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Weekend of April 27-29

Rising Strong™ Workshop

Michelle Gannon & Beth Jaeger-Skigen

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

Skydancing Tantra®: Gateways to Bliss

Margot Anand & Jim Benson

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

Thriving in Uncertainty: A Workshop in Sensory Awareness

Lee Lesser

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

Week of April 29-May 4

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Cultivating Psychological Wellness

John Forsyth & Jamie Forsyth

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

Big Sur Wilderness Experience: Springtime

Steven Harper

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

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

Margot Anand & Jim Benson

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

Weekend of May 4-6

A Journey toward Thresholds and Breakthroughs in Yoga Practice

Ulrika Engman

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

Jump Start Your Memoir: Write it From the Heart 

Nancy Slonim Aronie

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

Mindfulness in Deep Relationship: Savoring the Sources of Nourishment

Jerome Front

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

Sharing Your Life Story from the Page to the Stage

Ann Randolph

Writing from your deepest source, gain insight and self-understanding that can bring peace and healing.

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

Raphael Cushnir

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

Month of May 6-June 17

250-Hour Level III Esalen Massage® Training

Peggy Horan, Rob Wilks, Jessica Fagan & Deborah Anne Medow

This 250-hour Level III Esalen Massage® program is designed to broaden and deepen your experience with Esalen Massage.

Week of May 6-11

Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Stewart Cubley

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

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

Stella Resnick

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

Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive Training

Steve Hickman & Michelle Becker

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

The Great Intimacy

John Prendergast & Kelly Boys

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

Month of May 6-June 3

Write Your Life for the Page and the Stage

Ann Randolph

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

Weekend of May 11-13

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

Cassandra Vieten & Michael Sapiro

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

Manifest the Love of Your Life with The Soulmate Secret

Arielle Ford

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

Mother's Day Family Workshop

Joanna Claassen Ferraro & Sean Brennan

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

Surrendered Leadership Circling: Self-Realization through Relationship

Jordan Allen & John Thompson

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

Week of May 13-18

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

Laurel Parnell

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

Nature and Contemplation: Cultivating Wild Mindfulness

Steven Harper with Fletcher Tucker and Noel Vietor

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

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

Lena Axelsson

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

Yoga: Increasing the Energy Flow

Thomas Michael Fortel

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

Weekend of May 18-20

Grail, Goddesses, Circles and the Sacred Feminine

Jean Shinoda Bolen

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

The Luminescent Body: Gestalt Practice on the Open Floor

Zuza Engler & Scott Engler

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

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

Stan Tatkin with Tracey Boldemann Tatkin

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

Week of May 20-25

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

Jovinna Chan

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

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

Christina Dauenhauer

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

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Tools

Christiane Wolf

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

The Deepest Offering: Letting Love Fully Take the Lead

Tosha Silver

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

Weekend of May 25-27

Couples' Communication Retreat

Warren Farrell

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

Mind, Mood and Happiness: Transforming the Self 

Ronald Alexander

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

Organic Skin and Body Care from the Garden

Rachel Berry

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

The Magical Family

Ivy Mayer Lavie

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

Week of May 27-June 1

Healing the Divide: Men, Women and Spiritual Reconciliation

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

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

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

Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

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

Month of May 27-June 17

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

Janet Stone

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

Weekend of June 1-3

Awake in the Wild: Meditation in Nature

Mark Coleman

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

Herbs for Restoration and Relaxation

Darren Huckle

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

Mindful Communication: Truth Without Blame

Jean Morrison

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

Week of June 3-8

Art as a Spiritual Path: Paintings that Awaken the Soul

Paul Heussenstamm

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

Journey Into Trance

Jonathan Horan

Trance is a tricky place, a place not many understand.

