Bill James is a recognized leader in financial counseling for high net-worth clients including investment management, estate planning, and charitable tax planning. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC School of Law. He left law school to enter the new financial services industry in 1970.
Over the years Bill has pledged significant financial support to Esalen and actively raises funds at Esalen workshops, matching gifts received. His driving vision is to see Esalen thrive for future generations, update its buildings, and become self-sustaining while preserving its special culture.
One of Esalen's most frequent visitors, Bill has attended close to 100 workshops in such diverse fields as psychology, writing, singing, hypnosis, self awakening, and advanced massage. He is certified in both Esalen Massage and clinical hypnosis. He has an active spiritual practice, having studied extensively with Eli Jaxon-Bear, Gangaji, and Eckhart Tolle. Bill lives in Tampa, Florida.