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.
Leaders at Esalen
Learn more about Esalen workshop leaders from past and present.
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 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.
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, 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 over 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, 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.
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 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 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.
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, 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 ten 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 longtime 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.
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, 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.
Sheva Carr, L.Ac., the architect of HeartMath’s HeartMastery Program, is CEO of Fyera!, and founding executive director of the Fyera Foundation and Sunflower SunPower Kids. She teaches people to access heart intelligence, and to receive the benefits of the heart’s impact on consciousness, health, performance, creativity, and social change.
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.
Sil Reynolds, RN, is a nurse practitioner and therapist who has worked with women and girls for 30 years with a focus on sane solutions to healing issues with body and food. She is a graduate of BodySoul Rhythms® Leadership training and co-authored Mothering & Daughtering with her daughter Eliza.
Simon Goland is an educator, facilitator, and consultant who facilitates transformational learning processes internationally for organizations, groups, and individuals. Simon is deeply passionate about ways we connect with and express our individual callings and vocation in the world.
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.
Stan Gerome is an instructor and visiting therapist with the Upledger Institute. He's had a private practice in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. since 1986. He has been a CranioSacral and SomatoEmotional Release practitioner since 1986.
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 a research associate of the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory of the Laboratories for Fundamental Research. He also is the editor of the daily web publication Schwartzreport.net, and columnist for the journal Explore. He is the author of 4 books.
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.
Steve Ross has practiced and taught various styles of yoga for over thirty years. After spending four years as a Vedic monk, Steve traveled to India and around to world to learn the philosophical and spiritual roots of yoga and meditation. He is the author of “Happy Yoga” and two kirtan CDs.
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.
Susan Collin Marks, senior vice president of Search for Common Ground, works to build peace and transform conflict worldwide. She is a Skoll Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship, and the author of Watching the Wind: Conflict Resolution during South Africa’s Transition to Democracy.
Susan Harper has been teaching and contributing to Continuum since 1975. She is the developer of Body of Relating Training, inspired by the teachings of Chris Price's Gestalt Awareness Practice, and she co-developed Portals of Perception with Hubert Godard.
Susan Hauser was voted "Best Yoga in Marin" by Marin Magazine, and was recognized by Lululemon as a 2012 Ambassador. She studied with Baron Baptiste and her classes follow the Baron Baptise Vinyasa style. Susan found yoga after the loss of her husband to cancer in 2003.
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 since 1999.
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.
Suzanne Sterling is an ecstatic vocalist, innovative teacher, and sacred composer whose music has been commissioned for film and theater. Her work as a ritual designer has been incorporated into curriculums and trainings nationwide, and as a co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World®, she trains activist-leaders worldwide.