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Weekend of January 30-February 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 and non-reactivity.

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?

Living Presence: Soul Motion™ and Embodied Inquiry

Zuza Engler & Scott Engler

What if one day, you woke up smack in the midst of the human condition with absolutely no need to fix, deny, solve, or transcend anything?

Love Yourself and the Rest Will Follow

Mike Robbins

Self-love is one of those things that many of us know is important on our personal journey, yet can be challenging to embody and experience in an authentic way.

The 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 Ecstasy of Sound: A Music and Healing Workshop 

Jennifer Berezan

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

Week of February 1-6

The Sutras of Science: Science and Nonduality Retreat

Deepak Chopra, Robert Thurman, Michael Murphy, Menas Kafatos, Peter Russell, Richard Miller, Catherine Pepin, Francis Lucille & Rupert Spira

The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both. — Carl Sagan

Weekend of February 6-8

A Time To Reflect

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

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

Gina Ogden

Health, well-being, and intimate relationships are profoundly affected by sexual issues, yet most health professionals lack adequate training to help clients.

Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation

Cassandra Vieten

We are each always changing, always growing.

Psychedelic Medicines and the Mind

David Presti & Kristi Panik

Psychedelics are among the most interesting and poorly understood of all the psychoactive substances.

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.

Week of February 8-13

IAHE: Upledger Institute International's SomatoEmotional Release 2

Chas Perry

SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is a healing process that helps rid the mind and body of residual effects of past trauma and associated negative emotional experiences. Joint research efforts by Dr.

The Future of Leadership: Cultivating Heart and Mind for a Flourishing World

George Protos & Barrett Brown

In these times of wild complexity, change, and opportunity, how do we develop our hearts and minds to thrive – and help the world thrive – in the 21st century?

Trauma, Memory and the Restoration of One’s Self

Bessel van der Kolk & Dana Moore with Special Guest Licia Sky

Trauma changes the way the brain processes information and the body engages with the world. This course explores how trauma affects people’s rhythms within themselves and with their surroundings.

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

Gina Ogden

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

February 8-22

Path of Devotion: A Yoga Teacher Training

Janet Stone, Christopher Hareesh Wallis & Jason Nemer

Please note: standard and bunk bed accommodations are available for this program for tuition of $3900 and $3350 respectively. These costs include accommodations, meals, and the training.

Weekend of February 13-15

Everyday Leadership: Bringing All of Who You Are to Everything You Do

Athena Katsaros

Come discover the essence of your unique leadership and how to express it in every aspect of your life.

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.

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 15-20

Cultivate Romantic Intelligence: Moving From Fear to Love

Frances Verrinder & Michael Griffith

Developing romantic intelligence — the ability to engage in a loving, long-term romantic relationship — involves learning to express affection, tenderness, kindness, and sexual love, as well as ide

Exploring the Gift of Healing through Hypnosis

Roxanna Erickson-Klein & Mary Ellen Bluntzer

Enrich your healing abilities by exploring the interface of science and hypnosis.

Letting Loose: Remembering Expressive Mark Making

Joanne Beaule Ruggles

From the bottom of your feet to the tips of your fingers, employ your entire body to make marks that are in touch with and communicate your emotions.

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.

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?

Weekend of February 20-22

Medical Qigong - Qi Empowerment: Cultivate Supreme Well-Being of Body-Mind-Spirit

Roger Jahnke

“You will be amazed when you understand the definition of ‘medical’ in relation to qigong mind-body practice,” Roger Jahnke writes. “What limits you or restrains your potential?

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

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.

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 February 22-27

Create Personal Divinatory Cards with SoulCollage®

Mariabruna Sirabella

Are you ready for a full immersion in creativity? Access your imagination and intuition to create unique collages, and begin your own deck of imaginal cards: it is simple and satisfying.

Enlivening Meditation Practice

Bill Morgan & Susan Morgan

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

Esalen Farm to Table: Farmstead Traditions

Phillip Burrus

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

Hanna Somatics: Freeing Your Body and 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.

Soul Motion™: Pause Presence

Vinn 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 Arjuna Mar

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

Tracee Stanley

Are you living to your fullest potential?

Zero Balancing II

Jim McCormick

This will be a special version of Zero Balancing II.

