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Weekend of February 22-24

Digital Detox: Unplug and Reimagine Your Life

Adam Smiley Poswolsky, Brooke Dean & Allie Stark

Sixty-one percent of people admit to being addicted to the internet and their devices, and heavy internet users are two-and-a-half times more likely to be depressed.

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

Week of February 24-March 1

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.

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? What is this mysterious awareness, shimmering everywhere within it? — From The Radiance Sutras

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?

THE MAX: Expanding the Limits of Your Self-Expression

Paula Shaw

The purpose of THE MAX is to discover yourself beyond who you know yourself to be. It is a voyage through your own humanity and a journey to discover the extent of your self-expressive power.

Weekend of March 1-3

Awakening Shakti: Meditation, Kundalini and the Opening of the Heart

Sally Kempton

This workshop unfolds an approach to meditation that harnesses the alchemical inner energy called Kundalini Shakti.

Weekend of March 1-3

The Agreements of Love

don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. & don Jose Ruiz

During this unique spiritual retreat, brothers don Miguel Ruiz Jr.

Week of March 3-8

A Time to Reflect

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

True Love and Passionate Lovemaking: Exploring the Transformative Pleasures of Embodied Presence

Stella Resnick

In relationships, we often focus on what’s not working, how people trigger each other’s unresolved wounds, and how to better communicate needs and wants.

Week of March 3-8

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

Micheline Berry with Joey Lugassy Ensemble

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

Improv: Expand Yourself with Laughter

Dixie Cox & Clifford Henderson

Work your wit. Activate your imagination, creativity and spontaneity.

Myth Lab-The Power of Story in Reimagining Leadership, Collaboration and System Change

It is high time that we take back ownership of our future and of the stories we tell ourselves about it. The world is aching for new tales of who we are and who we truly aspire to be as humanity.

Writing and Mindfulness: A Writing and Meditation Retreat

Janis Newman

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.

– Shunyru Suzuki

Weekend of March 8-10

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 Truth, author and medium Paul Selig recorded a program for personal and planetary evolution as humankind awakens to

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.

Weekend of March 8-10

Mind, Brain, Consciousness: Toward a Revolution in Mind Science

David Presti & Kristi Panik

Perhaps the greatest unanswered question in science is how consciousness and mind are related to the brain and body.

Week of March 10-15

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 Truth, author and medium Paul Selig recorded a program for personal and planetary evolution as humankind awakens to

The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible

Charles Eisenstein

Our hearts know it, because we have seen it, experienced glimpses of what life and the world could be.

Wild Eros in a Fragmented World: Soulcraft as Radical Participation

Bill Plotkin & Geneen Marie Haugen

In this turbulent time, how can you offer radical vitality to our world? What ignites your imagination? When do you erupt into awe?

Weekend of March 15-17

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

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?

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.

Month of March 17-April 14

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 March 17-22

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?

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

Kamara McAndrews & Kristin Hodson

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

Yoga Practices for Transformation

Pete Guinosso

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

Weekend of March 22-24

Know Thy Selves: Discovering Past Lives

Shama Viola

Like various other cultures around the world, Damanhurians (an ecovillage and spiritual community situated in the Piedmont region of northern Italy) believe that the soul survives physical death.

Weekend of March 22-24

Secrets of Great Relationships: For Individuals and Couples

Charlie Bloom & Linda 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

The Heart of the Shaman: The Oracle and the Art of Divination

Marcela Lobos & Q'ero Shamans

In the West, many of us grow up internalizing our culture’s “original story” of being cast out of paradise and separated from our divine Creator.

Week of March 24-29

Compassion Cultivation

Leah Weiss

This workshop is based on the latest compassion research from Stanford University’s Compassion Institute.

Mindfulness and Lovingkindness Meditation

Shauna Shapiro

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

Revisioning Your Hero's Journey®: A Mythological Toolbox (26th ed., revised)

Robert Walter & The Joseph Campbell Foundation

Joseph Campbell liked to celebrate his birthday (March 26th) at Esalen.

The Path to Love with Yoga and Meditation

Charu Rachlis

Love is the most powerful force in the universe. In today's world, we are facing so much chaos and challenge, and we are being called to step forward with the heart as our guide.

Weekend of March 29-31

Changes and Transitions in Your 30s and 40s: Finding Clarity and Well-being in Times of Change

Jennifer Ward

Change is a fact of life, and yet we often find ourselves ill-equipped to manage it skillfully.

Exploring Ceremony, Ritual and Sacred Space with the Spirit of Cacao

Jaya Lakshmi & Ananda Yogiji

What if every time you had a piece of chocolate, there was a ceremony to it?

Music, Meditation and Transformation

Darin McFadyen & Laura Inserra

Music has the power to generate sublime present-moment awareness, deep flow states, a powerful sense of interconnectedness, and profound emotional healing.

