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Faculty

Esalen faculty represent a spectrum of disciplines, experiences, and perspectives — our faculty members have included Premal Shah, founder of Kiva.org; Robert Walter, Joseph Campbell’s longtime editor; mindfulness researcher Shauna Shapiro; and Wisdom 2.0 creator Soren Gordhamer.

Featured Faculty
Current and Recent Faculty
Shamini JainA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Shamini Jain

Shamini Jain, PhD, integrates clinical psychology, psychoneuroimmunology, vocal performance, and East Indian spiritual practice to teach others how they can best heal themselves and live joyful, meaningful lives.

Dacher KeltnerA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Dacher Keltner

Dacher Keltner is a professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center. His research focuses on the biological and evolutionary origins of compassion, awe, love, beauty, and more.

Madeline LamA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Madeline Lam

Using yoga and meditation as pathways to deeper self-exploration, Maddie creates spaces for joy, self-intimacy, and connection to the greater collective.

Michael LifshitzA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Michael Lifshitz

Michael Lifshitz, PhD, works at the intersection of contemplative practice, neuroscience, and anthropology. His research explores how experience, neurobiology, and cultural context interact to influence spiritual practice.

Jiling LinA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Jiling Lin

Jiling Lin is a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac), herbalist, and yoga teacher who cultivates thriving health through nature, art, movement, and ritual.

Camille MaurineA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Camille Maurine

Camille Maurine is the author of Meditation Secrets for Women and Meditation 24/7. Her work synthesizes meditation, movement, and expression, with a keen passion for women’s spiritual empowerment and embodiment.

Mollie McNeilA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Mollie McNeil

Mollie McNeil, PhD, is a published writer and an award-winning teacher. She currently teaches a variety of creative writing classes at the Modern Elder Academy and in various Bay Area workshops.

Janis Cooke NewmanA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Janis Cooke Newman

Janis Cooke Newman is the author of two award-winning novels and a memoir. She is also the founder of the Lit Camp writers conference, and Creative Caffeine Daily, an online community for writers.

Laurel Parnell, PhDA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Laurel Parnell, PhD

Laurel Parnell, Ph.D.,  is a clinical psychologist and one of the world’s leading experts on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

John W. PriceA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
John W. Price

John W. Price Ph.D., LPC is a depth psychotherapist, podcast host of The Sacred Speaks, co-founder of The Center for the Healing Arts and Sciences, musician, and teacher.

Dr. Maria RamosA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Dr. Maria Ramos

Dr. Maria Ramos is a meditation coach and physician. She works with healthcare professionals and has a gift for making meditation as accessible as a cup of coffee.

Lorin RocheA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Lorin Roche

Lorin Roche, PhD, has practiced and taught meditation since 1968. He is the author of The Radiance Sutras and Meditation Made Easy.

Brenda RoseA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Brenda Rose

Brenda Rose is renowned for her powerful transmissions and healing presence. An acclaimed psychic medium and coach, she inspires clients to live and love their lives guided by their soul’s purpose.

Vivien SansourA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Vivien Sansour

Vivien Sansour is an artist, storyteller, researcher, and conservationist who works to enliven old cultural tales in contemporary presentations and to advocate for seed conservation and the protection of agrobiodiversity.

Lori SchwanbeckA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Lori Schwanbeck

Lori Schwanbeck weaves her passion for nature into her work as a mindfulness teacher, retreat leader, and Hakomi certified psychotherapist who teaches mindfulness-based emotional intelligence programs internationally.

Dr. Mayya ShveygertA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Dr. Mayya Shveygert

Dr. Mayya Shveygert is a meditation coach, an entrepreneur, a Mom of two, and Executive Director at The Radiance Sutras School of Meditation.

Janet StoneA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Janet Stone

Janet Stone teaches in San Francisco and leads retreats internationally, blending a wealth of knowledge and yoga experience to create a unique, vigorous yet sumptuous approach to Vinyasa yoga.

Cassandra VietenA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Cassandra Vieten

Cassandra Vieten, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist, mind-body medicine researcher, consultant, public speaker, and author. She co-wrote Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life.


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