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New in the Esalen Store: CBD Wellness
June 9, 2021

Learn more about some of our favorite CBD wellness brands, which we're excited to announce are now available for purchase in our online store.

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The Esalen + Trek Light Gear Blanket: A Collaborative Creation
June 2, 2021

Wrapping yourself in a blanket conjures up emotions of comfort, safety and sometimes the best memories of a vacation or retreat. As I began my research to find the perfect blanket for Esalen, I knew it had to be both functional and aesthetically representative of the land.

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Modern Nod to Nostalgia with Heather Martin
May 20, 2021

Developing our Spring collection was not an easy task. Many steps are required when building out apparel collections for an average retailer. Adding Esalen’s additional information — such as history, the value of sustainability, eco-friendly choices and the desire to embrace change — made it important for me to simply bring forth a modern nod to nostalgia.

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How Lucia Horan Upholds Gabrielle Roth’s Legacy with the 5Rhythms Method
May 11, 2021

Dancer and spiritual explorer Gabrielle Roth's 5Rhythms Method is practiced widely today thanks to a global community of dance teachers who’ve been certified in her approach. One such teacher is Lucia Horan, who was born and raised at Esalen Institute and grew up dancing with Roth, and has taught the 5Rhythms method since 1998.

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What is the Goddess Life? with Christine Chen
April 19, 2021

When I was single in my 30s, I searched for a man who would treat me like a goddess. The more I studied yoga and blended in the sister science, Ayurveda, the more I realized this: I need to treat myself like a goddess. 

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Tortilla de Patata (Spanish omelet)
July 1, 2015

This versatile dish is a staple at lunch-time and tapas-time at bars and in homes everywhere in Spain. The trick to making a really good tortilla is to avoid the temptation to slice the potatoes into straight, uniform slices. Doing so robs the resulting omelet of the nooks, crannys, and voids that are necessary for the eggs to do their thing.

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Faculty Spotlight: Esther Gokhale
September 1, 2015

As the creator of the Gokhale Method®, Esther Gokhale's mission is to provide posture and movement re-education to help people eradicate unnecessary pain and live life to the fullest. After experiencing crippling back pain during her first pregnancy and the subsequent, unsuccessful back surgery, Gokhale decided to devote her professional life to vanquishing back pain. Her studies at the Aplomb Institute in Paris and years of research in non-industrial cultures led her to develop the Gokhale Method, a unique, systematic approach to help people find their way back to pain-free living.

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Esalen Cooks Up Solutions at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
October 1, 2015

The Esalen Kitchen, led by Chef Phillip Burrus, shared their world-class Kale salad as part of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s annual Seafood Watch fundraiser Cooking for Solutions on October 3rd. As a partner for Seafood Watch, Esalen only purchases seafood that is sustainably and responsibly sourced. The Esalen kitchen crew has participated in the annual fundraiser, hosted at the Aquarium, for the last 10 years.

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Esalen Kitchen Talks Turkey
November 1, 2015

If you’ve ever been at Esalen during Thanksgiving week, you’ve probably noticed that our Thanksgiving feast is the best, ever. That’s because we love Thanksgiving. We put tons of love into sharing our favorite dishes, from our own traditions, with the Esalen community.

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Vegetarian Nori Rolls with Organic Gourmet Leslie Cerier
February 1, 2016

Gourmet organic chef and author Leslie Cerier will be teaching two workshops at Esalen this month. The weekend workshop, Delicious Meals in Minutes Fresh from the Esalen Garden (wait list only), will feature Esalen’s own fresh produce and herbs in nutritious and delicious meals. A week-long workshop, Improvisational Cooking for Health and Vitality (limited availability in standard accommodations), will delve even deeper into creative cooking.

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DIY Beauty: Strawberry Smoothie Masque
April 1, 2016

Sierra Botanica founder Rachel Berry has a passion for both herbal medicine and empowering others to live a healthier life. This past month she celebrated her fourth year teaching at Esalen, returning to the Farm & Garden to guide others in identifying and harvesting plants to make into oils, creams, and salves for “do it yourself” organic skin and body care.

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Raw Asparagus Salad with Lemon-Miso Dressing
June 1, 2016

Ingredients: 2 bunches of fresh asparagus, in season Lemon-Miso dressing Small handful of chives, thinly sliced Toasted sliced almonds (optional)

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Braised Pumpkin with Scallions and Shiitakes
November 1, 2016

This delicious take on a favorite winter squash combines beautifully with the earthy flavor of Shiitake mushrooms. Enjoy!

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Healing Tips for Chronic Body Pain
June 1, 2018

The most common request received by the professional massage and bodywork practitioner sounds something like this: “Could you please do something for my back?” Many of the most valuable tools that I have developed over the last 38 years focus on relieving the pain that many people experience at some point in their life along the back and spine.

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The Body as a Doorway to Presence
July 1, 2019

When we feel disconnected from ourselves, we can often feel a sense of restriction and limitation. According to Russell and Linda Delman, who are returning to Esalen this fall to teach The Embodied Life: Meditation, Guided Inquiry and the Teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais, we find freedom by simply being aware of our body, in the present moment. And as we become more grounded and aware, we begin to experience a sense of wholeness and ultimately the integration of mind, body and spirit.

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Drinking Up Esalen
August 1, 2019

Fresh beets, cucumbers, fennel, pineapple, lime, spirulina and a kiss of pear coexist beautifully in one of the many delicious fresh juices offered at Esalen’s Juice and Espresso Bar, which opened in January. This is just one example of the many innovative creations crafted from ingredients grown in Esalen’s lush Farm & Garden.

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Self-Care as a Bold Act of Empowerment
October 1, 2019

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re reminded of a sobering fact: While most women have a one-in-eight chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime, women with mutated BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes may have as much as a four in five chance, and are more likely to develop cancer at an early age.

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Esalen's GayaTree Green Juice
January 1, 2020

When spinach, fennel, apple and cucumber cavort with mint, basil and culinary sage, the result is GayaTree Green, a new fresh juice offering recently introduced at the Esalen Espresso and Juice Bar.“This juice is very special to me and its creation is an intuitive and meditative practice,” says Yzzy Demmon, who has facilitated weekly art and yoga classes on the Experiential Program at Esalen and works in Guest Services.

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How Your Body Informs You: Exploring The 9 Energies System
April 1, 2020

"The most under-utilized technology out there today is the human body,” says Esalen faculty Susan Fisher. “I discovered this when I learned there are nine physiologically different kinds of people and each of them have what we call a ‘Natural Energy’ system. The amount of confusion that comes from not knowing about this is vast. If we don’t have the same natural energy as somebody else, then we each have no clue how the experiences life. It’s fundamentally important to know and so vital now when we’re all experiencing a global crisis because it helps us become more aware of ourselves and understanding of others.”

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Befriending Our Plant Allies
April 1, 2020

During challenging times, we can turn to the plant world to discover some of our greatest allies. Esalen faculty, herbalist and acupuncturist Darren Huckle knows this all too well and relishes the fact that herbal allies powerfully promote the health of our body, mind and physical energy.

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Founded in 1962, Esalen is non-profit center for exploring and realizing human potential through experience, education, and research. Esalen is a pioneer on the leading edge of consciousness, where spiritual possibility, intellectual rigor, somatic practice and sustainable living converge toward an integrated realization of the human potential. Esalen sponsors pioneering initiatives and offers personal, spiritual, and social transformation practices for workshop participants, residential staff and interns. Located on California’s scenic Big Sur Coast, Esalen welcomes more than 17,000 visitors each year.