Sharing Your Life Story: From the Page to the Stage

Ann Randolph

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

Month of June 3-July 1

Bhagavad-Gita and Hamlet: Wisdom, Literature, and Leadership

Brad Lewis

The Bhagavad-Gita is the most popular and widely studied of the Hindu scriptures. Shakespeare’s Hamlet is arguably the most influential text in European literature.

Weekend of June 8-10

Awakening the Sacred Body

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

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

Practical Intuition: Full Effectiveness Living

Laura Day

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

Week of June 10-15

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

Roger Jahnke

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

Reclaiming Your Authentic Self

Anne Watts

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

Simply Wild: Experiencing Nature

Steven Harper

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

Soul Motion®: Freedom to Soar

Vinn Arjuna Martí

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

Weekend of June 15-17

Celebrating Fatherhood

Joanna Claassen Ferraro & Vinny Ferraro

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

Esalen Massage® for Couples

Vicki Topp & Rob Wilks

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

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

Steven Harper, Kes Harper & Kai Harper

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

The Five Longings: What We’ve Always Wanted and Already Have

David Richo

“There are five longings we all have: love, meaning, freedom, happiness, and growth,”

Week of June 17-22

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

Janet Stone, Sianna Sherman & Saul David Raye

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

Weekend of June 22-24

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

Phillip Moffitt

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

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.

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

Roma Hammel & Christopher Smith

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

The Magical Family

Ivy Mayer Lavie

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

Week of June 24-29

Writers' Camp

Cheryl Strayed, Pam Houston, Steve Almond, Samantha Dunn Camp, David Hernandez & Camille Dungy

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

Weekend of June 29-July 1

Esalen Midsummer Festival Time to Reflect

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

Week of July 1-6

Intermediate Yoga Practice Intensive: Affirm Your Freedom!

Noah Mazé

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

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?

Mindful Education Teacher Training

Morris Ervin & Rachel Brown

Schools around the world are turning to mindfulness and social-emotional learning as an antidote for rising stress, emotional dysregulation, and attention deficit.

The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Back, Hips and Shoulders

Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

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

Month of July 1-29

Leadership and Presence

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

This program is full.

Weekend of July 6-8

Can Science Be Sacred?

Steve Paulson

Is there a sacred dimension to science?

Consciousness Hacking: Meditation + Technology

Mikey Siegel & Dustin DiPerna

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

Conversations on the Edge Under the Influence: The Impact of Technology on the Human Experience

Visiting Faculty

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

Touching Essence: Esalen Massage® Retreat for Couples

Carl Swanson & Daniela Urbassek

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

X – The Exponential Humanity Series: Conscious AI

Alison Raby & James Hanusa

Digital Raign’s Conscious AI Summit is an invitation to both experiential and conversational sessions with a focus on actionable outcomes.

Week of July 8-13

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.

Know Thy Selves: Discovering Inner Personalities and Past Lives

Shama Viola

In this workshop, you will have the chance to get to know many aspects of yourself and understand how each one influences your life.

The Painting Process Rediscovered: The Magic of Spontaneous Expression

Michele Cassou with Cherie Ray & Anna Billings

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.

Week of July 8-15

Meaningful Aliveness in the Second Half of Life: A Mindful Film-Viewing Seminar

Francis Lu & Thomas Matus

The afternoon of life is just as full of meaning as the morning; only, its meaning and purpose are different. —C. G. Jung

Weekend of July 13-15

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

Mariah Fenton Gladis

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

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 long weekend of exploring the multi-faceted ways we can access the flow state.

Week of July 15-20

IAHE: Upledger Institute International's SomatoEmotional Release 2

Maggie Gill

SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is a healing process that helps rid the mind and body of residual effects of past trauma and associated negative emotional experiences. Joint research efforts by Dr.

Music and Nature Family Workshop

Doug Dirt Greenfield & The Banana Slug String Band

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

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

Mariah Fenton Gladis

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

The Traveler's Practice: Journey and Journal

Pico Iyer & Janet Fitch

The best trips continue long after we’ve returned home: in memory, in the stories we tell, and in the ways we reorient our lives.

