Pam Houston is the author of five books of fiction and nonfiction including Cowboys Are My Weakness and Contents May Have Shifted. She is the director of creative writing at UC Davis and lives in Colorado near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.
Leaders at Esalen
Learn more about Esalen workshop leaders from past and present.
Kelly Howell is author of Brain Power: Improve Your Mind as You Age. She worked with neuroscientists and researchers to develop brain-training programs used in hospitals, biofeedback clinics, and by hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide. www.brainsync.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chungliang Al Huang teaches Tai Ji philosophy, East/West synthesis, and the art of movement meditation. He is the founder-president of the Living Tao Foundation and director of Lan Ting Institute in the Sacred Mountains of China.
Darren Huckle, LAc, has a private practice as an herbalist and acupuncturist in Santa Cruz, Calif. He teaches holistic health modalities including herbal medicine, nutrition, acupuncture, and qi gong at Five Branches University and University of California, Santa Cruz.
Russ Hudson is executive director of the Enneagram Institute in New York. He is the coauthor, with Don Richard Riso, of several books, including The Wisdom of the Enneagram and Personality Types (Revised Edition).
Terry Hunt is a licensed psychologist, bioenergetic therapist, and long-time Esalen instructor. Specializing in body-centered psychotherapy, he works with individual, couples, and people struggling with trauma and addictive behaviors. He also consults nationally with families in intergenerational transitions.
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.
Rik Isensee, LCSW, grew up in a conservative Marine Corps family and attended progressive, ecumenical church camps in the 1960s. He's interested in mindfulness and the compassionate values that many spiritual traditions have in common. Rik practices psychotherapy in San Francisco, Calif.
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 writes about mindfulness and yoga for Huffington Post and leads tours throughout America teaching mindfulness to fellow psychotherapists.
Roger Jahnke has practiced Chinese medicine clinically for more than 30 years. He is the director of training and research for the Institute for Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC) and has traveled to China’s sacred mountains 9 times to mine for ancient wisdom. His books include The Healer Within and The Healing Promise of Qi.
Sam Jinich, PhD, is a San Francisco-based clinical psychologist, relationship expert, and Hold Me Tight workshop leader for couples. He is a certified therapist and supervisor in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and co-founder of the Northern California Community of Emotionally Focused Therapy.
Johnsmith has been writing heartfelt songs for more than 30 years. He's won national awards and contests, was a staff songwriter in Nashville, and has recorded 6 CDs. He's taught songwriting workshops nationwide, and has been featured on NPR's “New Dimensions.”
Wendy Johnson is a Buddhist meditation teacher and organic gardening mentor who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is one of the founders of the organic Farm and Garden program at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, in Marin County, Calif., and author of Gardening at the Dragon's Gate.
Catherine Ann Jones is an award-winning author, playwright, and screenwriter whose films include Unlikely Angel, The Christmas Wife, and the series Touched By An Angel. She was a Fulbright Scholar to India and winner of the National Endowment for the Arts Award.
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.
Alanna Kaivalya, author of Myths of the Asanas and Sacred Sound: Discovering the Myth and Meaning Behind Mantra and Kirtan (forthcoming April 2014), teaches and speaks internationally. She is a current PhD candidate in mythology at Pacifica University.
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.
Risa Kaparo, PhD, author of Awakening Somatic Intelligence, teaches Somatic Learning®, the evidence-based method she developed, internationally, from MIT to China’s Dalian Medical School. She practices somatic-psychotherapy in the California Bay Area and elsewhere.
Miki Kashtan, PhD, co-founded Bay Area Nonviolent Communication. She shares the principles and practices of Nonviolent Communication through mediation, meeting facilitation, coaching, consulting, and trainings. She writes a weekly blog (www.baynvc.blogspot.com) and her articles have appeared in Tikkun magazine and elsewhere.
Byron Katie Byron Katie’s The Work has been bringing freedom to millions of people for over twenty years. Her books include the bestselling Loving What Is, I Need Your Love—Is That True?, and A Thousand Names for Joy.
Athena Katsaros is a leadership and life coach, and a principal of IdeaTribe. She is a faculty member at the Coaches Training Institute. As an executive council member of Bpeace, Athena works with women leaders in Afghanistan and Rwanda.
Dorothy Kaufmann, PhD, is presently a marriage and family therapy Intern after a long career teaching and writing in the humanities. She works with couples and individuals in agencies and has a private practice in Berkeley, Calif.
Sam Keen is the author of numerous books, including The Passionate Life, Faces of the Enemy, Hymns to an Unknown God, and Learning to Fly.
