Vignesh Swaminathan, LAc, is a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a meditation teacher, with intensive training in the Zen, vipassana, and Christian mystical traditions. He practices contemplative medicine in New York City and teaches meditation at NYU.
Leaders at Esalen
Learn more about Esalen workshop leaders from past and present.
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.
Vinny Ferraro has been practicing meditation since 1993. He has taught meditation to incarcerated youth and adults, and is the head trainer for the Mind Body Awareness Project. He also is a Spirit Rock Community Dharma teacher.
Warren Farrell, PhD, has been a pioneer in both the women and men’s movements. His books are published in 17 languages. His workshops and books, including Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say, train couples and therapists to handle personal criticism without feeling defensive.
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.