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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.

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.

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.

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

A Time To Reflect

A Time To Reflect

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

Residential Study Program - 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.

Weekend of January 5-7

Gravity and Grace: Awakening Yoga’s Subtle Body Guides for Healing

Peter Sterios

“What if your yoga practice could consistently inspire you and lead you toward the hidden gifts in your subtle body and natural healing?” asks Peter Sterios.

The Art of Connection: 7 Relationship-Building Skills Every Leader Needs Now

Michael Gelb

This dynamic program is based on the exciting discovery that a powerful catalyst for inspiring creative breakthroughs is to guide people to connect with one another first, before trying to solve a

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, and our spirits lightened and empowered.

The Shared Heart New Year's Retreat for Couples

Barry Vissell & Joyce Vissell

Imagine your relationship expressing the true depths of your love and commitment. If you are in love, this retreat is an opportunity to rise even higher in love.

Week of January 7-12

Designing the Life We Want: Self-Renewal in the New Year

Mark Nicolson & Patrick Anderson

You have never been where you are today. You have never been the age you are today, or had the experience you have today.

Fundamentals of Esalen® Massage

Robin Fann-Costanzo & Char Pias

This workshop will introduce the core concepts of Esalen Massage.

Overcoming Addictive Thinking and Behavior: A Path to Inner Freedom

Raoul Goldberg

Fixed ideas and habituated behavior patterns can be great obstacles to individual, social, and environmental transformation.

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.

Week of January 7-12

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 January 12-14

Designing the Life We Want: Self-Renewal in the New Year

Mark Nicolson & Patrick Anderson

You have never been where you are today. You have never been the age you are today, or had the experience you have today.

Emotional Mindfulness, Connection and Healing for Gay Men

Ron Frederick & Timothy Beyer

Why is it so hard for us as gay men to feel present in our lives and closer to those we love?

Noninvasive Palpation: Amplify Your Bodywork Skills

Kate MacKinnon & Robyn Scherr

How much information are our hands capable of receiving? Clients seek highly skilled manual therapists for their chronic pain issues.

Touching Essence: Esalen® Massage Retreat for Couples

Peggy Horan & Oliver Bailey

This program is specifically designed to enhance the quality and experience in loving relationships through the sense of touch.

Week of January 14-19

5Rhythms®: Connections

Davida Taurek

Invisible threads are the strongest ties. —Friedrich Nietzsche

Gay Men's LifeQuest

Devarshi Steven Hartman

Imagine delving into new transformational tools that can launch you into the next phase of your extraordinary life.

Growing Bliss Bodies: Sparking Full Aliveness with Body Intelligence, Presence and Play

Kathlyn Hendricks & Lamara Heartwell

Are you willing to experience the pleasure of being fully alive in your body? Are you ready to make the shift from adrenaline- and fear-based living to embodied presence and flow?

Kind Awareness: Meditations and Reflections on the Buddhist Path of Awakening

Noah Levine & Vinny Ferraro

Using a hybrid of meditation and loving-kindness meditation techniques, Noah and Vinny will offer an experience of the teachings and practices of the Buddha.

Month of January 14-February 11

Residential Study - 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?

Weekend of January 19-21

Being Present for Your Life: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation 

James Baraz

How much are you present for your own life?

Compassion For Couples: Learning Skills of Loving Connection

Michelle Becker & Pittman McGehee

To relate, to love, and to connect is to be human. Who among us does not want to be loved and belong? As important as our relationships are, they are not always easy.

Masculinity Revisited: Increasing Self-Compassion and Self-Care

Matt Englar-Carlson & Mark Stevens

Men often find that the demands and pressures in their life can be all-consuming and overwhelming. Besides being physically unhealthy, these pressures can take a toll on one’s spirit and soul.

Rise Up Singing

Lisa G. Littlebird

If I cannot fly, let me sing. –Stephen Sondheim

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.

Weekend of January 26-28

WisdomWomen Visionary Gathering

Wisdom Women, Michelle Stransky & Mutima Rose Imani

WisdomWomen is a growing movement of women who believe it is time to look in a revolutionary new direction and to build our world from a different paradigm.