Weekend of February 27-March 1

A Time to Reflect

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

Putting the Science of Happiness into Practice

Emiliana Simon-Thomas & Dacher Keltner

We all want to be happy, and there are countless ideas about what happiness is and how we can get it. It may be difficult, even disheartening, to dig in.

Week of March 1-6

A Time to Reflect

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

Dance of Oneness: Creative Fire

Banafsheh Sayyad with Tony Khalife

Creation is a frame, creation is a chalice, how do you fill it? - Rumi

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.

Full- Spectrum Gestalt Sex Therapy: A Comprehensive Training in Relationship and Sexual Enhancement

Stella Resnick

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

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.

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.

Weekend of March 6-8

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

Mariah Fenton Gladis

"The essential foundation of being loved is to first love yourself," Mariah Fenton Gladis writes. "That doesn’t mean a narcissistic pride, preoccupation with self, or conceit.

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

Ryan Babineaux

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

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

Heart of the Song – A Foray into Songwriting

Johnsmith & Julie Baker

Come take your seat alongside other aspiring songwriters as we explore the ins and outs of songwriting.

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 8-13

Introduction to Esalen® Massage: The Art of Healing Touch

Jessica Fagan & 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

Painting From The Source

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.

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.

The Healing Breath: Qigong for Springtime Renewal

Kenneth Cohen

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

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 13-15

Conscious Leadership: Accessing Presence to become Whole, Congruent and Flexible

Raj Sisodia, Vijay Bhat & Nilima Bhat

The world’s many crises call for a new breed of leaders. Arising from its military origins, leadership-as-usual mostly takes an outside-in, competency-based approach.

Opening the Pelvis, Balancing the Core

Tom Myers

As the keystone of human architecture, the pelvis is a potent center of power and feeling.

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 15-20

A Time To Reflect

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

Meditation, Kundalini and the Inner Marriage

Sally Kempton

To live a truly awakened life, it’s essential that we bring together our inner masculine and feminine polarities.

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 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.

March 18-20

Massage Retreat for Couples   

Carl Swanson & Laurie Lioness Parizek

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

Weekend of March 20-22

Fire and Flow: Spring Equinox Regeneration Retreat

Shiva Rea with G Sathyanarayanan & Demetri Velisarius

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

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.

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.

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 March 22-27

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?

Mindfulness and Lovingkindness Meditation

Shauna Shapiro

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

Relational Gestalt Practice: The Transformative Power of Emotion

Dorothy Charles

Each of us finds our true selves through our emotions.

Revisioning Your Hero’s Journey®: A Mythological Toolbox (22nd ed., revised)

Robert Walter & The Joseph Campbell Foundation

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

The Practical Art of Living Flow: A Spring Regeneration Retreat

Shiva Rea with G Sathyanarayanan & Demetri Velisarius

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

Weekend of March 27-29

Be Confident; Question Everything

Marc Lesser

To create an inspired and effective life, we must cultivate confidence as well as vulnerability and inquiry.

Become a Better B Corp Leader: Best Practices to B the Change

Flip Brown & Amy Hartzler

The rapidly expanding world of certified B Corps provides benefits to employees, customers, communities, and the planet.

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.

Esalen® Massage - The Basics

Daniela Urbassek & Laurie Lioness Parizek

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

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

The Writing Life

Ellen Bass

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

Week of March 29-April 3

Beginning Integral Way Tai Chi™: Walking on Clouds

Kenn Chase & Victoria Chase

Tai chi is the ancient art of moving meditation.

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

Gravity and Grace: Yoga for Longevity

Peter Sterios

Yoga is a discipline created by ancient Indian sages for increasing life force and providing the means for a long and healthy life.

Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Advanced Back-work: Healing Acute and Chronic Back Pain

Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Competent, deep soft-tissue work is an invaluable tool in the skill-set of today’s successful massage and bodywork practitioner.

Reclaiming Your Authentic Self

Anne Watts

Have you ever found yourself thinking you want one thing but doing something else? The thing you’re doing comes from the inner child. What, exactly, is the inner child?

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.

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 April 3-5

A Weekend of Advanced Esalen® Massage

Rob Wilks & Vicki Topp

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

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.