What’s Next? Reviewing and Revisioning Our Lives

Sam Keen, Patricia De Jong with Michael Murphy

The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see. — Winston Churchill

Week of March 31-April 5

Psychedelic Integration

Michael Pollan, Rick Doblin, Julie Holland, Ben Sessa, Martin Lee, Marsha Rosenbaum, David Presti & Allan Badiner

Psychedelic (sy·che·del·ic): mind manifesting, visionary

Integration (in·te·gra·tion): transmutation of psychedelic experience into long-lasting change

The Way of Grace: The Transforming Power of Ego Relaxation

Miranda Macpherson

Perhaps you yearn for a saner, wiser, more spiritually elegant way to move through our world, and move away from a consciousness of fear and separation.

April 1-7

Wildtender Pilgrimage: Big Sur Backpacking Journey to Esalen

Fletcher Tucker & Noël Vietor

Embark on a rare and transformational journey through the majestic and seldom-traveled backcountry of Big Sur, ending at the sacred coastal grounds and healing waters of Esalen.

Weekend of April 5-7

Connection through Touch: Esalen® Massage for Couples

Char Pias & Oliver Bailey

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

Weekend Esalen Massage® Intensive

Rob Wilks & Jessica Fagan

This weekend workshop offers the opportunity to replenish spirit and reconnect to the healing power of nature, while learning how to give an effective and pleasurable Esalen Massage.

Wildtender Pilgrimage: Big Sur Backpacking Journey to Esalen

Noël Vietor & Fletcher Tucker

This workshop is a partnership between Esalen and Wildtender, an organization that offers immersive outdoors excursions that establish intimacy with place, build earth-based skills, facilitate heal

Weekend of April 5-7

Consciousness Hacking: Meditation + Technology

Mikey Siegel & Day Nguyen

Participate in the emerging intersection of ancient wisdom and modern technology. Join Mikey Siegel and Day Nguyen for a unique and innovative technology-augmented meditation retreat.

Leading with Emotional Courage

Peter Bregman

Whether you’re in a company, a relationship, or acting in your daily life, you have the opportunity to lead — to inspire others to follow you.

April 7-19

Esalen Massage® Teacher Training Module Two

Perry Holloman & Peggy Horan

Today, Esalen Massage is practiced internationally and renowned for its long, flowing strokes inspired by the ocean waves audible from the Esalen baths.

Week of April 7-12

Five Animal Qigong: Vitality of the Deer, Power of the Tiger

Kenneth Cohen

Why do more than three million Americans practice qigong, China's ancient healing art?

Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Mindfulness, Sensory Awareness and Zen Practice

Lee Lesser & Marc Lesser

In our world of busy-ness — 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.

Write, Unite, Transform: Discovering Stories that Build Community and Make Us Whole

Laura Davis

In a world drowning in information and starving for wisdom, gathering in community and expressing the truth is more important than ever.

Week of April 7-12

The Bregman Leadership Coach Training

Peter Bregman

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 12-14

Basic Sanity

Jody Greene

Staying sane in a world moving ever more quickly requires daily practices of attention, centering, awareness, and self-care.

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

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 April 14-19

Big Sur Wilderness Experience: Springtime

Steven Harper

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

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.

The Practical Art of Living Flow Spring Regeneration Retreat

Shiva Rea

Dive into a regenerative retreat to align yourself with the emergence of spring.

Month of April 14-May 12

The Inner Journey of Inspired Leadership

Kim Gilbey

Everything you will ever do as a leader is based on one audacious assumption. It’s the assumption that YOU matter. — From The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes & Barry Posner

Weekend of April 19-21

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

Lucia Horan & 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?

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

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 April 19-21

Current Trends in Esalen Massage® and Bodywork

Ellen Watson & Vicki Topp

This workshop is an invitation to explore and experience current trends in Esalen Massage and Bodywork.

Week of April 21-26

Heart to Heart: 5Rhythms® Heartbeat and Buddhist Heart Practice

Lucia Horan

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

Summoning the Artist Within: A Radical Exploration of Creativity

Kim Krans

Where does creativity reside? Who is the artist within? 

Yoga Nidra Immersion: Become the Master of Your Life and Enter the No-stress Zone

Kamini Desai & John Vosler

Are you burned out, tired, or in transition? What if you had a way to manage your habits, thoughts, and emotions – rather than serving them? What if change doesn’t just happen while you are awake?

Weekend of April 26-28

Mindfulness, Transformation and Vitality: Tools for Powerful 21st-Century Women

Rhonda Magee, Shauna Shapiro, Cassandra Vieten & Elissa Epel

Do you want to start a new chapter in your personal or work life? Join this campus-wide gathering of women coming together in the face of today’s unique stress and challenges.

Week of April 28-May 3

Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Stewart Cubley

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

Week of April 28-May 3

Esalen Inspirational Film Festival

Corinne Bourdeau & Christine Leuthold

Cinema has the potential to enlighten, inspire, and ignite positive change.

You Matter: Get Out of Your Own Way and Be the Creator of Your Own Life

Tracey Noseworthy

Join Tracey Noseworthy for a five-day yoga journey inward to embrace the true essence of YOU.

Weekend of May 3-5

A Time To Reflect

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

Weekend of May 3-5

A Weekend of Advanced Esalen Massage®

Jessica Fagan & Char Pias

This weekend provides practitioners with the opportunity to up-level their current massage practice.

