Spirit
Serve the Greater Good with Daily Awe: Q&A with Dacher Keltner
October 6, 2021

Do you have an awe practice? It can help us heal now, but beyond the pandemic, awe has huge benefits for the greater good. Dacher Keltner, Founding Director of the Greater Good Science Center at U.C. Berkeley, explains his latest research and what awe feels like, each day of your life.

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How Do You Care for Your Heart?
September 29, 2021

How are you caring for your heart today? A spin on the expected “how are you,” we asked our Friends of Esalen this question. Their inspirational answers were practically a master class in self-care, self-awareness, and human connection.

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Insights: Out – Midlife Crisis. In – Midlife Transitions. Chip Conley with Advice for the Ages
September 1, 2021

Did you know you start midlife in your 30s? Tackling midlife in transitions versus crisis helps us live authentically and honestly through the decades. September is National Healthy Aging Month. Learn more from Chip Conley, Esalen “elder” and founder of the Modern Elder Academy.

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Can You Admit That You’re Happy?
August 25, 2021

If you feel guilty feeling happy, you may suffer from Weltschmerz. The remedy may be choosing gratitude over guilt. Is it rational? Is it possible? Esalen Faculty Ira Israel guest blogs in August for Admit You’re Happy Month.

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How to Get Your Spiritual Groove Back: Get Started with Darnell Walker
August 18, 2021

Your story can be told in three sentences. Darnell Walker, Rituals Writing Workshop teacher, shows us how to get started. If you think you’ve lost your groove and need to realign/reconnect, grab a journal and a pen, breathe deeply, and get started.

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How Do Humans of Esalen Relax? Shares from Shauna Shapiro, Jeffrey Williams, Sylvie Rokab, and more
August 13, 2021

What’s your favorite way to relax? Regular, intentional relaxation helps us manage stress and supports our nervous systems. Learn more about how humans of Esalen relax in our latest Journal post for National Relaxation Day.

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Inviting Peace & Rest: The Esalen Summer “Dreaming” Box
June 30, 2021

Treat yourself to a beautifully curated selection of our favorite restorative sleep-enhancement tools, available now in the Esalen Store.

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INSIGHTS: Relational Gestalt: I and Thou In the Here and Now with Dorothy Charles
June 25, 2021

If you intentionally practice noticing your body sensations, your thoughts, current emotions, and what’s happening around you, you may very well be practicing Gestalt. Learn more about the practice from legacy teacher Dorothy Charles in our Esalen Spotlight interview.

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INSIGHTS: Learning Mindfulness from Meditation in Nature with Mark Coleman
June 14, 2021

What if you could sit with the ocean and trees, dive deeply into your relationship with nature and yourself, and come away with a profound sense of purpose? Mark Coleman, mindfulness teacher and wilderness guide, is back with a five-day version of his weekend workshop, which was sold out in May.

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INSIGHTS: An Interview with Mark Coleman, Mindfulness Teacher & Wilderness Guide with Christine Chen
May 25, 2021

As we emerge and adjust back to a new normal, how can we reflect more deeply on our relationship with ourselves, the outdoors, and the earth? Esalen's Christine Chen talks with Mark Coleman, who leads "Awake in the Wild: Meditation in Nature" next week at Esalen, about his take on earth, screens, being in nature, pandemic healing, and more.

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An Invitation to Joy
October 1, 2016

Against the backdrop of the Himalayan foothills, two great spiritual masters and good friends came together to celebrate a birthday. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Archbishop Emeritus of Southern Africa Desmond Tutu spent a week in friendship and conversation, culminating in what they now describe as a birthday gift to the world and an invitation to joy: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World.

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Anne Watts Reflects on Growing Up with Esalen and Leading an Authentic Life
November 1, 2017

Anne Watts carries the human potential movement in her DNA. As the daughter of pioneering author and philosopher Alan Watts, she grew up with people like Aldous Huxley, Charlotte Selver, and Ram Dass discussing the nature of human consciousness around the dinner table. While deeply influenced by her father, Anne forged her own path to become an educator, mediator, and counselor devoted to helping people live life from a place of authenticity and love.

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A Conversion on Awareness and Awe
August 1, 2018

Earlier this month, Esalen welcomed some of the most exciting voices in mindfulness today for two week-long workshops: The Art and Science of Mindfulness, Compassion and Awe and Loving Awareness. We recently spoke with Dan Siegel, author of the upcoming Aware: The Science and Practice of Mindfulness, and Dacher Keltner, founder of the Greater Good Science Center, who co-led with Shauna Shapiro the first workshop from August 5-10.

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Reclaiming Our Place in Wild Nature
December 1, 2018

After being displaced by numerous California wildfires and landslides, naturalist/educators and longtime Esalen community members Noël Vietor and Fletcher Tucker asked themselves how they could be in service to a new paradigm in which people are a reparative and beneficial force of nature. Their answer is Wildtender, which they launched in 2017.

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Loving What Is and Doing ‘The Work’
October 1, 2019

Byron Katie created The Work, a simple yet powerful process of inquiry that teaches us to identify and question the thoughts that can cause suffering, as an opportunity to sink into our vast inner world, notice what we discover there and emerge from it with insights that create personal freedom.

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Exploring the ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’ Mystique
November 1, 2019

How do people gather today when they are not tied to a specific religion or belief system? Esalen faculty Jeff Kripal and Dana Sawyer have long been intrigued by this subject and will explore it at length in Conversations on the Edge: America, Spiritual But Not Religious, during the weekend of December 6-8 at Esalen.

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Effortless Mindfulness and Living an Awakened Life
December 1, 2019

The quest to live an awakened life is filled with numerous discoveries that allow us to become present, mindful of our mental activity and more deeply in touch with our physical being. After reaching that initial state of awakening, another desire may emerge: sustaining it. Leaning in that direction is a lovely goal, but understanding what awakening is also vital.

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Let Go and Renew the Self
December 1, 2019

Mark Nicolson, an executive coach specializing in leadership and team development for visionary entrepreneurs and catalysts for social change, made it his mission to help people and systems large and small discover the concept of renewal and become re-enchanted with their place and calling in the world. As the co-founder of T12N, an innovative program for realigning self and career, he also helped create pathways for sustaining the changes individuals truly wanted to create. Mark sheds light on this rich topic in his upcoming workshop, Designing the Life We Want: Self-Renewal in the New Year, where he creates a space for us to be vulnerable, undistracted and present.

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Five Ways To Invigorate The Spirit
January 1, 2020

A new month, a new year and a new decade all converge in January. Collectively, the human race enters brand new territory (a more soul-filled Roaring Twenties, perhaps?) and many people may be seeking ways to invigorate their spirit and experience their true human potential. Questions abound: What new practices can I implement? What new actions can I take? Culling from Esalen’s lineage of teachers, we reveal five ways to truly let the spirit shine even brighter.

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A Clear Vision for Building Peace
January 1, 2020

Three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Scilla Elworthy is a vibrant example of what we are capable of doing when we see clearly — and take action. When Scilla was just 11 years old, her four older brothers were teaching her how to fire a shotgun at their home in Galashiels, England. In one quick moment, young Scilla did something that forever changed her life path.

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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.