Week of January 28-February 4

Healing the Movement Patterns Distorted by Childhood Experience and Adult Trauma: CFR Week 2

Harriet Goslins, Sybil Krauter & Ellen Kindl

“During this workshop, we will address layers of childhood experience and adult trauma simultaneously with the intention of resolving remaining physical injuries and habitual emotional limitations,

Week of January 28-February 2

How to Access and Live from Self

Richard Schwartz & Loch Kelly

The centerpiece of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model is the Self. Self is not a part, not a state, and not your ego.

Yoga and Zen: Staying True

Tias Little & Henry Shukman

“In times of crisis and distress it can be challenging to hold to our yoga and Zen practice,” write the leaders.

Weekend of February 2-4

A Time to Reflect

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

Digital Detox: Unplug and Reimagine Your Life

Adam Smiley Poswolsky, Brooke Dean & Zev Felix

Join us for a very special Digital Detox retreat, in memory of Levi Felix, founder of Camp Grounded: Summer Camp For Adults and Digital Detox.

Psychedelic Medicines and the Mind

David Presti & Kristi Panik

Psychedelics produce powerful effects on the brain and mind, including intensification of thoughts and feelings, alterations of sensory perception, and loosening of psychological defenses.

Renewal for Sober Moms

Rosemary O'Connor

Recovering from an addiction is tough enough, but when you throw in the tremendous responsibilities of motherhood and the work of resisting cravings and remaining abstinent, recovery can seem like

Week of February 4-9

How to Use Posture to Nurture Strength, Openness and More

Esther Gokhale

Why are so many of us in pain?

The I in the Storm: Bringing Self Leadership to Everyday Life 

Richard Schwartz

This workshop introduces the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy, and teaches healing professionals and all who are interested how to apply it to their own countertransference.

Trauma, Memory and the Restoration of One’s Self

Bessel van der Kolk & Licia Sky

The function of our brains is to take care of us and to be in sync with the body’s systems. Trauma changes the way the brain processes information and the body engages with the world.

Weekend of February 9-11

Calling in “The One”: Transforming Your Love Identity Core Beliefs

Katherine Woodward Thomas

Many of us are challenged when trying to find a loving, happy, healthy, and long-term relationship because it would literally be outside our identity to be loved, supported, nourished, safe, and va

Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy: A Training for Health Professionals

Gina Ogden with Kamara McAndrews

Health, well-being, and intimate relationships are profoundly affected by sexual concerns.

Month of February 11-March 11

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.

Week of February 11-16

Soul Motion™: Begin Again

Vinn Arjuna Martí

“Each time we gather to dance,” says Vinn Arjuna Martí, “we are poised at an open portal to divine presence.

The Path of Forgiveness: Returning to Love

Eileen Barker & Michael Gelbart

Are you ready to release the burden of resentment, recrimination, and regret and feel more empowered?

The Yoga of Willpower and Intention™: A Journey to Self Mastery

Tracee Stanley

Are you living to your fullest potential?

Women's Sexual Stories: Healing the Wounds, Celebrating the Joy

Gina Ogden with Kamara McAndrews

The route to sexual pleasure and intimacy is like the route to any other of life’s mysteries. It means exploring new emotional landscapes.

Weekend of February 16-18

Creating Mindful Sexual Experiences

Chelom Leavitt

Do you feel that your sexual experiences are missing something or leave you longing for greater connection? Mindful sex explores the depths of sexual emotion and commitment.

Secrets of Great Relationships: For Individuals and Couples

Linda Bloom & Charlie Bloom

For one human being to love another, that is the most difficult of all of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, for which all other work is but preparation. —Rainer Maria Rilke

Week of February 18-23

Kirtan Flight School

Dave Stringer with Sheela Bringi and Joss Jaffe

If you can't teach me to fly, then teach me to sing. —Peter Pan, from the play by JM Barrie

The Body Remembers: Healing Trauma and Returning to Ourselves with Esalen® Massage

Dean Marson & Brita Ostrom

“Touch is a universal form of soothing, and it can awaken us to what is real in this moment,” the leaders write.

The Passion of Painting: Get In, Get Out, Get On With It!

Erin Gafill with Tom Birmingham

How much more could you create if you weren't second-guessing yourself, or walking away from the easel too soon?

Yoga and the Psychology of the Chakras

Coral Brown

The development of the psyche is a continuous and lifelong process.

Weekend of February 23-25

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.

