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All Workshops

Weekend of July 28-30

Igniting the Power of Your Empathy and Intuition

Judith Orloff

There is a powerful connection between your emotions, intuition, and empathy.

Week of July 30-August 4

A Time To Reflect

This is a special opportunity for people to experience Esalen without taking a workshop.

Dancing with the Planetary Crisis: A Soul-Initiation

Terry Patten & Sarah Marshank

Do you recoil from global warming and our planetary ecological predicament? Do you see extreme weather events as inconvenient anomalies or fierce teachers?

Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples

Sam Jinich & Michelle Gannon

The Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples is based on practices drawn from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), attachment theory, and Sue Johnson’s best-selling book, Hold Me Tight.

Leading the Edge: How to Reach Extraordinary Performance

George Kohlrieser

Why do some leaders overcome impossible barriers, go beyond unbearable pressure and frustration, and persevere in order to achieve outcomes seemingly beyond reach when others would give up?

Weekend of August 4-6

Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science that will Transform Your Sex Life

Emily Nagoski

"During this workshop, which is designed for participants of all gender and sexual orientation, we’ll begin with the science of sexual response like you’ve never heard it before, and then blow away

Wisdom 2.0 Unplugged: Inner and Outer Connection

Soren Gordhamer

The fourth annual Wisdom 2.0 Unplugged retreat will be a chance to connect—without devices—with other people in the beautiful natural setting of Esalen Institute.

Week of August 6-11

A Time To Reflect

This is a special opportunity for people to experience Esalen without taking a workshop.

Week of August 6-11

The Transformational Enneagram: Mindfulness, Insight and Experience 

Russ Hudson

A growing number of people are aware of the Enneagram as an accurate and profound map of personality.

Weekend of August 11-13

A Time To Reflect

This is a special opportunity for people to experience Esalen without taking a workshop.

How the Way We Sit and Stand Can Change the Way We Think and Speak

Wendy Palmer

Research by psychologist Dr. Albert Mehrabian and others shows that at least 70% of all communication is non verbal.

The Embodied Life™: Meditation, Guided Inquiry and the Teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais

Russell Delman

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you—don't go back to sleep. -Rumi

The Extraordinary Couples Workshop

Jason Weston & Marci Graham

Do you remember the magic of the beginning of your relationship, when just seeing your partner got your adrenaline running?

Week of August 13-18

Greater Good

Shauna Shapiro, Daniel Siegel, Dacher Keltner, Mollie McNeil & Teja Bell

This workshop brings together a team of internationally recognized scientists, meditation teachers, and clinicians to deepen our understanding of how to live a meaningful, healthy, and joyful life.

Weekend of August 18-20

A Time To Reflect

This is a special opportunity for people to experience Esalen without taking a workshop.

Pathways to Intimacy

Anne Watts

What if you could create more love and deeper and more connected relationships in your life?

Power Vinyasa Yoga

Susan Hauser

Power Vinyasa Yoga connects breath with movement using a vigorous, fitness-based approach to vinyasa-style yoga.

Week of August 20-25

5Rhythms® Trance and Transformation

Lucia Horan

Move until you are moved. Dance until the dancer disappears and only the dance remains. - Gabrielle Roth

Big Sur Wilderness Experience

Steven Harper

Esalen is the trailhead to one of the most spectacular mountainous coastlines in the world.

IAHE: Barral Institute's Visceral Manipulation 3

Dee Dettmann Ahern

This Visceral Manipulation course focuses on the pelvis, with participants studying the relationship between functional and structural mechanics of the pelvic area.

IAHE: Upledger Institute International's Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 1

Stan Gerome

CranioSacral therapy is a gentle, noninvasive, hands-on technique to help detect and correct imbalances in the craniosacral system that may cause sensory, motor, or intellectual dysfunction.

IAHE: Upledger Institute International's Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 2

Chas Perry

“The acceptance of this invitation carries with it the responsibility of daily presence in both group discussions and hands-on practice sessions,” writes Chas Perry.

Weekend of August 25-27

5Rhythms® Moon Lodge: Honoring the Sacred Feminine A Women-Only Retreat

Lucia Horan

“Join us as we journey into the Moon Lodge, a weekend of tribal and ritual healing for women,” says Lucia Horan. “How empowered are you as a woman navigating this world?

A Time To Reflect

This is a special opportunity for people to experience Esalen without taking a workshop.

Week of August 25-September 1

Lotus Borne Perception: Awareness Teachings of Tibetan Buddhism and Continuum Movement

Susan Harper & Lama Drimed

In this retreat Lama Drimed and Susan Harper open a multi-dimensional inquiry into our spiritual, somatic, and creative human capacity.

