Gustavo Rabin is a psychologist and an organizational consultant based in Silicon Valley, Calif. He specializes in improving leadership skills of individuals and the effectiveness of teams and organizations. Gustavo is also a cofounder of Skyline Group.
Leaders at Esalen
Learn more about Esalen workshop leaders from past and present.
Gwyneth Moss is a founding EFT Master. Gwyneth's teaching, known as The Moss Method of EFT, is clear, simple, and direct with an abundance of intelligence and humor. She is also certified in neuro linguistic programming and the Human Givens approach to psychotherapy.
Hank Wesselman is the author of 8 books on shamanism including the Spiritwalker Trilogy, Awakening to the Spirit World (with Sandra Ingerman), and The Bowl of Light. He conducts anthropological research in Ethiopia investigating the mystery of human origins.
Harriet Goslins developed Cortical Field Reeducation. A Feldenkrais practitioner and Integrated Awareness teacher for 30 years, her background is in psychosynthesis, applied kinesiology, muscle energy, craniosacral work, and social anthropology. She has been teaching at Esalen for 29 consecutive years.
Harvey Deutch has been both a physical therapist and yogi for the past 30 years. His life path has blended the intricate knowledge of movement with the practice of yoga. He is the owner and one of many physical therapists at Red Hawk Physical Therapy in San Francisco, Calif.
Heike Liss is an artist who works in a variety of media, including photography, video, drawing, sculpture, site-specific installation, and public intervention. She studied ethnology and social anthropology as well as visual art. Her award-winning work has been exhibited internationally in museums, galleries, and at film festivals.
Ira Israel, LPCC, LMFT is a psychotherapist, certified yoga therapist, and author of Mindfulness Meditations for Anxiety, Mindfulness for Urban Depression, and Yoga for Depression and Anxiety. He has graduate degrees in psychology, philosophy, and religious studies, and tours the United States teaching mindfulness. Ira writes about mindfulness and yoga for the Huffington Post.
Ivy Mayer Lavie, MFT, is influenced by Somatic Experiencing, the Hakomi Method, and her teaching experience, including for The Marin School, The Moving Center School, Spirit Rock, and Yes!. She offers Coming of Age programs, psychotherapy, trauma and resiliency work, and movement workshops. She is an original "child of Esalen" who loves to share Esalen with individuals and families.
Jack Rosenberg is in private practice in Venice, Calif. Founder and clinical director of the Rosenberg-Kitaen Integrative Body Psychotherapy Central Institute and the 12 IBP International Institutes, he authored Total Orgasm and coauthored Body, Self, and Soul and The Intimate Couple.
Jacqueline Kabat is a Manhattan-based comedian who performs stand-up at popular comedy clubs like Gotham and Caroline’s on Broadway. She has studied with Amy Poehler, warmed up audiences at ABC Studios with Mario Cantone, and teaches comedy improvisation. She is working on a documentary called Comedy Improv Can Save The World.
Radha is a California-based kirtan singer, yoga teacher, and servant of the divine. Together with her husband Govind Das, she 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
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.
James Guay grew up fundamentalist Christian and experienced "ex-gay" conversion attempts. He testified at the California State Assembly Committee supporting SB 1172, which prohibits "therapy" to change the sexual orientation of minors by licensed psychotherapists. James practices psychotherapy in West Hollywood, Calif.
Jamie Marich, PhD, author of Trauma and The Twelve Steps and EMDR Made Simple, is the founder of Dancing Mindfulness. A passionate educator on innovative, holistic methods for the treatment of trauma and addiction, Marich travels the country offering continuing education workshops and retreats.
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.
Janet Stone traveled to India in 1996, where she dedicated herself to a conscious evolution through yoga. Janet blends a wealth of knowledge and yoga experience to create a unique, vigorous-yet-sumptuous approach to Vinyasa yoga. She teaches in San Francisco, and leads retreats internationally.
Jaquelin Levin teaches VitalDanza in Los Angeles, Esalen, and internationally. She trained in psychology, performing arts, and was also initiated into the medicine way. She considers herself an Inspiratrix - one who moves the mover.
Jaqueline Lapa Sussman, psychotherapist and seminar leader, is the director of projects for the International Imagery Association, and a collaborator with Dr. Akhter Ahsen. She is the author of Images of Desire and Freedom from Failure.