Week of February 25-March 2

Continuum Movement®: Honoring the Life and Work of Emilie Conrad

Donnalea Van Vleet Goelz

"Continuum is about the artistry of human existence…an inquiry into creative flourishing." —Emilie Conrad

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

Relational Gestalt Practice: The Transformative Power of Emotion

Dorothy Charles

Each of us finds our true selves through our emotions.

The Craft and Art of Effective Memoir Writing

Katie Hafner

Memoir writing is one of the most challenging forms of narrative non-fiction. A memoir is by definition revealing, and often intimate.

Weekend of March 2-4

Liberate the Body and Stretch the Mind: Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga

Wes "Scoop" Nisker & Katchie Ananda

Oh wondrous creatures, by what strange miracle do you so often not smile? —Hafiz

Love Yourself and the Rest Will Follow

Mike Robbins

Self-love is one of those things that many of us know is important on our personal journey, yet can be challenging to embody and experience in an authentic way.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mark Abramson

The impact of stress on health is well recognized. Now the efficacy of stress reduction as an adjunct to medical treatment is being recognized in more and more health care settings. In 1996 Dr.

Week of March 4-9

Heart of Awareness: Joining Embodiment and Meditation, Discovering Healing and Compassion

Susan Aposhyan

Being a human is a complex task. In order to make the most of our lives and cultivate a peaceful and sustainable human culture, most of us need to practice being present and feeling our bodies.

Mosaic Art: Patterns in Nature

Wilma Wyss

“Nature provides space to quiet our souls, gain perspective, and harness our creativity," says Wilma Wyss.

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.

Weekend of March 9-11

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

Mariah Fenton Gladis

"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.

Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life

Gregg Levoy

Callings are urgings and imperatives from the deep self that tell us what it will take to make our lives "come true." They point us toward awakenings, course corrections, and powerful authenticity.

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 Dynamic Spine: Yoga for the Prevention and Relief of Low Back and Pelvic Dysfunction

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.

Week of March 11-16

A Time to Reflect

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

Radically Alive: A Radical Aliveness Workshop

Ann Bradney

“There is a state in which you are fully alive, authentic, and spontaneous,” says Ann Bradney. “You are open to all of your feelings, and connected to your strength and your truth.

Romancing the World: Soulcraft and the Mythopoetic Imagination

Bill Plotkin & Geneen Marie Haugen

“What ignites your imagination” ask the leaders. “What excites your senses? When do you erupt into awe and wonder? What circumstances bring you heart-achingly alive?

Visionseeker: Shamanic Cosmology

Hank Wesselman

Over the past 35,000 years, indigenous shamans developed a methodology to expand awareness and explore the many dimensions of reality, generating a rich body of knowledge about the nature and funct

Week of March 11-16

Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving 

Charles Muir, Christy Muir 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

Month of March 11-April 8

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.

Weekend of March 16-18

Radically Alive Sexuality: A Radical Aliveness Workshop

Ann Bradney

“Sexual energy and life-force energy are the same,” Ann Bradney says.

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.

The Metamorphosis Lab: A Quest for Transformation

Carol Greenhouse

“At the root of many lives lies a polarity that can feel impossible to bridge,” says Carol Greenhouse.

Tibetan Yoga for Health and Well-being

Alejandro Chaoul

This workshop explores the distinctive Tibetan Bon practice of yoga known as Tsa Lung Trul Khor, which translates to “magical movements of vital breaths and channels.” This practice incorporates br

Week of March 18-23

Alchemy of the Heart: Yoga Practices for Transformation

Pete Guinosso

Connecting with our hearts can change the way we interact with the world.

Open Your Heart, Develop Your Mind, Awaken Your Spirit

George Protos & Adam Leonard

“Life can be complex: relationships, careers, health, finances, personal development, and so on,” say the leaders.

Shakti Leadership: Leverage Feminine and Masculine Power for Conscious Capitalism

Raj Sisodia & Nilima Bhat

Based on their acclaimed book, Shakti Leadership, Raj Sisodia and Nilima Bhat offer this week as an immersive and heroic journey into mastering the five elements of Presence, Power, Wholeness, Flex

Week of March 18-23

Everyday Life in the Quantum Universe

Jean Houston & Peggy Rubin

“The discovery of the quantum nature of our universe is so major that its profound implications cannot be overstated,” says Dr.