Weekend of July 20-22

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

Music and Nature Family Workshop Part 2

Doug Dirt Greenfield & The Banana Slug String Band

This workshop can be taken on its own or as an extension of the July 15-20 Music and Nature Family Workshop.

Weekend of July 20-22

Speak to Inspire

Peter Meyers with Stand and Deliver Staff

Speak to Inspire is an intensive communication and leadership seminar that can transform your ability to engage and move others through the power of the spoken word.

Week of July 22-27

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.

Empowering Creativity through Movement/Dance and Life/Art Metaphors

Anna Halprin & Daria Halprin with guest musicians Jahan Khalighi & Dohee Lee

As Anna Halprin celebrates her 98th year, she and Daria Halprin return to Esalen for their annual teaching collaboration.

R.D. Laing in the Twenty-First Century: What is Love?

Fritjof Capra, Heather LaFace & Michael Guy Thompson

R.D. Laing devoted his career to exploring the nature of intimacy in both its emancipatory and demonic editions.

Weekend of July 27-29

Igniting the Power of Your Empathy and Intuition

Judith Orloff

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

The Psychedelic Renaissance: Reconsidering Psychedelics in 2018

John Harrison & Ben Sessa

In this workshop, we’ll explore the remarkable potential of psychedelics for healing and self-discovery around the world.

Week of July 29-August 3

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

The Radically Alive Leader: A Radical Aliveness Workshop

Ann Bradney

People in leadership positions who strive to be inspiring, influential, and highly effective must be exquisitely present, fully alive, and unafraid to know anything about themselves.

Week of July 29-August 5

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

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

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.

Month of July 29-August 26

Journey to Apotheosis: When Humans Reach Their Highest Potential, They Become Divine

Vipin Thekk with Angie Thurston

This program revolves around exploring human potential — how to reach your own and activate other people in doing the same.

Weekend of August 3-5

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?

A Call for Gay Heroes

Christian de la Huerta

What does it mean to be a hero — to live heroically — in these times?

Week of August 5-10

The Art and Science of Mindfulness, Compassion and Awe

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

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 10-12

Conversations on the Edge How We Gather: The Rise of the Unaffiliated Community

Visiting Faculty

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

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

The Extraordinary Couples Workshop

Peter Rengel & Donna Spitzer Rengel

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

Week of August 12-17

Loving Awareness Retreat

Jack Kornfield, Daniel Siegel, Shauna Shapiro, Trudy Goodman & Teja Bell

Embark on a one-of-a-kind journey into the contemplative, scientific, and healing dimensions of mindfulness with a team of meditation luminaries.

Week of August 17-24

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.

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 August 17-19

Healthy Empathy: How to Give Without Giving It All Away

Karla McLaren & Tino Plank

Multiple studies confirm that health and healing professionals who demonstrate empathy provide better care and achieve greater patient/client satisfaction.

Weekend of Advanced Esalen Massage®

Jessica Fagan & Silvia Guersenzvaig

This weekend provides practitioners with the opportunity to inspire their current massage practice.

Week of August 19-24

Mindfulness as a Wisdom Practice

Brad Lewis & Vignesh Swaminathan

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

The Transformational Enneagram: Mindfulness, Insight and Experience 

Russ Hudson

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

Weekend of August 24-26

Power Vinyasa Yoga

Susan Hauser

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

Week of August 26-31

Big Sur Wilderness Experience

Steven Harper

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

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.

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.

The Buddha, the Brain, and Bach

Clifford Saron, Barbara Bogatin & Nikki Mirghafori

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

Zero Balancing - Part 1

Fritz Smith & Todd Williams

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

Month of August 26-September 23

Lean Permaculture: Towards a Pattern Language of Sustainable Design

Misha Rauchwerger

There is so much talk today about sustainability, but do we really know what it means to live in a sustainable way on this planet?

