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.
Leaders at Esalen
Learn more about Esalen workshop leaders from past and present.
Schuyler Grant co-created the Wanderlust festival and directs Kula Yoga Project in New York City. Developer of a popular style of vinyasa called Kula Flow, known for its emphasis on intelligent alignment and creativity, she was noted by The New York Times as the go-to teacher for advanced practice.
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.
Sean Brennan is an early childhood educator who specializes in sharing smiles, laughter, and the bliss of life. He has worked with injured children at Shriner's Hospital as a play therapist and is a former teacher at Gazebo Park School. His passions include surfing, freediving, yoga, meditation, and poetry.
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.
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, has a clinical practice in Southern Calif., teaches at Kaiser Permanente, and is an assistant clinical professor at UCLA. Tatkin developed the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT®), and together with his wife, Tracey Boldemann-Tatkin, founded the PACT Institute.
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 10 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.
Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author of The Rise of Superman and cofounder and director of research for the Flow Genome Project. His articles have appeared widely, including in The New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Wired, and Forbes.
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.
Susan C. Steiner, trained as an occupational therapist, has been affiliated with The Upledger Institute since 1989, and has been an instructor for CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release II since 1994. She maintains a private practice in Providence, R.I.
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.
Suze Allen is a writer, editor, and coach. She is the owner of Manuscript Mentor and director of education and resident playwright at 3Girls Theatre. Suze is 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 Boorstein, PhD, is a co-founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and has also taught internationally for 25 years. She is the author of five books on Buddhism and mindfulness practice, the most recent of which is Happiness is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life.
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.
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.
Tanya McGinnity is an international consultant and success coach. Her passion is to support groups and individuals with cutting-edge tools for self-mastery. Originally from Northern Ireland, she now lives in Barcelona. Tanya also runs transformative programs for women in Barcelona and Madrid, and is a qualified yoga and tai chi instructor.
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 individuals, couples, and people struggling with trauma and addictive behaviors. He also consults nationally with families in intergenerational transitions.
Terry Patten is the co-author, with Ken Wilber, of Integral Life Practice. He is a pioneering innovator, advancing the evolutionary edge of spirituality, as well as a facilitator of intimate collective awakening. He has a lifelong commitment to social activism.
Theodore Kyriakos is an integrative transpersonal psychotherapist, teacher, and supervisor. He draws from the Sufi and Shamanic traditions to engage with the shadow in order to reveal wisdom from inner conflict. A native of Greece, Theodore brings passion, warmth, and humor into his offerings.
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.
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.
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.
Tobin Simon, poet and educator, has been collaborating with Linda Trichter Metcalf since 1977. Coauthor of Writing the Mind Alive, he is cofounder of the PW Center, and is a poetry teacher and writing coach of more than 30 years.
Todd Norian, E-RYT 500, is an open-hearted and inspirational yoga teacher. Founder of Ashaya Yoga™, Todd creates a sanctuary of sublime transformation in which students step into the power of their heart. He combines precise technique, warmth, and humor.
Tom Myers directs Anatomy Trains, which runs continuing education classes for manual therapists and movement educators worldwide. He is the author of Anatomy Trains and co-author of Fascial Release for Structural Balance. Tom studied with Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Buckminster Fuller, and has practiced integrative bodywork since 1975.
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.
Tommy Rosen is a Vinyasa and Kundalini yoga teacher who focuses on yoga for addiction recovery. His blogs and articles have appeared in LA Yoga, Huffington Post, MindBody Online, and The Daily Love. Tommy’s first book is Recovery 2.0.
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 experienced freedom and aliveness running in circles in the school yard and dancing in the Bronx. Storytelling informed him how to speak with presence, and working with young children taught patience. Arjuna created Soul Motion Conscious Dance Practice. He offers freedom, aliveness, presence.
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.
Wendy Palmer holds a sixth-degree black belt in aikido and has practiced mindfulness for more than 40 years. She is the founder of Leadership Embodiment and works with organizations and leads groups in Africa, Europe, Canada, and the US.
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.
Yang Yang, PhD, is the author of Taijiquan: The Art of Nurturing, The Science of Power. A traditionally trained taiji/qigong master, he is director of the Center for Taiji Studies in New York, and a researcher and taiji/qigong instructor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
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.
Ysaye Barnwell, a former member of the African-American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in The Rock, is a composer, arranger, author, and actress. A vocalist with a range of more than three octaves, she appears on more than 30 recordings with Sweet Honey and other artists. She is the curator and composer for The Fortune's Bones Project®.
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.
Zuza Engler has been on the spiral path of kinesthetic investigation into consciousness for close to three decades, in motion, stillness, and process inquiry. She is a Soul Motion™ teacher and trainer, designer of Embodied Inquiry, and a long-term practitioner of Buddhism and Gestalt Practice.