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Experience Esalen without taking a workshop. A Time To Reflect dates available in Feb & March.


Ellen Watson

Ellen Watson

Ellen Watson
travels extensively, sharing the essence of her 26 years at Esalen. Ellen founded MovingVentures, whose mission is vocational education in the fields of breathwork, and somatic and movement arts. Since 1998, she has focused on supporting the people of Bali, Indonesia.

Legacy Group - Touching Essence™

Feb 14 - Mar 13, 2016 Begins in 1 week
with Ellen Watson

Touching Essence is a multi-sensory healing arts practice that combines the senses of touch, smell, and sound. Developed over the last thirty years at Esalen and in Bali, Touching Essence engages both giver and receiver to deepen awareness and presence, and is inspired and informed by Ellen Watson’s practice and teaching of Esalen® Massage and Bodywork.


Touching Essence: Esalen® Massage Retreat for Couples

Jun 17 - 19, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Carl Swanson & Ellen Watson

This program is specifically designed to enhance the quality and experience in loving relationships through the sense of touch. Remaining aware of self while giving attention to another is a foundational practice for all sustainable relationships, and especially important in giving and receiving Esalen Massage.


The Gift of Touch: An Esalen® Massage Holiday Retreat

Dec 18 - 23, 2016 Begins in 10 months
with Deborah Anne Medow & Ellen Watson

Give thanks by celebrating the holiday season and enjoying the natural beauty of the Esalen land, while learning how to give an Esalen Massage. This seasonal workshop offers the talents of two experienced teachers and five days of touch. This week of mutual giving and receiving is for those of you who wish to learn the fundamental elements of Esalen Massage. The essence of the Esalen style of bodywork is the awareness and presence with which one approaches massage.



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