Sally Kempton teaches at the cutting edge of contemporary tantra, and is known for her ability to transmit deep meditative states through the heart. A former monk and 40-year practitioner of Shaiva yoga, Sally teaches internationally and writes the "Wisdom" column for Yoga Journal.
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.
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.
Carol Kershaw, EdD, is a psychologist, codirector of the Milton Erickson Institute of Houston, and coauthor of Brain Change Therapy. She is an international trainer and has produced several programs on personal growth and creating lasting solutions.
Tama Kieves is the best-selling author of This Time I Dance! and Inspired & Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life’s Work! Featured on Oprah radio, she is a speaker and a leading career/success coach.
Daphne Rose Kingma is the best-selling author of ten books on love and relationships. Her most recent book, The Ten Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart: An Emotional and Spiritual Handbook, is a heartfelt guide to living through very hard times.
Alan Kishbaugh is a writer with many years of experience in book publishing and in urban planning, parkland, and open space preservation. He and Stella Resnick have been married for twenty-six years and have led couples' seminars together for even longer.
Coby Kozlowski, MA, E-RYT, is a professional life coach, inspirational speaker, yoga and dance teacher, expressive arts therapist, and expert in transformative leadership. She is the founder of Souluna Life Coach Certification ™, Sacred Lasya Yoga Teacher Training, and rEvolution 180: Karma Yoga Leadership School.
Pam Kramer is a career specialist, executive coach, and human potential expert. She is president of ITP International, stewarding the work of Esalen co-founder Michael Murphy and George Leonard, author and visionary. Pam is a frequent Esalen workshop leader.
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.
Sybil Krauter teaches Cortical Field Reeducation® and Integrated Awareness® internationally. Her background is in education, clinical hypnosis, and NLP. Her focus is on how we create reality.
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.
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.
Theodore Kyriakos is an integrative transpersonal psychotherapist, teacher, and supervisor who was trained in England. He draws from the Sufi and shamanic traditions to engage with the shadow and reveal wisdom from inner conflict. A native of Greece, Theo brings passion, warmth, and humor into everything he offers.
Christopher LaRose combines a background in counseling and Gestalt practice with a love of horticulture and farming in his role as teacher and land steward. He is the former Esalen Garden supervisor, and has taught at the UCSC Center for Agroecology.
Christa Lancaster is cofounder of North of Eden Archetypal Dreamwork, a master dream analyst, and a master teacher at the Center for Archetypal Dreamwork. Her books include Flesh Off the Bone: Dream Descent through Past Life Trauma and Sex, Trauma and Conjunctio.
Dorianne Laux is the author of four collections of poetry, Awake, What We Carry (a finalist for the 1994 National Book Critics Award), Smoke, and Facts About the Moon. She has received a Pushcart Prize for poetry, two NEA fellowships, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Shai Lavie, MA, MFT, has taught meditation in the teen and family program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and has led numerous programs for family and youth. He is a certified Hakomi therapist and teacher.
Cyndi Lee integrates yoga asana and Tibetan Buddhism in her practice and teaching. Founder of NYC’s OM yoga Center, she now teaches workshops and teacher trainings worldwide. Author of Yoga Body Buddha Mind, her most recent book is May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga and Changing My Mind.
Lee Klinger Lesser led Sensory Awareness workshops with Charlotte Selver. She has taught workshops in English and Spanish for more than 34 years. She also leads diversity and equity trainings, and has been developing a program to support returning veterans through sharing mindfulness and meditation practices.
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.
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.
Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx and Refuge Recovery, is a Buddhist teacher and counselor. Trained to teach by Jack Kornfield of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, Calif., he is the founding teacher of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.
Gregg Levoy, author of Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life and This Business of Writing, is a former adjunct professor of journalism at the University of New Mexico who teaches widely on the subject of callings.
Juanita Lew, Master Share K. Lew's, wife, partner and co-teacher for 34 years, teaches Taoist health practices such as Chi Kung and meditation. In beloved memory of Master Share K. Lew, Juanita Lew will continue teaching Master Lew's healing style of Chi Kung and meditation.
Bradley Lewis MD, PhD, is an associate professor at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and a practicing psychiatrist. He has interdisciplinary training is in humanities and psychiatry and his recent books are Narrative Psychiatry: How Stories Can Shape Clinical Practice and Depression: Integrating Science, Culture, and Humanities.
Andrea Lieberstein, MPH, RD, directs Mind, Body, Spirit Programs at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco, Calif. She is a mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindful eating instructor, health educator, stress management coach, and registered dietitian.
Nancy Lipman, LAc, MAc, integrates the wisdom of Five-Element acupuncture with the beautiful structural and energetic practices of Cortical Field Re-education® and Integrated Awareness® to offer deep healing and functional change to her students and clients in Cambridge, Mass.
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.