Week of August 27-September 1

A Time To Reflect

This is a special opportunity for people to experience Esalen without taking a workshop.

Intermediate Plein Air Painting

Adam Wolpert

Painting can be a profound experience — one that engages all of our senses, our minds, and our spirits. It brings together observation with introspection, contemplation, and healing.

Radiant Body: Living From the Heart

Kia Miller

Connect to your inner self and create new possibilities in your life. To truly thrive, one must develop the ability to listen to the quiet voice of the soul.

Zero Balancing - Part 1

Fritz Smith & Todd Williams

Zero Balancing (ZB) is a nondiagnostic system of healing which clarifies and coordinates energy fields in the body, balances body energy with body structure, and focuses on bone energy and the skel

Weekend of September 1-3

A Time To Reflect

This is a special opportunity for people to experience Esalen without taking a workshop.

Writing to Awaken: Memoir as a Path of Transformation

Mark Matousek

“We each have our own story, a personal myth constructed from the content life presents us,” Mark Matousek says.

Yoga Practice: An Ongoing Metamorphosis

Thomas Michael Fortel

One's whole being, starting from the physical body, can be refined and strengthened so it acts as a medium for the higher cosmic force.

Week of September 3-8

Digital Raign Reality Summit

Alison Raby & James Hanusa

The Digital Raign Reality Summit brings together creative technologists, filmmakers, philanthropists, artists, academics, and consciousness researchers to explore the intersection of virtual realit

I Am the Word: The Energetics of Consciousness

Paul Selig

In his breakthrough works of channeled literature, I Am the Word and The Book of Love and Creation, author and medium Paul Selig recorded a program for personal and planetary evolution as humankind

Weekend of September 8-10

A Time to Reflect

This is a special opportunity for people to experience Esalen without taking a workshop.

Essentials of Hakomi Mindfulness-Based Experiential Therapy: Journey to the Depths of the Psyche

Robert Fisher

This workshop, designed for therapists and other healing professionals, provides an overview of the Hakomi Method.

I Am the Word: The Energetics of Consciousness

Paul Selig

In his breakthrough works of channeled literature, I Am the Word and The Book of Love and Creation, author and medium Paul Selig recorded a program for personal and planetary evolution as humankind

The Brazilian Soul: Dance and Drumming

Cida Vieira & Mestre Beiçola

Drumming inspires people to connect. Nationalities and individual agendas disappear; what remains is the grounding presence of our transformed selves—our spirits lightened and empowered.

Week of September 10-15

A Time To Reflect

This is a special opportunity for people to experience Esalen without taking a workshop.

Beyond Tantra: Integrating Science, Spirit and Sexuality

Margot Anand, Shauna Shapiro, Lorin Roche, Layla Martin & Bryan Reeves

Join internationally recognized teachers to weave together ancient wisdom traditions of Tantra and meditation with modern neuroscience.

Way of Nature: The Practice of the Wild

Steven Harper

You didn't come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here. — Alan Watts

Weekend of September 15-17

Loving What Is

Byron Katie

Byron Katie has one job: to teach people how to end their own suffering.

Week of September 17-22

Leading with Relational Mindfulness: Regenerating Ourselves and the World

Nina Simons & Deborah Eden Tull

“In this time of so much change, we are all called to be leaders,” say Nina Simons and Deborah Eden Tull.

More Than a Communication Workshop

Jean Morrison & Martine Amita Algier

Whether you are looking for change in your close relationships, your work environment, or your wider world, the principles and practices of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) offer a lifetime of suppor

Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving

Charles Muir & Leah Alchin with Diane Greenberg

This is a “reset point” for couples who want to dramatically improve the quality of sex and intimacy in their love lives and open up to more ecstatic pleasure and spiritual connection in their rela

The Anatomy of a Calling

Lissa Rankin

We are all embarked on what Joseph Campbell calls the "Hero's Journey" of finding and fulfilling our calling.

Weekend of September 22-24

A Time To Reflect

This is a special opportunity for people to experience Esalen without taking a workshop.

Enough Excuses Already: Discover Your Sustainable Yoga Practice

Harvey Deutch

We live in a culture that extols constant productivity. From sunrise to sunset, we move at a breakneck pace in order to meet the day's demands.

Grief in Our Bones

Kim Mooney

“When we can embrace a broken heart with true compassion, grief gives us the strength to hold all the pain and difficulty, the courage to take one more breath, and the capacity to build a powerful

Healer Within™ Practice Leader Training: Medical Qigong Certification

Roger Jahnke

Medical Qigong has powerful roots in ancient healing traditions and also in modern science.