Herbal Medicine for Health and Wellness

Rachel Berry

Many of our common garden and culinary plants offer an effective, safe, sustainable, and joyful alternative to commonly used over-the-counter drugs, and many of them might already be growing in you

Skillfully Navigate Life's Complexity: Sharpen Clarity, Find Flow and Get Results

Adam Leonard

Dealing with all of life’s demands and challenges can often feel overwhelming.

Wild Vessel: Unleash the Beauty and Balance Within

Elana Meta

Wild Vessel is an experience-based practice of connecting to the body and re-strengthening feminine energy in all people.

Week of May 5-10

IAHE: 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.

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.

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

The Breath as a Tool of Transition: Yoga in our Daily Life

Thomas Michael Fortel

The long, slow, conscious breath has the ability to stabilize and quiet the fluctuations of the mind.

Weekend of May 10-12

Forest Bathing: Deepening Connection with Mother Nature, Each Other and Ourselves

Sylvie Rokab

“Forest bathing” is the translation of shirin yoku, the Japanese practice of mindfully experiencing nature through the senses.

LifeForce Yoga® to Manage Your Mood

Amy Weintraub

Join Amy Weintraub for groundbreaking, evidence-based yoga and meditation protocols that can strengthen your emotional resilience.

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.

Month of May 12-June 9

Beyond the “Revolving Door”: Gestalt Relational Constellations

Gordon Wheeler & Nancy Lunney-Wheeler

In certain parts of our lives, we move forward with strength and relative ease, adding new learning and new capacity to familiar areas of comfort and confidence.

Week of May 12-17

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

The Art of Now

Erin Gafill with Tom Birmingham

What if you could connect with a sense of peace, power, and meaning just by taking ten minutes a day for creativity? What if this became a daily habit?

Weekend of May 17-19

Introduction to Esalen Massage®: The Art of Healing Touch

Paméla Espinoza & Silvia Guersenzvaig

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

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

Stan Tatkin with Tracey Boldemann Tatkin

People are complex. We don’t come with manuals that automate the process of getting along.

Weekend of May 17-19

The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys are Struggling and What Parents, Therapists and Educators Can Do About It

Warren Farrell & Ashanti Branch

In developed nations worldwide, boys are falling behind girls in every academic subject, as well as in mental health, physical health, and in preparation for productive careers.

Week of May 19-24

Food as Medicine for Women's Health

James Gordon, Kathie Swift, Amy Shinal, Cindy Geyer, Aviva Romm & Catherine McConkie

This program offers everything you need to know about using food to promote health and prevent and treat illness. Physician James S.

Weekend of May 24-26

Couples' Heart Tantra

Sarah Sandhill & Peter Sandhill

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

Living a Flourishing Life

Aneel Chima, Mikey Siegel & Ahmed Alashwa

How do we flourish as human beings?

Pelvic Liberation Weekend for Women

Leslie Howard

Did you know that every pelvis has a story? Come learn what your pelvis has to say. In many ways, the pelvis is the root of all things.

Week of May 26-31

Body Structure from a Gestalt Perspective: Training for Gestalt and Somatic Practitioners

Michael Clemmens & Renee Jennings

Patterns of our physical embodiment are revealed and expressed in our thinking, feeling, and lived histories.

The Inner Journey: Holotropic Breathwork

Stanislav Grof, Brigitte Grof & Diane Haug

This is a unique opportunity to experience Holotropic Breathwork at Esalen, the place where it originated.

Week of May 26-31

Esalen Massage® Intensive

Deborah Anne Medow & Rob Wilks

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

Month of May 26-June 16

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

Janet Stone

Over 21 days, we’ll explore teaching as an emanation of your own practice.

Weekend of May 31-June 2

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?

SoulCollage® and the Art of Imagination, Intuition and Inquiry

Jennie Oppenheimer

Our vision will become clear only when we look into our hearts. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. - C.G. Jung

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 June 2-7

Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Opening the Chest, Freeing the Breath and Healing the Neck

Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

There is growing demand for massage practitioners who have mastered the art of moving deeply into the body with skill and sensitivity.

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?

Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive Training

Steve Hickman & Michelle Becker

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

Weekend of June 7-9

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.

The Things We Cannot Change and the Happiness We Find by Embracing Them

David Richo

There are certain facts of life that we cannot change, unavoidable “givens” of human life and especially of relationships:

• Everything changes and ends

Weekend of June 7-9

Ultimate Courage: Self-Compassion Workshop for Men

Steve Hickman & Daniel Ellenberg

What does it take for a man to be successful in this day and age? How do you navigate through the changing demands of life and keep fulfilling the expectations of your evolving roles?

Week of June 9-14

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

Roger Jahnke

No matter what qigong you have experienced or if you are just entering the immense sea of qigong opportunities, the essence of qigong is the always the destination!

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,

The Painting Process Rediscovered: The Magic of Spontaneous Expression

Michele Cassou with Cherie Ray & Jane Malek

For many of us, it is difficult to simply let go and create. Programmed to fear being judged, we set narrow boundaries on our creativity.

