Michael Cornwall, PhD, MFT,
has done therapy with people in extreme states since 1980 in medication-free sanctuaries and community settings. He completed doctoral research on the Jungian sanctuary, Diabasis House, and leads Esalen workshops and conferences on extreme states. He blogs on www.madinamerica.com.
Esalen co-founders Richard Price and Michael Murphy envisioned Dick Price's experiences of madness to be of great potential value in helping others, and as a way to expand the human potential movement. As a result, Esalen became a hub in the exploration of alternative models of madness and the development of new ways to help people in extreme states. Michael Cornwall and David Lukoff have been involved in continuing this exploration for more than thirty years.