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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
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.

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.

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.

George KohlrieserA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
George Kohlrieser

George Kohlrieser is known world-wide for his keynotes and workshops on such topics as high performance leadership, conflict management, personal and professional development, and more.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Deva MunayA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Deva Munay

Deva Munay, founder of Sacred Sound & Wonder, has over 20 years of experience in the field of health and wellness, with a passion for sound healing.

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.

Brita OstromA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Brita Ostrom

Brita Ostrom is a licensed psychotherapist and a founding member of the Esalen Massage School. She has led massage and somatic workshops at Esalen and internationally for more than 40 years.

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).

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.

Nina RaoA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Nina Rao

After first chanting as a child with her grandfather in India, Nina Rao has led chanting since 1996 and recorded two albums. She is a wildlife lover and podcast host.

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.

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.

Suzanne ScurlockA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Suzanne Scurlock

Suzanne Scurlock is the author of Reclaiming Your Body and Full Body Presence, a CranioSacral therapy instructor for the Upledger Institute since 1987, and creator of the Healing From the Core® curriculum.

Nina SimonsA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Nina Simons

Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers, is a social entrepreneur, author, philanthropic advisor, and activist who is passionate about women's leadership and co-creating a healthy, peaceful, and equitable world for all of life.

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.


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