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.
Leaders at Esalen
Learn more about Esalen workshop leaders from past and present.
Michael Ableman has been farming for 40 years. His books, lectures, and workshops have inspired people throughout North America. Ableman currently farms at Foxglove Farm on Salt Spring Island, and is the founder and co-director of SOLEfood, one of North America’s premier urban agriculture social enterprises.
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 Cornwall, PhD, MFT, has done therapy with people in extreme states since 1980 in medication-free sanctuaries and community settings. He completed doctoral research on the Jungian sanctuary, Diabasis House, and leads Esalen workshops and conferences on extreme states. He blogs on www.madinamerica.com.
Michael J. Gelb is an authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development, and the bestselling author of 14 books. A pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, innovative leadership, and mind-body-spirit integration, Gelb is a speaker and organizational consultant.
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.
Rabbi Michael Lerner is editor of Tikkun Magazine, chair of the Network of Spiritual Progressives and rabbi of Beyt Tikkun synagogue in Berkeley, Calif. He is the author of 11 books including best sellers Jewish Renewal and The Left Hand of God: Taking Back our Country from the Religious Right.
Michael Molin-Skelton holds many things sacred, including the love of his life anneli, the miracle they named jaylan, friends that cherish and challenge him, dancing alone, and dancing with you. Michael is a senior faculty member of the Soul Motion™ school.
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.
Michaela Boehm creates a dynamic experiential teaching style that combines 15 years of experience as a counselor with her in-depth training in the yogic arts. She teaches artful intimacy and polarity with David Deida.
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.
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.
Michelle Gannon, PhD, is a San Francisco-based clinical psychologist, relationship expert, and Hold Me Tight workshop leader for couples. She is a certified supervisor and therapist in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Michelle has co-led more than 125 couples 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.
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.
Mingtong Gu is an internationally recognized teacher and healer who received his training from a variety of Grandmasters in China and at the world's largest Qigong hospital.
Miranda Macpherson guides people into direct experience of the sacred. Founder of the OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation in London, the 'Awakening Love: Embodying Wisdom' sangha in the Bay Area, and author of Boundless Love, Miranda draws from extensive study of the world's wisdom traditions, and more than 20 years of experience teaching internationally.
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 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.
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 2 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.
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.
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 is the founder of the Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, and has created a process of addiction recovery based on the teachings of the Buddha called Refuge Recovery. He is the author of Dharma Punx, Against the Stream, Heart of the Revolution, and Refuge Recovery.
Noah Mazé founded MYogaSchool in Los Angeles, Calif., and teaches yoga internationally. Noah began practicing yoga at age 14 and studied with Richard Freeman, Pattabhi Jois, and senior Iyengar yoga teacher Manouso Mano. He was a certified Anusara instructor for many years.
Norman Wolfe, CEO of Quantum Leaders, guides executive teams and boards in inspired strategy execution. A coach, mystic, interfaith minister, and spiritual guide, he is the author of The Living Organization, a new paradigm for creating extraordinary impact.
Nubia Teixeira is a Brazilian-born yogini who has devoted herself to teaching different aspects of yoga since 1991. Her unique teaching is a blend of Hatha and Bhakti yoga. She is the author of the CD Pranayama: May Breath Be Our Prayer.
Pam Houston is the author of 5 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.
Patricia Campbell Carlson has worked closely with Br. David Steindl-Rast, OSB, since 2001. She was executive director of A Network for Grateful Living (ANG*L) from 2005-2013, and before that, she helped develop Gratefulness.org.
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.
Paul Selig is a conscious channel, intuitive, and empath. His books include I Am the Word, The Book of Love and Creation, and The Book of Knowing and Worth. Paul also directs the MFA in Creative Writing program at Goddard College.
Paul Sibcy is a founding faculty member of Process Acupressure who has been teaching and practicing since 1984. A founder of Palo Alto's Integrated Healing Arts and Pathways to Self Healing, he is the author of Healing Your Rift with God.
Paula Gurak, LMT, LLCC, a manual therapy practitioner since 1997, has been an instructor for the Chikly Health Institute since 2007. She maintains a private practice in Texas with an emphasis on lymph drainage therapy, lymphedema maintenance and education, and craniosacral therapy.
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.
Pawan Bareja, PhD teaches Mindfulness and Trauma classes in the San Francisco Bay Area and at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She has trained professional care providers in India. In her private practice as Trauma Resolution Practitioner, she works with a diverse population of clients.
Peter Bregman is an advisor to CEOs and their leadership teams. He speaks, writes, and consults about how to lead and how to live. Author of 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, he is also a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, and NPR.
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 10 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 Sandill, MA, is a workshop facilitator, counselor, and executive coach. He passionately assists people of all ages and backgrounds to create lives filled with joy, love, purpose, and possibility. Peter has been involved in the men’s movement for most of his adult life.
Peter Selwyn, MD, MPH, is chairman of the Department of Family and Social Medicine and director of the Palliative Care Program at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. He facilitates workshops on grief and loss, and is the author of Surviving the Fall: The Personal Journey of an AIDS Doctor.
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.
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.
Philip Shepherd is the author of New Self, New World: Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-First Century, which shows how our relationship with the body has changed over history, and serves as the template for all our relationships.
Phillip Moffitt, former CEO and editor-in-chief of Esquire magazine, is the founder and president of the Life Balance Institute. He is also co-guiding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Phillip is the author of two books: Emotional Chaos to Clarity and Dancing with Life.
Pierre Grimes is founder and president of the Academy of Platonic Studies and the Noetic Society. He wrote Philosophical Midwifery: A New Paradigm for Understanding Human Problems. He has led workshops and meditation retreats for 30 years.