Tias Little combines Iyengar and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in his teaching practice. Also a licensed massage therapist, he has been influenced by Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Thomas Hanna. Tias is a long-time student of Tsoknyi Rinpoche in the Dzogchen practice of Tibetan Buddhism.
Amory Lovins is chairman and chief scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute. Published in 31 books and over 450 papers, his innovations linking energy, design, security, environment, and development have received many global awards. He has advised major firms and governments in 50+ countries for 40+ years on advanced energy and resource efficiency.
Francis G. Lu is the Luke & Grace Kim Endowed Professor in Cultural Psychiatry at UC Davis. Since 1987 he has coled 24 seminars at Esalen exploring film and the transpersonal.
Fred Luskin directs the Stanford Forgiveness Projects and is a senior teacher and supervisor for the Compassion and Altruism Research and Education program at Stanford. He is the author of Forgive for Good and Stress Free for Good. At Stanford he teaches classes on Happiness and Emotional Intelligence.
Miranda Macpherson guides people into direct experience of the sacred. Founder of the OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation in London, primary teacher at the Findhorn Foundation, and author of Boundless Love, Miranda draws from extensive study of the world's wisdom traditions and more than 20 years of teaching experience.
Eric Maisel, PhD, is the author of more than 40 books, among them Coaching the Artist Within, Making Your Creative Mark and Why Smart People Hurt. He writes the "Rethinking Psychology" blog for Psychology Today and presents workshops nationally and internationally.
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.
John Marks is president and founder of Search for Common Ground, an international conflict transformation organization. He also heads Common Ground Productions. A best-selling, award-winning author, in 2006 he was awarded a Skoll Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship.
Dean Marson teaches Esalen® Massage and Ocean Yoga. He integrates meditation, movement, and bodywork practices to assist people in enlivening their bodies and their lives. He has led workshops at Esalen and internationally for more than 20 years.
Vinn Arjuna Martí is a movement artist, teacher, and spiritual friend, living in Portland, Ore. He teaches Soul Motion internationally, and is a certified Chaplain and Prayer Practitioner through the New Thought Alliance of Churches.
Djuna Mascall is a senior teacher with Prajna Yoga who offers workshops nationally and in Canada. She lives in Marin, Calif., and leads retreats, classes, and teacher training. She was featured in Yoga Journal in August 2012 and graced the cover of the October 2012 issue.
Charlea Massion is a family physician and works as a hospitalist and palliative care physician. She teaches in the Division of Family and Community Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center and is on the Boards of the National Women's Health Network and American College of Women's Health Physicians.
Edward Maupin, a psychologist who was an Esalen scholar-in-residence from 1966 to 1970, has practiced Rolfing since 1968, when he was trained by Dr. Ida Rolf. His early research in Zen Buddhism strongly influenced his approach to the Rolf Method.
Camille Maurine co-authored Meditation Secrets for Women and Meditation 24/7. A dancer and performing artist who has taught movement, meditation, and expression since 1975, Camille is the creator of kinAesthetics and the transformational Moving Theater process.
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.
Noah Mazé founded MYogaSchool in Los Angeles, Calif., and teaches yoga internationally. Noah began practicing yoga at age 14, studying with Richard Freeman, Pattabhi Jois, and senior Iyengar yoga teacher Manouso Mano. He was a certified Anusara instructor for many years.
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.
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.
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.
Sarah McLean is a contemporary meditation teacher and best-selling Hay House author of Soul-Centered and Love & the Power of Attention. She leads retreats in the US and Europe, and is the director of the McLean Meditation Institute in Sedona, Ariz., where she certifies meditation teachers.
Lynne McTaggart is an award-winning journalist, a researcher, lecturer, and author of six books, including The Bond, The Intention Experiment, and The Field. She is the architect of the Intention Experiments and co-founder and editorial director of What Doctors Don’t Tell You now an international newsstand magazine.
Jeff Mendelsohn founded New York Recycled Paper in 1991, and New Leaf Paper in 1998. He has focused his career on building a highly successful green business and driving a fundamental shift toward sustainability in the paper industry.
Elsbeth Meuth, EdD, is co-founder and director of the TantraNova Institute in Chicago. She is a certified Tantra Yoga teacher, relationship and ontological design coach, and coauthored the forthcoming book, Sexual Enlightenment: How to Create Lasting Fulfillment in Life, Love & Intimacy.
Peter James Meyers is a professional actor and theater director. He is also the president of Stand & Deliver, a global communications consultancy that helps leaders engage and inspire their teams to achieve breakthrough performance.
Susan Mickel has been meditating since 1990, first in the Christian tradition, then in the Burmese mindfulness tradition, and now in the "pointing-out" style of Tibetan Mahamudra. Her teachers include Daniel Brown and Rahob Tulku, Thupten Kalsang Rinpoche. She has taught meditation retreats since 1998.