Open Floor Encounter

Andrea Juhan

Open Floor Encounter is an exhilarating group process that contains elements of Gestalt Awareness Practice (GAP), psychodrama, movement, and somatic psychotherapy.

Sharing Your Life Story: From the Page to the Stage

Ann Randolph

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

The Magical Family 

Ivy Mayer Lavie

The Esalen Art Barn is home base for this weekend of play, creativity, and celebration. Families will have the opportunity to explore, make art, and celebrate a renewed connection with each other.

Week of April 5-10

Shadow, Skill and Breakthrough: Advanced Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Psychology Training

Sianna Sherman, Ronald Alexander, Ashley Turner & Theodore Kyriakos

Join us for a dynamic integration of mindfulness, yoga, and Western psychology.

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

The Promise: Advanced Yoga for Everyone

Mark Whitwell

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

Weekend of April 10-12

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.

A Future Unexpected: Women Redefining an Unimagined Life

Daphne Rose Kingma

Women growing into their forties — or fifties, sixties, or seventies — are more than ever finding themselves on a path they’d never expected, either because of choices or out-of-the-blue life chang

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

The Desire Path to Enlightenment

Scott Von

The whole of evolution, in fact, is an evolution from unconscious divinity to conscious divinity in which God Himself, essentially eternal and unchangeable, assumes an infinite variety of forms, en

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?

Wired for Love: An Insider's Guide to Your Relationship

Stanley Tatkin with Tracey Tatkin

“There is perhaps nothing more difficult than relating to another person,” says Stan Tatkin, clinician, researcher, teacher, and developer of A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy®.

Week of April 12-17

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.

Esalen® Massage and Meditation

Oliver Bailey & Peggy Horan

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

Self-Acceptance: The Heart of Healing

Joe Cavanaugh

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

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 Eternal Return: Honoring the Life and Work of Emilie Conrad

Donnalea Van Vleet Goelz & Beth Pettengill Riley

The universe communicates to us through resonant streams that are separate from everyday functional movements.

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.

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.

Week of April 12 - 17, 2015

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

Weekend of April 17-19

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.

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.

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

Micheline Berry with Joey Lugassy & Ensemble

Join us for a spring detox immersion into the healing depths of your own yoga practice, contemplative meditation, live music and percussion, ecstatic dance, and Esalen's famous hot springs and heal

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?

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

Gahl Sasson

What is Kabbalah? Why did people from different cultural traditions risk their lives to study it? How can it help us improve our lives today?

Organic Skin and Body Care from the Garden

Rachel Berry

Discover the joy of making your own organic skin care products. Once you learn some basic herbal processing skills, you can easily make your own skin creams, facial scrubs, skin toners, and more.

Week of April 19-24

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

 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.

Weekend of April 24-26

5Rhythms®: Grief, Loss and the Body in Motion

Lucia Horan & Peter Selwyn

Have you experienced loss and the natural emotions of sadness, anger, fear, and love? How do you process your losses and move through your life?

Close Yet Free: The Path to Making a Good Relationship Even Better

Gerald Smith

How can you be open and vulnerable to love your partner, and, at the same time, free to continue to grow as an individual?

Creating Extraordinary Impact: The True Purpose of Business and Life

Norman Wolfe with Jane Wolfe

Do you want to express your divine nature in everything you do? Are you ready to expand beyond limiting beliefs?

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


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

Integral Transformative Practice®: The Essential Esalen Experience

Pam Kramer & Barry Robbins

What changes do you envision for yourself?

Meditation as the Medicine of the Mind: Research and Practice

Alejandro Chaoul & Lorenzo Cohen

Does meditation have power to heal the body?

Tasting Life: Men and Living in the Now

Matt Englar-Carlson & Mark Stevens

Men’s lives are often driven by a desire and expectation to climb the ladder of success.

Week of April 26-May 1

5Rhythms®: Heartbeat

Lucia Horan

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

Abandonment to Healing: Overcoming Your Self-Defeating Patterns

Susan Anderson

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

Painting the Outer and Inner Landscape

Adam Wolpert

Painting can be a profound experience — one that engages all of our senses, our minds, and our spirits. It brings together observation with introspection, contemplation, and healing.

Temple of Shamanic Dream Healing

Robert Moss

You are invited to enter the temple of dream healing for the renewal of body and soul. Come ready to dream deep.

