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.
Leaders at Esalen
Learn more about Esalen workshop leaders from past and present.
Adyashanti is a spiritual teacher who experienced deep realization during 15 years of Zen practice. Founder of the Open Gate Sangha in 1966, his expression of truth springs spontaneously from emptiness, as he guides people into an intimate investigation of their true nature.
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.
Shamash Alidina is one of the top mindfulness coaches in the UK. He trains professionals to integrate mindfulness into their work online and in-person. He gives keynotes and workshops globally, and he is the author of Mindfulness for Dummies.
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.
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.
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. His work has been published in The Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize, The New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere.
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.
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.
Efrat Ashiri (Efi), MA, is the director of the Galilee Ensemble and Playback Theatre School. She has been leading trainings since 1989 and has developed the first Arab and Jewish Ensemble in the world to use the Playback tool for conflict transformation.
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.
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 a Gyrotonic® master trainer who has been educating and certifying instructors worldwide for more than 20 years. Originally a professional dancer with a degree in dance education, Juergen has studied many modalities of movement arts, bodywork, and human anatomy.
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 has taught his popular online Awakening Joy course since 2003. 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 formermember 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 30 recordings with Sweet Honey and other artists. She is the curator and composer for The Fortune's Bones Project®.
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.
Jeanine Becker teaches negotiation at Stanford Law School and provides strategy and collaboration consulting. Her work empowers students and clients to access all of their wisdom and integrate their analytical strengths, embodied knowing, and authentic relational capacities.
Mestre Beiçola is a native of Brazil and 30-year master of capoeira, an African-Brazilian martial art and dance form. Now based in East Palo Alto, Calif., Beiçola has taught capoeira, Brazilian dance, percussion, and stringed instruments at Stanford, UC Berkeley, and elsewhere.
Dyrian Benz-Chartrand, PsyD, is a mindfulness and somatic psychology educator. A cofounder of Hakomi, he conducts trainings in Relational Constellations at the Constellation Institute of California. He is a longtime Diamond Approach student and co-author of Love and Belonging: Making Love Successful.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Timothy J. Beyer, PhD, is a psychologist and co-founder of the Center for Courageous Living in Beverly Hills, Calif. In practice for more than 16 years, his passion lies in helping others clarify and achieve their personal goals and realize their best life.
Nilima Bhat is founder of Sampurnah: The Wholeness Practice. She facilitates personal transformation through self-awareness, self-leadership, and self-empowerment. After a successful multinational career, she was certified as a yoga teacher and became an integrative medicine coach and spiritual guide.
Vijay Bhat is a transitions coach and founder of Roots & Wings Consulting. A strategy and leadership consultant, he coaches individuals and organizations that are challenged by the turbulence that inevitably accompanies major transitions. He worked for 21 years with Ogilvy & Mather, serving global corporations like Unilever and IBM.
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 1986.
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.They have facilitated workshops internationally since 1986.
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.
Mary Ellen Bluntzer, MD, is a board-certified internal medicine physician also certified in addiction medicine. She is a forensic volunteer with Physicians for Human Rights who works with torture survivors from around the world in collaboration with Human Rights Initiative of Dallas. She is president of Helping Our Helpers.
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.
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 The Cove, Samsara, The Way, and Way of the Peaceful Warrior.
Kelly Boys is a certified iRest® Yoga Nidra teacher and is the former 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. She works for the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.
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.
Barbara Braunstein teaches hydrotherapy at the Ashland Institute of Massage, and is a certified deep tissue practitioner, Bach flower remedy practitioner, and meditator.
Marc Bregman is the founder of Archetypal Dreamwork, cofounder of North of Eden, and a master teacher at the Center for Archetypal Dreamwork. His books include Flesh Off the Bone: Dream Descent through Past Life Trauma, and Sex, Trauma and Conjunctio.
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. He has taught meditation retreats since 1972.
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.
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.
Roxann Burroughs is the daughter of Byron Katie. She witnessed the beginning of The Work. She is a certified facilitator with more than 24 years of experience doing The 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).
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.
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.
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” is an internationally recognized chef, educator, health coach, New England-based farm to table caterer, and author of 6 cookbooks specializing in local, seasonal, organic vegetarian, and gluten-free cooking for health, vitality, and pleasure.