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."
Jean Kristeller, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has used meditation-based interventions for eating disorders and obesity for more than 20 years. She receives NIH funding, is a founder of The Center for Mindful Eating, and is currently on the faculty at Indiana State University.
Jean Morrison, MA, has been a certified NVC trainer since 1989. She also is an author and materials designer with a background in psychology and counseling. In all of her work, she emphasizes whole brain learning and thinking and “wholistic” health.
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.
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.
Jennifer McChristian is an award-winning artist who was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. In 1986, she moved to California, where she was an animation artist for Disney and Nickelodeon, among other studios. She has studied under Robert Blue, Karl Dempwolf, and Steve Huston, and leads painting and drawing workshops internationally.
Jerome Front teaches at Pepperdine University and across the US, and has written about mindfulness, contemplative living, and mindful approaches to relationships. He leads retreats and clinical and corporate trainings, and is an LMFT in private practice.
Jerry Kermode is a woodturning artist and teacher in Sebastopol, Calif. He is known as much for his sense of humor and friendly manner as for his ability with the chisel. He helps people understand the subtle nuances of cutting wood without fear or trepidation.
Jessica Spain has a passion for teaching others to grow food. She has fourteen years of diverse agricultural experiences, from raising milk goats in California to working on a barley farm in Iceland. She is the former Esalen Farm Supervisor.
Jim Gallas, a Shiatsu teacher for more than 15 years, has led workshops in California and internationally. Creator of the DVD Zen Thai Table Shiatsu: Deep and Effective Body Work with Ease, Jim also teaches Reiki, anatomy, yoga, and chi kung.
Jim Kepner is a psychologist and the author of Body Process and Healing Tasks. He teaches internationally on the application of Gestalt Body Process Psychotherapy to healing in trauma, stress, and illness. Jim is the co-originator of Nervous System Energy Work.
Jim McCormick trained with Zero Balancing founder, Dr. Fritz Smith. He is chairman of the board of directors and the on the faculty of the Zero Balancing Health Association. He is co-president of Cambridge Health Associates, where he practices Zero Balancing and traditional acupuncture.
Jim Tamm, a former judge who has mediated more than 1,500 disputes, is the author of Radical Collaboration: Five Essential Skills to Reduce Defensiveness and Build Successful Relationships. He is on the faculty of the International Management Program at the Stockholm School of Economics.
Jnana Gowan, a yoga instructor since 1999 and an “urban ceremonialist,” is the director of Powerhouse Education, a company dedicated to health and well-being. She integrates ceremony and ritual from the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition (from Peru) into her teachings.
Joanna Claassen has been an outdoor and early childhood educator since 2000. She runs the Oakland PEECE Project for children, youth, and families in the Bay Area, and is a former director of Esalen Institute’s Gazebo Park School. Joanna is inspired by Reggio Emilia, permaculture, and No Child Left Inside.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jonathan Horan is Gabrielle Roth's son and closest collaborator. He is on the core faculty of her international institute, The Moving Center. Jonathan has been immersed in the 5Rhythms® practice throughout his life and continues to be a key catalyst in its evolution.
Joseph Price has been a psychotherapist, teacher, spiritual follower, and author since 1974. He lives on beautiful Discovery Bay, and practices at Quail Hollow Psychotherapy in Sequim, Wash.
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™.
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.
Joyce Vissell is a masters-level nurse/psychotherapist who, with her husband Barry, founded the Shared Heart Foundation dedicated to changing the world one heart at a time. Together they write a syndicated column for 80 periodicals worldwide.
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.
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.
Karen Ely is the founding director of A Woman’s Way, one of the country’s premiere women’s retreat programs, and the author of Daring to Dream: Reflections on the Year I Found Myself, A Retreat of My Own, Breathing Space, and A Safe Place to Stand (forthcoming).
Karishma Darby is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in the Sierra Foothills, Calif. Her passion is awakening consciousness within and in relationship with others. She facilitates workshops, active and silent mediation, and relationally centered psychotherapy groups.
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.