Week of April 26-May 3

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

Harriet Goslins & Sybil Krauter

How we sit, stand, move, or respond to contact with others reflects patterns wired into our nervous systems in infancy. By early childhood, conflicting intentions distort these patterns.

Weekend of May 1-3

Find Your Focus, Master Distraction and Get the Right Things Done

Peter Bregman

How would it feel to focus on the right things, use the best of who you are, and avoid the distractions that subvert your efforts?

Gay Men Thriving in Mindfulness: Bring Greater Ease and Joy into Your Life

Rik Isensee & James Guay

What does mindfulness practice have to offer gay men? Many of us have made great strides overcoming homophobia and shame. We are truly creative survivors of adversity!

Mindfulness in Deep Relationship: Savoring the Sources of Nourishment

Jerome Front

This retreat invites participants to open to their most elemental relationship, that which exists between the body, mind, and the natural world as it manifests through eating, food, and our senses.

Transformation through Neuroscience: Enhance Your Brain to Reach Your Potential 

Annellen Simpkins & C. Alexander Simpkins

Neuroscience is the new frontier.

Week of May 3-8


Nicholas Wilton

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

Taoist Sexual Secrets: The Alchemy of Energy and Ecstasy

Lee Holden

Within us is a wellspring of vitality known as qi waiting to amplify every aspect of our lives.

The Posture of Observation

Thomas Michael Fortel & Sarana Miller

One of the great benefits of ongoing yoga practice is the development of our ability to pause, and to rest in the posture of observation: an inner state of conscious awareness.

The Radiance of Energy, Body and Consciousness

Jim Kepner & Carol DeSanto

“By working with the subtle energy systems present in the human body, we foster awareness from the densest bone to the finest aspects of the energy field,” write Jim Kepner and Carol DeSanto. “The

May 6-8

A Time to Reflect

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

Weekend of May 8-10

Brain Care: The Neuroscience of Self-Care

Linda Graham

When we nourish and replenish our brains, we are nourishing and replenishing ourselves.

Building Collaborative Relationships through Five Essential Skills

Jim Tamm with Mayte Barba

This is a how-to course for people who want to be more effective at creating climates of trust, building relationships, and dealing with conflict — at work, at home, or within oneself.

Distilling Garden Plants and Creating Organic Skincare Products

Eden Jamila Clearbrook

Come participate in the transformation of fresh, organic botanicals into pure distillates, smooth and silky moisturizing face creams, and flower-rich massage oils.

Esalen® Massage for Couples, Friends or Family Members

Carl Swanson & Vicki Topp

Come with your partner to discover the movements and creative, loving connections available to your relationship through Esalen Massage.

Mother's Day Family Workshop

Joanna Claassen & Sean Brennan

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

The Posture Dance Connection

Esther Gokhale

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

You Were Born to Receive: 7 Steps to a Life of Energy, Passion and Purpose

Amanda Owen

Are you better at giving than receiving? Do you know how to help others get what they want but don’t know what you want?

Week of May 10-15

A Time to Reflect

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


Juergen Bamberger

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

Land of Milk and Honey: An Introduction to Farmstead Arts

Charlie Cascio & Liam McDermott

Would you like to reconnect with farmstead traditions and develop your ability to produce and prepare your own food?

Lean Inward: Yoga and Personal Leadership

Michele Hébert & Mehrad Nazari

Extraordinary leaders master their inner environment to achieve greatness in and for the world around them.

Liberating Your Essential Self: The Alchemy of Love and Aliveness

Karishma Darby

There is a deep desire in all of us to know ourselves, to live and love from our most essential nature.

Transforming Trauma with EMDR: Advanced Clinical Workshop and Refresher Course (Part 3) 

Laurel Parnell

Refresh your technique and review EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) protocols and procedures, consult on your difficult cases, watch demonstrations, and practice EMDR in small, s

Wake Up and Write! (Writing as a Path to Awakening)

Albert Flynn DeSilver

Are you ready to experience, and then write forth, the truth of who you really are?

Month of May 10-June 7

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

Paul Selig

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

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

Jeffrey Kripal

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

Weekend of May 15-17

Changes and Transitions in Your 30s and 40s: How to Stay True to Yourself

Phillip Moffitt

Your 30s and 40s are a transitional time in life. For most people, these decades are a time to make unique choices about how you want your life to be, and to find and step into your power.

Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice

Lisa Firestone & Joyce Catlett

Are you living the life you were destined to live or are you living someone else’s life? Are your actions based on what you really feel and believe or on negative programming from your past?

The Quantum Dynamics of Consciousness and Healing Dreams

Ernest Rossi & Kathryn Rossi

The Quantum Dynamics of Consciousness and Healing Dreams Ernest Rossi & Kathryn Rossi

Walking an Authentic Path: Purpose and Meaning in Your Twenties and Early Thirties

Kerena Saltzman

Are you part of the millennial generation of people in their twenties to early thirties?

Winemaker Dinner Weekend Retreat

Phillip Burrus

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

Week of May 17-22

Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Stewart Cubley

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

Evidence-Based Traditional Taiji (T'ai Chi) and Qigong: Nurturing Mind, Body, and Spirit

Yang Yang & Robert Sheeler

Master Yang is a traditionally trained, internationally recognized taiji and qigong grandmaster who has distilled essential aspects of these arts into an easy-to-learn program suitable for people o

Love and Belonging: Harvesting the Power of Attachment, Intimacy and Autonomy

Dyrian Benz-Chartrand & JoAnne Chartrand-Benz

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

Straw Into Gold: The Alchemy of Memoir

Katy Butler

Do you have a story you are longing to tell? Take a great leap forward with a passionate teacher whose bestselling memoir was named a NY Times Notable Book of the year.

Touching Essence™: Esalen® Massage and Essential Oils

Daniela Urbassek & Ellen Watson

The artistry of a skilled Esalen® Massage practitioner is recognized among connoisseurs of bodywork all over the world.

Transforming the Judgmental Mind

Donald Rothberg

Judgments of a reactive and often automatic nature are very strong in most of our lives, and also in the dominant culture.

Walk on the Wild Side: Hiking the Big Sur Country

Steven Harper with Adam Rumack

"What’s the quickest way out of the city?" John Muir is reported to have asked a stranger on the street of the metropolis in which Muir had just arrived. "Where do you want to go?" the man asked.

Weekend of May 22-24

Couples' Communication Retreat

Warren Farrell

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

Evidence-Based Traditional Taiji (T'ai Chi) and Qigong: Nurturing Mind, Body, and Spirit

Yang Yang & Robert Sheeler

Master Yang is a traditionally trained, internationally recognized taiji and qigong grandmaster who has distilled essential aspects of these arts into an easy-to-learn program suitable for people o

Family Mindfulness Retreat

Ivy Mayer Lavie

Imagine a beautiful and protected space that supports you to mindfully turn within and find greater ease, and gives you space to play and just be with your family—all held in the dramatic natural s

Mind, Mood and Happiness: Transforming the Self 

Ronald Alexander

People can learn to change their thinking and behavior in ways that enhance happiness and well-being.

Week of May 24-29

Exposure and Intimacy: The Alchemy of Photography

Andy Abrahams Wilson

Photography is a profound exchange of light energy.

Gestalt Practice and Cortical Field Re-Education: Developing Emotional and Somatic Resources

Dorothy Charles & Patrice Hamilton

Increasing awareness of our somatic sense of self provides new options for developing more effective psychological and physical patterns.

IAHE: The Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 1

Eric Moya

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

Prometheus Rising: How to Harness Peak Experiences to Become Your Greatest Self

Jamie Wheal & Steven Kotler

We've all had those moments in which time slows down, we lose our sense of self, and the task at hand becomes effortless and "in the flow." The trouble is, we've never known where those moments cam

Soul Motion™: The Practice

Michael Molin-Skelton

“Soul Motion is a movement practice during which we cultivate our capacity for listening to the deep wisdom of the body and the silent whisperings of the soul,” Michael and Anneli write.

The Art and Science of the Yoga Sequence

Ulrika Engman

Sequencing is a term used in yoga meaning how poses are linked together. If a single pose is a word, then a sequence is a poem.

Weekend of May 29-31

Being Present for Your Life: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

James Baraz

How much are you present for your own life?

Expand Your Vinyasa Flow Yoga Toolkit

Ulrika Engman

There are many tools in yoga that greatly enhance, support, and liberate the body’s full potential for increased range of movement and help align the spine with the limbs.