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 more than 100 academic articles and 7 books, including Conscious Capitalism and Firms of Endearment.
Rami Shapiro is a rabbi and author of more than two dozen books on religion and spirituality. He co-directs One River Wisdom School, writes a regular column for Spirituality and Health, magazine, and hosts How to be a Holy Rascal.
Raoul Goldberg, MD, is a South African integrative and participatory medicine doctor and psychotherapist. He is an international speaker, workshop facilitator, researcher, and author with a special interest in addictions and cancer. His latest book is Addictive Behaviour– the Struggle for Freedom.
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.
Renee Jennings, LISW, is a therapist, trainer, and consultant in Cleveland, Ohio. Her embodied and relational approach to transformation integrates body, mind, and spirit. Renee holds a graduate degree in theology and is a certified EMDR practitioner, clinical hypnotherapist, and faculty at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.
Richard Gold has been practicing and teaching Oriental healing arts since 1978. A graduate in Thai Massage from the Old Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai, Thailand, he is chairman of the board of the International Professional School of Bodywork in San Diego, Calif.
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 since 1977.
Rick Hanson, PhD, is a neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, and Just One Thing. Founder of the Wellspring Institute and an affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center, his "Just One Thing" newsletter has more than 100,000 subscribers.
Rik Isensee, LCSW, practices psychotherapy in San Francisco. He is the author of 3 self-help books for gay men, plus the mindfulness guide: Shift Your Mood. He is enrolled in the Mindfulness Professional Teacher Training certification program through The Mindfulness Institute.
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.
Rob Bauer has been a body-centered psychotherapist for more than 25 years, and conducts workshops across North America. Trained in the Rubenfeld Synergy Method and Imago Relationship Therapy, he maintains a private practice in Saratoga Springs, NY.
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.
Robert Fisher, MFT, is an international Hakomi trainer, adjunct professor at CIIS and JFK Universities, and author of Experiential Psychotherapy With Couples. He is the lead instructor of the Certificate Program at CIIS for Mindfulness and Compassion in Psychotherapy and a keynote speaker at national psychotherapy conferences.
Robert Moss is the creator of Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of dreamwork and shamanism. Born in Australia, he leads adventures all over the world. His many books include Conscious Dreaming, Dreamgates, and The Boy Who Died and Came Back.
Robert Peng is a qigong master and teacher who has trained 150,000 students throughout the world. From the age of 8, he apprenticed under Xiao Yao. The distillation of his training is reflected in The Master Key: Qigong Secrets for Vitality, Love, and Wisdom book and CD/DVD series.
Robert Sheeler editor of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter, has been studying Tai Ji and Qi Gong for several years. He has spoken extensively on a variety of topics at both traditional medical conferences and conferences on complementary and integrative therapy.
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, OMD, has dedicated his professional life to sharing the powerful ancient healing traditions of China. He is the director and chief instructor of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi, in Santa Barbara, Calif., and a cofounder and recent chairperson of the board of the National Qigong Association.
Rolf Gates conducts Vinyasa teacher trainings and programs internationally. His work has been widely featured in television and in print. As a former US Army Ranger and social worker, Rolf brings his eclectic background to his teaching and his life. He is the author of Meditations from the Mat.
Roma Hammel, PhD is a Realization Process teacher, anti-racism activist, and longtime practitioner of qigong. She has used the challenging circumstances in her life to enter deep levels of healing and consciousness. She teaches in Los Altos Hills, Calif.
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, LPC, has extensive training in hypnosis that began in early family life as daughter of Milton Erickson. Her extensive clinical work experience encompasses the spectrum from early life to end of life care. Accessing unrecognized internal resources is a central emphasis of her practice in Dallas, Texas.
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.
Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author of 10 books, including Science Set Free. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, a Research Fellow of the Royal Society, and from 2005-2010 the Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project for research on unexplained human abilities.
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).
Russell Delman has dedicated his life to the study of human transformation. Deeply indebted to his more than 40 years of both Zen meditation and marriage, he has helped train more than 2500 Feldenkrais® practitioners and founded The Embodied Life School.
Ryan Babineaux, PhD, is a career counselor, writer, and researcher in the area of purposeful living. He is a lecturer at Stanford University, and co-author of the book Fail Fast, Fail Often: How Losing Can Help You Win.
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.
Sam Berne, OD, is a pioneer in the field of vision science and holistic health. He is a behavioral optometrist, certified medicinal aromatherapist, certified craniosacral therapist, and authorized Continuum teacher.
Sam Jinich, PhD, is a San Francisco-based clinical psychologist, relationship expert, and Hold Me Tight workshop leader for couples. He is a certified trainer, supervisor, and therapist 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 2 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.
Sarah Sandhill has been a sex educator and workshop facilitator for more than 20 years. She leads workshops for the Human Awareness Institute (HAI), she is a counselor (individual and couples), and has trained in Process Therapy.
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 10 years.
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.
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.
Scott Engler, a long-time student of presence and healing, is a practitioner of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Lomi Somatic Education. He holds a second degree black belt in Aikido and lives in Petaluma, Calif., with his wife Zuza.
Scott Von, OMD, PhD, is a physician, psychoanalyst, philosopher, and poet. He is founder and director of the New Clinic for Integral Medicine & Psychiatry. He completed his Doctor of Medicine at the American College of TCM with residencies in neurology and psychiatry, and advanced training in acupuncture and homeopathy and a PhD in psychoanalysis from the University of London.
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.
Shama Viola (Manuala Terraluna) is a citizen of Damanhur who has spent the past twelve years participating in its esoteric traditions and practical approach to sacredness, rituals, and conscious living. She has created a uniquely powerful divination system using Damanhurian symbols.
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, PhD, is a 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.