Kathryn Rossi, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and certified yoga instructor (RYT 500). She recently coedited the sixteen-volume Collected Works of Milton H. Erickson. She and Ernest Rossi are in private practice in Los Osos, Calif.
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.
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.
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.
Kerena Gordhamer Saltzman, LCSW, is a licensed Gestalt therapist, trainer, and group facilitator. She founded the business Through Insight, and specializes in providing counseling and coaching to millenials (twenty-somethings) who are going through life transitions. Kerena facilitiates individuals and communities to use practices that create more authentic relationships.
Kristin Neff, PhD, is an associate professor of human development at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneering researcher into the psychological health benefits of self-compassion. She is the author of Self-Compassion and Self-Compassion: Step-by-Step, and is featured in the book and documentary The Horse Boy.
Krys Hunter is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist and EFT practitioner. She is employed by the California State Department of Corrections and maintains a private practice in Stockton, Calif. Krys has extensive experience using EFT in group work with challenging populations.
Laura Davis is the author of seven bestselling books, including The Courage to Heal and I Thought We’d Never Speak Again. Founder of The Writer’s Journey, she leads retreats worldwide and specializes in the use of writing as a transformational tool.
Laura Kunysz is a senior CFR instructor and cranio-sacral therapist. She has a background in Esalen Massage, Somato-Emotional Release work, the Chickly Brain Curriculum, energy healing, and lymph drainage. She is in private practice in California.
Laurel Parnell is a psychologist, author, consultant, and EMDR trainer who has trained thousands of clinicians internationally. The author of numerous books, including the forthcoming Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma, she maintains a private practice in San Rafael, Calif.
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.
Lee Holden is a senior teacher for Mantak Chia, the Taoist master, and has edited several bestselling books on Taoist sexuality. He is a leading Qi Gong instructor whose DVD series has been featured on PBS and is the author of 7 Minutes of Magic: Recharge Your Body Each Day with Qi Gong.
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.
Liam McDermott is a permaculture activist, massage therapist, and professionally trained chef with a degree in literature from Stanford University. He leads workshops and caters at several hot springs in central California: Esalen Institute, Tassajara Zen Monastery, and Wilbur Hot Springs.
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.
Linda Graham, MFT, integrates modern neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and relational psychology in her nationwide trainings. She is the author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being and publishes a monthly e-newsletter, "Resources for Recovering Resilience".
Linda Prout, MS, is a speaker, nutritionist, and author of Live in the Balance – The Groundbreaking East-West Nutrition Program. She works with clients worldwide, creating personalized nutrition, lifestyle, and coaching programs coupled with energy medicine.
Lisa Firestone is a clinical psychologist, Director of Research and Education at the Glendon Association, and the Senior Editor of Psychalive.org. Dr. Firestone is the co-author of The Self Under Siege, Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships, and Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice.
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.
Lorie Eve Dechar is the author of Five Spirits: Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological and Spiritual Healing. Her work as an alchemical healer is supported by 25 years of Chinese medical practice and extensive training in Jungian and Gestalt psychotherapy and Focusing-oriented psychotherapy.
Lorin Roche has meditated since 1968. He is the author of The Radiance Sutras, a new translation of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, and coauthor of Meditation Secrets for Women and Meditation 24/7. His other books include Meditation Made Easy, Breath Taking, and Whole Body Meditations.
Lucia Horan was born into the family of the 5Rhythms® and raised at Esalen Institute. She became a 5Rhythms® teacher in 1997, is now internationally recognized, and a current faculty member of Gabrielle Roth’s Moving Center School, NY.
Lydia Kan is a creative changemaker and somatic coach who helps entrepreneurs and leaders develop gravitas, stand in their values, and achieve aspirations. She has supported Her Majesty's Revenues and Customs, IMD Business School, UBS, Deloitte, the Mowgli Foundation, and numerous others on five continents.
Lynda Greenberg has been practicing art for 30 years and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree. She teaches at Antelope Valley and Harbor colleges, among others. She was trained by Dr. Betty Edwards, author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.
MJ Ryan is a change expert who coaches executives and entrepreneurs around the world. The creator of a Microsoft women’s leadership pilot program, her clients include Shell, Facebook, Cisco, and Aon-Hewitt. She is the author of This Year I Will…and other titles.
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.
