Ralph Abraham, chaos mathematician and theorist, is the author or coauthor of several math texts and three philosophical books. He is professor of mathematics at UC Santa Cruz.
Leaders at Esalen
Learn more about Esalen workshop leaders from past and present.
Mark Abramson is part of the Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine and heads Stanford’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program. He teaches at Stanford's School of Medicine and is on staff at Stanford Hospital.
Christine Ageton is managing director at BALLE - The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. Her focus areas include strategy, monitoring and evaluation, and program development. Her previous work includes economic development programs in Peru with the Clinton Foundation, and conservation planning with the Inter-American Development Bank and The World Bank in Central America.
Dee Dettman Ahern, RPT, has been a manual physical therapist since 1978 and has studied with The Upledger Institute since 1984. A practitioner of Visceral Manipulation since 1987 and a teacher since 1994, she teaches and speaks internationally for the Barral Institute.
Leah Alchin began her Tantric education in 1997. She is an advanced certified Tantra Educator with the Source School of Tantra Yoga and has her own private practice. A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, she is a powerful advocate of Tantric sexual awakening and healing.
Ronald Alexander, PhD, is the director of the Open Mind Training Institute, and leads trainings internationally in mindfulness, mind-body therapies, and transformational leadership. He is the author of Wise Mind Open Mind.
Martine Amita Algier is a certified trainer with The Center for Nonviolent Communication and a founding member of the West Marin Community Mediation Board, teaching and consulting with families, business groups, schools, and other organizations in California and Europe since the 1960s.
David Allen, a graduate of UCLA School of Medicine, has 25 years of experience in anti-aging and preventative medicine, as well as in alternative treatment of acute and chronic diseases. He is board-certified in emergency medicine, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, and body-mind medicine.
Jennifer Allen, MFT, ATR-BC, author of Bone Knowing, is also an artist, art therapist, and psychotherapist specializing in grief. She has been active in Medicine Wheel, Mystery School, and Elder’s Council groups since 2001.
Suze Allen is a writer, editor, and coach. She is the owner of Manuscript Mentor, the creator of Mama-logues: Writing Workouts for Mamas, and coauthor of The Time-Starved Woman’s Guide to Emotional Wellbeing, with SD Shanti.
Lillie Allen is founder and executive director of Be Present, Inc. and creator of the Be Present Empowerment Model®. Lillie develops leadership approaches that engage individuals to cross boundaries, open up honest dialogue about differences, and commit to joint action and shared responsibility.
Christina Allen is a Senior Staff Lead Teacher at the Light Body School of the Four Winds Society, founded by Alberto Villoldo. Classically trained in physics, neuroscience and yoga, her brings a balanced perspective on energy medicine to her passionate teaching. She works at the level of the soul to break the larger mythic patterns that shape and distort our lives, and realigns us with our original destinies. Christina's classes, workshops and healing work are in high demand around the world.
Eugene Allen is a national Be Present, Inc. trainer and member of the Regional Community Organizing Core Group in Atlanta, Georgia. Eugene’s areas of focus are developing the leadership of young men and boys, and building sustainable partnerships with social justice organizations.
Steve Almond is the author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction, three of which he published himself. His work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best American Erotica, Tin House, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, The Sun, and elsewhere. He lives near Boston.
Laura Amazzone is a yogini, author, teacher, and jewelry artist who teaches classes and workshops in California and beyond. She is the author of Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power, and adjunct faculty in the Yoga Philosophy program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Katchie Ananda is an internationally recognized yoga and dharma teacher whose leadership in yoga and social change prompted Yoga Journal to name her one of five top yoga teachers making change in the world.
Susan Anderson, is a psychotherapist who has spent 30 years of research, scholarship, and clinical experience working with victims of abandonment trauma and loss. Founder of "Abandonment Recovery," she is author of Taming Your Outer Child, Journey from Abandonment to Healing, Black Swan, and others.
Marc Andrus, Rt. Rev., is the Episcopal Bishop of California. His leadership has focused on key issues related to peace and justice, including immigration reform, climate change, civil rights for LBGT persons, and health care.
Susan Aposhyan trains professionals in her Body-Mind Psychotherapy. She is the author of Natural Intelligence: Body-Mind Integration and Human Development and Body-Mind Psychotherapy. She has been practicing meditation and body-mind disciplines for more than 30 years, and integrates science with healing and meditative experience.