Weekend of March 23-25

Grace Under Pressure: Sacred Feminine Wisdom for Thriving and Staying Strong

Christine Arylo

Tap into the super power of the spring equinox, a time for restoring balance and regaining focus.

Kabbalah and the Tree of Life: Unlocking the Secrets of Ancient Mystical Traditions

Gahl Sasson with Bianca Sapetto

What is Kabbalah? Why did people from different cultural traditions risk their lives to study it? How can it help us improve our lives today?

Sacred Evolution: Yoga and Meditation

Charu Rachlis

“We are living in the most accelerated time of change in history,” says Charu Rachlis. “The challenge each of us faces is how to navigate these changes with wisdom, creativity, and joy.

The Writing Life

Ellen Bass & Roxan McDonald

There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.

Week of March 25-30

Revisioning Your Hero’s Journey®: A Mythological Toolbox (25th ed., revised)

Robert Walter

For years, Joseph Campbell celebrated his birthday (March 26th) at Esalen.

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.

Unstuck: Play Bigger, Play Bolder

Tanya McGinnity

This transformative course is dedicated to a deep exploration of patterns in relationships with self and others to regain personal power and radiant life-force.

Weekend of March 30-April 1

Awakening Joy for Families

James Baraz & Michele Lilyanna

Join teachers and authors of Awakening Joy For Kids James Baraz and Michele Lilyanna to explore fun, practical, and creative ways to bring mindfulness and social-emotional learning to you and the p

Awakening Through Love

David Newman

Do you feel the transformational sparks of spiritual awakening that are spreading rapidly on the planet today?

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.

Soul Rising: Ritual of Renewal

Shiva Rea

See and taste the flowing One through your whole being. Feel the Holy Spirit moving you within the flowing fire of the One. —Mechthild of Magdeburg

Week of April 1-6

IAHE: The Upledger Institute International's Craniosacral Therapy 1

Melinda Naye

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.

The Practical Art of Living Flow Spring Regeneration Retreat

Shiva Rea

“Dive into a regenerative retreat to align yourself with the emergence of spring,” says Shiva Rea.

Unshakable Presence: Coming Home to Who You Truly Are

Miranda Macpherson

Imagine being deeply at rest, and held within an unconditional love that offers total support for you to go within, let go, and address the important themes of your life.

Week of April 1-6

Painting the Outer and Inner Landscape

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.

Weekend of April 6-8

Mindfulness and Lovingkindness Meditation

Shauna Shapiro

Come join us as we cultivate greater wisdom, joy, health, and well-being.

The Writer’s Journey: Crafting Personal Stories that are Vivid, Compelling and True 

Laura Davis

Many of us hold a deep dream of wanting to write. We want to write so we can understand ourselves more deeply and so that we can be seen.

Weekend of April 6-8

Women's Intimacy, Desire and Eroticism: The Triumvirate of Sexual Pleasure

Alexandra Katehakis

Do you know the difference between intimacy, desire, and eroticism? Do you find yourself churning through lovers because your sexual desire drops off over time?

Week of April 8-13

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.

Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Healing Acute and Chronic Back Pain

Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Competent, deep soft-tissue work is an invaluable tool in the skill-set of today’s successful massage and bodywork practitioner.

Primordial Qigong Intensive: Health, Longevity and Unity with the Tao

Kenneth Cohen

This revered and comprehensive system of ancient Chinese health and longevity exercises cleanses the body of stagnation and recharges the body with fresh and clear energy (qi).

Month of April 8-May 6

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

Week of April 8-13

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 April 13-15

Girish Chant Camp: Daily Live Music, Yoga and Chant Practice


Join Girish for a weekend of chanting, meditation, yoga, pranayama, and kirtan to manifest and enhance divine love in your life.

The Mastery of Self: A Toltec Guide to Freedom

Miguel Ruiz Jr.

“The ancient Toltec culture believed that life as we perceive it is a dream,” says don Miguel Ruiz Jr.

Weekend of April 13-15

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

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 & Amy Shinal

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

Weekend of April 20-22

5Rhythms®: Grief, Loss and the Body in Motion

Davida Taurek & Peter Selwyn

Have you experienced loss and the natural emotions of sadness, anger, fear, and love? How do you process your losses and move through your life?