Weekend of August 31-September 2

Conversations on the Edge Science, Technology, and Critical Self-reflection in a Changing World

Visiting Faculty

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

Essentials of Hakomi Mindfulness-Based Somatic Psychotherapy: Journey to the Depths of the Psyche

Robert Fisher

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

Soul Saturation: Ignite an Intimate Relationship with Your Soul

Sera Beak

Deep in our bodies, where our truth burns the brightest, we know we cannot be free, we cannot be of service, and we cannot truly come alive if we aren’t consciously connected to our soul.

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 2-7

Esalen Massage® and Meditation

Oliver Bailey & Nora Matten

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

Leading with Relational Mindfulness: Regenerating Ourselves and the World

Nina Simons & Deborah Eden Tull

In this time of so much change, we are all called to be leaders. Join us to practice a kinder, more inclusive and aware embodiment of leadership for your life and work.

The Art2Life Workshop

Nicholas Wilton

This workshop is a playful exploration of the creative image-making process.

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 September 7-9

Bhakti Yoga and Music Celebration: Kirtan, Sacred Music, Yoga and Meditation

Gopi Kallayil, Fanna Fi Allah & Kirtaniyas

From breath to voice to chant, there is an undeniable restorative power to the collective experience of devotional music.

Transformative Medicine: A Journey toward Radical Healing

Ruediger Dahlke

What if health issues, from acne to injuries to cancer, aren't random, meaningless events but a somatic language that holds clues to existential questions such as, What is my purpose?

Week of September 9-14

Embodying Shakti: Awakening Sacred Power through Sound, Meditation and Voice

Sally Kempton & Silvia Nakkach

This workshop explores sacred technology that can dissolve energetic blocks and awaken empowering energies.

IAHE: Barral Institute's Visceral Manipulation 2

Dee Dettmann Ahern

In this course, you will begin with a review of functional anatomy, hand placements, and manipulations that were covered in Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 1, followed by additional concepts and tec

Week of September 9-14

The Way of Story: The Craft and Soul of Writing

Catherine Ann Jones

The Way of Story offers an integrative approach to writing narrative, combining solid craft with the experiential discovery of the intangible dimensions of writing, because craft alone is not enoug

Weekend of September 14-16

Loving What Is

Byron Katie

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

Week of September 16-21

Brilliant Body: Fundamentals of Conquering Injury and Pain via Spinefulness

Jean Couch & Jenn Sherer

Do chronic tension, stress, or aches and pains plague you? Are you fit, but injured? Do you feel tight all the time?

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.

Fundamentals of Esalen Massage®

Paméla Espinoza & Brita Ostrom

This workshop will introduce the core concepts of Esalen Massage.

In the Body of Your Voice: Sound Keys for Self-Leadership

Chloë Goodchild

This retreat will introduce you to core sound and vocal practices that can help transform and embody your sound, express your truth, and empower your life.

Weekend of September 21-23

Radical Healing: Bridging Personal Transformation and Social Change

Kerri Kelly

These times are calling us to wage truth on all fronts: personal, social, and political. There is a call to speak out, reclaim our power, and fight for love and justice.

Soul Motion®: Flow and Fire

Vinn Arjuna Martí

In this Soul Motion immersion, we’ll enfold the body and its surrounding fields in flow and fire.

Month of September 23-October 21

Embodied Relational Gestalt

Michael Clemmens

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

Week of September 23-28

Positive Neuroplasticity and Resilient Well-Being: Growing an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength and Happiness

Rick Hanson with Jan Hanson

The world is increasingly volatile and uncertain, so we need to develop psychological strengths such as grit, gratitude, and compassion.

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.

Way of Nature: The Practice of the Wild

Steven Harper

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

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 September 30-October 5

Digital Raign Re-Imagine Reality Summit

Alison Raby & James Hanusa

Join industry pioneers, technologists, philanthropists, academics, creatives, and consciousness researchers for the third annual Digital Raign summit at Esalen.