Bonnie Argo, E-RYT 500, is a yoga teacher, devotional singer, and powerful bodyworker who has been teaching movement and healing arts for more than10 years. Bonnie co-founded the Radiant Yoga School, and leads Yoga Alliance teacher trainings, AcroYoga Immersions, and anatomy workshops worldwide.
Alison A. Armstrong is the author of four books including The Queen’s Code. Her compassion, side-splitting humor and “illumination” approach to historical/hysterical relationships and the new paradigm of partnership has endeared her to workshop attendees and radio listeners since 1995.
Nancy Slonim Aronie is the author of Writing from the Heart. A former commentator for NPR’s “All Things Considered,” she received the Derek Bok Teacher of the Year award at Harvard for two consecutive years, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Artist in Residence “Eye of the Beholder” award. She teaches the Chilmark Writing Workshop on Martha’s Vineyard.
Diana Arsenian helps individuals and organizations achieve change through strategic visioning and graphic facilitation. She has worked with Appreciative Inquiry for the past 15 years, and applies this philosophy within her coaching practice. She is also a certified SoulCollage® facilitator.
Janet Attwood is the New York Times bestselling author of The Passion Test: The Effortless Path To Discovering Your Life Purpose. Janet’s program, The Passion Test, now has over 1000 Passion Test-Certified Facilitators internationally. She has presented alongside the Dalai Lama, Richard Branson, Jack Canfield, and others.
James Bailey, LAc, Dipl OM, Dipl Ayu, E-RYT, is a licensed practitioner of Ayurveda and Oriental Medicine and has been teaching yoga philosophy and advanced yoga worldwide for nearly 20 years. He specializes in eastern teachings. He teaches internationally and maintains a private practice in Pacific Palisades, California.
Julie Baker is a psychotherapist specializing in empowerment of the individual’s authentic voice, recovery from substance abuse, and navigation of life transitions. She works with creative process as an expression of one’s inner landscape. She has a private practice in Marin County, Calif.
Juergen Bamberger is an educator and pioneer in the Gyrotonic field who has trained countless Gyrotonic instructors around the world. His 20-year teaching experience is infused with his background in dance, many modalities of bodywork and movement techniques, and energy work.
The Banana Slug String Band is a group of lovable musicians and educators from the coastal redwoods of Northern California. Since 1987 the Slugs have dedicated themselves to making great music for kids that teaches science and a love of this green earth.
Sherri Baptiste, the founder of Baptiste Power of Yoga and daughter of yoga pioneers Walt and Magana Baptiste, is an internationally acclaimed teacher. She has been teaching since her teens and has trained and inspired numerous leading yoga teachers.
James Baraz has been teaching meditation since 1978. He leads workshops internationally, is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, Calif., and is on the International Advisory Board of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. James coauthored Awakening Joy with Shoshana Alexander.
Jane Baraz has been practicing meditation since 1976 and leads Awakening Joy workshops internationally. She served on the board of directors at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and helped start the Spirit Rock Family Program. Jane is a life coach who helps women live with more purpose, balance, and fulfillment.
Ysaye Barnwell, a member of the African-American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in The Rock, is a composer, arranger, author, and actress. A vocalist with a range of more than three octaves, she appears on more than 25 recordings with Sweet Honey and other artists.
Cedar Barstow founded Right Use of Power and is a consultant and teacher on ethics issues. She has been designing, developing, and teaching this approach since 1994. Cedar’s background includes 20 years as a psychotherapist and 15 years as a teacher.
Ellen Bass has supported and inspired writers for 40 years. Her many books include Mules of Love,The Human Line (poetry), and The Courage to Heal, which has sold more than a million copies. She teaches at Pacific University's low-residency MFA program.
Joanne Beaule Ruggles, visual artist and professor emeritus, was named finalist for Cal Poly State University's Distinguished Teaching Award (2000), and was granted its Distinguished Research Award (2004). Subsequently she received artist grants from James Irvine, Puffin, and Capelli d'Angeli Foundations.
Judith Bell, MS, founder-president of the Authentic Leadership Institute, trains consultants nationally and internationally. While working with NASA frequently, she addresses productivity through people skills, co-authored Lovers for Life, and chaired Antioch San Francisco’s Creative Arts Therapy Master’s Program.
Dyrian Benz, PsyD, is a mindfulness and somatic psychology educator. A cofounder of Hakomi Institute and Embodied Psychology Association, he conducts trainings in Relational Constellations and is a longtime Diamond Approach student. He published Group Field: A Practitioner’s Guide.
