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Weekend of December 21-23

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

Week of December 21-28

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

Week of December 23-28

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

Week of December 28-January 4

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 4-6

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

Mark Nicolson

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

Weekend of January 4-6

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 Shared Heart New Year's Couples Retreat

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 6-11

A Time To Reflect

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

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.

Body Learning: Grace, Presence and Power with Alexander Technique and Super-Qi

Michael Gelb

The Alexander Technique is a simple, profoundly powerful method for developing grace, poise, and presence on stage and in everyday life.

Overcoming Addictive Thinking and Behavior: A Path to Inner Freedom

Raoul Goldberg with Dana-Lee Smirin

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

Week of January 6-11

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

Mark Nicolson

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

Radically Alive: A Radical Aliveness Workshop

Ann Bradney

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

Weekend of January 11-13

Essential Buddhist Teachings on Awakening: The Path of Buddhist Tantra and Mahamudra

Lama Palden Drolma

Transform anger, depression and lack of motivation, grasping, greed and pride, anxiety, and jealousy into love, clarity, understanding, contentment, and courage.

Essential Buddhist Teachings on Awakening: The Path of Sila (Ethics)

JoAnna Hardy

The Buddha presented us with a very clear and available path to awakening: the Eightfold Path.

Essential Buddhist Teachings on Awakening: The Path of Theravada Insight Meditation

Mark Coleman

A disciplined mind brings happiness. — The Buddha

Essential Buddhist Teachings on Awakening: The Path of Zen

Caverly Morgan

Zen master Bankei said, “Rather than trying to become a buddha, nothing could be simpler than taking the shortcut of remaining a buddha!” We are that which we long for.

Weekend of January 18-20

A Time To Reflect

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

Being Present for Your Life: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation 

James Baraz

How much are you present for your own life?

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

Personal Renewal through the Practices of Yoga

Thomas Michael Fortel

Taking the time to go on retreat is a wonderful spiritual practice.

Week of January 20-25

5Rhythms®: Connections

Lucia Horan

Invisible threads are the strongest ties. —Friedrich Nietzsche

Always Home: Support for Living an Awakened Life

Loch Kelly & Anna-Lisa Adelberg

What would the world be like if more of us discovered how to live an awakened life?

Month of January 20-February 17

The Ground of Belonging: An Embodied Inquiry into Courage, Connection and Community

Steven Harper

The hunger to belong is at the heart of our nature. —John O’Donohue

Weekend of January 25-27

A Time To Reflect

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

Learn How Your Body Informs You

Susan Fisher & Martin Fisher

Your natural, energetic signature is embedded in your body from birth and shapes your strengths, gifts, abilities, and how you relate to others.

Nurturing Our Capacity to Care: For Caregivers in the Brain Injury Community

Jonathan Prescott, Adam Pearce & Kyla Pearce

This workshop is designed for caregivers of people affected by brain injury who want to nurture their capacity to care for themselves and others.

Weekend of January 25-27

Getting the Love You Want: A Workshop for Couples

Harville Hendrix & Helen LaKelly Hunt

Take your relationship to the next level in a program inspired by and based on the best-selling book by the leaders, Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples.

Week of January 27-February 1

Esalen Massage® and the Art of Continuous Presence

Nora Matten & Silvia Guersenzvaig

Esalen Massage is a moving meditation, a life practice in presence and mindfulness, and an integral healing art.

Mosaic Art: Patterns in Nature

Wilma Wyss

Nature provides us with space to quiet our souls, gain perspective, and harness our creativity.

Self-Compassion in Inner and Outer Relationships

Richard Schwartz

This five-day retreat is open to anyone — currently in a relationship or not — who wants to explore the idea that it is possible and optimal to bring one's full heart to any important relationship.

Yoga and Zen: One Body, One Mind

Tias Little & Henry Shukman

Through the powerful combination of yoga and Zen we can taste the possibility of an all-inclusive, global awareness. On the mat we practice embodiment from our toes to the crown of our head.

Weekend of February 1-3

The Science and Experience of Enlightenment

Hedy Kober & Xoli Redmond

What is enlightenment? How does it feel to be fully clear right here and right now?

Weekend of February 1-3

WisdomWomen Visionary Gathering: Creating True Community

WisdomWomen & Michelle Stransky

WisdomWomen experiments with innovative ways of being in community while in service to a new world vision.