Marc Lesser is CEO of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. He was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center and former director of Tassajara, Zen Mountain Center. He is the author of Know Yourself, Forget Yourself.
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.
Mariabruna Sirabella, LMFT, MS, is an artist, educator, and SoulCollage® trainer. Her clinical work blends ancient wisdom and Jungian humanistic psychology aimed at soul mentorship. She founded BodYnvocations™: Imagination in Motion.
Mariah Fenton Gladis, founder/director of the Pennsylvania Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training for more than three decades, leads workshops and trainings around the US and in Europe. She is recognized for the sensitive and creative way she practices the art of Gestalt.
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.
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.
Mark Nicolson is an organizational consultant based in Silicon Valley, Calif. He specializes in leadership development and in the effectiveness of teams and organizations. He is also the co-founder of Ventana Group, LeadershipDNA, and the Tutu Peace Ambassadors.
Mark Stevens is a licensed psychologist and director of university counseling services at California State University, Northridge. Former president of the APA's Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, Mark coauthored In the Room with Men: A Casebook of Therapeutic Change.
Mark Whitwell has enjoyed a lifelong relationship with the teachings of Krishnamacharya through his students T.K.V. Desikachar and Srivatsa Ramaswami. He travels the world teaching yoga and is the author of Yoga of Heart: The Healing Power of Intimate Connection and The Promise of Love, Sex and Intimacy.
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.
Mary Elizabeth Murphy is an expert at creating innovative grassroots campaigns for independent films that target niche markets. She has worked on the Academy Award®-winning film The Cove, and other indie hits such as Pina, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Buck, and The Way.
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.
Mary Goldenson, PhD, is the author of It’s Time: No One's Coming to Save You. She is a clinical psychologist currently specializing in the resilience we need to live life. She has a private practice in Los Angeles focusing on relationships, transitions, and mediation. Mary has been working with Esalen for almost 40 years.
Matt Englar-Carlson is a professor of counseling and co-director and founder of the Center for Boys and Men at California State University, Fullerton. A fellow of the American Psychological Association, he specializes in educating helping professionals about the mental-health needs of men.
Matthew Engelhart is co-owner of Café Gratitude. He has coauthored 3 books with Terces Engelhart, and when they are not on the road speaking or teaching, he and Terces live on “Be Love” Organic Farm where they grow food for their 7 restaurants.
Mehrad Nazari is a master teacher of the Walt Baptiste Method of Raja Yoga. Dr. Nazari received initiation from Swami Veda Bharati, Kyozan Joshu Roshi, and H.H. The Dalai Lama. As an industrial psychologist, he applies the ancient spiritual practices to the corporate world.
Meir Schneider, PhD, LMT, healed himself of congenital blindness and developed an original holistic approach to health. A globally respected therapist and educator, Meir is also a bestselling author. His latest book, Vision for Life, was published by North Atlantic Books.
Meredith Haberfeld is acclaimed for her work with individuals, couples, and families. She participated in the creation of the life coaching program at MIT, and her advice has been included in Forbes, Woman’s Day, and Yoga Journal magazines.
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.
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.
Michael Gelb is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership. He has written 13 books, including How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci and Brain Power: Improve Your Mind as You Age.
Michael Griffith is a marriage and family therapist in San Francisco, Calif., who specializes in working with teenagers, men, couples, and families. He is also a dentist who specializes in treating traumatized patients, as well as a figurative painter.
Michael Kramer made a lifelong commitment to personal and global sustainability. He has co-developed permaculture teacher training curricula, is an accredited investment fiduciary, and managing partner at Natural Investments LLC. He won a B-Corp award and started a chapter of BALLE Network in Hawaii.
Michael Molin-Skelton listens to prayers of the wind and hears music. Michael reaches through dance rather than teaches to dance. “Dance is not something I do, it’s simply who I am.”
Michael Newman is an attorney-mediator, surfer, and lifelong resident of the Big Sur coast. He has an MA in psychology and promotes the integration of wilderness into contemporary life.
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.
Michele Hébert, (E RYT-500), co-founder of the Raja Yoga Institute, has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1977 in private practice, yoga teacher trainings, and group retreats. She is the author of The Tenth Door: An Adventure through the Jungles of Enlightenment.