Weekend of October 5-7

Singing on the Edge: A Property-Wide Community Singing Festival

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

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

Week of October 7-12

The Nature of Movement: Embodiment and the Wilds

Steven Harper

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

The Posture of Observation

Thomas Michael Fortel

One of the great benefits of ongoing yoga practice is the development of our ability to pause, and to rest in the posture of observation: an inner state of conscious awareness.

Transforming Trauma into Healing Energy: An Integrative, 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.

October 10-12

A Time to Reflect through Volunteering

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

Weekend of October 12-14

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

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

Introduction to Gestalt

Michael Clemmens

We develop relationships with ourselves and others through the physicality of our vision, smell, touch, and movement.

Weekend of October 19-21

Into the Fire: The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing

Sy Safransky

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

October 21-November 2

Esalen Massage® Teacher Training Module One

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 October 21-26

IAHE: Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 2

Lisa Desrochers

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

Yoga Nidra Retreat: Rest, Restore and Rewrite Your Life

John Vosler

Experience five days of deep restoration, reflection, and intention.

Week of October 21-26

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.

Month of October 21-November 18

Streams of Energy

Jim Gallas

Jim Gallas leads this program of Eastern bodywork and movement, including Reiki 1 Certification, a thorough overview of Shiatsu Massage, an introduction to meridian theory, and an easy-to-learn, po

Weekend of October 26-28

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

Gopi Kallayil & Mirabai Bush

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

Meet Your Better Half: Unlock Your Right Brain

William Donius

Learn to activate the right side of your brain to unlock the insights necessary to break through self-limiting patterns.

Self-compassion, Joy and Loving Kindness through Meditation and Iyengar Yoga

Marla Apt & Beth Sternlieb

Developing a compassionate relationship to your body and mind can greatly enhance emotional resiliency and well-being. Based on Iyengar yoga as taught by B.K.S.

Week of October 28-November 2

EFT Tapping Professional Skills Training

Dawson Church

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) has helped transform the practices of thousands of professionals including life coaches, therapists, and health care workers.

Groundation Celebration: [R]evolution through writing, ritual and yoga

Nadine McNeil & Sienna Creasy

Groundation, a term coined by Jamaica’s indigenous Rastafari people, describes a potent Jamaican way of life — being balanced, grounded, and centered within one’s purpose.

Week of October 28-November 2

Intimacy and Exposure: The Alchemy of Photography

Andy Abrahams Wilson

Photography is a profound exchange of light energy.

Weekend of November 2-4

Conversations on the Edge: The Leader of the Future

Mark Nicolson & Heather McLeod Grant

According to author and leadership activist Margaret Wheatley, as old paradigms die, the sparks of the new paradigm find each other and connect, helping usher the new movement into the mainstream.

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.

Week of November 4-9

IAHE: Upledger Institute International's Lymphatic Balancing for the Total Body

Kerry D'Ambrogio

Lymphatic Balancing (LB) is a curriculum specifically designed to utilize the philosophy, approach, and specialized manual lymphatic drainage techniques, which were originally designed to treat lym

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 Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Disorders of the Temporo-Mandibular Joint

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.

The Space Between Stories

Charles Eisenstein

The world is in a time of transition in the deep mythology that runs our civilization. Many of us personally are in such a transition as well.

Weekend of November 9-11

Conversations on the Edge The Future of Money: The Role of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Visiting Faculty

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

The Yoga of Deep Intimacy

Michaela Boehm

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

Weekend of November 9-11

X – The Exponential Humanity Series: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Alison Raby & James Hanusa

Digital Raign’s Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Summit is an invitation to both experiential and conversational sessions with a focus on actionable outcomes.

Week of November 11-16

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.

