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About Esalen Center for Theory and Research

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    Buckminster Fuller at the Lodge.

  • Creating a New Global Conversation

  • Daniel Bianchetta

    Breakthrough Moments in Self & Society

  • 1927 Solvay Conference

Past Initiatives

Gazebo Park School July "Fun Raiser" at Henry Miller Library

Instead of our annual Fourth of July celebration on property, we are collaborating with the Henry Miller Library to help support Esalen's Gazebo Park School with a special regional event for the whole family. Join us on Sunday, July 21st from 1-5 at the Henry Miller Library for the Gazebo Park School Fun Raiser.

This is a past event, in CTR category.  OK to delete.  Just a test.


The possibilities of the human future lie beyond the power of our imagination. We suspect that our creative capacity, like that of the universe itself, is ultimately limitless.

The prospect of further human development stands before us as an ethical demand, providing useful guidance for our scientific research, education, and legislation as well as for our individual and personal choices. The world needs those who believe in our common humanity, who understand and promote the development of all individuals and communities — body, mind, heart, and soul.

Our mission at Esalen to facilitate such change within self and society has never been more vital than it is now. – Michael Murphy, Esalen CTR Founder

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Birth of CTR

The Center for Theory & Research was founded in the fall of 1998 as a means of revitalizing, quickening, and formalizing both our original Esalen vision and a particular format that had been in place from the Institute’s very beginning: the private symposium that brings together world-class intellectuals and practitioners to discuss a single focused theme or idea.

The mission of the Esalen Center for Theory & Resarch (CTR) is to help create an emerging “school” in which theory, research, and practice can co-evolve to embody and actualize our latent supernature.

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