Esalen Live! is a series of socially conscious and interactive interviews hosted by Esalen faculty member Christine Chen, an award-winning journalist, best-selling yoga book author, and master yoga teacher and trainer. The show features immersive talks and experiences with our dynamic faculty and expertise from special guests passionate about exploring human potential.
The Esalen Journal is a compendium of articles that encompass everything from inspiring conversations with cultural luminaries and Esalen instructors to timely news announcements, book recommendations, and soul-nurturing recipes.
The Voices of Esalen podcast features in-depth interviews with the dynamic teachers and thinkers on the leading edge of new ways of thinking and being in the world. Hosted by Sam Stern, past guests include Cheryl Strayed, Michael Pollan, Stan Grof, Esalen co-founder Michael Murphy and many more.
Today we celebrate Bicycle Day, a modern semi-holiday (unrecognized by official governmental agencies yet observed by psychedelic enthusiasts across the globe) that commemorates Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman’s bike ride home from his lab on April 19th, 1943, after ingesting 250 micrograms of lysergic acid diethlymide, and in the process creating the world's first recorded intentional LSD trip. When Hoffman originally synthesized the compound in 1938, in the Sandoz Pharmeacuticals laboratory in Basel, he had deemed it next to useless, and put it up on the shelf to be forgotten — but five years later, something within him told him to take a second look. The rest, as they say, is history. Today’s Voices of Esalen episode is a treasure drawn from our extensive archives — an interview with Albert Hoffman himself, conducted by none other than Stanislav Grof, sometimes known as the godfather of LSD psychotherapy. This interview was conducted at Esalen Institute in 1984 — just one part of the ever evolving and complex tapestry of history that unfolded here in Big Sur.