David Berceli, PhD, is an international expert in trauma recovery for large populations. Creator of a revolutionary set of Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE), he has worked globally in war-torn countries and natural disaster zones.
Jennifer Berezan is a singer/songwriter, teacher, and activist. Her groundbreaking work as a recording artist and teacher has established her as a leading voice in the field of music, ritual, and healing. She has released 8 albums and produces large-scale multicultural, ecstatic ritual events.
Beverly Berg, MFT, PhD, has been active in the field of recovery since 1982. Dr. Berg’s work is founded on the integration of psychological, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being, and specializes in somatic psychology, which focuses on the complex relationship between mind and body.
Sam Berne, OD, is board certified in behavioral optometry, a certified craniosacral therapist, a certified aromatherapist, and an authorized Continuum teacher. He has written three books and produced a DVD on holistic health, autism, and vision therapy.
Susan Bernstein helps people navigate transitions by integrating their embodied intelligence. Her transformational approaches blend left-brain logic honed over 20 years in corporate America with right-brain creative movement gleaned from pioneering research in mind-body psychology.
Rich Berrett has committed more than 35 years to enhancing and embodying awareness. He is a clinician, university professor, and founding president of Imagery International. His extensive background reflects the importance of body awareness, imagery, family systems, Gestalt, and deep learning.
Micheline Berry's work catalyzes healing and transformation through a cohesive fusion of vinyasa flow yoga, world beat music, somatic arts, and meditation. Based at Exhale in Venice, Calif., Micheline leads Liquid Asana™ teacher trainings, yoga workshops, and retreats internationally.
Rachel Berry, MA blends her expertise in community health, medicinal herbs, and sustainable living practices to inspire and promote home-scale herbalism. She owns and operates Sierra Botanica, offering localized herbal care products and herbal home-care classes.
Maria Lucia Bittencourt Sauer has practiced spiritual healing in Brazil and the US since 1982. She has been a resident student and teacher at Esalen and conducts trainings and seminars internationally.
Charlie Bloom is an educator, therapist, and seminar leader. He and his wife Linda are cofounders of Bloomwork and coauthors of Secrets of Great Marriages: Real Truth from Real Couples about Lasting Love and 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married. He has facilitated workshops internationally since 1982.
Linda Bloom is a licensed clinical social worker and educator. She and her husband Charlie are cofounders of Bloomwork and coauthors of Secrets of Great Marriages: Real Truth from Real Couples about Lasting Love and 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married.
Scott Blossom is a Traditional Chinese Medical practitioner, Shadow Yoga teacher, and Ayurvedic consultant. He has studied yoga for more than 18 years and taught for 12. His primary teachers are Zhander Remete, founder of Shadow Yoga, and Dr. Robert Svoboda, Ayurvedic physician and scholar.
Joseph Bobrow is a Zen master and the founder and director of Deep Streams Zen Institute. He is also a licensed psychologist, relational psychoanalyst, and a father. His most recent book is Zen and Psychotherapy: Partners in Liberation. He teaches nationally.
Michaela Boehm combines her over 15 years of experience as a counselor with her in-depth training in the yogic arts. Her passion is teaching couples and women’s workshops as well as co-teaching with renowned author David Deida.
Barbara Bogatin has been a cellist with the San Francisco Symphony since 1994. She studied at the Juilliard School and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, New York Chamber Soloists, Connecticut Early Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, and Tahoe Summerfest.
Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and author of 11 books. She leads the effort for a 5th World Conference on Women at the United Nations, is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a former clinical professor of psychiatry. www.jeanbolen.com.
Pippa Bondy is a Council trainer and a guide of wilderness quests and retreats. She has developed and offers a unique program based on a synthesis of Council and Alexander Technique. Her clients include therapists, caregivers, and people working through pain.
Sylvia Boorstein, PhD, is a co-founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and has also taught internationally for twenty-five years. She is the author of five books on Buddhism and mindfulness practice, the most recent of which is Happiness is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life.
Corinne Bourdeau is president and founder of 360 Degree Communications, an agency specializing in films that celebrate and enrich the human spirit through social change. Bourdeau’s portfolio includes academy award-winning documentaries such as Ingredients, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, and Academy Award-winning The Cove.
