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Integral Leadership Program Overview

Integral Leadership Program Overview

Offered every summer, the Integral Leadership Program helps students to build conscious leadership skills (emotional intelligence, ecological awareness, conflict resolution, and self-expression), awaken to their unique life’s calling, and cultivate a community of young, passionate people.

The onsite experience includes:

  • 28 days of shared housing in the breath-taking landscape of Big Sur
  • 38 educational class hours: presentations and interactive activities about conscious leadership and discovering one’s path
  • 32 "work-lab" hours per week in one of our departments (kitchen, cabins, farm and garden, or grounds)
  • 4 hours per week of group relational awareness practice
  • Access to daily movement classes (yoga, dance, tai chi, etc.)
  • Weekly open presentations by visiting thought leaders
  • Three meals per day prepared by the Esalen kitchen (much of it fresh from our on-site farm)
  • Access to Esalen’s famous hot springs, creative arts center, gym, gardens, pool, & meditation hut

Requirements for the Integral Leadership Certificate

  • Completion of the pre-campus workbook which includes reading, videos, and reflective questions based on the six conscious leadership skills (estimated time: 12 hours)
  • Attendance to the 45 onsite class hours
  • Completion of the 28-day guide onsite (estimated time: 10 minutes per day)
  • Completion of department work hours
  • Completion of reflective essay or project on integrating the skills developed at Esalen and how to apply them to leadership scenarios (estimated time: 8 hours)

To apply

Download an application here and email it back to

2017 Integral Leadership Summer Series

June 4 - July 2, 2017

July 2 - July 30, 2017

July 30 - August 27, 2017




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