Joseph Millar’s first collection of poems, Overtime, was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. His work has won fellowships from the NEA, and received a 2008 Pushcart Prize, and has appeared in many journals. Millar teaches at Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA program.
Kia Miller teaches at YogaWorks in Los Angeles and leads several of their 200- and 300-hour teacher training programs. Trained in Hatha and Kundalini yoga, she offers a powerful combination of asana, breath, meditation, and chanting that leaves students uplifted and empowered.
Sarana Miller is a faculty instructor at Yoga Journal and has led annual retreats at Esalen and Wilbur Hot Springs, and in Mexico and Alaska. Trained in the Iyengar and Forrest Yoga traditions, she has been teaching for more than ten years.
Emmett Miller, MD, is widely recognized as a founder of mind/body medicine and as the inventor of the guided-imagery audiocassette/CD. He is the author of Deep Healing and has recorded more than 50 deep-relaxation meditations and talks.
Debra Moffitt is the award-winning author of Awake in the World: 108 Practices to Live a Divinely Inspired Life and Garden of Bliss: Cultivating the Inner Landscape for Self-Discovery. Her workshops use spiritual practices to inspire creativity and encourage people to follow their heartfelt calling.
Noa Mohlabane is a community activist who has worked with families and teachers for more than 40 years in the nonprofit world in organizational development and program directing. She is a Be Present Inc. regional core organizing group member, trainer, and former board member.
Anneli Molin-Skelton is living her dream of inspiring people to discover the forgotten language of their souls by embracing their sacredness and truth in movement. She is a cofounder of the movement sanctuary Spiritweaves.
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.”
Dana Moore, MAR, MA, LPCC is a therapist who uses elements of contemplative spirituality supported by neuroscience to treat psychological trauma. Dana co-developed the Yoga Program at the Trauma Center and regularly teaches at the International Trauma Conference in Boston.
Susan Morgan, MSN, RN, CS, is a couples' psychotherapist in private practice and a faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. She emphasizes body awareness and empathy in her teaching, and has co-led retreats with William Morgan for the past 15 years.
William Morgan, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in couples psychotherapy. He has practiced mindfulness meditation throughout his adulthood, including more than 6 years of silent retreats. Bill is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.
Jean Morrison, MA, earned CNVC trainer certification in 1989, and specializes in whole brain learning and thinking, experiential learning, and interactive games. She has facilitated NVC trainings in schools, prisons, business teams, and community organizations internationally. She also is in private practice.
Beverly Morse is a marriage and family therapist in private practice in Santa Monica, Calif., and executive director of the Rosenberg-Kitaen Integrative Body Psychotherapy Central Institute and the 12 IBP International Institutes. She is coauthor of The Intimate Couple.
Nancy Mortifee is an educator, author, vocalist, and intimacy coach in Vancouver, BC, who focuses on women and couples. Her eclectic practice includes elements of emotional body work, cognitive-based therapies and Gestalt, which she shares with humor, creativity, and sensitivity.
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.
Robert Moss is the creator of Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of modern dreamwork and shamanism. Born in Australia, he leads popular seminars all over the world. His nine books on dreaming, shamanism and imagination include Conscious Dreaming and Dreamways of the Iroquois, among others.
Nan Moss is a shamanic practitioner and teacher, serving on the faculty of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies for more than 15 years. She is author of Weather Shamanism: Harmonizing Our Connection with the Elements and CloudDancing: Wisdom from the Sky.
Caroline Muir, founder of the Divine Feminine Institute and coauthor of Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving, inspires women of all ages to claim their birthright to be all they can be and to delight in their sexuality.
Charles Muir has been a professional yoga teacher since 1967. Director of the Source School of Tantra Yoga, he is quoted in 125 books in print on Tantra, relationship, sex, and yoga. He is co-author of Tantra: the Art of Conscious Loving, which is printed in 9 languages.
Paul Muller-Ortega, a life-long meditator, is one of the world’s most respected academic scholars in the field of Hindu Tantra. He founded Blue Throat Yoga, teaching the practice of Neelakantha Meditation and the elegant Svatantra philosophy of Kashmir Shaivism.
Heather Munro Pierce founded TransDance® and has led inspirational, transformative, and healing movement for over 20 years nationally and internationally. She is the creative force behind the dance meditation audio CD Embodied Awakening Through the Elements.
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.
Roxanne "Nikki" Myers is a yoga therapist, Somatic Experiencing practitioner, certified recovery specialist, and founder of CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health. Nikki is the co-founder of Y12SR, the Yoga of 12-Step Recovery.