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The Esalen Prize

The Esalen Prize honors individuals whose outstanding achievements have brought about social transformation through realizing human potential. The Prize was created following Esalen Institute’s 50th anniversary in 2012, which marked the Institute’s unique role in bringing the values and innovative ideas of the human potential movement into the greater world—from psychology to quantum physics, spirituality to economics, creative arts to permaculture, holistic health to citizen diplomacy.

The Esalen Prize is bestowed on individuals who have shown exceptional leadership in the field of human potential and as a result have brought about positive social transformation in their field.

Below, 2016 Esalen Prize co-honoree Ken Dychtwald speaks on The Alchemy of Esalen at the 2016 awards ceremony.


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