Month of June 9-July 7

Meditation as Medicine of the Mind: 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.

Week of June 9-14

Upledger Institute’s Unwinding Meridians: Applying Acupuncture Principles to CST

John Gissell

This hands-on workshop teaches you how to utilize the points and pathways of acupuncture along with the energy, intention, and wisdom of your own hands to enhance the effectiveness of CranioSacral

Weekend of June 14-16

Celebrating Fatherhood

Joanna Claassen Ferraro & Vinny Ferraro

With so much to get to, it’s easy to get caught up in all the doing. Let’s spend some time just being.

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.

Parent and Child: Creating a Conscious Relationship

James Baraz & Adam Baraz

Join the Baraz family in exploring the bond between parent and child, which is perhaps the most influential relationship in shaping who we are.

Week of June 16-21

Yoga Gathering: Ritual and Rhythm

Janet Stone, Lara Zilibowirz, Honza Lafond, Claudine Lafond with DJ Drez & Benny Holloway

In a long-held tradition, we meet together at Esalen, beneath the summer solstice sun.

Weekend of June 21-23

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?

Spirit Dive: Music, Sound, Ceremony and Meditation

East Forest & Marisa Weppner

How can we use music as a tool for the act of intentional listening to increase our inner awareness, induce relaxation, and tap into our intuitive mind?

Yoga and the Psychology of the Chakras

Coral Brown

The development of the psyche is a continuous and lifelong process. The psyche witnesses, assimilates, and stores information within psycho-spiritual processing centers called the chakras.

Week of June 23-28

Writers' Camp

Samantha Dunn Camp, Lidia Yuknavitch, Pam Houston, Steve Almond & Lynell George

Writers take over the entire Esalen campus during this annual workshop.

Weekend of June 28-30

The Blue Mind Summit

Wallace J. Nichols, Daniel Siegel & Shauna Shapiro

Water covers more than 70% of our planet, makes up a similar percentage of our brains and bodies, and is the basis of all life.

Week of June 30-July 5

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.

Energy Massage and Energy Work

Brita Ostrom & Dean Marson

Each of us walks around in our own energetic halo. Our energetic fields incline toward and veer away from each other, as we get closer.

Intermediate Yoga Practice Intensive: Affirm Your Freedom!

Noah Maze

Join Noah Mazé for a week of yogic practices, community, nature, contemplation and celebration of our freedom over this July 4th week.

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

Walk on the Wild Side: Hiking the Big Sur Country

Steven Harper

"What’s the quickest way out of the city?" John Muir is reported to have asked a stranger on the street of the metropolis in which Muir had just arrived. "Where do you want to go?" the man asked.

Weekend of July 5-7

Esalen Midsummer Festival

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

Week of July 7-12

Art Making Is Transforming

Rebecca Anders

There is always art to be made! Whether creative work is intended as presentation, meditation or production, art is continually relevant in human life.

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

Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

This seminar for advanced-level healing arts practitioners focuses on giving a full-body massage and integrating Deep Bodywork into the session as a whole.

Engaging the Feminine Heroic: A Mythic Journey of Creative Discovery for Women

Dara Marks & Deb Norton

The Feminine Heroic can be difficult to recognize, much less access, because our culture is so grounded in the masculine heroic ideal. But it’s time to tell her side of the story!

Week of July 7-12

Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples

Michelle Gannon & Sam Jinich

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.

The Radically Alive Leader: A Radical Aliveness Workshop

Ann Bradney

This workshop is designed for established or emerging leaders — therapists, businesspeople, community leaders, health care workers, ministers, educators, social activists, and other professionals w

Month of July 7-August 4

The Flourishing Lab

Dustin DiPerna, Mikey Siegel, Aneel Chima & Ahmed Alashwa

How do we flourish as human beings? What can we learn from ancient wisdom about living a meaningful and fulfilling life?

Weekend of July 12-14

An Introduction to Esalen Massage®

Brita Ostrom & Vicki Topp

This workshop introduces the core concepts of Esalen Massage.

Consciousness Hacking: Meditation + Technology

Mikey Siegel & Dustin DiPerna

Participate in the emerging intersection of ancient wisdom and modern technology. Join Mikey Siegel and Dustin DiPerna for a unique and innovative technology-augmented meditation retreat.

Conversations on the Edge: The Future of Personal Genomics

Katharina Sophia Volz & Carrie Northover

If you are looking for another way to grow, in a unique format different from the traditional workshop, please join us for an Esalen original series: Conversations on the Edge.

The United States of Flow

Schuyler Grant

Step out of the mundane and into an ecstatic experience of inner clarity. Join Schuyler Grant for a weekend of exploring the multi-faceted ways we can access the flow state.

Week of July 14-19

Mindfulness as a Wisdom Practice

Brad Lewis & Stephen Mosblech

Mindfulness teachings often isolate the practice from larger cultural, spiritual and expressive contexts.

R.D. Laing in the 21st Century: What is Authenticity?