Bill Bowen, MFA, LMT, is founder of Psycho-Physical Therapy. He has been a trainer in the Hakomi method and was a cofounder, with Pat Ogden, of the Hakomi Somatics Institute. Bill is currently on the faculty of the Somatic Psychology program at John F. Kennedy University in California.
Kelly Boys is a certified iRest® Yoga Nidra teacher and is the director of operations for the Integrative Restoration Institute. She has taught iRest to veterans with PTSD, the incarcerated, cancer survivors, and those with substance abuse addictions.
Gabriela Bozic, MA, is cofounder of the Jivamukti Yoga Centers in Munich, Germany. She holds a master's degree in linguistics and advanced certification in Jivamukti Yoga. Currently based in London, Gabriela leads workshops internationally and is an established presenter at yoga conferences worldwide.
Ann Bradney is director of the Radical Aliveness/Core Energetics Institute of Southern California. She studied under Core Energetics founder John Pierrakos and teaches internationally. Ann’s Radical Aliveness model expands Core beyond the individual, to address community healing and world issues.
Marc Bregman is cofounder of North of Eden Archetypal Dreamwork, a dream therapist, and master teacher at the Center for Archetypal Dreamwork. His books include Flesh Off the Bone: Dream Descent through Past Life Trauma; Carl and Me: Teachings from the Red Book; and Sex, Trauma and Conjunctio.
Sean Tomas Brennan is an early childhood educator who specializes in sharing smiles, laughter, and the bliss of life. He has worked with injured children at Shriner's Hospital as a play therapist and is a former teacher at Gazebo Park School. His passions include surfing, freediving, yoga, meditation, and poetry.
Michael S. Broder, PhD, is a psychologist whose human potential contributions span 40 years. He specializes in high achievers, relationship issues, and manifesting major change in the shortest time possible. His latest book is Stage Climbing: The Shortest Path to Your Highest Potential.
Daniel Brown is an associate clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. He is author of 13 books, including Transformations of Consciousness (with Ken Wilber and Jack Engler) and Pointing Out the Great Way: The Stages of Meditation in the Mahamudra Tradition.
Rick Brown is executive director for the Institute for Relationship Therapy in Winter Park, Fla. Rick was executive director for Harville Hendrix's Institute, and he lectures and gives workshops across the country. He has been married for 35 years.
Flip Brown works with individuals and teams in socially responsible organizations, serving as a catalyst for increased success and satisfaction. He brings a background in international business, organic gardening, non-profit management, meditation, depth psychology, and rock ‘n’ roll to his work.
Vernon Bush is a singer/songwriter, recording artist, musical director, and educator who has taught the power of reclaiming your voice through singing for more than 20 years to many individuals around the world. He also is a featured vocalist at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, Calif.
Katy Butler is a writer whose first-person essays have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Best American Essays, and Best Buddhist Writing. Her medical memoir is Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death (Scribner, Fall 2013).
Laurie Cameron, Chief Learning Officer of Opposite Strengths, Inc., brings the empowering language of strengths to business leaders and their companies all over the world. She has extensive experience in helping business leaders sustain their personal and organizational success.
Amy “Catfox” Campion is a hip hop dance teacher, performer, choreographer, and the director of Antics Performance, a multimedia street-dance theater company. She holds a master's degree in choreography and dance from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures.
Amigo Bob Cantisano is president of Organic Ag Advisors, founded in 1988, and managing partner of Heaven and Earth Farm on the San Juan Ridge of the Sierra foothills. He has 35 years of experience growing and advising commercial-scale organic crops in the Western US and in the tropics.
Mariana Caplan, PhD, MFT, is a licensed psychotherapist, professor of yogic and transpersonal psychologies, and the author of seven books in the fields of psychology and spirituality, most recently, The Guru Question: The Perils and Awards of Choosing a Spiritual Teacher.
Catherine Carlson, Med, is an organization consultant and leadership development coach who works with a broad range of executives, including those at Global 500 and Fortune 100 companies. She teaches at GIC, The Relational Center, and is a past affiliate of MIT's Center for Organizational Learning.
Sheva Carr, L.Ac., the architect of HeartMath’s HeartMastery Program, is CEO of Fyera!, and founding executive director of the Fyera Foundation and Sunflower SunPower Kids. She teaches people to access heart intelligence, and to receive the benefits of the heart’s impact on consciousness, health, performance, creativity, and social change.