Bio-hacking the Language of Intimacy

Mike Lousada & Louise Mazanti

Our hearts yearn for love, but patterns in our neurobiology can inhibit us. The way we currently know how to relate with others emotionally and sexually is our language of intimacy.

Dance of Oneness®: Rumi and the Dance of Light

Banafsheh Sayyad with Tony Khalife

How would you like to bring all of yourself to the dance and be the living YES?

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.

The Wild Woman’s Way: Embodied Feminine Practice

Michaela Boehm

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

Weekend of November 16-18

Family Mindfulness Weekend: Acknowledge, Release and Invite Possibility

Samantha Snowden

Is your family going through a transition? Do you all need space to reflect, commune, and discover new possibilities for relating to what is happening?

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

Lucia Horan & Davida Taurek

Movement is medicine. — Gabrielle Roth

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 18-23

Developing a Reliable Refuge

Noah Levine

We are always taking refuge in something. For most, it is seeking safety and happiness in material things and sensual pleasures.

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

Lucia Horan

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

Month of November 18-December 16

The Art of Skillful Living: Leadership, Love and Freedom

Coby Kozlowski

We are all called to leadership as agents of inspiration, purpose, and change. Leadership is about being of service to the world, and every moment is an opportunity for leadership.

Weekend of November 23-25

Resilience: Facing the Mess We're in with Clarity, Compassion and Courage

Linda Graham

Challenges and crises are part of the human condition: for ourselves, for people we care about, for our communities, and for our larger world.

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 November 25-30

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.

Relational Gestalt Practice: The Transformative Power of Emotion

Dorothy Charles

Each of us finds our true selves through our emotions.

November 30-December 16

100-Hour Esalen Massage® Certification Program

Ellen Watson, Rob Wilks, Ingrid May & Vicki Topp

Esalen offers numerous levels of basic massage certification.

Weekend of November 30-December 2

BodyWise: Discovering Your Body Intelligence for Lifelong Health and Healing

Rachel Abrams

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

Quarter-Life Calling: Creating an Extraordinary Life in Your 20s

Coby Kozlowski

Your twenties can be a time of possibility, inspiration, and the discovery of your deepest values and truths.

Releasing Pain, Healing Grief and Remembering with Love

David Kessler & Paul Denniston

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

Wild Wisdom: Free Your Instinctual Knowing

Llyn Cedar Roberts

Nature is alive and intelligent. We can tap into that same spark of knowing, which also flows through us. We can use it to heal and transform, and to live an inspired life.

Week of December 2-7

Deeper Ground: Hands On for the Pelvic Core

Tom Myers

During this workshop designed for licensed manual therapists, you’ll have the opportunity to learn deep treatment options for the pelvis.

Priestess Retreat for Women

Ashley Turner & Sianna Sherman

Join the rising movement of radical yoginis, priestesses, and luminaries currently mobilizing to serve the world.

Weekend of December 7-9

Cha Dao, The Way of Tea: A Daily Practice of Mindfulness

Wu De

As the leaves of this tree are,

I too am made of the water, the sky, sun and stars;

I share this essence with all the Ten-thousand Things.

Couples' Heart Tantra

Peter Sandhill & Sarah Sandhill

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

Weekend of December 7-9

Entering the Temple: Blending Non-dual Awareness with Everyday Experience

Dustin DiPerna

In this weekend meditation workshop, discover how simple and direct instruction can reveal a temple of unconditional love right here in the midst of everyday experience.

The Writing Life

Ellen Bass & Roxan McDonald

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

Week of December 9-14

Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive Training

Kristin Neff & Christopher Germer

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

Weekend of December 14-16

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.

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.

Month of December 16-January 13

Deep Bodywork®

Rob Wilks

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

Week of December 16-21

Deepening Your Life Experience: Meditation, Raja Yoga and Mindfulness

Michele Hébert & Mehrad Nazari

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

Living a Mindful and Compassionate Life

Mark Coleman

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

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 and Ayurveda: 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.

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