Save 50% off standard tuition for our online Digital Extended Education Program (DEEP). Registration is open through January 30.
The total immersion into daily practice promotes the growth of new neural pathways that allow us to unlock our greatest potential. Our re-imagined four-week experience, the Live Extended Education Program (L.E.E.P.), is designed for people who want to explore new ways of thinking and being.
Under the guidance of our skilled, compassionate faculty and surrounded by a cohort of twelve other learners, students will be challenged to expand their personal growth edges and open up to greater discoveries of self and community.
Our Key Pillars:
THE STUDY COMPONENT
Engage in a rigorous course of study, up to 26 hours per week over the span of four weeks. Daily deep dives led by world-class faculty members allow you to learn heartfully about the essential teachings and practices of Esalen.
Areas of study may include Gestalt practices, massage, somatics, yoga, leadership, and more.
THE SERVICE COMPONENT
As a cement to your studies into body and mind, you will be required to dedicate 26 hours of service each week in one of Esalen’s operational departments. The campus is rugged and students should anticipate robust physical activity.
Areas of service are assigned and hours are typically performed in the kitchen or housekeeping.
Esalen provides dorm-style, gender-inclusive housing, with three students to one room. Both staff and students live in close contact with one another, and with approximately 100 guests visiting every week, privacy is at a minimum.
Esalen is located in a very rural, rugged environment on the central California coast with no nearby shopping or services. The closest major town is Monterey, which is approximately one hour away by car.
Live Extended Education Program tuition is $2900 for four weeks and includes housing, meals, and your workshop. Scholarship is available for those who demonstrate financial need. Once your application has been accepted, a non-refundable deposit of $870 will hold your space in the program.
February 12 – March 11, 2022
The Esalen Massage Intensive is for those interested in embodying themselves fully while learning how to connect with others through the healing touch of massage. It’s also for professionals who want to refresh their skills. The instructors each have over 30 years of experience teaching Esalen Massage, which also includes meditation, movement and dance, sensory awareness, and much more, all presented in a nourishing and healing context.
The basic core of Esalen Massage includes grounding, moving from the center, quality of touch, proper draping, classic Esalen long lengthening strokes, and how to listen to each person and each body. Skills to address specific problems in the neck, shoulders, and low back, just to name a few, will also be presented. Energy awareness and methods which help balance the subtle energy of the body and emotions are included. Anatomical understanding is brought to life through anatomy stretches. There will be plenty of supervised practice with your classmates.
This is not a massage certification course. Come prepared to fully participate.
Brita Ostrom has led massage and somatic workshops at Esalen and internationally for more than 40 years. She is a founding member of the Esalen Massage School, practices Gestalt awareness work, and participated in Esalen’s two-year somatic education program. She is also a licensed psychotherapist.
Char Pias, a member of the Esalen massage staff since 1980, teaches internationally, focusing on bodywork's energetic, emotional and spiritual aspects. She is a Reiki teacher, a Circle of Life facilitator/coach, and a licensed graduate of The Center for Spiritual Healing.
Oliver Bailey is a practitioner and instructor of Esalen® Massage. His background includes training in Gestalt Practice, neurolinguistic programming, intuitive work, and meditation.
March 12 – April 8, 2022