Michael Guy Thompson, Fritjof Capra & Nita Gage

One of R. D. Laing’s most seminal influences was the existential philosophical tradition, especially Sartre, Heidegger and Nietzsche.

Yoga Nidra Retreat: Rest, Restore and Rewrite Your Life

John Vosler

Experience five days of deep restoration, reflection and intention.

Weekend of July 19-21

A Call for Gay Heroes

Christian de la Huerta

What does it mean to be a hero — to live heroically — in these times? Have you known or even suspected that you had a role to play as teacher, healer or spiritual activist?

Conversations on the Edge: Crazy or Wise? A Contradiction to Modern Views on the Mental Health Crisis in America

Phil Borges & Gogo Ekeaya

If you are looking for another way to grow, in a unique format different from the traditional workshop, please join us for an Esalen original series: Conversations on the Edge.

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

Week of July 19-26

Mystical Realism and Transcendental Style in Film: A Mindful Film-Viewing Seminar

Francis Lu

Joseph Campbell taught that “the images of myths are reflections of the spiritual and depth potentialities of every one of us...Through contemplating those, we evoke their powers in our own lives t

Week of July 21-26

Positive Neuroplasticity: How to Grow Resilient Self-Worth and Happiness

Rick Hanson & Laurel Hanson

In these volatile times, it’s more important than ever to build an unshakable internal core of resilient, confident well-being.

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 July 26-28

5Rhythms® Moon Lodge: Honoring the Sacred Feminine

Lucia Horan

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

Igniting the Power of Your Empathy and Intuition

Judith Orloff

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

Week of July 28-August 2

5Rhythms®: A Graceful Journey

Lucia Horan

Energy moves in waves. Waves move in rhythms. Rhythms move in patterns. Patterns move in cycles. A human being is just this. Nothing more. Nothing less. A dance.

–Gabrielle Roth

Embodying Your Love: Explorations in Intimacy for Couples

Stella Resnick & Alan Kishbaugh

Much emphasis in couples’ enrichment focuses on verbal communication, particularly articulating feelings and mending bridges.

Leading with Relational Mindfulness: Regenerating Ourselves and the World

Deborah Eden Tull & Nina Simons

We all struggle at times with how to bring meditation off the cushion and into the beautiful, dynamic and messy realm of relationship.

Music and Nature Family Workshop

Doug Dirt Greenfield & Banana Slug String Band

Celebrate summer in the land of rejuvenation with the world-renowned Banana Slug String Band.

Weekend of August 2-4

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.

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 Truth, author and medium Paul Selig recorded a program for personal and planetary evolution as humankind awakens to

Learning to See in the Dark: An Embodied Journey of the Unconscious and Superconscious

Dustin DiPerna & Bruce Lyon

There is a darkness that is the absence of light or awareness and then there is a darkness that is the source of it.

Month of August 4-September 1

Compassion Cultivation Training

Leah Weiss, Margaret Cullen & Monica Hanson

Compassion is an emotion that provides a sense of shared suffering combined with a desire to alleviate the suffering of others and to show loving-kindness to those who suffer.

Week of August 4-9

Empowering Creativity through Movement/Dance and Life/Art Metaphors

Daria Halprin

Throughout time, movement, dance and the expressive arts have provided individuals and communities with a means of soulful expression, healing and connection with spirit.

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 Truth, author and medium Paul Selig recorded a program for personal and planetary evolution as humankind awakens to

IAHE: Upledger Institute International's Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 1

Susan Steiner

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.

Leading at 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 9-11

Advanced Esalen Massage® with Special Focus on the Shoulder Girdle

Jessica Fagan & Paméla Espinoza

This advanced massage workshop focuses on the shoulder girdle and the neck.

Changes and Transitions in Your 40s and 50s: Finding Clarity and Well-being in Times of Change

Phillip Moffitt

Change is a fact of life, and yet we often find ourselves ill-equipped to manage it skillfully.

Listen, Learn and Love! The Art of Fulfilling Relationships

Anne Watts

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

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 11-16

The Art and Science of Mindfulness, Compassion and Awe

Shauna Shapiro, Daniel Siegel, Dacher Keltner, Amishi Jha & Mollie McNeil

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 16-18

Power Vinyasa Yoga

Susan Hauser

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

Week of August 18-23

Big Sur Wilderness Experience

Steven Harper

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

IAHE - Full Body Presence: Grounding and Healthy Boundaries

Suzanne Scurlock

In today’s world we all need full access to our inner and outer resources in order to survive and thrive with the daily demands being presented to us.

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.

August 18-30

Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive: Primary Level

Sarah Powers

This course focuses on Yin yoga, mindfulness and how to sequence Yang poses with Yin sequences.

Weekend of August 23-25

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.

Week of August 23-30

EMDR Basic Training: Parts 1 & 2 Transforming Trauma with EMDR

Laurel Parnell

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful therapeutic method for healing trauma-based problems.

Week of August 25-September 1

Healing the Pelvic Floor: Reclaiming your Power, Sexuality and Pleasure Potential

Suzanne Scurlock

As women we have a unique power of creativity in our reproductive systems. That power is used not only to create new life, but also to bring personal projects into being.

