Esalen Institute is open! However, Highway 1 to the south is closed — please review the current travel advisory.
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Due to road closures along Highway 1 to our north and south, Esalen is closed through April 11.
Esalen Institute is open! However, Highway 1 to the south is closed — please review the current travel advisory.

Esalen opens May 3, 2024

Visitors are now able to access Esalen as well as other businesses and trails in northern Big Sur via twice-daily convoys on Highway 1 operated by Caltrans.

Convoys run only at 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. each day. These are the only opportunities to travel into and out of Big Sur, so visitors must plan accordingly.

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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.

Interested in teaching at Esalen? Learn more.

Featured Faculty

Current and Recent Faculty

William DoniusA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
William Donius

A New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author, ideation facilitator, and speaker, Bill assists both individuals and organizations in getting "unstuck."

Chandra EastonA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Chandra Easton

Chandra Easton is a teacher, writer, and translator of Tibetan Buddhism. She has taught Buddhism and Yoga around the world since 2001, and was given the title of senior lead teacher, Dorje Lopön (Varjācharya) in 2015.

Dr. Deborah EgertonA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Dr. Deborah Egerton

Dr. Deborah Egerton is a psychotherapist, an executive coach, and an inspirational Enneagram JEDI (justice, equality, diversity, inclusion) who teaches the value of the Enneagram for introspective self-discovery.

Eve EkmanA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Eve Ekman

Eve Ekman, PhD, MSW, is a writer, teacher, and contemplative social scientist who is designing, delivering, and evaluating tools to support emotional awareness.

Zuza EnglerA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Zuza Engler

Zuza Engler is a teacher of Soul Motion® and Open Floor Movement, creatrix of Embodied Inquiry, and a long-term Buddhism and Gestalt practitioner.

Elissa EpelA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Elissa Epel

Elissa Epel, Ph.D, is a best-selling author and a Professor at UCSF in the Department of Psychiatry. She is an expert on stress and contemplative practices, including mindful eating for optimal metabolic balance.

Robin Fann-CostanzoA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Robin Fann-Costanzo

Robin Fann Costanzo has been practicing and teaching Esalen® Massage nationally and internationally since 1993. She has a background in dance, yoga, and somatic therapies, with a specialty in trauma resolution.

Kate FloreA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Kate Flore

Kate Flore, MPH, OTR, CMP, is a somatic and bodywork practitioner, educator, and facilitator. She is co-founder of TensegrityU, an education program that weaves together Rolfing, Feldendrais, and Gestalt.

Erika GagnonA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Erika Gagnon

Erika Gagnon is a multi-racial ceremonial leader, wisdom keeper, medicine carrier and “curandera.” With the blessings of her elders, she leads a variety of healing ceremonies and personal healing sessions.

Jim GallasA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Jim Gallas

Jim Gallas has been teaching yoga and qigong with a sense of deepening silence and the lightness of laughter for over 30 years. He has had the great joy of teaching at Esalen since 1999. 

Daria HalprinA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Daria Halprin

A dancer, poet, educator, author, and therapist, Daria Halprin is a leader in the field of somatic movement/expressive arts education and therapy.

Steven HarperA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Steven Harper

Steven Harper is a wilderness leader, author, facilitator, and Big Sur resident. His work incorporates practices that cultivate awareness, grow somatic intelligence, and emphasize connection with nature as vehicles for awakening.

Gitanjali HempA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Gitanjali Hemp

Gitanjali Hemp is a master energy healer, mystic, teacher, writer, mother, and the founder of Syntara System, a deeply integrative, evolutionary energy healing and awareness modality.

Paul HeussenstammA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Paul Heussenstamm

Paul Heussenstamm is a painter and teacher from Laguna Beach, California. His vibrant sacred art incorporates principles of many religious traditions, among them Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity.

Andrew HolecekA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Andrew Holecek

Dr. Andrew Holecek has completed the traditional three-year Buddhist meditation retreat and offers seminars internationally on meditation, lucid dreaming, and the art of dying.

Lucia HoranA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Lucia Horan

Born and raised in the Esalen community, Lucia Horan received life-long direct training with Gabrielle Roth in the 5Rhythms® method and is formally empowered to teach Buddha dharma in all capacities.

Peggy HoranA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Peggy Horan

Peggy Horan has been practicing and teaching Esalen Massage for five decades and is the author of Connecting Through Touch, A Couples Massage Book.

Chungliang Al HuangA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Chungliang Al Huang

Chungliang "Al" Huang teaches Tai Ji philosophy, East/West synthesis, and the art of movement meditation.

Russ HudsonA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Russ Hudson

Russ Hudson is one of the top teachers and developers of the Enneagram system in the world today. He is the co-author, with Don Richard Riso, of several books including The Wisdom of the Enneagram and Personality Types.

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.

Patricia JamesA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Patricia James

Patricia James, a Cheyenne pipe carrier and priest, is a medicine woman of Seminole heritage and a cross-cultural expert. She facilitates ceremonies and workshops for groups and individuals.