Don Hanlon Johnson
is a professor at CIIS in San Francisco and the founder of the first graduate degree program in Somatics. He is the author of a body of literature on the intersections among bodily experience, the natural world, spirituality, social justice, and health.
From its beginning, Esalen has been the model for a new kind of leadership that builds on the complex range of human potentials and recognizes that these potentials are not just the preserve of a special few, but of every person. Michael Murphy and Richard Price exemplified that new kind of leadership in their insistence that at Esalen, no one special teacher or teaching be allowed to “capture the flag”; that it be a place where many skilled people could share what they had to offer in a climate of peership and collaboration.