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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 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.

Catherine Ann JonesA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Catherine Ann Jones

Catherine Ann Jones is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, author, and writing consultant.

The Brothers KorenA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
The Brothers Koren

With over twenty years as teachers, performers, and transformational leaders, Thorald and Isaac Koren are on a mission to hear the world’s song, one Big Voice at a time.

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.

Deborah Rose LongoA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Deborah Rose Longo

Deborah Rose Longo has been an instructor of the Gurdjieff Movements for over 40 years, working with groups around the world.

Miranda MacphersonA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Miranda Macpherson

Miranda Macpheron has been guiding others into direct experience of the sacred for 30 years internationally. Author of The Way of Grace, she offers a feminine and integrated approach to nondual realization.

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.

Day SchildkretA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Day Schildkret

Day Schildkret’s visually stunning, earth-based art reconnects us to our intrinsic healing relationship with nature, impermanence, and everyday ritual.

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.

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.

Anne Van de WaterA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Anne Van de Water

Anne Van de Water is a certified life coach, health and wellness teacher, and inspirational spiritual guide. She helps huge-hearted change makers cultivate True Self Mastery to authentically live, love, lead and thrive.

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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