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, delved into yoga, dance, and martial arts as a child in Singapore, and today facilitates transformative yoga and dance programs around the world. A 200- and 500-hour Kripalu Yoga teacher trainer, Jovinna is also certified in Kripalu YogaDance, and is a transformational facilitator for Soul Motion™.
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.
JoAnne Chartrand-Benz has been a European-trained somatic psychology educator since 1979. Her specialty is in somatic, transpersonal, relational psychology, and trauma work. She teaches Family Constellation trainings. She is a Somatic Experience practitioner, a student of the Diamond Approach and co-author of Love and Belonging.
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.
Victoria Chase, RN, has been a clinical nurse and health educator for more than 35 years. She teaches in medical and community-based settings, and she integrates alternative healing methods into traditional venues. She has practiced and taught tai chi and stress management with her husband Kenn Chase since 1981.
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 of 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.
Emilie Conrad is the founder of Continuum. Her work has been incorporated by international professionals in rolfing, craniosacral, osteopathy, physical therapy, dance, and psychoneuroimmunology, among others. Emilie is the author of Life on Land.
David Corbin is a shamanic practitioner and teacher, serving on the faculty of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies for more than 15 years. He is coauthor of Weather Shamanism: Harmonizing Our Connection with the Elements and CloudDancing: Wisdom from the Sky.
Robert Corff is one of Los Angeles' most prominent performance teachers. His clients include such award-winning celebrities as Sally Field, Samuel L. Jackson, Vanessa Redgrave, and Hank Azaria. In addition, he has had leading roles on Broadway, television, and in motion pictures.
Ann Weiser Cornell is the bestselling author of The Power of Focusing and The Radical Acceptance of Everything. She teaches her popular workshops in Inner Relationship Focusing and Getting Unblocked internationally, both in person and by telephone bridge line.
Jean Couch, originally known for her classic Runner's Yoga Book, has shown thousands of people of all ages how to improve their health. She most recently taught 50 physicians and their spouses, one of whom wrote, "I now have hope for me and my patients."
Phil Cousineau is a freelance writer, filmmaker, teacher, and youth baseball coach. He has published more than 30 books, including the bestselling The Hero's Journey: The Life and Work of Joseph Campbell. He has written award-winning documentary films, and is the host of "Global Spirit," a nationally broadcast series on LINK TV and PBS.
Joanna Cowan is a Thai massage therapist, yoga instructor, and the first Gokhale Method teacher in Portland, Ore. She has been personally trained by Esther Gokhale and has helped hundreds of students regain their primal posture and a pain-free life.
Dixie Cox, cofounder of the Fun Institute in Santa Cruz, Calif., has been teaching people to re-create themselves through improvisational acting classes since 1993. She performs regularly with the improv troupes Loose Cannon Theater and Crash Test.
Eleanor Criswell Hanna, director of the Novato Institute for Somatic Research and Training and an emeritus professor of psychology at Sonoma State University, is editor of Somatics, and author of How Yoga Works and Biofeedback and Somatics.
Stewart Cubley is an artist whose work has carried him throughout the world in facilitating groups to access the potential within the human heart and imagination. Originally a scientist, he has led seminars in creativity for more than 30 years.
Raphael Cushnir has written 6 books, including The One Thing Holding You Back and Setting Your Heart on Fire. He lectures worldwide and contributes to O, The Oprah Magazine, Psychology Today, and the Huffington Post. His heart opened through profound grief.
Kerry D’Ambrogio is a lecturer, author, physical therapist, osteopath, and board-certified acupuncture physician. He is the president and director of Therapeutic Systems, Inc. (TSI). TSI is an internationally known seminar company as well as a treatment center.
Karishma Darby is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in the Sierra Foothills, Calif. Her passion is awakening consciousness in relationship with others in service to openness, flow, joy, and unity. She facilitates workshops, active and silent mediation, and relationally centered psychotherapy groups.
Govind Das is a California-based kirtan singer, yoga teacher, and servant of the divine. Together with his wife Radha, he is director/owner of Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica, Calif. Their commitment to love, service, and devotion is the essence which is reflected and transmitted through their music and teachings. www.bhaktiyogashala.com