness

Anat Baniel

We all want to be strong, flexible, and full of energy and vitality. Yet, so many of us experience pain and limitation and are less fit than we would like to be.

Introduction to Radical Aliveness

Ann Bradney

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

Mindful Communication: Truth Without Blame

Jean Morrison

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

The Alchemy of Initiation, Transition and Transformation

Ronald Alexander

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

Week of November 2-7

Hearth of Belonging

Susan Harper & Michael Molin-Skelton

Belonging is a powerful theme that is directly related to the capacity for intimacy that is in every human being. In this five-day retreat, we’ll explore the relational capacity of the heart.

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

Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

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

The Radically Alive Leader: A Core Energetics/Radical Aliveness Workshop

Ann Bradney

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

The Transformational Enneagram: Mindfulness, Insight and Experience 

Russ Hudson

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

Weekend of November 7-9

A Time to Reflect

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

Gratitude Retreat

Janet Stone

“We gather at Esalen for a weekend to remember — with our bodies, minds, and spirits — all that we have to be grateful for,” Janet Stone writes.

What's Next? Reviewing and Revisioning Our Lives

Sam Keen

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

Week of November 9-14

Advanced Esalen® Massage with Special Focus on the Shoulder Girdle

Char Pias & Jessica Fagan

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

Dreamgates: Exploring the Worlds of Soul, Imagination and Life Beyond Death

Robert Moss

In this high adventure in Active Dreaming, you’ll be encouraged to remember and live the deeper story of your life. This workshop is an invitation to explore a deeper reality:

Memoir Writing: Plumbing Your Own Depths for Effective Life Narrative

Katie Hafner

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

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.

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

Karishma Darby

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

Walking on Clouds: Integral Way Tai Chi™

Kenn Chase & Victoria Chase

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

Weekend of November 14-16

A Women’s Weekend with Atalanta

Jean Shinoda Bolen

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

Being Present for Your Life: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

James Baraz

How much are you present for your own life?

Prime of Life Yoga™: Brain, Heart and Joints

Larry Payne & David Allen

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

Rasa Lila - Kirtan and Yoga

Jai Uttal & Nubia Teixeira

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

Week of November 16-21

A Time to Reflect

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

Abandonment to Healing: Overcoming your Self-Defeating Patterns

Susan Anderson

Abandonment is a primal human fear and the underlying cause of emotional distress and dysfunction.

Exploring Encaustic: Stretching the Boundaries of Hot Wax

Cari Hernandez

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

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

Jean Shinoda Bolen

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

The Gokhale Method® for a Pain-Free Life

Esther Gokhale

Why are so many of us in pain?

Weekend of November 21-23

Forgiveness and Intimacy: A Time of Acceptance

Mary Goldenson

All life is about relationships. Creating an alive and honest connection with an intimate partner requires us to go deeply into our hearts and allow the courageous self to emerge.

Loving Your Way to Enlightenment: The Path of Outrageous Love

Sally Kempton & Marc Gafni

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

The Art of Esalen® Massage

Brita Ostrom & Silvia Guersenzvaig

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

The Art of Joyful Living

Linda Bloom & Charlie Bloom

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

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

Lucia Horan & Davida Taurek

Movement is medicine. — Gabrielle Roth

The Soul Structure: Damanhur's Approach to Inner Personalities

Shama Viola

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

November 23-December 12

100-Hour Esalen® Massage Certification Program

Dean Marson & Peggy Horan

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

Week of November 23-28

5Rhythms®: Connections

Lucia Horan

Invisible threads are the strongest ties. — Friedrich Nietzsche

A Time to Reflect

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

Knowing the Self through Understanding the Mind

Pierre Grimes

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

Month of November 23-December 21

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

Michael Ableman

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

Work Study - Gestalt Awareness Practice

Dorothy Charles

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

Week of November 23-28

The MAX: Expanding the Limits of Your Self-Expression

Paula Shaw

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

Weekend of November 28-30

Improv Inspiration: Wit and Wisdom in an Instant 

Paula Shaw

This workshop is an adventure in releasing programmed patterns and discovering the delight of spontaneous creation.

Social Entrepreneurship: From Spiritual Values to Effective Action

Susan Collin Marks & John Marks

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

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

Shiva Rea

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

Week of November 30-December 5

A Time to Reflect

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

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

Jennifer Allen

What do you know deep in your bones?

Creative Tai Ji Practice: Play and Improvisation in Tao Living

Chungliang Al Huang

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

Introduction to Esalen® Massage: The Art of Healing Touch

Robin Fann-Costanzo & Silvia Guersenzvaig

This workshop is a wonderful opportunity for you to enjoy the beauty of Big Sur and the healing waters of the Esalen hot springs, while gaining a foundation in the art and practice of Esalen Massag

New Self, New World: A Healing Embodiment of Consciousness

Philip Shepherd

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

Secrets to Lasting Intimacy: Tantra for Couples 

Elsbeth Meuth & Freddy Zental Weaver

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

Weekend of December 5-7

Buddhism and the Twelve Steps 

Kevin Griffin

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

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

Suzanne Sterling

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

The Power of Dialogue: Finding Solutions that Work for Everyone

Miki Kashtan

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

The Tao of Global and Personal Ecology: Making Healthier Choices in Our Daily Lives

Chungliang Al Huang & Amory Lovins

For more than three decades, Amory Lovins and Chungliang Al Huang have shared a special kinship in the natural wisdom of the ineffable Tao.