Christine Carter, PhD, is a sociologist and happiness expert at the Greater Good Science Center’s parenting program in Berkeley, Calif. She is also the author of Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents.
Charlie Cascio managed the Esalen kitchen for six years. He is a chef, restaurateur, consultant, and lecturer on vegetarian and living foods who has worked and taught in the US and throughout Europe for more than 30 years. Charlie wrote the Esalen Cookbook.
Michele Cassou, artist and teacher, developed the Point Zero Painting Method, using painting for self-discovery and for exploring the spiritual dimensions of the creative process. She teaches across the US and Europe, at Zen centers and other venues.
Joyce Catlett, MA, has collaborated with Dr. Robert Firestone in writing 13 books including Fear of Intimacy; Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion; The Ethics of Interpersonal Relationships, and The Self Under Siege. She is co-producer of Glendon Associations 45 training video programs.
Joseph Cavanaugh is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in the Sierra foothills and a psychology instructor at a local community college. He has facilitated personal-growth workshops throughout California for the past 30 years.
Leslie Cerier, “The Organic Gourmet,” specializes in whole foods and organic cuisine. With more than 20 years of experience, she is a chef, educator, environmentalist, photographer, and author of Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook and Going Wild in the Kitchen, among others.
Gregg Chadwick is a painter based in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Calif. His work has appeared in galleries all over the world, as well as in the book collection, The Speed of Light.
Jovinna Chan, E-RYT 500, a transformational leader and teacher of Kripalu Yoga, is the assistant dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga. Her yoga, dance, and martial arts practice began at a young age in Singapore. Jovinna is also trained in Kripalu YogaDance, and is a trained transformational facilitator for Soul Motion™, founded by movement master Vinn Martí.
M. Alejandro Chaoul, PhD has studied with eminent teachers of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon for more than 20 years, including Lopon Tenzin Namdak and Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. He teaches internationally through the Ligmincha Institute and is assistant professor at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
JoAnna Chartrand is a European-trained practitioner who has been a somatic psychology educator since 1980. Her specialty is in somatically-based, transpersonal, relational psychology, and trauma work. She is a codirector of The Constellation Institute of California.
Kenn Chase, founder of Integral Way Tai Chi™ has taught Yang-style tai chi since 1969. He is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and integrates Awareness through Movement® into his unique teaching approach. Teaching locally and internationally, he consults with corporations, hospitals, and privately.
Anthony P. Chavez, was raised in the farm worker movement his grandfather founded. Anthony speaks around the country before student and community groups on behalf of the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation, established by the Chavez family to further his grandfather's life and work.
Joanna Claassen is an outdoor and early childhood educator and community organizer. Former director of Esalen’s Gazebo Park School, she leads parent education and seminars for educators. Joanna is inspired by work happening in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and the No Child Left Inside outdoor education movement.
Eden Clearbrook is founder-owner of an herbal apothecary and creatrix of a well-loved line of organic botanical skin and body care products. A seasoned teacher with a private healing practice, she particularly enjoys connecting heart-to-heart with her students and sharing the joy of creating with plants.
Michael Craig Clemmens, PhD, is a psychologist and trainer in Pittsburgh, Pa. He is a faculty member of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and teaches at the Metanoia Institute in London, and at Esalen. He is the author of Getting Beyond Sobriety, and numerous articles on Gestalt therapy, body process, and addiction.
Dan Clurman is a Feldenkrais Practitioner and personal coach who integrates somatic work with his coaching. He has led Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes for more than 10 years. His books include Floating Upstream and You’ve Got To Draw The Line Somewhere.
Kenneth Cohen, MA, a qigong master-level teacher, is the author of The Way of Qigong and best-selling Sounds True audio/video programs. Dynamic and inspiring, with more than 40 years experience, he is winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Energy Medicine.
Lorenzo Cohen is professor and director of the Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Cohen conducts research examining the biobehavioral effects of programs aimed at reducing the negative aspects of cancer treatment and improving quality of life and clinical outcomes.
Mark Coleman is author of Awake in the Wild. He has studied Buddhist meditation since 1984. He is a Spirit Rock meditation teacher and has led wilderness meditation retreats from Alaska to Peru. Mark is also a coach and therapist.
Susan Collin Marks, senior vice president of Search for Common Ground, works to build peace and transform conflict worldwide. She is a Skoll Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship, and the author of Watching the Wind: Conflict Resolution during South Africa’s Transition to Democracy.