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Our Future

With the new year, Esalen steps into our second half-century of pioneering deep change in self and society, opening and enriching our lives, our relationships, and our shared culture in ways unimagined fifty years ago. This tradition continues and even accelerates in our programs today, as we take the tools created by Esalen (and our ever-growing number of partners), and find new integral applications, new synergies of tools and methods in whole-person education, in leadership training and organizational development, social action, sustainability, spiritual activism, and more.

The challenges we face in the years ahead will be unprecedented in their urgency and complexity, but the opportunities for leadership and creativity in our own lives and in our world will be equally unprecedented — if we know how to make the most of them.

Now is the time to apply what we’ve co-created over these years toward the creation of the just, humane, and sustainable world that is our human promise and our common birthright.

The limits of our human potential are set only by the limits we ourselves place on our own imaginations and our own hearts.

Here at Esalen we believe (and the new neuroscience corroborates this) that the key to dealing with this complex new world is holistically developing every dimension of our own experience and our own potential for creativity.

This website offers a rich menu of opportunities for exploring and applying your best life, bringing new skills and magnifying your capacity to contribute to the lives around you. It is also your guide, or treasure map, to our most precious resource: our shared, worldwide community of fellow seekers, each of us uniquely creative and distinct, and all of us joined together in a common purpose.

Join us at Esalen to share your own resources and experience, gain new skills and insights, and open a new dimension of your own ideas and experience, both in Big Sur and beyond.

See you soon at Esalen!

Gordon Wheeler 
Esalen President

Mac Murphy Crosses the Esalen Bridge


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