I Am the Word: The Energetics of Consciousness

Paul Selig

In his breakthrough works of channeled literature, I Am the Word and The Book of Love and Creation, author and medium Paul Selig recorded a program for personal and planetary evolution as humankind

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

Pam Kramer

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

Week of May 31-June 5

A New Beginning: Courage and Heart

Mary Goldenson

One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began . . . — Mary Oliver Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. — Mark Twain

Cycles: A 5Rhythms® Exploration of the Rhythms of Life

Jonathan Horan

In this workshop, rooted in Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms movement practice, we use our dance like archeologists to dig beneath the surface, to seek buried treasures and pearls of wisdom gleaned from o

Deep Writing

Eric Maisel

Eric Maisel’s Deep Writing workshops are simple in structure and powerful in effect. The group creates a genuinely safe environment because participants’ writing is neither shared nor critiqued.

Experiencing the Esalen Farm and Garden

Christopher La Rose & Jessica Spain

For more than forty years, the Esalen Farm and Garden has provided a holistic model of food security and sustainability—producing food that sustains, heals, and educates the community.

Improv: Expand Yourself with Laughter

Dixie Cox & Clifford Henderson

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

More Than a Communication Workshop

Jean Morrison & Martine Amita Algier

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) has been described as a a powerful tool for social change and leadership development, a personal practice for clarifying and living one’s values, a guide for interper

Weekend of June 5-7

Enjoying Meditation: Returning to Ease

Peter Russell

Discover how something as simple as surrendering all resistance in meditation can open us to the peace and joy that lie within.

Guardian Qigong: Boost Your Inner Power

Robert Peng

When our internal organs are strong and healthy, we radiate an energy field called Guardian Qi that protects the body from the environment. Strong Guardian Qi also enhances the immune system.

Herbs for Restoration and Relaxation

Darren Huckle

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

Practical Intuition: Full Effectiveness Living

Laura Day

You cannot divide the material and the spiritual world. We are all part of one energy, and yet we often revere the spirit without valuing the material "self" too.

Week of June 7-12

Deep Tissue Skills for Massage Practitioners: Healing the Neck, Opening the Chest and Freeing Breath

Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

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

Plein Air Painting in Big Sur

Jennifer McChristian

Join award-winning painter Jennifer McChristian for a five-day intensive workshop for all levels of artists who want to learn the time-honored joy of painting en plein air.

Qigong Empowerment and Healing Intensive

Robert Peng

As a boy in China, Robert Peng apprenticed secretly under the legendary Buddhist monk Xiao Yao, who trained him in the martial and healing arts.

Songwriting: Catch and Release

Cris Williamson

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

Visionseeker: The Shaman's Path into Illumination

Hank Wesselman

The rediscovery of shamanism has emerged as a major thrust in the spiritual reawakening of the Western world.

Month of June 7-July 5

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

Caroline Harvey

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

Work Study - Embodied Leadership in a Disembodied World

Don Hanlon Johnson

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

Weekend of June 12-14

Awake in the Wild - Meditation in Nature

Mark Coleman

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

Dynamic Woman Qigong

Deborah Davis

Qigong is an ancient system of self-healing from China that has been used for more than 2,000 years to maintain health, achieve longevity, and treat disease.

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.

Jump Start Your Memoir: Write it From the Heart 

Nancy Slonim Aronie

This writing workshop is about reclaiming your voice. It’s about using your own language, your own rhythms, and writing your own story.

The Jewish Path to Liberation and Transformation

Michael Lerner & Cat Zavis

You don't have to be Jewish to experience what is liberating and hope-generating in the Jewish faith.

Weekend of June 19-21

The Power of Grace: Recognizing Unexpected Gifts on the Path

David Richo

If we think back over the relationships and milestones of our lives, we notice that often something wonderfully helpful or surprisingly beneficial happened without our choice, effort, plan, or expe

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, Kai Harper & Kes Harper

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

Radiance Sutras Playground and Jam Session

Lorin Roche, Camille Maurine & Dave Stringer

Come play in the luminous world of The Radiance Sutras, a sensuous, poetic version of a classic yoga text, the Vijñana Bhairava Tantra.