Spiritwalker: Shamanic Journeywork and Empowerment

Hank Wesselman

Many of the indigenous peoples perceive that our world is made up of two halves—a world of things seen and a world of things hidden—and they draw no distinction between them.

September 22-October 1

Path of Devotion: A Yoga Teacher Training

Janet Stone

Whether you’re an established yoga teacher, an aspiring teacher, or a dedicated long-time student of yoga, the alchemy of a yogic path promises deep transformation.

Week of September 24-29

A Time To Reflect

This is a special opportunity for people to experience Esalen without taking a workshop.

Abandonment to Healing: Overcoming your Self-Defeating Patterns

Susan Anderson

Abandonment is a primal human fear and the underlying cause of emotional distress and dysfunction.

Soul Sense: Discover Yourself through Essential Plant Alchemy

Andrea Shanti

The light of compassion opens the petals of the heart. When the petals of the heart unfold fragrance spreads across the valley. –Amit Ray

Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Certification Training

Roger Jahnke

Tai Chi Easy is a practice that combines gentle exercises, breath practices, self-massage, and meditation to help you experience a refreshing, healing boost to body, mind, and spirit.

Visionseeker: Spirit Medicine

Hank Wesselman

Today, interest in complementary and alternative therapies is on the rise, and more people are rediscovering the healing modalities pioneered by indigenous peoples.

Month of September 24-October 22

Work Study - Deep Bodywork®

Rob Wilks

Deep Bodywork, as created by Perry Holloman over the last twenty-five years at Esalen Institute, is a method that integrates the qualities of a flowing Esalen® Massage with the therapeutic effectiv

Weekend of September 29-October 1

Embracing the Wild Unknown: A Women’s Self-Renewal Retreat

Renée Trudeau

Self-care—the art of attuning and responding to your needs and desires—is a moment-to-moment process.

The Gokhale Method®: The Posture Dance Connection

Esther Gokhale

Dance is an unusually rich avenue for improving strength, flexibility, circulation, posture, mood, and connection.

Unfinished Business: Create Your Next Steps in Life from the Inside Out

Pam Kramer & Steve Edelman

Is your life an expression of who you really are at the core? Perhaps you have already succeeded brilliantly at what you wanted to do, or gone as far as you can go.

Week of October 1-6

The Art of Empathy: Balancing Connection, Self-Care and Healthy Intimacy

Karla McLaren & Amanda Ball

Empathy is possibly your most essential skill. It helps you understand yourself and others, and it is the core skill in your ability to communicate and relate to the world around you.

Through Our Own Eyes: A Retreat For and By Women Physicians

Leslie Waters & Ligia Giese

This is our twelfth meeting of women physicians since 1997.

Yoga, Meditation and Addiction Recovery Retreat: A Celebration of Healing

Rolf Gates, Nikki Myers, Melody Moore, Tim Walsh & Tommy Rosen

Join us as we bring together the ancient tools and practices of yoga and meditation as ways to deepen the exploration of recovery from addictions.

Weekend of October 6-8

Brain, Mind and Consciousness: A Deep Knowing

David Presti & Kristi Panik

The human brain is the most complex object in the known universe, and the study of its structure and function is one of the most rapidly developing fields in contemporary science.

Couples' Communication Retreat

Warren Farrell

Our inability to handle personal criticism from loved ones is a common Achilles’ heel. The more deeply we love, the more fragile we feel.

Soul Motion™: Sweat Ecstasy

Vinn Arjuna Martí

“Soul Motion is a conscious dance practice that offers students a view, a handle, a key, and a striker,” says Vinn Arjuna Martí.

Taking the Midlife Leap, One Step at a Time

Jett Psaris

If you are between 40 and 65 years old, you are undoubtedly attempting to navigate the emotional, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of your midlife passage.

Week of October 8-13

Beyond the Long Stroke: The Integration of Deep Bodywork and Esalen® Massage

Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

“In our previous classes, we’ve focused on teaching the practice of Deep Bodywork for specific segments of the body,” write the leaders.

Dharana and Drishti

Thomas Michael Fortel

“Dharana and drishti are Sanskrit words that indicate a process of development in our ability for a depth of mental focus and concentration,” says Thomas Fortel.

Real Sex: Awaken your Erotic Intelligence

Mike Lousada & Louise Mazanti

“We have a deep yearning for love and aliveness in our body, yet our culture has hijacked sexuality with commercialism, pornography, and performance pressure,” say Mike Lousada and Louise Mazanti.

