At a time of enormous personal and economic stress, and when demagoguery seeks to exploit fears and insecurities, Esalen continues to fulfill a critical role: to explore and promote interconnectiveness, and point us to a more humane, more sustainable, and more holistic society.
The Esalen CARES (Community, Action, Responsibility, Equity, and Sustainability) Certificate is a year-long professional certificate program that prepares you for sustainable community life, green careers, citizen diplomacy, and eco-activism. Learn the hard and soft skills necessary to transition your life, neighborhood, community, and career into the just, safe, healthy, thriving green world you want.
This program offers the students interested in the idea of sustainability an opportunity to gain an intensive, interdisciplinary focus that provides a competitive edge to students seeking employment or further education in this field.
It also has the added benefit of developing a more sentient and sensitive individual with a greater awareness of their ecological footprint.
|Program Certification Requirements||Hours|
|Sustainability-related Training||120 hrs|
|Gestalt-related Coursework (in addition to Department Process)||60 hrs|
|Somatic Studies||30 hrs|
|Leadership Studies||30 hrs|
|Student Advising||5 hrs|
|Department Process||50 hrs|
|Facilitation Training/Practice||20 hrs|
|Community Meeting Attendance and Participation||15 hrs|
|Personal Growth Electives||25 hrs|
|Independent Project||45 hrs|
|Total Hours for Certification||400 hrs|