Adult Attachment in Romantic Relationships

Lisa Firestone & Joyce Catlett

Interpersonal relationships can be the ultimate source of happiness or misery.

Fire in the Belly, Honey in the Heart: Spring Yoga Detox

Micheline Berry with Joey Lugassy

Join us for a spring detox immersion into the transforming depths of your own yoga practice, set to mind-blowing live music and percussion.

What’s Next: Reviewing and Revisioning Our Lives

Sam Keen & Patricia De Jong

Every decade of your life brings new challenges, goals, pleasures, and horizons.

Weekend of April 20-22

Consciousness and Transformation in Kashmir Shaivism and Sri Aurobindo

Menas Kafatos & Debashish Banerji

In this workshop, Menas C. Kafatos and Debashish Banerji explore the fundamental and practical aspects of two great world systems, those of Kashmir Shaivism and Sri Aurobindo.

Week of April 22-27

5Rhythms®: Gateways

Davida Taurek

Come to dance and be danced! Move until you are moved. Dance until the dancer disappears and only the dance remains. —Gabrielle Roth

Esalen Inspirational Film Festival: Films that Empower and Enrich the Human Spirit

Corinne Bourdeau & Christine Leuthold

Cinema can enlighten, inspire and ignite positive change.

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.

The Bregman Leadership Coach Training

Peter Bregman & Emily Cohen

You’re a good coach, maybe even great, but you know you’re capable of more. Maybe your goal is to achieve more powerful results more consistently.

Weekend of April 27-29

Integral Transformative Practice®: The Essential Esalen Experience

Pam Kramer & Barry Robbins

What changes do you envision for yourself?

Rising Strong™ Workshop

Michelle Gannon & Beth Jaeger-Skigen

The Rising Strong Workshop is based on the latest groundbreaking research of Brené Brown and led by San Francisco therapists and certified Daring Way™ and Rising Strong facilitators Michelle Gannon

Skydancing Tantra®: Gateways to Bliss

Margot Anand & Jim Benson

“How might we relate to our sexuality in a healthier and more sacred way?” ask Margot Anand and Jim Benson.

Thriving in Uncertainty: A Workshop in Sensory Awareness

Lee Lesser

Life is uncertain. As much as we try to create stability and predictability, each moment brings its own surprise and its own unique offering.

Week of April 29-May 4

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Cultivating Psychological Wellness

John Forsyth & Jamie Forsyth

Acceptance and mindfulness-based practices are rapidly making their way into mental health care, medicine, and society — both to alleviate human suffering and nurture psychological health and welln

The Yin and Yang of Ecstasy: Empowering the Feminine, Awakening the Masculine

Margot Anand & Jim Benson

Life is a flow between the two poles of our nature: yin and yang, and feminine and masculine.

Week of April 29-May 4

Big Sur Wilderness Experience: Springtime

Steven Harper

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

Weekend of May 4-6

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.

A Journey toward Thresholds and Breakthroughs in Yoga Practice

Ulrika Engman

“Often right before a breakthrough there is a threshold, and at that threshold, when we stop to look and listen, we can find the keys that unlock the quiet power of transformation,” says Ulrika Eng

Jump Start Your Memoir: Write it From the Heart 

Nancy Slonim Aronie

This writing workshop is about reclaiming your voice. It’s about using your own language, your own rhythms, and writing your own story.

Mindfulness in Deep Relationship: Savoring the Sources of Nourishment

Jerome Front

This retreat invites participants to open to their most elemental relationship, that which exists between the body, mind, and the natural world as it manifests through eating, breathing, and our se

The One Thing Holding You Back: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Connection

Raphael Cushnir

Do you have an unrealized dream? Are you still waiting to tap your full potential?

Week of May 6-11

Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Stewart Cubley

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

Embodied Love and Lovemaking: A Full-Spectrum Gestalt Training in Relational Sex Therapy

Stella Resnick

Loving interactions between two people are present-moment expressions of a combination of pleasurable sensations in the body that can lift the spirit, heal emotional wounds, and forge a strong bond

Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive Training

Steve Hickman & Michelle Becker

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

The Great Intimacy

John Prendergast & Kelly Boys

“What does it mean to be deeply intimate with ourselves and with the whole of life, and to be in true communion?” write the leaders.

