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Voices of Esalen: 2017

David Crow, Master Herbalist, on Aromatherapy, Essential Oils, and Grassroots Healthcare

David Crow is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of botanical medicine and grassroots healthcare. He is a master herbalist, aromatherapist and acupuncturist with over 30 years experience in the Ayurvedic and Chinese medical systems, as well as a renowned author, poet, and co-founder of The Learning Garden at Venice High School in Los Angeles, one of the country's largest and most successful school gardens. We explore the ins and outs of essential oils, aromatherapy, flower essences, ayurveda, psychedelics, energy bodies, and gardening.

Listen or download the mp3. Released December 8th, 2017. Length: 59:20.

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Alison Raby and James Hanusa on Digital Raign: VR, AR, AI, and Emerging Technology

Digital Raign is a conference that recently convened at Esalen with the intention of creating an "experiential ecosystem," dedicated to exploring the links between Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain Technology, and essential human nature. Co-founders Alison Raby, founder of Mariposa Search, LifeBeforeDeath and Co-Founder of Wisdompreneurs, and James Hanusa, cultural strategist, entrepreneur, and advisor to Burning Man, walk us through uncharted territory in this interview. If you're looking to learn about new technologies and holistic ways to relate to them, this talk will provide helpful information.

Listen or download the mp3. Released November 28th, 2017. Length: 44:58.

Look for upcoming workshops with Alison Raby or James Hanusa.

Phillip Burrus, former Executive Chef at Esalen, on Sustainability, Land Stewardship and Great Food

Today we take a small step back in time to speak with Phillip Burrus, longtime member of the Esalen community and former Executive Chef. Recorded in the spring of 2017, only days before Phillip and his wife Isabel Chave-Manso set off for the next chapter of their lives in Spain, host Sam Stern spoke at length with Phillip about his take on sustainability, the importance of locally-grown produce in food preparation, land stewardship, and community in Big Sur. Phillip is a brilliant guy. If you want to learn more about what goes on in one of the best healthy kitchens in California, have a listen. Music for this episode is by Nico Holloman.

Listen or download the mp3. Released October 19th, 2017. Length: 41:12.

Byron Katie on Living Without Suffering

Byron Katie was severely depressed in her early thirties. For almost a decade, she spiraled down into rage and self-loathing, battling constant thoughts of suicide. Then one morning in February 1986, she experienced a life-changing realization: "I discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn't believe them, I didn't suffer. Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional." In this episode, Katie and Voices of Esalen host Sam Stern discuss The Work, the philosophy and process of self-inquiry that Byron Katie has brought to millions of people across the world, as well as her new book, "A Mind at Home with Itself," written with her husband Stephen Mitchell. Please enjoy this remarkable and revelatory conversation.

Listen or download the mp3. Released October 13th, 2017. Length: 30:40.

Look for upcoming workshops with Byron Katie.

Ken Dychtwald interviews Ben Tauber

Ken Dychtwald — gerontologist, psychologist, educator, lecturer, television host, and lifelong friend of Esalen — interviews executive director Ben Tauber during a recent weekend at the Esalen Institute, covering new ground to the delight of a lively audience. Music produced by Nico Holloman.

Listen or download the mp3. Released September 13th, 2017. Length: 25:15.

Michael Murphy, Co-Founder of Esalen, on the Institute's Origin Story

Michael Murphy is the co-founder of Esalen Institute, a key figure in the Human Potential Movement and an extraordinary human being. He is the author of many remarkable books, including Golf in the Kingdom, The Future of the Body, Jacob Atabet, and In the Zone: Transcendent Experience in Sports. In this interview, Voices of Esalen host Sam Stern spoke with Michael about the 1960's and how Esalen was born, touching upon his encounters with notables like Hunter S. Thompson, Alduous Huxley, Richard Alpert (Ram Dass), Timothy Leary, Sri Aurobindo, Abraham Maslow, and Esalen's co-founder Richard Price. Michael also describes his own origin story, from his altar boy roots to his journey to India, Big Sur, and beyond. Music for this episode was created by Esalen's own Daniel Knipprath.

Listen or download the mp3. Released January 20th, 2017. Length: 53:12.


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