Waking Up, Together : Soul Motion™ and Embodied Inquiry

Zuza Engler & Scott Engler

What if one day, you woke up smack in the midst of the human condition with absolutely no need to fix, deny, solve, or transcend anything?

Week of June 14-19

Esalen's 11th Annual Yoga Festival: Summer Solstice Sadhana

Janet Stone, Sianna Sherman, Saul David Raye & Christopher Tompkins

Since ancient times, solstices and equinoxes have been essential and sacred points in the year to honor the flow of life on earth. They are times for us to come back into balance and harmony.

Week of June 21-26

A Time to Reflect

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

Esalen Farm to Table: Farmstead Traditions

Phillip Burrus

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

Inner Power Qigong: The 9 Phases of Qi Cultivation and Mastery

Roger Jahnke

The greatest promise is that we can heal our own pain and suffering, our body-mind-spirit.

Kirtan Flight School

Dave Stringer

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

Simply Wild: Experiencing Nature

Steven Harper

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

Soul Motion™: Sanctuary

Vinn Arjuna Martí

sanc•tu•ary n, 1. A sacred place, such as a church, temple, or mosque. 2. A place of refuge or asylum.

Weekend of June 26-28

Claiming Your Voice

Meredith Haberfeld

Some of the greatest leaps in personal development come when we stop believing that others have more access to deep wisdom than we do, have superior opinions to ours, or hold sway over us—when we f

Introduction to Esalen® Massage: The Art of Healing Touch 

Brita Ostrom & Peggy Horan

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

Love Yourself - For Everyone Else's Sake

Mark Abramson

This workshop directly challenges the confusion surrounding the issue of self-love. Self-love is the most altruistic of all practices.

Love, Sexuality, Relationship and the Will of Your Heart 

Siegmar Gerken & Cornelia Gerken

Love is resonance with the flow of life. It connects us with all existence.

The Promise: Advanced Yoga for Everyone

Mark Whitwell

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

Week of June 28-July 3

Writers Camp

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

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

Week of July 5-12

From Oppression to Freedom: Social Inequality and Justice in Film

Francis Lu & Brother David Steindl-Rast

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

Month of July 5-August 2

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

Nina Merrens

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

Work Study - High Performance Leadership: How to Unleash your Full Potential

George Kohlrieser

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

Weekend of July 10-12

Navel Intelligence: A Journey into the Core of You

Kia Miller & Schuyler Grant

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

Week of July 12-19

Love in the Families Among Us: The View from Film

Francis Lu & Brother David Steindl-Rast

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

Week of July 12-17

The Painting Process Rediscovered: The Magic of Spontaneous Expression

Michele Cassou with Aline Gittleman & Anna Billings

For many of us, it is difficult to simply let go and create. Programmed to fear being judged, we set narrow boundaries on our creativity.

Week of July 19-24

IAHE - Full Body Presence: Grounding and Healthy Boundaries

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

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

Week of July 24-31

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

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

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

Weekend of July 24-26

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.

Month of August 2-30

Legacy Group - Leadership and Presence

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

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

Work Study - Speak to Inspire

Peter Meyers

The opportunity to lead comes to us every day. Whether we're at the dining room table, in a conference room, or on a public platform, leadership in action is about bringing our best ideas into the

Weekend of August 7-9

Leadership Embodiment for a Sustainable Future

Wendy Palmer

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

Weekend of August 28-30

IAHE - Full Body Presence: Skills to Energize Your Life

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

Energize your daily life in this weekend workshop.

Month of August 30-September 27

Work Study - 5Rhythms® Dance and Conscious Movement Practice

Geordie Jahner

The body is the vessel in which the transformation process takes place. - James Hillman.

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

Christina Dauenhauer

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

Week of September 13-18

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

Rick Hanson with Jan Hanson

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

Month of September 27-October 25

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

Month of October 25-November 22

Legacy Group - Practicing Presence through Body Centered Awareness

Patrice Hamilton

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

Work Study - Relational Gestalt Practice

Dorothy Charles

Living a full and connected life requires our capacity to feel and to make use of our emotional experience.

Month of November 22-December 20

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

Jovinna Chan

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

Work Study - Embodied Relational Gestalt

Michael Clemmens

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

Month of December 20-January 17

Work Study - Deep Bodywork®

Rob Wilks

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


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