Month of May 6-June 3

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

Weekend of May 11-13

How We Change and Why We Don't: The Art and Science of Transformation

Cassandra Vieten & Michael Sapiro

Have you ever worked hard to make a change, only to find yourself slipping back into old habits and patterns?

Manifest the Love of Your Life with The Soulmate Secret

Arielle Ford

Are you ready to invite true love into your life? In this fun, empowering, and experiential workshop, you can learn how to:

Mother's Day Family Workshop

Joanna Claassen Ferraro & Sean Brennan

This Mother's Day weekend, celebrate and nourish yourself and your family. Esalen is a magical place for adults and children alike.

Surrendered Leadership Circling: Self-Realization through Relationship

Jordan Allen & John Thompson

“What if every relationship in your life became inspiration for a new paradigm in self-realization?” ask the leaders.

Week of May 13-18

EMDR Basic Training: Part 3 – Advanced Clinical Workshop and Refresher Course

Laurel Parnell

Refresh your technique and review EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) protocols and procedures, consult on your difficult cases, watch demonstrations, and practice EMDR in small, s

Nature and Contemplation: Cultivating Wild Mindfulness

Steven Harper

The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. —Henry Miller

Relational Gestalt: Finding Connection, Expansion and Joy in Our Lives

Lena Axelsson

“We may not know the moment we stopped feeling connected, or exactly when our day-to-day experience lost the richness, texture, and vivid color that come with a life of meaning and purpose,” says L

Visionseeker: The Shaman's Path into Illumination

Hank Wesselman

The rediscovery of shamanism has emerged as a major thrust in the spiritual reawakening of the Western world.

Yoga: Increasing the Energy Flow

Thomas Michael Fortel

When most people hear the word yoga, they immediately think of stretching the body. While lengthening the muscular system is an aspect of yoga practice, it is a small part of what yoga is about.

Weekend of May 18-20

Grail, Goddesses, Circles and the Sacred Feminine

Jean Shinoda Bolen

The grail and goddesses are archetypes: symbols with depth and meaning. In this workshop, Jean Shinoda Bolen will bring you into the legendary, mythic, and spiritual realm of the sacred feminine.

The Luminescent Body: Gestalt Practice on the Open Floor

Zuza Engler & Scott Engler

... Be inspired by the flame where everything shines as it disappears. —Rainer Maria Rilke

Wired for Love: Creating an Owner’s Manual for a Secure-Functioning Relationship

Stan Tatkin with Tracey Boldemann Tatkin

“People are complex,” says Stan Tatkin. “We don’t come with manuals that automate the process of getting along.

Week of May 20-25

Fully Alive: Unveil Yourself through Mindfulness, Yoga and Conscious Dance

Jovinna Chan

Who am I? What is my purpose? What is the most importing thing right now in my life? Have you asked yourself these questions?

Inspired by Nature: Creative Expression in Esalen’s Big Sur Landscape

Christina Dauenhauer

“On Esalen’s property we have the opportunity to experience Big Sur’s dynamic wilderness, from the redwood forest to the rocky coastline,” says Christina Dauenhauer.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Tools

Christiane Wolf

We can’t control life’s waves but we can learn how to surf them. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Deepest Offering: Letting Love Fully Take the Lead

Tosha Silver

“Are you tired of efforting, striving, and pushing even in the midst of spiritual practices?” asks yoga philosopher and inner alignment teacher Tosha Silver.

Weekend of May 25-27

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.

Mind, Mood and Happiness: Transforming the Self 

Ronald Alexander

If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve. – Lao Tzu

Organic Skin and Body Care from the Garden

Rachel Berry

Discover how to make your own high-quality organic skin care, individually customized to best match your needs and preferences.

The Magical Family

Ivy Mayer Lavie

Enjoy the magic of Esalen with your family! Get ready for a unique experience for you and your child, including mindfulness practices through visual, expressive, and sensory awareness games.

Week of May 27-June 1

Healing Art of Deep Bodywork®: Deep Tissue Skills for Massage Practitioners, Advanced Hip-work, Feet and Lower Legs

Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Mastering the art of moving deeply into the body’s soft tissue layers adds a powerful dimension to the massage practitioner’s skill set.

Healing the Divide: Men, Women and Spiritual Reconciliation

William Keepin, Cynthia Brix, Stanislav Grof, Brigitte Grof & Diane Haug

Healing the Divide features Stanislav Grof’s return to Esalen, where he co-founded and developed Holotropic Breathwork.

