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.
Leaders at Esalen
Learn more about Esalen workshop leaders from past and present.
Michelle Gannon, PhD, is a San Francisco-based clinical psychologist, relationship expert, and Hold Me Tight workshop leader for couples. She is a certified therapist in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Michelle has co-led more than 100 workshops.
Mike Robbins is the author of Focus on the Good Stuff and Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken. He delivers seminars around the world, his books are translated into 12 different languages, and he writes for The Huffington Post.
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.
Nancee Sobonya is a grief counselor, educator, and filmmaker who produced and directed The Gifts of Grief. She was the bereavement coordinator at Pathways Hospice in Oakland, Calif., teaches at Starr King School of Ministry, and is a minister of the Ridhwan Foundation. Nancee has been a member of the Glide Ensemble choir in San Francisco since 2000.
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.
Nicholas Wilton is an artist whose paintings are sold internationally. He is the founder of the ArtLife Creativity workshops and classes, and he established the Creative Visionary Mentoring Program, which offers artistic, business, and creative coaching to artists.
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.
Nina Wise is a performance artist and founder of Motion Theater, a form of autobiographical performance. Her provocative and original works have been honored with seven Bay Area Critics’ Circle Awards and three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships.
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.
Norman Wolfe is founder and CEO of Quantum Leaders, Inc., where organization mentors guide executive teams and boards in inspired strategy execution. He is the author of The Living Organization, about the purpose/people/process methodology for creating extraordinary impact.
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.
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.
Patrice Hamilton has worked in the fields of education and counseling for more than 20 years. She holds an MEd in counseling, is a certified Cortical Field Reeducation practitioner and teacher, a certified Hakomi Practitioner (The Refined Method), and is trained in Esalen Massage.
Paul Heussenstamm comes from a family immersed in art and spirituality. At 35, he began painting in earnest after a single art class expanded into a consuming passion, a new profession, and a new perspective on life. He understands mandalas as psychic maps and symbols of wholeness.
Paula Shaw, a professional actress and acting teacher for more than 40 years, has conducted workshops for those interested in expanding their self-expression, well-being, and creativity, in the US, Canada, Germany, and the UK.
Peter James Meyers author of As We Speak and founder and president of Stand & Deliver, a global communications consultancy, has worked for more than a decade helping leaders and their teams to enrich their presence and effectiveness through greater clarity, credibility, and connection.
Peter Russell is the author of ten books, including The TM technique, The Global Brain, Waking Up in Time, and From Science to God. His work integrates Eastern and Western understandings of the mind, exploring their relevance to the world today.
Peter Sterios is an internationally recognized yoga instructor. His DVD, Gravity & Grace, was selected in the ‘top 15 yoga videos of all time’ by Yoga Journal. For the last 3 years, he has been invited to the White House to teach yoga for Michelle Obama's anti-obesity initiatives.
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.
Raj Sisodia, PhD, co-founder of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., is a Franklin Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College. He has published over 100 academic articles and 7 books, including Conscious Capitalism and Firms of Endearment.
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.
Richard Schwartz, PhD, is a systemic family therapist and an academic. Dr. Schwartz developed the Internal Family Systems model (IFS) and founded the Center for Self Leadership. A featured speaker for national professional organizations, Dr. Schwartz has published 5 books and more than 50 articles about IFS.
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.
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.
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.
Robert Walter, Joseph Campbell's editor for a decade, is president of the Joseph Campbell Foundation and a poet/playwright with several decades of experience as group leader, teacher, publisher, and theatrical producer/director/designer.
Robin Fann-Costanzo has a lifelong background in dance and movement. An Esalen® Massage practitioner, CranioSacral practitioner, and certified yoga instructor, she has taught and assisted Esalen® Massage trainings, yoga retreats, and Upledger Institute trainings.
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.
Ronald J. Frederick, PhD, is a psychologist and author of the award-winning book Living Like You Mean It: Use the Wisdom and Power of Your Emotions to Get the Life You Really Want. He lectures and facilitates workshops nationally.
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.
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.