Straw Into Gold: The Alchemy of Memoir

Katy Butler

Do you have a story you are longing to tell? Take a great leap forward with a passionate teacher whose best-selling memoir was named a NY Times Notable Book of the year.

Women in Transition: Climbing into Your Authentic Self

Jnana Gowan & Suze Allen

Your house is on fire. Your boat is sinking. What do you want take with you? What are you willing to sacrifice to the fire or watch sink to the depths below?

Weekend of October 13-15

An Introduction to Esalen® Massage: The Art of Healing Touch

Daniela Urbassek & Robin Fann-Costanzo

This workshop is a wonderful opportunity for you to enjoy the beauty of Big Sur and the healing waters of the Esalen hot springs, while gaining a foundation in the art and practice of Esalen Massag

Evidence-Based Traditional Taiji (T'ai Chi) and Qigong: Nurturing Mind, Body and Spirit

Yang Yang & Robert Sheeler

Master Yang is a traditionally trained, internationally recognized taiji and qigong grandmaster who has distilled essential aspects of these arts into an easy-to-learn program suitable for people o

Getting the Love You Want: A Workshop for Couples

Rick Brown

This workshop is designed to help couples understand at a deeper level why they were attracted to each other, why they get stuck in endless power struggles, and how to safely begin to work through

The Science of Happiness and Well-being

June Gruber & Hedy Kober

What brings us true happiness?

Week of October 15-20

A Time to Reflect

This is a special opportunity for people to experience Esalen without taking a workshop.

Awakening to the True You: 5 Steps to Radically Transform Your Love Life and Beyond

Katherine Woodward Thomas

“Most of us intuitively know that we cannot create that which we are not truly open to and ready to receive,” says Katherine Woodward Thomas.

Esalen® Massage and Meditation

Oliver Bailey & Peggy Horan

Esalen Massage is a moving meditation, a practice in presence and mindfulness, and a loving healing art.

Groundation Celebration: Ignite [R]evolution through Yoga, Writing and Ritual

Nadine McNeil & Sienna Creasy

“Groundation, a term coined by Jamaica’s indigenous Rastafari people, describes a potent Jamaican way of life—being balanced, grounded, and centered within one’s purpose,” say Nadine McNeil and Sie

Medicinal Plants and Spiritual Evolution

David Crow

“Medicinal plants can support our spiritual evolution in many ways,” says David Crow.

The Bio-Breakthrough Workshop: From Limitation to Liberation

Isabelle Benarous

In this workshop, Isabelle Benarous introduces you to The Bio-Breakthrough, an innovative process based on biological decoding and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Weekend of October 20-22

Into the Fire: The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing

Sy Safransky, Doug Crandell, Danusha Lameris, Heather Sellers, Sparrow & Joe Wilkins

Since 1974, The Sun has published the kind of brave, revealing writing that lives up to the magazine’s motto: “What is to give light must endure burning.” We invite you to join Sun readers and cont

Month of October 22-November 19

Legacy Group - Embodied Relational Gestalt

Michael Clemmens

“We develop relationships with ourselves and others through the physicality of our vision, smell, touch, and movement,” says Michael Clemmens.

Work Study - Medicine in Motion: 5Rhythms® Movement Meditation

Davida Taurek

Put the psyche into motion and it will heal itself. – Gabrielle Roth

Weekend of October 27-29

BodyWise: Discovering Your Body Intelligence for Lifelong Health and Healing

Rachel Abrams

What might it feel like to live a life your body loves?

Conversations on the Edge: Feminine and Masculine in the 21st Century

Soren Gordhamer, Mark Nicolson & Elizabeth Esalen

But if you pay close attention, you will see that the most masculine man has a feminine soul, and the most feminine woman has a masculine soul. - Carl Jung

The Path: Mastering the Nine Pillars of Resilience and Success

Stephen Sideroff

Our stress and its symptoms are maintained unconsciously as a distraction from emotional issues and harmful thinking.

The Yoga of Deep Intimacy

Michaela Boehm

Whether you are starting an intimate relationship or want to deepen passion with your partner, the principles of Intimacy and Polarity—the spark that keeps passion alive—are always available to dee

Zero Balancing Open Forum

Fritz Smith

This weekend is an opportunity for people practicing Zero Balancing to reconnect with Fritz Smith, with Zero Balancing, and with each other.

