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Meet the Host of 'Esalen Live!'
November 10, 2020

Earlier this year, Emmy-award winning journalist, author and yoga instructor Christine Chen joined us as the host of Esalen Live! on Facebook. Christine interviews Esalen faculty and change agents about timely topics — coping with the pandemic, perspectives on racial justice, and overall well-being.

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The Way Forward
February 12, 2021

The upheaval and change of the past 12 months leaves us all looking for a new way forward. Here at Esalen, conversations about our role in helping to heal this collective trauma are constant. Our new summit series, The Way Forward, is an outgrowth of these internal discussions. As we move into this important but difficult work, we wanted to share some insight into what we’ve been grappling with internally and the work we’re invested in thus far.

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Reflections on the 2015 EcoFarm Conference
April 1, 2015

The EcoFarm Conference is a revered winter tradition for thousands of farmers—one of few good excuses to leave the lonely farm behind and join the larger community of allies in sustainable agriculture. This year’s conference, in January 2015, marked EcoFarm’s 35th year of bringing together farmers, ranchers, educators, researchers, and other food system stakeholders for education, networking and celebration.

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An Appreciation: Jeremy Tarcher
October 1, 2015

Jeremy Tarcher, founder of one of the first publishing companies solely dedicated to topics related to human evolution and potential, died on September 20, 2015, at the age of 83.

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Esalen Workshop to Create Lodge Mosaic
November 1, 2015

Esalen is a place where diverse elements come together to create something new. And much like a mosaic, at any given moment it’s more than the sum of its parts. A new workshop in February 2016, led by artists Wilma Wyss and Carol Bevilacqua, will use mosaic as a creative celebration of Esalen’s Campus Renewal project by inviting seminarians to co-create a large-scale mosaic mural to be placed in the Lodge’s downstairs restroom.

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The New Huxley Meeting Room Marks Campus Renewal Milestone
December 1, 2015

This December marks a significant milestone in the Campus Renewal efforts as Esalen opens the doors to the new Huxley meeting room. Now located on the new second floor addition to the Lodge, Huxley offers a number of thoughtful features to welcome seminarians and guests including geo-thermally warmed bamboo flooring and a skylight that casts light on the north wall every day at solar noon. Materials from the original Huxley meeting room have been incorporated in ongoing construction throughout the Lodge.

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Oh Esalen, My Esalen: Community Member Mary Anne Will Says Goodbye
March 1, 2016

More than 20 years ago, Mary Anne Will came to Esalen as a work scholar and has remained a vibrant member of the community ever since. This month marks Mary Anne’s – or MAW as she is known to many – departure from Esalen, though she plans to continue to facilitate groups and open seats.

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Taking Esalen into the World
April 1, 2016

Summer Lall is a board certified music therapist who works at Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services in Los Angeles. She is also the founder of the organization Rhythm & Truth Music Therapy which seeks to empower at-risk youth. We recently spoke to Summer about what her Esalen experience has meant to her and how scholarship made it possible for her to be at Esalen.

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In His Own Words: Jonathan Wygant Dreams a New Company, BigSpeak
April 1, 2016

In 1995, I had just sold my first company and needed to recharge and renew myself. I decided to attend a workshop at Esalen with Dr. Joan Borysenko, the noted brain scientist. The first evening of her workshop, Joan asked each of us to state our intention for the weekend.

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Building an Apothecary of Self-Care An Esalen Extended Student: One Year Later
May 1, 2016

Connecticut native Julie Benefico travelled across the country to find her home...at Esalen. “I had heard about Esalen from my mom’s friend,” recalls Julie. “She had been going there for years. I had dropped out of college and I was trying to find myself. She suggested the Work Scholar program.”

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Gazebo School Park Fosters a Sense of Discovery
July 1, 2016

At many preschools, the day begins inside. At Gazebo School Park, the day begins and ends on a one-acre outdoor meadow featuring reading nooks, art spaces, a children’s theater, and a farmhouse classroom for rainy days. Founded nearly 40 years ago, the early childhood center serves the families of seminarians and faculty as well as Esalen community members and local Big Sur residents.

