Life can overwork our character muscles with adversities. Tis’ the season for overcoming through a compendium of traditional and natural world practices. From Toltec paths to happiness, and healing via biofield science, to humbly communing on Esselen Tribal land, and busting through blockages to clear our chakras — the tools are aligned, ready for activation.
Every pho aficionado will tell you that the secret to this Vietnamese staple is the broth, a two-plus hour process of breathing and waiting. We wouldn’t recommend shortcutting personal transformation, but we’ll hungrily allow it for pho in honor of API Heritage Month 2022!
Our new workshops for July and August offer ways to live in right relation with the Earth, unlock renewed feminine energy and creativity, develop new strategies for thriving, and experience greater connection and inter-relatedness. Plus, a reminder about exciting options for a meaningful month away at Esalen between June and September with LEEP.
Is there such a thing as over-meditating that gets in the way of real healing? That’s one topic Dr. Lissa Rankin covered on her quest to understand “sacred medicine.” Read her insights about the relationship between healing, belief, community, and miracles.
We can never get rid of the myths that have made us who we are, but we can re-vision them and imagine new possibilities? Get ready to play and gain profound insights into your journey with Bob Walter, President of the Joseph Campbell Foundation and Campbell’s editor for years.
Even as we celebrate the March equinox and welcome spring in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s not too early to make plans for summer. New workshops for July and August offer opportunities for yoga, creative expression, mindfulness, hiking, and more; plus, two new LEEP programs are open for applications.
The longer days and warmer temperatures of spring are just around the corner here in California, and our newest batch of workshops offer a variety of enticing ways to shake off the shackles of winter and reconnect to yourself, others, creativity, and the grandeur of Nature.
Big Sur experienced an unexpected visitor this January: a winter wildfire. One of our Friends of Esalen witnessed it in the first few hours and took to words in a moment of inspiration and reflection. We share her poem — “The World Flipped On Its Head” — in our latest post in The Journal.
At the baths, have you ever thought…I wish I could bottle this up? Our newest addition to the Esalen store taps you into a bit of healing at home. Learn about the Bathing & Spa collection inspired by local woods, meadows, and historical bathing rituals.
Does your relationship “check a box?” Rev. Erika Allison, a queer interfaith minister and author, tackles moving beyond the labels established long ago to embrace individual self-journeys to love for the LGBTQ+ community.
Did we forget how to communicate love and compassion through touch? Social distancing dominated our lexicon for the past two years. Two experts in Esalen massage give us insight into the comeback of a forgotten language.
One of our staff members shares the story of learning about the relationship of her community’s trauma in relation to the local, Indigenous community. Learn how you can help us be committed to this work and be contextual stewards of this land.
We've got brand new collections for kids and babies, newly-designed hoodies and tees that honor our sacred place on earth, gifts for rituals, energy, candle gazing, or cozying up at home. We have digital gift certificates too! Each purchase from our online store supports our programs and the land.
The return of an iconic Esalen Massage workshop, celebrating LGBTQ+ love in a safe space, human potential with Paul Selig, and Enneagram for expansion are all available in this round of January and February workshop experiences.
When you say “I’m going to be present,” is this a demand of yourself, a practice, or a way to bring it into your body so you actually embody the present? Russell and Linda Delman eloquently describe both and share why it’s more important than ever to understand the difference.
One family’s baby blessing, a ceremonial fire, and the ritual of connecting to the spirit world became kindling for a new collaboration with a California woman. Her artistry with nature frames a ritual to honor family, friendship, and self-nourishment.
Dance, flow, and meditate with Zuza and Scott Engler, Raphael Cushnir, and Chandra Easton. Unlock your creative potential with Esalen Artist in Residence alum Darnell Walker and explore the truth about Tantra with Sravana Borkataky-Varma and Keith Cantú.
A simple meditation may help with spaciness, anxiety, and challenges with concentration as world events continue to shift our realities from day to day. Bring your intention and a candle to your seat, and see where this journey takes you.
If the pandemic woke you up to see the world’s crises with new eyes, you can make a difference. Two leaders from Search for Common Ground, the Nobel-nominated, global peacebuilding organization, explain how, why — and why you, right now.
Are you curious about your own capacity to heal? Do you wonder how you can create a different relationship with the land around you that is not rooted in dominance? Check out new workshops from Erika Gagnon and Vivien Sansour to find out how you can heal yourself and reconnect to the land around you.
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.
One hundred episodes later, Voices of Esalen is still a deep and trusted platform for learning about the self and the soul. For International Podcast Day, host Sam Stern chose five episodes that moved him and inspired many others to dive even further into transformation.
Dan Zigmond returns to help clear the obstacles of a daily meditation practice, Steven Harper explores the richness of Gestalt for radical aliveness in his return visit, and Miranda Macpherson helps us to rise to meet change with spiritual maturity.
September is Self-Care Awareness month. What are your self-care rituals and routines for fall? Esalen Live! Host and wellness consultant Christine Chen, shares the practical lifestyle science that helped her feel better, plus specific, practical tips to feel more in harmony with yourself and the season.
Navigate your soul path with a spirit dive, guided by East Forest and Radha Weppner, transform grief into beauty with artist Day Schildkret, or flow into gratitude with Janet Stone. New workshops are open for discovery right now.
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.