Week of October 29-November 3

IAHE: Upledger Institute International's SomatoEmotional Release 1

Stan Gerome

During this course, you will learn about the physiological mechanism of disease and will participate in hands-on training to facilitate the SomatoEmotional Release process.

Jivamukti Yoga Bhakti Immersion

Gabriela Bozic

During this workshop, expect the full Jivamukti package of tradition, music, meditation, bhakti, and creative asana sequences.

Not For the Feint of Heart: Be Bold in Your Personal Growth

Mariah Fenton Gladis with Gonan Premfors

If you’re “feint of heart,” you avoid confronting the emotional injuries or habits that prevent you from enjoying life to the fullest.

The Wild Woman’s Way: Embodied Feminine Practice

Michaela Boehm

The Wild Woman is an archetype that represents a connection with our “wildish” nature.

Weekend of November 3-5

Arrive Already Loved: Creating Sacred Attachment with Yourself in the Here and Now

Mariah Fenton Gladis with Gonan Premfors

"Many people ask me how to have a fair shot at developing a healthy relationship with another human being," writes Mariah Fenton Gladis. "I advise them to arrive already loved.

Gratitude Retreat

Janet Stone

“We gather at Esalen for a weekend to remember—with our bodies, minds, and spirits—all that we have to be grateful for,” Janet Stone writes.

The Art of Leadership: Communication, Creativity and Vision

Ronald Alexander

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams

Week of November 5-10

Art as a Spiritual Path: Paintings that Awaken the Soul

Paul Heussenstamm

The practice of painting is healing and meditative. No experience is necessary as we transform our everyday consciousness into the inner artist that lives in each of us.

Cultivating Meaning and Happiness through Mindfulness and Yoga

Ira Israel

Many of us would benefit from learning how to dis-identify with the mental chatter in our heads and cultivate equanimity.

Songwriting from the Heart—Progressing on the Journey


Come take your seat among other songwriters as we work to refine our songwriting tools. We will go beyond the basic nuts and bolts of the craft, working to take our skills to the next level.

The Space Between Stories

Charles Eisenstein

“The world is in a time of transition in the deep mythology that runs our civilization,” says Charles Eisenstein. “Many of us personally are in such a transition as well.

Weekend of November 10-12

A Different Perspective: Reframe Your Life Using Play, Embodiment and Humor

Ann Randolph & Michael Clemmens

It is all too easy to stay stuck in a rut, unable to see or do things differently even when we know we want to change.

Connect to Your Inner-Net: Mindful Practices for Life and Work

Gopi Kallayil & Mirabai Bush

How can the modern workplace become a source of inner peace and global transformation?

Esalen® Massage: The Basics

Brita Ostrom & Deborah Anne Medow

During an Esalen Massage, we experience a remarkable web of interdependence: a listening touch, a deepening breath, our nervous system soothed in connection with another.

Yoga and Longevity: Optimum Health for Life

Larry Payne & David Allen

This workshop integrates the ageless wisdom of yoga with modern integrative medicine, with a special emphasis on women and men aged forty plus.

Week of November 12-17

Beyond Type: Using the Deeper Work of the Enneagram for a More Conscious and Compassionate Life

Russ Hudson

Cultures and spiritual traditions since the beginning of civilization have grappled with how to live a human life from a place of spiritual wisdom.

Enhancing Your Skills in Esalen® Massage and Bodywork

Nora Matten & Vicki Topp

Using principles of experiential anatomy, this workshop explores the balance between sensitive and structural touch, and the interplay of nervous system, skeleton, and muscles.

Sharing Your Life Story: From the Page to the Stage

Ann Randolph

This is an invitation for you to discover your own unique and powerful story and the profound transformation that occurs when you speak it out loud.

The Promise: Advanced Yoga for Everyone

Mark Whitwell

Yoga is not a linear process. It is direct intimacy with life, and it is available to everyone.

Weekend of November 17-19

Consciousness Hacking: Meditation + Technology

Mikey Siegel & Dustin DiPerna

Participate in the emerging intersection of ancient wisdom, neuroscience, and modern technology.

Energy Medicine: A Hands-on Experience

Donna Eden with David Feinstein

In a workshop designed to be both transformational and fun, Donna Eden will show you how health concerns can be a path to a more harmonious and joyful relationship with your body.

The Rhythms and Stories of our Lives: 5Rhythms® and Motion Theater®

Davida Taurek

Movement is medicine. — Gabrielle Roth

Week of November 19-24

5Rhythms®: Heartbeat, Joy and Generosity

Davida Taurek

Love is not a mood, but a dynamic way of being. - Gabrielle Roth

Thanksgiving Retreat: Gratitude, Love and Easiness

Charu Rachlis

“What a blessing to take time away from our daily schedules and allow ourselves to relax, rejuvenate, and celebrate life in the sacred land of Esalen,” Charu writes.