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Long-time Friends of Esalen Receive Spirit of Esalen Award
September 1, 2016

Marion Hunt and her brother Terry Hunt will receive the Spirit of Esalen Award during Esalen’s Benefit Weekend next month. The Hunts will be recognized for the visionary philanthropic support they have given to Esalen over the years through the Roy A. Hunt Foundation, as well as for their long and deep involvement with the Institute.

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Esalen Prize Recognizes Dychtwalds’ Pioneering Work in Aging
September 1, 2016

Ken arrived at Esalen in 1970 and stayed until 1974, years that predate Esalen’s current Work Scholar program. During this time, Ken would write his first book, Bodymind, and ultimately credits Esalen as the place where he “…dreamed up 10 books while in the baths, looking up at the stars.” Ken would return to Esalen to lead workshops on the body and mind in addition to his work as a psychologist, gerontologist, and best-selling author. Maddy Dychtwald is a nationally recognized author and leading expert on the changing demographic trends shaping society today. She and Ken co-founded the company Age Wave in 1986 to pioneer the exploration of the impact of the longevity revolution.

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The Year in Review: Reflections on 2016
December 1, 2016

Many changes came to Esalen this year, some greatly anticipated such as the completion of the Lodge renovation, while others were unexpected and tested our greater Big Sur community. Here are just a few of the memorable events from 2016:

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A Teacher for the Global Village: An Appreciation of Huston Smith
January 1, 2017

At the twilight of a year marked by cultural and political divisions, one of the great scholars of world religions Professor Huston Smith passed. He was 97. Author of The World’s Religions, which is widely credited for expanding society’s awareness and appreciation for various faith traditions, much of Professor Smith’s life work was dedicated to exploring faiths of different origins. He taught at Esalen for a number of years, most recently in 2010.

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Refresh, Relax, and Reflect
August 1, 2017

Life these days can be busy, to say the least. Even when we have a couple of hours to relax, our bodies may remain in “flight or fight” mode anticipating stress to come. Only by giving ourselves an extended break from daily routines can the body and mind really reset. Why not give yourself the gift of time at Esalen to unwind old patterns and rejuvenate your whole self?

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Cooking Up Magic in the Esalen Kitchen
August 1, 2017

The Esalen Kitchen feels like home to new General Manager Terry Gilbey. “If the Lodge is the heart of Esalen, the kitchen is the heart of the Lodge,” he says. During the Institute’s extended closure, Terry had been asked to step in as the kitchen’s manager – a role he will keep as he finds his zone of genius to be cooking up both delicious food as well as ideas. ‍

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Citizen Diplomacy in a Polarized World
August 1, 2017

Tensions between the United States and Russia are running high. The current political landscape, government investigations, economic sanctions, and media portrayals of both countries keep U.S.-Russia relations divisive. Continuing Esalen’s long tradition of creating new dialogue where walls once stood, the Institute is taking an active role to initiate and strengthen a more positive cultural exchange between Russia and the U.S.

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My Esalen: A Conversation with Vaishali Chadha
September 1, 2017

Do you remember the moment you experienced Esalen for the first time? We’ll be sharing occasional stories from our greater Esalen family on their journey to Esalen and how they bring Esalen into the world. Vaishali Chadha is a transformational coach, inspired in part by her work at Esalen.

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Experiencing Esalen Beyond Your Workshop
November 1, 2017

Traveling to Esalen for the first time? Or the 10th time? Be sure to take a look at Esalen’s revitalized Experiential Program schedule when you arrive to see what’s offered during your stay. Posted on the bulletin board in the Lodge, the Experiential (previously “Movement”) Program schedule offers diverse and unique ways that guests can experience Esalen beyond the workshop.

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