Weekend of August 30-September 1

Writing to Awaken: Memoir as a Path of Transformation

Mark Matousek

When memoir is used as a path of self-discovery, it becomes a spiritual as well as an artistic pursuit.

Yoga Practice: Refining and Magnifying Body, Mind and Spirit

Thomas Michael Fortel

One of the fundamental tenets of yoga philosophy is that every human being is, at the core, an expression of divine light and love. The yogis refer to this as the Supreme Self or Inner Self.

Week of September 1-6

A Women's Leadership Retreat in Partnership with Wisdom 2.0

Kerena Saltzman, Elizabeth Esalen & Grace Gamboa

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

Esalen Massage® and the Use of Essential Oils

Ellen Watson & Daniela Urbassek

The artistry of a skilled Esalen Massage practitioner is recognized among connoisseurs of bodywork all over the world.

Sexual Well-being: The Next Revolution

Jessica Graham

Our culture is sexually unwell. We can see it almost everywhere we look: in politics, entertainment, the educational system and even in our spiritual communities.

The Nature of Movement: Embodiment and the Wilds

Steven Harper

Throughout the ages and across cultural traditions, nature has inspired the human spirit.

Month of September 1-29

Leadership and Presence

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

Presence is the hidden key to successful leadership. The more present we are in ourselves, the more present we can be with someone else.

Week of September 6-13

Lotus Borne Perception: Awareness Teachings of Tibetan Buddhism and Continuum

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.

Weekend of September 6-8

Rejoice

Andrea Juhan

There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them. —Vicki Baum

The Mythic Life

Sharon Blackie

The old, forgotten pre-Christian mythologies and philosophies of the West — from the magical stories of Celtic Ireland to the soul-centered mythtellings of Plato in ancient Greece — are rich, compl

Week of September 8-13

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 — to alleviate human suffering and also to nurture psychological health and wel

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.

Week of September 8-15

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.

Weekend of September 13-15

BodyWise: Discovering Your Body Intelligence for Lifelong Health and Healing

Rachel Abrams

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

Evolving Masculinity: The Future of Men™

Adam Leonard & Dustin DiPerna

For millennia, men have come together to support and challenge each other to reach their higher potentials.

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 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 15-20

Singing on the Edge: A Community Singing Festival

Lisa Littlebird, Laurence Cole, MaMuse , Melanie DeMore, Aimee Ringle, Barbara Mcafee, Maggie Wheeler, Marion VanNamen, Heather Houston, Ysaye Barnwell, Glen Phillips, Kate Munger & Emile Dyer

We are at our best when we stand together and sing. —Ronnie Gilbert

Weekend of September 20-22

Alchemy of Love: Celebrating Intimacy with Your Partner

Sianna Sherman & Masood Khan

This weekend is designed for committed couples to cultivate emotional intimacy, deepen their connection and celebrate their love.

Rising Strong™ Workshop

Michelle Gannon & Beth Jaeger-Skigen

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 and

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

Russell Delman & Linda Delman

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

September 20-29

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 22-27

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.

Through Our Own Eyes: A Retreat for and by Women Physicians

Ligia Giese & Anjali Gupta

This is our thirteenth meeting of women physicians since 1997.

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.

Weekend of September 27-29

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

Emily Nagoski & Amelia Nagoski

This is a workshop for women who have felt overwhelmed and exhausted by everything they had to do, yet still worried they were not doing “enough.” We’ll explore not only the daily practices that ex

Harmonize: Discover Kirtan and the Yoga of Devotion

Gopi Kallayil, Kirtaniyas , David Estes & Prajna Vieira

In the midst of our busy lives, we need opportunities for open-hearted joy and connection. From breath to voice to chant, there is an undeniably restorative power in lifting our voices together.

The Inspired Life: Cultivating Peace, Meaning and Joy in Everyday Life

Kelly Boys & Rich Fernandez

This retreat is based on the simple principle that sources of inspiration, meaning and joy reside deeply within each one of us, and that the work of our life time is to become fully conscious of wh

Week of September 29-October 4

Emancipating the Soul from Trauma's Grasp: An Embodied Mystical Approach

Renee Jennings & Sarah Weiss

Deep within the heart lies the living energy of transformation. This energy radiates our true essence: a whole and multidimensional self.

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.

The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

We sleep one-third of our lifetime, an average of 20 to 25 years. Dream yoga is a practice that spans every moment, waking and sleeping.

Wild Tao: Hiking and Qi Gong in Big Sur Wilderness

Fletcher Tucker, Noël Vietor & Jim Gallas

In search of balance, the ancient sages of China walked into the woods to attune themselves with nature in its sublime integrity.

Month of September 29-October 27

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 October 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 orientations, we’ll begin with the science of sexual response like you’ve never heard it before, and then blow away

Esalen Massage® for Couples

Deborah Anne Medow & Peggy Horan

Give your significant other or good friend a wonderful gift of touch. Enjoy the serene beauty of Big Sur as you and your partner learn how to give one another an effective Esalen Massage.