THE MAX: Expanding the Limits of Your Self-Expression

Paula Shaw

For more than twenty years, THE MAX has been considered by many at Esalen to be an essential rite of passage for community members.

Waking to the Rhythm of a New Myth

David Feinstein & Ann Mortifee

“Your personal mythology is the internal guidance system that shapes your journey through a world of bewildering personal and social change,” say David Feinstein and Ann Mortifee.

Month of November 19-December 17

Legacy Group - I Am the Word: The Energetics of Consciousness

Paul Selig

In his breakthrough works of channeled literature, I Am the Word, The Book of Love and Creation, The Book of Knowing and Worth, The Book of Mastery and The Book of Truth, author and medium Paul Sel

Work Study - The Enneagram: Nine Journeys of Awakening

Russ Hudson

"This program is a wide-ranging conversation about how the Enneagram and related inner work can be of use in the possibilities and challenges emerging in our time," Russ Hudson says.

Weekend of November 24-26

Improv Inspiration: Wit and Wisdom in an Instant

Paula Shaw

This workshop is an adventure in releasing programmed patterns and discovering the delight of spontaneous creation.

Social Entrepreneurship: From Spiritual Values to Effective Action

Susan Collin Marks & John Marks

Many of us feel a growing longing to have a positive impact on the world.

Tending the Heart Fire: Regenerating the Body of Love Thanksgiving Yoga Journey

Shiva Rea

“Join our annual Thanksgiving retreat to tend your heart fire as the center of wisdom, soul satisfaction, and most of all the transforming power of love,” writes Shiva Rea.

The Essential Qi-Gong Exercises of China

Chungliang Al Huang

This weekend, Chungliang Al Huang will teach the most essential qi-gong exercises of China for all who wish to sustain a daily practice for personal mind-body-spirit well-being.

Week of November 26-December 1

Creative Tai Ji Experience in Daily Living

Chungliang Al Huang

"This week, we will re-invent tai ji forms playfully with ancient Tai Ji rituals, Five Moving Forces of Nature, as well as traditional Tai Ji motifs,” Chungliang Al Huang writes.

Dreamgates: Exploring the Worlds of Soul, Imagination and Life Beyond Death

Robert Moss

In this high adventure in Active Dreaming, you’ll be encouraged to remember and live the deeper story of your life. This workshop is an invitation to explore a deeper reality:

Love and Wonder: A Meditation Retreat with the Radiance Sutras

Lorin Roche & Camille Maurine

“What is this delight-filled universe into which we find ourselves born?” Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine ask.

Relational Gestalt Practice: The Transformative Power of Emotion

Dorothy Charles

Each of us finds our true selves through our emotions.

Spinal Awareness (with Humor): The Essence of Feldenkrais® and Energy Work

Patrick Douce

Spinal awareness is a combination of the Feldenkrais Method®, Taoist energetic science, and the Esalen experience.

Weekend of December 1-3

Couples Heart Tantra

Peter Sandhill & Sarah Sandhill

Couples’ Heart Tantra offers couples an introductory exploration into the tender, exciting, and empowering dance of Tantra.

Meeting What Matters Most: Mindfulness, Sensory Awareness and Zen Practice

Lee Lesser & Marc Lesser

“In our world of busyness – of more, faster, better – this retreat offers time to stop, reflect, and renew. It is a time to step fully into the richness of our lives,” say the leaders.

Relaxed and Awake: Mindfulness Meditation and Feldenkrais® Movement

Wes "Scoop" Nisker & Dan Clurman

By changing our habits of movement, we relax and awaken the body; by changing our habits of thinking, we awaken and relax the mind.

Retreat Restore Lead: A Women's Leadership Retreat

Kerena Saltzman

There is a groundswell in women's lives like never before.

The Tao of Global and Personal Ecology: Making Healthier Choices in Our Daily Lives

Chungliang Al Huang & Amory Lovins

For more than three decades, Amory Lovins and Chungliang Al Huang have shared a special kinship in the natural wisdom of the ineffable Tao.

Your Heart's Blueprint: Passionate Purpose and Peaceful Presence

Sheva Carr & Robert Browning

Just as an acorn contains all the information to become an oak tree, you were born with a user’s manual for your life—including purpose, well-being, and peace of mind—right inside your own heart.

