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Esalen's 2020 Annual Report
May 6, 2021

Esalen has always been a tricky place to summarize — how do you capture an expansive experience into a static piece of text? But anything is possible with enough creativity and love, so we are pleased to share our newly published 2020 Annual Report.

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What's Happening at Esalen? New Workshops Offer Support for Transitions and Transformation
April 26, 2021

The only constant in life is change. Whether you’re working through a difficult time — the stress and pain of the past year, or an acute loss — or are preparing for the joyful chaos that comes with welcoming a child into your life, these just-added workshops will support you through the challenges of transformation.

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What's Happening at Esalen?: Ayurveda, Writers' Camp and More for May and June
April 12, 2021

This is a complete list of workshops and events that are currently open for registration. Check the Journal every other Monday to see the latest additions to the schedule!

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Curating Esalen’s Spring Boxes with Heather Martin
March 31, 2021

Earlier this year we began offering limited edition Seasonal Boxes in the Esalen shop — specially chosen items to help you bring a little Esalen into your daily life — curated by our buyer, Heather Martin. Here she describes her selection process and the intention behind three new offerings for spring.

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April Book of the Month: Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness
April 1, 2021

Did you know that Friends of Esalen has a book club? This month, we’re reading Dr. Qing Li’s 2018 book, "Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness."

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What's Happening at Esalen?: Entheowheel, April and May Workshops and Beyond
March 29, 2021

This is a complete list of workshops and events that are currently open for registration. Check the Journal every other Monday to see the latest additions to the schedule!

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What's Happening at Esalen?: Spring Workshops and Programming
March 15, 2021

This is a complete list of workshops and events that are currently open for registration. Check the Journal every other Monday to see what new workshops have been added to the schedule.

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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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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.