Roxanna Erickson-Klein, RN, PhD, was trained in hypnosis by her father, Milton Erickson. Through her work she gives an inside perspective of the healing power that hypnosis can offer. She is a registered nurse and counselor with extensive experience teaching and applying hypnotic techniques.
Tigaro Tihikpas “He who flirts with all life," is a tribal elder formally educated in Europe and fluent in several languages. Tihikpas has facilitated sweat lodges at Esalen and across Europe. His theological background includes Native American, Judaism, Christianity, Gnosticism, Buddhism, and mystic traditions.
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.
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.
Samantha Dunn was a PEN Award finalist for her novel, Failing Paris. She has also authored two memoirs. Her essays are widely anthologized and her writing has been featured in many publications, including O the Oprah Magazine and Ms. She teaches in the UCLA Writers Program.
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.
Sarah Powers blends the insights and practices of yoga and Buddhism into an integral practice to enliven body, heart, and mind. She leads retreats and classes internationally and is the author of Insight Yoga.
Saul David Raye is an evolutionary teacher, healer, and spiritual activist. His teachings are centered in the heart and support people in connecting with their own authentic power and spirit. His teaching is deeply influenced by Tantra and Bhakti schools of yoga. Saul shares his work through classes, trainings, and sacred music.
Seena Frost, LMFT, MDiv, is a clinician, teacher, poet, and gardener from California, and the founder of the SoulCollage® process. She wrote SoulCollage® Evolving and has recorded several CDs. Currently she trains SoulCollage® facilitators.
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.
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.
Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D professor, internationally recognized expert in mindfulness, and author of the critically acclaimed text, The Art and Science of Mindfulness. She has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Danish Government, Andrew Weil’s Integrative Medicine, and World Council Psychotherapy.
Shiva Rea is a yogini firekeeper, sacred activist, global adventurer, and innovator in the evolution of vinyasa flow yoga that integrates the tantric bhakti roots of yoga, Krishnamacharya's teachings, and a universal, quantum approach to the body.
Sianna Sherman is an inspired storyteller, devoted yogini, community activator, and innovator of Mythic Yoga Flow, which weaves mythic consciousness into the embodied art of yoga. Her lineage stems from a multitude of yogic disciplines and her years of dedicated study to Tantra.
Siegmar Gerken, PhD, has pioneered body-oriented and heart-centered therapy and humanistic psychology since 1971. He is the founder of Core Evolution® and the Energy & Consciousness Programs™. He teaches at SBGI, conducts mindfulness-based trainings and has a private practice in Mendocino and the Bay Area, Calif.
Sonika Tinker, MSW, founded LoveWorks in 1990. Sonika is a relationship specialist with more than 35 years of experience in coaching singles and couples on the issues of relationship, communication, intimacy, sexuality, dating, and personal transformation. In addition to her private practice, she leads trainings and workshops.
Soren Gordhamer is the founder of the Wisdom 2.0 Conference. He has written several books, walked for a year through various countries, and has taught mindfulness to incarcerated youth, trauma workers in Rwanda, teachers in Nigeria, and at US technology companies.
Stanley Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, is a clinician, researcher, teacher, and developer of A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT). PACT is a fusion of neuroscience, attachment theory, and arousal regulation. His books, Love and War and Wired for Love, are about his approach to couples.
Stella Resnick, PhD, psychologist, Gestalt therapist, and certified sex therapist in Beverly Hills, Calif., trains and supervises therapists in her full-spectrum approach to psychotherapy and sex therapy. Her latest book is The Heart of Desire: Keys to the Pleasures of Love.
Stephan A. Schwartz is Senior Samueli Fellow of the Samueli Institute, editor of the daily web publication Schwartzreport.net, and columnist for the journal Explore. He is the author of 4 books, and more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and technical reports.
Stephen Sideroff is a clinical psychologist and peak performance consultant in Santa Monica, Calif., assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA’s School of Medicine, and director of Moonview Sanctuary. He also founded the Stress Strategies Center at Santa Monica Hospital.
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.