NAMASWEAT: Active Recovery and Self-Care

Lauren McHale

How many times have you thought about improving your self-care routine but found yourself unsure of where to start or intimidated by the process altogether?

Women's Leadership and Visionary Summit

Lucy Caldwell

We are living in a watershed moment in human history marked by an unprecedented opportunity for women to rise into leadership with refreshing, authentic, collaborative and impassioned feminine powe

Weekend of October 11-13

Loving What Is

Byron Katie

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

Week of October 13-18

From the Fear of Dying to the Joy of Living: The Art and Science of Longevity, Vitality, Happiness and Health

Shauna Shapiro, Daniel Siegel, Dean Ornish & Anne Ornish

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

Weekend of October 18-20

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 Art of Leadership: Communication, Creativity and Vision

Ronald Alexander

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. –Albert Einstein

Well Woman: A Restorative Retreat for Women Touched by Breast Cancer

Alejandra Campoverdi & Kristi Funk

Whether you are considered high risk for developing breast cancer, carry a genetic mutation, have breast cancer or are a survivor, this immersive wellness retreat is for you.

Week of October 20-25

Professional Training Program in Mind-Body Medicine

James Gordon, Amy Shinal & Lynda Richtmeier Cyr

This evidence-based, transformational training gives health professionals the science and tools to make mind-body medicine a foundational part of their practices and lives.

Weekend of October 25-27

Conversations on the Edge: Journeys in Gender, Exploration of Identities

Ben Geilhufe & Jennifer Hastings

If you are looking for another way to grow, in a unique format different from the traditional workshop, please join us for an Esalen original series: Conversations on the Edge.

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

Rolf Gates & Nikki Myers

Addictive behaviors separate us from ourselves, one another, our environment and the divine.

Week of October 25-November 1

Month of October 27-November 24

An Embodied Response to the Challenges and Opportunities of Our Lives through Sensory Awareness

Lee Lesser

There is so much in our world that we cannot change or control.

Week of October 27-November 1

The Upledger Institute's Visceral Manipulation 1

Dee Dettmann Ahern

In this course, you will be introduced to the models and concepts of functional biomechanics as viewed from Jean-Pierre Barral's Visceral Manipulation approach.

Week of October 27-November 3

Your Life Cannot Be Any Easier Than Your Movements: Healing with Cortical Field Reeducation®, Feldenkrais® and Brain Plasticity

Harriet Goslins, Laura Kunysz & Judy Greenman

How we sit, stand, move or respond to contact with others reflects patterns wired into our nervous systems in infancy. By early childhood, conflicting intentions distort these patterns.

November 1-17

100-Hour Esalen Massage® Certification Program

Nora Matten & Silvia Guersenzvaig

Esalen offers numerous levels of basic massage certification.

Weekend of November 1-3

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.

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 November 3-8

Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive Secondary Level

Sarah Powers

This course is intended for Yin Yoga teachers and dedicated practitioners with a minimum two years of practice, who are interested in using the Yin yoga class as a doorway for developing the subtle

Week of November 3-8

Songwriting from the Heart Progressing on the Journey

John Smith with Julie Baker

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.

Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 2

Luvia Jane Swanson

CranioSacral Therapy 2 studies cranial-base dysfunctions as diagnosed and treated by Dr. William Sutherland, the “father” of cranial osteopathy.

Weekend of November 8-10

Being Present in the Body: Using Mindfulness to Work with Trauma

Pawan Bareja

Our desire to be happy is our most basic urge, but physical or emotional trauma can get in the way.

Bouncing Back: The Neuroscience of Resilience and Well-Being

Linda Graham

Welcome to an experiential weekend of strengthening your inner resources and the natural resilience that supports your well-being and flourishing.

The Archetypal Journey: Awakening the Creative Forces Within

Kim Krans

What are archetypes? How do we awaken and embody them in everyday life?

Week of November 10-15

An Introduction to Esalen Massage®

Char Pias & 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

Creative Catalyst

Dana Albany & Michael Hopkins

When people talk about Black Rock City, the stunning, large-scale visual art is an inevitable part of the conversation.

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? Are you in the midst of riding massive waves of change and need a few surfing lessons?

Jivamukti Yoga Bhakti Immersion

Gabriela Bozic

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

Relational Gestalt Practice: The Transformative Power of Emotion

Dorothy Charles

Each of us finds our true selves through our emotions.

The Buddha, the Brain, and Bach

Barbara Bogatin, Nikki Mirghafori & Clifford Saron

Join us for an exploration of the benefits of practice from three distinct, intertwined perspectives.

Weekend of November 15-17

Conversations on the Edge: A Brave New China: Power, Competition, a Race for AI and the U.S.-China Relations

Xiao Qiang, Sophie Beach & Zak Dychtwald

If you are looking for another way to grow, in a unique format different from the traditional workshop, please join us for an Esalen original series: Conversations on the Edge.

