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"There is no greater engine for evolution in the world than groundbreaking ideas. CTR brings together the best leading edge thinkers to accelerate our collective evolution by literally dreaming a new world into being."

—Stephen Dinan CEO, The Shift Network, author of Radical Spirit, and former CTR staff member

 Directed by Esalen Cofounder Michael Murphy and Professor Jeff Kripal, Esalen’s Center for Theory & Research (CTR) Esalen’s Center for Theory & Research (CTR) sponsors research, theory and action to promote positive social change and the realization of the human potential. Underwriting is needed for project research, facilitators, translators, coordinators, summary writers, occasional expert fees, travel and accommodations, and special outreach projects. Please see the list of our current projects below and please note the following.

Supporters at the $10,000 + level are invited to attend a CTR Conference of their choice, as long as donor seats are still available for the chosen conference. Housing arrangements must be made and paid for separately.

Esalen Institute is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.  Donations to Esalen Institute are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Federal tax ID #94-6114235.

Please call 415-459-5438 or email Jane Hartford at to make a donation, or to ask any questions you may have.

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CTR seeks support for the following invitation-only conferences:

Understanding Extraordinary Experiences and Events
February 18-23, 2018
Facilitators: Jeff Kripal and Tanya Luhrmann

This event brings together professional anthropologists and scholars of religion committed to tracking, describing, and interpreting extreme or robust religious experiences and contemporary experiencers themselves in a context of mutual trust, open conversation, and exploration. Two intellectual projects lie behind this special event: Tanya Luhrmann’s project on a comparative phenomenology of mind and spirit; and the publication of Jeff Kripal’s memoir/manifesto, Secret Body, in which Jeff calls for a “new comparativism” based on an ethnography and phenomenology of extraordinary experiences in the contemporary world.

TRACK TWO Conference
April 22-27, 2018
Facilitator: Dulce Murphy

Description pending.

Food Systems Transition Leadership Conference
October 7-10, 2018
Facilitator: Patrick Holden

Description pending.

The Super Story Symposia Series
November 25-30, 2018
Facilitator: Jeff Kripal

Description pending.

TRACK TWO Conference
December 2-7, 2018
Facilitator: Dulce Murphy

Description pending.

Click here to learn more about past CTR initiatives.


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