December 3-22

100-Hour Esalen® Massage Certification Program

Char Pias & Jessica Fagan

Esalen offers numerous levels of basic massage certification.

Week of December 3-8

Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Stewart Cubley

Explore the world of spontaneous creation, an unpredictable territory beyond the expected where no rules apply.

Hearth of Belonging

Susan Harper & Michael Molin-Skelton

Belonging is a powerful theme that is directly related to the capacity for intimacy that is in every human being. In this five-day retreat, we’ll explore the relational capacity of the heart.

The Life of Poetry

Ellen Bass

“This week will be an opportunity to engage our greatest resources: attention, courage, precision, imagination,” says Ellen Bass.

Total Immersion for Total Transformation

Raphael Cushnir

This workshop is right for you if • You’re willing to perform a rigorous emotional and spiritual self-assessment

Weekend of December 8-10

Esalen® Massage for Couples, Friends or Family Members

Ellen Watson & Rob Wilks

This workshop is designed for loving partners who wish to bring the nurturing practice of massage into their daily lives and spend a special weekend together cradled in the beauty and intensity of

Integrated Awareness®: Ask Anything and Your Body Will Answer

Lansing Barrett Gresham

Elegantly designed and profoundly attuned, your body can be a primary source of guidance, alignment with life purpose, and support for a state of health.

Releasing Pain, Healing Grief and Remembering with Love

David Kessler & Paul Denniston

Many people in grief dread the holidays after a loss. Join grief expert David Kessler and grief yoga teacher Paul Denniston for a weekend of healing.

The Workshop of Doing and Being: Embodied Creativity in Life, Love and Work

Barnet Bain

Embody the raw power of your creative self.

Week of December 10-15

Deepening Your Life Experience: Meditation, Raja Yoga and Mindfulness

Michele Hébert & Mehrad Nazari

The ancient spiritual discipline of meditation, the core of many wisdom traditions, has integrated itself into modern life and become an increasingly familiar word in our vocabulary.

Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive Training

Kristin Neff & Christopher Germer

Self-compassion is the heart of mindfulness. It is warm-hearted, connected presence during difficult moments in our lives.

Weekend of December 15-17

Aligning With Nature: A Winter Solstice Yoga Retreat

Sarana Miller

For centuries, winter solstice has been a time of reflection. Today, the holidays can be a hectic time of doing, leaving us feeling stressed and depleted.

I Am the Word: The Energetics of Consciousness

Paul Selig

In his breakthrough works of channeled literature, I Am the Word and The Book of Love and Creation, author and medium Paul Selig recorded a program for personal and planetary evolution as humankind

Solstice Meditation Retreat

Mark Coleman & Lori Schwanbeck

Following ancient traditions on this winter solstice, we will take this poignant time to retreat, slow down, and enter stillness, silence, and inner exploration.

Week of December 17-22

I Am the Word: The Energetics of Consciousness

Paul Selig

In his breakthrough works of channeled literature, I Am the Word and The Book of Love and Creation, author and medium Paul Selig recorded a program for personal and planetary evolution as humankind

Living a Mindful and Compassionate Life

Mark Coleman

Awareness and love (metta) are essential and beautiful aspects of any spiritual life. Awareness as developed through mindfulness practice leads to clarity, insight, and understanding.

Solstice Dance of Oneness®: Rumi and the Celebration of Light

Banafsheh Sayyad with Tony Khalife

Even if the darkness of hell swallows the sun and the moon, where is your flame, where is your light? - Rumi

The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Healing the Shoulder and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Deep bodywork, practiced with great sensitivity, is one of the most effective healing modalities available to the bodywork practitioner.

Month of December 17-January 14

Legacy Group - Ways of Council: Mind, Body, Soul and Spirit

Adam Rumack

In this program, we will explore the deep listening and mindfulness awareness practices of council, and learn through didactic skill building, body-based awareness practices, contact with our perso

Work Study - Intimacy with the Subtle Body: Movement, Mind and Breath

Peter Sterios

“We all share a desire for joy, and seek experiences that produce freedom, gratitude, and light-heartedness,” says Peter Sterios.

Week of December 22-29

Qigong for Health and Happiness

Mingtong Gu

Join Master Mingtong Gu for a week dedicated to healing and balancing body, mind, heart, and spirit through the powerful movement, sound, and visualization practices of qigong. This retreat is a gr

Soul Motion™: Tenderness at the Heart of the Dance

Zuza Engler & Scott Engler

“Soul is flow, an ever-changing cloudscape of textures, hues, sensations, scents, and feelings,” writes Zuza. “Soul is how the deathless Presence meets and moves a finite human body.