Radical Intimacy and Heart-full Attraction

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

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

Lucia Horan & Davida Taurek

Movement is medicine. — Gabrielle Roth

Week of November 17-22

A Clinical Introduction to Imago Relationship Therapy: Bringing Couples from Rupture to Connection

Carol Kramer

Therapists, this workshop is for you if you already work with couples but want to do it better, or even if you dread your next appointment with a couple or avoid doing couples therapy altogether bu

Dancing with the Dharma: 5Rhythms® and Insight Meditation

Lucia Horan

In order to truly understand the dance, one must be still. And in order to truly understand stillness, one must dance. – Rumi

The Ecology Within: The Healing Synthesis of Nature and Psyche

Daniel Rechtschaffen & Rene Henery

We are expressions of Nature. The dynamics and connections that shape the natural world and guide its evolution are mirrored in our physical, emotional and psychological bodies.

The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible

Charles Eisenstein

Our hearts know it, because we have seen it, experienced glimpses of what life and the world could be.

Weekend of November 22-24

Climate Change Inside and Out

Charles Eisenstein

A deep part of us knows that the earth climate is intimately connected to the political climate, social climate and spiritual climate.

Keeping the Love You Find

Carol Kramer

Creating more satisfying relationships is a lot easier when you understand how and why the ruptures with your current or past partner happen.

Sacred Evolution: Yoga and Meditation

Charu Rachlis

We are living in one of the most accelerated times of change in history. The challenge each of us faces is how to navigate these changes with wisdom, creativity, and joy.

Week of November 24-29

Dance of Oneness®: Ecstatic Gratitude

Banafsheh Sayyad & Tony Khalife

The whole universe is love’s endless dance. — Kabir

Grounded in Gratitude: A Week of Stillness, Presence and Inner Listening

Kelly Boys

In this retreat we will slow down, pause and listen deeply to what is most real and alive in our lives.

Heart Refuge and Revival: Meditation, Movement and Flow

Shiva Rea

May I be a place of refuge, a sanctuary, shelter in the storm. – Shanti Deva’s daily prayer

Month of November 24-December 22

Embodied Relational Gestalt

Michael Clemmens

This monthlong program is focused on Gestalt as a group process.

Weekend of November 29-December 1

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.

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 December 1-6

Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Stewart Cubley

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

Creative Tai Ji Experience in Daily Living

Chungliang Al Huang

This week, we will reinvent Tai Ji forms playfully with ancient Tai Ji rituals, Five Moving Forces of Nature, as well as traditional Tai Ji motifs.

Weekend of December 6-8

Conversations on the Edge: America, Spiritual But Not Religious

Jeffrey Kripal & Dana Sawyer

If you are looking for another way to grow, in a unique format different from the traditional workshop, please join us for an Esalen original series: Conversations on the Edge.

Couples' Heart Tantra

Peter Sandhill & Sarah Sandhill

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

Tickets to Paradise: A Yoga-Based Therapeutic Approach to Self-Care and Healing

Harvey Deutch

An all-time favorite line from one of Harvey Deutch's patients, "I’m not doing your PT exercises!" motivated Harvey to ditch the term "exercises" and call them "Tickets to Paradise" instead.

Week of December 8-13

Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive Training

Christopher Germer

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

Plumbing Your Creative Depths for Effective Memoir and Beyond

Katie Hafner

If it is true, as Joan Didion once wrote, that we tell ourselves stories in order to live, then we are continuously telling ourselves stories.

Weekend of December 13-15

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.

Embodying Presence: Relaxing the Body into Being

James Baraz & Adam Baraz

The shift from “thinking” to “being” is one of the most essential aspects of the meditative journey.

Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief

David Kessler & Paul Denniston

How do we release pain, heal grief and remember with love? Join grief expert David Kesser and grief yoga teacher Paul Denniston for a weekend of healing.

Week of December 15-20

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.

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 Truth, author and medium Paul Selig recorded a program for personal and planetary evolution as humankind awakens to

The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork®: The Psoas, Deep Visceral Work and Healing Knees

Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Because demand for practitioners with Deep Bodywork skills is growing, Perry and Johanna Holloman have developed a series of seminars designed to teach massage practitioners this healing art.

THE MAX: Expanding the Limits of Your Self-Expression

Paula Shaw

The purpose of THE MAX is to discover yourself beyond who you know yourself to be. It is a voyage through your own humanity and a journey to discover the extent of your self-expressive power.

Weekend of December 20-22

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 Truth, author and medium Paul Selig recorded a program for personal and planetary evolution as humankind awakens to

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 20-27

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. Soul is how the deathless Presence meets and moves a finite human body.

Month of December 22-January 19

Deep Bodywork®

Rob Wilks, with Paul Wehrman and Lori A Lewis

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

Week of December 22-27

The Self-Care Vow: Embodying Resilience and Renewal Every Day

Michael Sapiro & Elissa Epel

This dynamic and interactive workshop integrates the latest research on stress resilience, meditation and heart-centered practices to help participants commit to their own lasting well-being.

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 27-January 3

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

Chandra Easton & Scott Blossom

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

Threshold into the New Year: A Journey of Mindful Self-Renewal, Fierce Compassion, and Conscious Intentions

Deborah Eden Tull

The New Year is a powerful threshold. It is an opportunity to listen deeply, reflect, restore and create anew.

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