The Writing Life

Ellen Bass

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

Week of December 7-12

A Time to Reflect

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

Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Stewart Cubley

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

Brilliant Body: Fundamentals of Conquering Injury and Pain

Jean Couch & Jenn Sherer

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

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

Stephan Schwartz

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

Total Immersion for Total Transformation

Raphael Cushnir

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

Weekend of December 12-14

Advanced Energy Efficiency and Alternative Supplies for Profitable Climate Protection

Amory Lovins

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

Beyond the “Revolving Door”: Gestalt Relational Constellations 

Gordon Wheeler & Nancy Lunney-Wheeler

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

Feeding the Future: Growing for Family, Neighborhood or Market

Michael Ableman & Josh Volk

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

Massage for Couples

Robin Fann-Costanzo & Tom Case

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

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

Michael Cornwall & David Lukoff

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

The Courage to Create

Phil Cousineau & Gregg Chadwick

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

Winemaker Dinner Weekend Holiday Retreat

Phillip Burrus

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

Weekend of December 19-21

A Big New Free Happy Unusual Life: Motion Improv Theater 

Nina Wise

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

A Time to Reflect

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

Aligning with Nature: A Winter Solstice Yoga Retreat

Sarana Miller

For centuries, winter solstice has been a time of reflection. Today, the holidays can be a hectic time of doing, leaving us feeling stressed and depleted.

Solstice Meditation Retreat

Mark Coleman & Lori Anne Schwanbeck

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

The Art of Gratefulness

Patricia Carlson

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

The Gift of Touch: An Esalen® Massage Holiday Retreat

Deborah Anne Medow & Jessica Fagan

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

Week of December 21-26

A Time to Reflect

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

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

Mark Coleman

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

Month of December 21-January 18

Legacy Group - The Buddhist Path of Awakening

Noah Levine

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

Work Study - Deep Bodywork®

Rob Wilks & Paul Wehrman

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

Week of December 21-28

Qigong for Health and Happiness

Mingtong Gu

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

Soul Motion™: Tenderness at the Heart of the Dance

Zuza Engler & Scott Engler

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

Weekend of December 26-28

A Time to Reflect

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

Massage for Couples

Char Pias & Oliver Bailey

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

Week of December 28-January 2

A Time to Reflect

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

New Year's Silent Meditation Retreat

Mark Abramson

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

Shadow Yoga and Ayurveda: Cultivating a Personal Practice

Scott Blossom & Chandra Easton with Robert Svoboda

Like the whales who gracefully navigate their winter migration down the California coast each year, we must cultivate a fluid mixture of perseverance, clear reckoning, skillful navigation of life's

The Natural Singer 

Claude Stein

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

Weekend of January 2-4

The 5 Core Capacities of Authentic Self-Love

Katherine Woodward Thomas

Many of us have a deep desire to change the world in major ways.

Month of January 11-February 22

250-hour Esalen® Massage Certification Program

Deborah Anne Medow & Perry Holloman

Esalen offers three levels of basic massage certification: For those already certified in massage by a state-approved school, the 100-hour course provides a certificate in Esalen Massage.

Month of January 11 - February 22

250-hour Esalen® Massage Certification Program

Deborah Anne Medow & Perry Holloman

Esalen offers two levels of basic certification in massage: For those already certified in massage by a state-approved school, the 100-Hour Esalen® Massage Certification Program provides all instru

Week of January 11-16

Partner Program: Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Training

Kristin Neff & Christopher Germer

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

Month of January 18-February 15

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

Sam Berne

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

Work Study - Spiritual Massage: Lightbody Infusion

Maria Lucia Bittencourt Sauer

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

Week of January 18-23

Yoga and Zen: One Bright Jewel

Tias Little & Henry Shukman

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

February 8-22

Special Program Alchemy of Transformation: A Yoga Teacher Training

Janet Stone & Sianna Sherman

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

Month of February 15-March 15

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

Tom Myers

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

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?

Month of March 15-April 12

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

Eric Moya

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

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

Mingtong Gu

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

Month of April 12-May 10

Legacy Group - Sharing Your Life Story

Ann Randolph

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

Work Study - Embodied Relational Gestalt

Michael Clemmens

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

Month of May 10-June 7

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

Paul Selig

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

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

Jeffrey Kripal

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

Month of June 7-July 5

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

Caroline Harvey

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

Work Study - Embodied Leadership in a Disembodied World

Don Hanlon Johnson

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

Week of June 28-July 3

Writers Camp

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

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


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