Winter Solstice Mindfulness Retreat

Shauna Shapiro

Come rest and rejuvenate yourself in good company during this darkest time of the year, which also is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the return of light and the joy of life.

Week of December 29-January 5

New Year Meditation Retreat: Self-Love and Kindness that Benefits All

Mark Abramson

Meditating in noble silence offers a special opportunity to focus inward, and to deeply connect with oneself, create intentions, and reflect on life goals.

Shadow Yoga: Cultivating a Personal Practice

Scott Blossom & Chandra Easton

Like the whales who gracefully navigate their winter migration down the California coast each year, we must cultivate a fluid mixture of perseverance, clear reckoning, skillful navigation of life's

The Natural Singer: Finding Your True Voice

Claude Stein

Come and celebrate the awesome healing power of your voice. Whether you already sing or have always wished you could, this workshop can change your life.

Month of January 14-February 11

Legacy Group - Songsmithing:Opening the Creative Channel 


If your life was a song, what would that song be? If you told the story of your heart, what story would you tell?

Work Study - Fulfilling the Vow of Your Birth: Exploring Purpose and Potential

Michael Sapiro

“What will your life look like, and how will you feel, if every day you rise to meet your highest potential?” asks Michael Sapiro.

Month of January 26-March 9

250-hour Esalen® Massage Certification Program

Deborah Anne Medow & Perry Holloman

Esalen offers numerous levels of basic massage certification.

Month of February 11-March 11

Legacy Group - Spiritual Massage and Compassionate Touch

Seema Christie

Spiritual Massage is a hands-on healing practice that can balance the energy body and gently facilitate release of physical, mental/emotional, relational, and spiritual blockages.

Work Study - Growing Sea Legs in Samsara: Mindfulness in Challenging Times

Bill Morgan & Susan Morgan

Living skillfully in these challenging times requires sensitivity, discernment, and wise action.

Month of March 11-April 8

Legacy Group - Radical Presence: Tibetan Mind-Body Practices for Health and Well-being

Alejandro Chaoul

Well-being in the Tibetan tradition is a holistic sense of wellness that
encompasses body, energy, and mind.

Work Study - Upledger Institute International’s CranioSacral Therapy Level One Intensive: Presence, Palpation and Protocol

Karen Axelrod

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) utilizes very gentle touch to assess and correct imbalances in the craniosacral system – the membranes and fluids protecting the brain and spinal cord.

Month of April 8-May 6

Legacy Group - Asian Healing Arts: Theory and Practice

Richard Gold

The ancient, rich traditions of Asian healing arts are based on what is best described as an energetic paradigm of human existence.

Work Study - Gestalt Group Process

Michael Clemmens

This month-long program is focused on Gestalt as a group process.

Week of April 15-20

Mind, Mood and Food: Optimal Nutrition for Body and Brain

James Gordon, Kathie Swift, Mark Hyman, Cindy Geyer, Catherine McConkie & Rebecca Katz

Mind, Mood and Food brings together medical and culinary nutrition with cutting-edge research for clinicians and health-conscious individuals to learn how to improve mental and emotional well-being

Month of May 6-June 3

Legacy Group - Nonviolent Communication: The Language of Life

Jean Morrison

This month we’ll rigorously integrate the internationally recognized process called Nonviolent Communication (NVC), which is also known as Compassionate Communication.

Work Study - Write Your Life for the Page and the Stage

Ann Randolph

As we write, we are both describing and deciding the direction that our life is taking. –Julia Cameron

Month of May 27-June 17

Intention, Integrity, Inspiration: A 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training

Janet Stone

Over twenty-one days, we’ll explore teaching as an emanation of your own practice.

Month of June 3-July 1

Legacy Group - Collaborative Leadership, Ecological Consciousness and Creative Self-Expression

Adam Wolpert

Skillful collaboration is facilitated by an open mind and heart, keen powers of observation of self and others, compassionate communication, a whole-systems view, and willingness to witness and exp

Work Study -

David Presti

Work Study - Bhagavad-Gita: Wisdom, Literature and Leadership

Brad Lewis

This program is part of our Integral Leadership Program Summer Leadership Series.

Month of July 1-29

Legacy Group -

Caroline Harvey

Work Study -

Drew Dillenger

Month of August 26-September 23

Work Study -

Jody Greene

Month of October 21-November 18

Work Study - Streams of Energy

Jim Gallas

CE credit for massage;

Month of November 18-December 16

Work Study -

Coby Kozlowski


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