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.

Weekend of June 1-3

Awake in the Wild: Meditation in Nature

Mark Coleman

Following ancient spiritual traditions that value the transformative power of nature, this experiential workshop will be spent meditating outdoors in the natural beauty and mystery of Esalen.

Herbs for Restoration and Relaxation

Darren Huckle

The plant world holds many tools for supporting peace, resiliency, and vitality for those of us who live intense or busy lives.

Mindful Communication: Truth Without Blame

Jean Morrison

Do the words you express often create walls when you are hoping for connection or understanding? Are you OK in relationships yet desire something deeper with more meaning and heart?

Week of June 3-8

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.

Week of June 3-8

God, Sex and the Body

Jonathan Horan

God, Sex and the Body is and always will be a profound and integral part of the 5Rhythms® curriculum.

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.

Month of June 3-July 1

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.

Weekend of June 8-10

Awakening the Sacred Body

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Join Bön Buddhist meditation master Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche as he invites you to engage in the practice of meditation and reflection — to look intimately within and find the jewel that is hidden in

Practical Intuition: Full Effectiveness Living

Laura Day

You cannot divide the material and the spiritual world. We are all part of one energy, and yet we often revere the spirit without valuing the material "self" too.

Week of June 10-15

Inner Power Qigong: The 9 Phases of Qi Cultivation and Mastery

Roger Jahnke

Health, well-being, and longevity can be achieved through cultivating and mastering qi. Every style of qigong — including tai chi and yoga — shares a basis in essential principles.

Reclaiming Your Authentic Self

Anne Watts

Have you ever found yourself thinking you want one thing but doing something else? The thing you’re doing comes from the inner child. What, exactly, is the inner child?

Simply Wild: Experiencing Nature

Steven Harper

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

Soul Motion™: Freedom to Soar

Vinn Arjuna Martí

“Are you ready to rediscover your body relaxed and restored to its natural birthright of flexibility, ease, and wonder?” asks Vinn Arjuna Martí.

Weekend of June 15-17

Celebrating Fatherhood

Joanna Claassen Ferraro & Vinny Ferraro

“With so much to get to, it’s easy to get caught up in all the doing,” say Joanna and Vinny. “Let’s spend some time just being.

Coming Home to Who You Are: Discovering Our Capacity for Love and Integrity

David Richo

During this workshop we’ll explore the commitments and life changes that can usher us into a new way of being alive — as cheerful agents of the goodness that is in us all.

Esalen® Massage for Couples

Vicki Topp & Rob Wilks

Enjoy the serene beauty of Big Sur as you and your partner learn to give each other an effective massage.

Fathers and Sons: Celebrating Father’s Day in the Tradition of the Old Ways

Steven Harper, Kes Harper & Kai Harper

It is a wise child that knows his own father. —Homer It is a wise father that knows his own child. —William Shakespeare

Week of June 17-22

Esalen's 14th Annual Yoga Festival: Summer Solstice Sadhana

Janet Stone, Sianna Sherman & Saul David Raye

Since ancient times, solstices and equinoxes have been essential and sacred points in the year to honor the flow of life on earth. They are times for us to come back into balance and harmony.

Weekend of June 22-24

Changes and Transitions in Your 30s and 40s: How to Stay True to Yourself

Phillip Moffitt

Every age and stage of life brings changes and transitions — some by choice and some not.

Realization Process and Liquid Music: Creativity as a Living, Breathing Reality

Roma Hammel & Christopher Smith

“Creativity is inseparable from the fabric of Being,” say Roma Hammel and Chris Smith.

The Magical Family

Ivy Mayer Lavie

Enjoy the magic of Esalen with your family! Get ready for a unique experience for you and your child, including mindfulness practices through visual, expressive, and sensory awareness games.

Weekend of June 22-24

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.

Week of June 24-29

Writers' Camp

Cheryl Strayed

** We're sorry, this workshop is sold out and we are no longer accepting wait list requests. **

Weekend of June 29-July 1

Esalen Midsummer Festival Time to Reflect

Join us for a holiday weekend full of friends, families, fun, music, and good food!

Month of July 1-29

Leadership and Presence

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

The more present we are in ourselves, the more present we can be with someone else.

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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