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.
August 27 – September 23, 2022
Healers need healing too. Life for healthcare workers and therapists has been nothing short of shattering for the last two years. As professional healers and care providers, it is far too easy to put all our focus and energy into caregiving for everyone else. We can neglect our own needs, desires, and traumas, and forget about our own body, emotions, and nervous system.
This month-long program is designed to heal the healer in a trauma-informed way, and transfuse you with life force. When we activate neuroplasticity in the nervous system, we facilitate self-healing. Together we will engage in gentle PTSD recovery work informed by the traumas of the pandemic, and inclusive of any childhood traumas that may have been reactivated during these trying times.
Over the course of the month, we will be using the self-healing tools Dr. Lissa Rankin collected from around the globe during the ten years she spent studying Indigenous healing, faith and energy healing, and cutting-edge trauma therapies for her book Sacred Medicine. Together we’ll dive deep — like the whales, we watch from the Big Sur cliffs — submerging, and then coming up to the surface for a breath, splashing around, and bonding. Through dance, song, and art, we will bolster our lifeforce through the joy of safe and gentle practices.
You and your fellow healing healers will return home with a toolbox of Sacred Medicine practices to use for your at-home burnout prevention and PTSD recovery. You may also feel inspired to use some of these tools and practices as part of the treatment of your patients and clients.
Prerequisites: This program is specially geared for licensed healthcare-related or mental healthcare-related professionals (doctors, therapists, nurses, chiropractors, paramedics, acupuncturists, etc.).
Recommended Reading: Mind Over Medicine and Sacred Medicine by Lissa Rankin, MD; No Bad Parts by Richard Schwartz, PhD
Lissa Rankin, MD, is an expert in trauma-informed medicine, author of 7 books, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, and a mystic who researches radical remission, mind body medicine, and spiritual healing. Her TEDx talks have been viewed over 5 million times, and two National Public Television specials featured her work in the field of healing.