Steve Edelman, JD, is a veteran of many career changes: law, television broadcasting, entrepreneur, and creator of a multi-million-dollar television production company. He co-developed the Unfinished Business workshop by blending state-of-the-art video storytelling and computer assessment technology with dynamic workshop processes.
Steven Harper is a wilderness guide, author, artist, and Big Sur resident. He has led both traditional and experimental wilderness expeditions internationally for more than 35 years. He has an MA in psychology and his work focuses on wild nature as a vehicle for awakening.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Suzanne Scurlock-Durana, author of Full Body Presence, CranioSacral therapy instructor since 1987, and creator of the Healing From the Core training series, specializes in conscious awareness and its relationship to the healing process. She has taught with the Upledger Institute, and at Esalen since 1994.
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.
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.
Sylvia Haskvitz, MA, RD, is a certified NVC trainer and nutritionist, and author of Eat by Choice, Not by Habit. She offers Nonviolent Communication training and Eat by Choice workshops worldwide. She cares about what goes into your mouth and what comes out of it. www.eatbychoice.net.
Terces Engelhart is co-owner of Café Gratitude. She has coauthored 3 books with Matthew Engelhart, and when they are not on the road speaking or teaching, she and Matthew live on “Be Love” Organic Farm where they grow food for their 7 restaurants.
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.
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.
Thomas Michael Fortel is a longtime yoga practitioner/teacher, influenced by the Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Anusara styles of Hatha yoga, and drawing from his devotional experience in Bhakti yoga. He travels widely, sharing his love for yoga.
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.
Tom Stella is executive director of Soul Link Inc. in Colorado Springs, where spiritual seekers enhance their life journey through retreats, study, spiritual direction, and small group work. He also teaches at Colorado College. His books are The God Instinct, A Faith Worth Believing and Finding God Beyond Religion.
Toni Herbine-Blank is a facilitator and senior trainer for the Center for Self Leadership in the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy. She develops and presents trainings, workshops, and retreats, and has created an in-depth curriculum to train therapists in IFS couples therapy.
Tracee Stanley, ERYT, is a yoga and meditation teacher who specializes in Tantric teachings and practices in the Para yoga style. She has appeared in many international magazines and is featured in Yoga Journal’s “Yoga as Medicine” by Dr. Timothy McCall. She leads workshops, trainings and retreats internationally.
Ty Powers, cofounder of The Insight Yoga Institute, has been a yoga practitioner since 1987, facilitating and leading yoga and meditation retreats throughout the world. Ty has been practicing Buddhism for many years under the guidance of Dzogchen teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche, as well as Ajahn Amaro. Ty has taught at Spirit Rock and the Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe.
Ulrika Engman, E-RYT 500, is an Anusara-certified yoga teacher and Halprin Life-Art practitioner. Ulrika’s unique style blends the transformative power of yoga with movement and the expressive arts. She leads yoga workshops and retreats worldwide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Warren Farrell, PhD, is the author of Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say, as well as Why Men Are the Way they Are. His books on gender communication have been published in more than 50 countries and in 17 languages. He has been training psychologists and helping professionals in these areas since 1970.
Wes Nisker is a Buddhist meditation teacher, radio commentator, and performer. His books include Essential Crazy Wisdom, Buddha’s Nature, and Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again! Wes teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, Calif. He founded and co-edits the journal Inquiring Mind.
Yeshi Neumann, CNM, MPH, has been working as a midwife since 1970. Her two granddaughters were born into her own hands. She brings her passion for mindfulness, women’s empowerment, healing, and social justice to her work with all different kinds of families.
Yeyen Gunawan opened the award-winning La Vie Organic Cafe and La Vie Pure Food Collective in Santa Cruz, Calif. She discovered raw food in 2004 and uses it to fuel her passion for health and wellness.
Yuval Ron is a musician, educator, and composer for film, television, dance and theater. He worked with the Dalai Lama, Sufi leader Pir Zia Iniyat Khan, Sufi master Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Zen Buddhist priest Hirokazu Kosaka, neuroscientists Mark Waldman, Andrew Goodman and others. In 2006, he won an Oscar® for West Bank Story.