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Esalen to Host 9th Annual Blue Mind Summit

-- Drs. Wallace J. Nichols, Shauna Shapiro and Dan Siegel lead an exploration of Blue Mindfulness June 28-30 in Big Sur --

BIG SUR, CALIF. – May 17, 2019 – Nearly a decade ago, renowned marine biologist Dr. Wallace J. Nichols published the groundbreaking book Blue Mind and helped increase awareness of water’s positive impact on our emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing. This June, Nichols will be joined for the first time by mindfulness expert Dr. Shauna Shapiro and neuropsychiatrist Dr. Daniel Siegel for the 9th Annual Blue Mind Summit to be held at Esalen Institute. The summit leaders will combine contemplative practice with science and Blue Mind to create the experience of Blue Mindfulness for workshop participants.

“I can’t imagine a better location in the world to combine the benefits of water and mindfulness than Esalen,” says Nichols. “We will explore the intersection of Dan, Shauna and my work and how nature can serve as medicine for our emotional health.” The workshop will feature practical discussions on the practices of Blue Mindfulness as well as opportunities for participants to experience first-hand the healing impact of water at Esalen, which is the focal point of three sources: fresh, salt water, and mineral.

In addition to experiential learning, summit leaders hope to issue a position paper at the conclusion of the event to highlight the critical need to connect mindfulness work to the environment. “My hope is that this summit will be a way for us to help protect the environment,” observes Shapiro. “We need to understand how we are all connected.”

“One of the causes of human suffering, of planetary suffering, is our sense of disconnection,” adds Siegel. “We are hungry for something we can’t name. This will be a life-transforming weekend, bringing us back to the true nature of our origin and perhaps provide a pathway to healing for self and planet.”  Shapiro and Siegel have previously led workshops at Esalen on the power of awe, wonder, empathy, mindfulness, and meditation to strengthen resilience, compassion and wisdom.  

For more information, including registration details, please visit: https://www.esalen.org/bluemindsummit2019.

About Esalen

Founded in 1962, Esalen is a nonprofit center for exploring and realizing human potential through experience, education, and research. Esalen sponsors pioneering initiatives and offers personal, spiritual, and social transformation practices for workshop participants and residential staff. Located on California’s scenic Big Sur coast, Esalen welcomes more than 12,000 students, seminarians, and visitors each year. It works toward the realization of a more just, creative, and sustainable world. For more information, visit www.esalen.org.

About the Blue Mind Summits

This is the 9th Annual Blue Mind Summit, a unique, interdisciplinary, and intimate gathering of big thinkers, artists, change-makers, scientists, educators, leaders, athletes, and practitioners pioneering a new conversation about the true, full value of healthy waters and oceans. Past summits have been held at the California Academy of Sciences (SF, CA); Jennette’s Pier (Outer Banks, NC); Block Island (RI); Bedruthan Steps (Cornwall, UK); Carnegie Institution for Science (Washington, DC); Asilomar State Park (Monterey, CA); University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI), Frost Science Museum (Miami, FL). www.bluemindworks.com

 


 

Annabel Teal Appointed to Esalen Board of Trustees
-- Esalen honors outgoing board members Chip Conley and Ben Tauber --

BIG SUR, CALIF. – April 12, 2019 – Esalen Institute, a nonprofit organization supporting personal and social transformation, announced today that writer and filmmaker Annabel Teal has joined its Board of Trustees. A frequent Esalen seminarian and supporter of its Center for Theory & Research, Teal is interested in envisioning new ways for Esalen to engage with storytellers. In addition to Teal’s appointment, Esalen also announced trustees Chip Conley and Ben Tauber have concluded their tenure on the board as each pursue new ways to advance human potential.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Annabel Teal,” said Jeff Kripal, chair of Esalen’s Board of Trustees and the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religion at Rice University. “With an international education and extensive experience in the Los Angeles film world, Annabel brings a unique and invaluable alchemy of the arts, film and storytelling to Esalen. She has also been a most faithful and supportive participant in the life of our Esalen community.”

In addition to her work with Esalen, Teal is also a longtime supporter of Teach for America and The Tipping Point. She is one of charity:water's Well members and traveled to Ethiopia in 2017 to observe their work. “I came to Esalen at a time when I wanted to dig deep, do the work I’d been neglecting, and rediscover my voice both as a human and an artist. I hope to help facilitate that same journey for other storytellers for years to come, perhaps in new and challenging ways we have yet to dream up.”

Speaking on behalf of the Esalen community, Kripal expressed deep gratitude to both Conley and Tauber for their individual and collective impact on Esalen. “Chip’s Esalen roots date back to the mid-1980s. His pioneering work on Abraham Maslow and his generous support of the Esalen community have been profound,” said Kripal. “Ben came to Esalen during one of our most challenging moments, and helped guide us through a historic closure and reopening, illustrating the power of our community’s own potential.”

Conley, author of PEAK: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow, Wisdom@Work and a number of other books on leadership and human potential, recently launched the Modern Elder Academy dedicated to fostering intergenerational leadership and supporting a new social role for the modern elder. He has served on Esalen’s Board since 2012 and was a pivotal supporter of Esalen’s Campus Renewal project.

Tauber, who joined the Board in 2015, was named Executive Director in 2016. He will continue to focus his attention on initiatives advancing human potential as founding partner at Velocity Group and in incubation of new projects focused on individual and collective potential.

About Esalen

Founded in 1962, Esalen is a nonprofit center for exploring and realizing human potential through experience, education, and research. Esalen sponsors pioneering initiatives and offers personal, spiritual, and social transformation practices for workshop participants and residential staff. Located on California’s scenic Big Sur coast, Esalen welcomes more than 12,000 students, seminarians, and visitors each year. It works toward the realization of a more just, creative, and sustainable world. For more information, visit www.esalen.org.

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