Week of February 3-8

Specialized Esalen Massage®

Robin Fann-Costanzo & Brita Ostrom

This workshop presents the specialized moves and strokes of Esalen Massage — from the intentional, long, integrating strokes to the gentle rotations/twists, to the more defined, detailed moves that

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.

The Sovereignty of Self: The Awakened Masculine meets the Divine Feminine

Jim Benson & Jessica Wolk Benson

Will we stay together? Will our problems ever resolve? Am I truly loved? These and other meaningful questions emerge in nearly every intimate relationship.

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.

Month of February 8-March 22

250-hour Esalen Massage® Certification Program

This 250-hour massage certification course is designed for those who plan to professionally practice massage, or to combine Esalen Massage skills with another body-mind discipline.

Weekend of February 8-10

Living the Awakened Masculine

Jim Benson

Now more than ever, our world needs the awakened masculine, which is presence steeped in embodiment and self-love; purpose informed by clear vision, integrity, and true confidence; and action gener

Singing Open the Heart

Lisa Littlebird

If I cannot fly, let me sing. —Stephen Sondheim Singing is one of the most accessible pathways to an unlimited, joyful life force. Lisa G.

Trauma, Memory and the Restoration of One’s Self

Peter Levine & Bessel van der Kolk

This workshop unites two of the leading figures in the field of trauma research and body-oriented treatment approaches.

Week of February 10-15

It Won’t Hurt Forever: The Ordinary Miracle of Healing

Peter A. Levine

While trauma is a fact of life, it does not have to be a life sentence.

Soul Motion®: Begin Again

Vinn Arjuna Martí

Each time we gather to dance we are poised at an open portal to divine presence.

Weekend of February 15-17

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.

Esalen Massage® for Couples

Brita Ostrom & Silvia Guersenzvaig

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

Weekend of February 15-17

Healthy Backs and Necks: From Pain to Fitness and Vitality with NeuroMovement®

Anat Baniel

Would you like to be mobile, agile, strong, and full of vitality? Do aches and pains hold you back? Are you struggling to recover from injury? Do you feel you’re getting old or stuck in a rut?

Week of February 17-22

Deep Bodywork® and Cortical Field Re-Education: Working with Difficult Cases

Perry Holloman, Melissa Krikorian, Laura Kunysz & Johanna Holloman

Deep Bodywork and Cortical Field Re-education (CFR) share the common goal of reconnecting our clients’ central nervous systems to our physical tissues in order to effect healing within the human bo

Week of February 17-22

Primordial Qigong: Transformative Alchemy from the Original Developer of Tai Chi

Roger Jahnke

The “Golden Elixir of Longevity and Immortality” is produced within our integrated and coherent body-mind-spirit – also known as our Three Treasures.

Relational Gestalt Practice: The Transformative Power of Emotion

Dorothy Charles

Our sense of who we are develops in connection with others, and although we cannot change the past, we can change what we came to believe about our capacity for love and belonging.

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

Tracee Stanley

Are you living to your fullest potential?

Month of February 17-March 17

Yoga Immersion: A Journey into Self

Jovinna Chan

Are you ready to change? If not now, when? This is a self-awakening program designed for sincere seekers who are ready to live an awakened life.

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?

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 & Sean Wilkinson

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.

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

Improv: Expand Yourself with Laughter

Dixie Cox & Clifford Henderson

Activate your imagination, creativity, and spontaneity. Just as muscles can tighten with stress and age, so can notions about ourselves.

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

Week of March 3-8

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.

Yoga, Creativity and the Hero’s Journey

Micheline Berry

At some point in your life, you will be faced with a Call to Adventure.

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

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.

X – The Exponential Humanity Series: Next Gen Therapeutics

Alison Raby & James Hanusa

Digital Raign’s X series is inspired by Esalen's history of pioneering vital conversations ahead of adoption by mainstream culture.

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.

Leading with Emotional Courage

Peter Bregman & Emily Cohen

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Led by acclaimed workshop leaders, authors, speakers, and scientists, this unique, campus-wide gathering of women is an invitation to come together to renew, reflect, and reboot important skills to

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.

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 Weekend of Advanced Esalen Massage®

Jessica Fagan & Char Pias

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

Find Your Ease: Mindfulness Retreat for Lawyers

Jeena Cho

What would happen if you were able to truly relax and rejuvenate?

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

The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys are Struggling and What We 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.

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.

X – The Exponential Humanity Series: Culture Creation

Alison Raby & James Hanusa

Digital Raign’s X series is inspired by Esalen's history of pioneering vital conversations ahead of adoption by mainstream culture.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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