Since ancient times, solstices and equinoxes have been essential and sacred points in the year to honor the flow of life on earth. They are times for us to come back into balance and harmony. Right now it is more important than ever to come together to amplify the positive and healing energies. Now is the time to reconnect to the light within ourselves. This light is the essence of our being, and each one of us can share that light with the world.
As the Earth moves through its cycles of darkness into light and back again, our souls move through a parallel journey. When the Sun rises to the highest point in the sky, we can be reminded of our own radiance, strength, and power to ascend to our fullest potential. During this week of yoga, we’ll embark on a journey from darkness to light, contraction to expansion, and discover ways to access the light that is already emanating from us and bring it more fully into the world. This festival is a rare opportunity to study with innovative yoga teachers from various traditions in an intimate environment where your deepest being can be nourished on every level.
Immersed in the natural splendor of Esalen, we’ll experience yoga asana, pranayama, kirtan, meditation, dance, and satsang. The festival begins on Sunday evening with an opening gathering for everyone to come together in community to set our collective intention for the week. Each morning will be open for rest, taking a meditative walk around the grounds, joining in a sunrise yoga class, or spending time in the Esalen baths. After breakfast, there will be offerings of asana classes from Janet Stone, Saul David Raye, and Sianna Sherman, including one “workshop” each day that explores the different ways we can support our practice of living yoga. Jason Nemer, founder of acro yoga, also joins this year's lineup and Jody Greene will be returning to offer meditation instruction and facilitate early morning group meditation every day. Live music will be offered every day in the Leonard Pavilion, inviting us to step deeper into the soul’s awakening rhythm. After a nourishing lunch, we’ll be free to receive massages, soak in the baths overlooking the Pacific, rest, recharge, and connect with other companions on this journey. Afternoon sessions will include partner Thai yoga, restorative practice, tantric philosophy for our modern lives, and meditation. Evenings will include kirtan, rituals, and the final evening will be a celebration and a reflection of our week spent together. Weather and fire season permitting, a sweat lodge may be offered, for which participants will be asked to pay a $20 fee. Sweat lodges are an intimate experience and space may be limited.
Join us for this annual gathering as we celebrate the rhythms and passage of life on the summer solstice at Esalen. Each year we return and offer ourselves to the land, sea, and each other. Please bring a yoga mat.
Please note: There is an additional $101 tuition fee for this program.