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Voices of Esalen Podcast

The Voices of Esalen podcast showcases in-depth interviews with the dynamic teachers and thinkers who are part of Esalen Institute. Hosted by Sam Stern, a former Esalen student and current staff member, the podcasts have featured engaging conversations with authors Cheryl Strayed and Michael Pollan, innovators Stan Grof and Dr. Mark Hyman, teachers Byron Katie, Mark Coleman and Jean Houston, Esalen co-founder Michael Murphy and many more.

These podcasts are made possible in part by the support of Esalen donors and are licensed under a Creative Commons by-nc-sa license.

Listen or download the latest episodes below, or subscribe to Voices of Esalen.

Linda and Charlie Bloom: Relationship Experts

Linda Bloom, LCSW and Charlie Bloom, MSW, are psychotherapists and relationship counselors. They have worked with individuals, couples, groups, and organizations since 1975, and have been married since 1972. In a very open and candid conversation, they share a host of actionable tips culled from their decades of experience with couples. Together we addressed whether couples should share their finances, whether they should be best friends, if it's okay to go to bed angry, the importance of having a strong sexual connection, how to have useful disagreements, how to apologize from the heart, and much more.

Listen or download the mp3. Released June 12th, 2019. Length: 49:12.

Look for upcoming workshops with Linda Bloom and Charlie Bloom.

Ricki Lake on "Weed the People", "Hairspray", and "The Business of Being Born"

During the Esalen Inspirational Film Festival, Ricki Lake stopped by to talk about her new documentary film, "Weed The People", which advocates for the use of cannabis for pediatric cancer patients, citing palliative care advantages as well as tumor shrinkage. She also spoke about a host of topics, including her breakthrough film, "Hairspray", advice she got from director John Waters, her first foray into documentary film as a producer (with "The Business of Being Born"), her 11-year stint as a talk show host, what it was like to Dance with the Stars, and how bereavement has changed her as a person.

Listen or download the mp3. Released May 28th, 2019. Length: 31:05.

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