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.
Michael Ableman on Urban Agriculture, Sustainable Farming, and Sole Food Street Farms
Michael Ableman is a farmer, author, photographer and urban and local food systems advocate. Michael has been farming organically since the early 1970s and is considered one of the pioneers of the organic farming and urban agriculture movements. He is a frequent lecturer to audiences all over the world, and winner of numerous awards for his work. He is also the founder of the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens; co-founder and director of Sole Food Street Farms, and founder and director of the Center for Arts, Ecology and Agriculture based at his family home and farm on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. He's an awesome person, and this interview is well worth a listen.
Listen or download the mp3. Released April 24th, 2019. Length: 57:53.
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Peggy Horan on Esalen in the late 1960s and Her Life in Big Sur
Peggy Horan is a long-time Esalen staff member, known far and wide for her exceptional work as an Esalen massage therapist and massage teacher. She has been practicing and teaching Esalen Massage for four decades and is the author of Connecting Through Touch, A Couples Massage Book. Voices of Esalen host Sam Stern recently visited Peggy at her home on Gorda mountain, which she shares with her husband, artist Richard Horan. Sam is joined in the interview process by Lucia Horan, Peggy’s eldest daughter, who assisted in delving into the rich legacy and history of a beloved and respected community member. They spoke about a host of topics, including the evolution of Esalen massage, midwifery in Big Sur in the 1980s, and what Esalen was like when she arrived in 1969.
Listen or download the mp3. Released April 9th, 2019. Length: 40:53.
Look for upcoming workshops with Peggy Horan.
Michael Murphy: Mysticism in Sports
The esteemed Michael Murphy is the co-founder of Esalen Institute, and a very smart guy; this is accepted as established fact. What’s somewhat less known about Michael is that he is a sports nut - and an expert on mysticism within the realm of sports. In 1972, Murphy published his first book, Golf in the Kingdom, which went on to sell more than one million copies, becoming a cult classic among athletes, with many celebrity fans, among them Phil Jackson, Bill Murray, and Tom Smothers. He is also the author of In the Zone: Transcendent Experiences in Sports, (with Rhea White), which, in the words of historian Jeffrey Kripal, “makes the case that there is a kind of spiritual underground in the sports world, and that the psychodynamics of athletics — extreme discipline, physical suffering, risk-taking, scripted trauma — bear some rather striking resemblances to the earlier cultural patterns of shamanism and mysticism.” In the Zone, in fact, is a book of case studies that make the compelling argument that sports may constitute an arena made for shifting consciousness and spontaneously inducing mystical states. So let’s dive deep — with the golfing yogi, the shaman of San Francisco ... 49ers — Mr. Michael Murphy.
Listen or download the mp3. Released March 10th, 2019. Length: 44:32.
Paul Selig Returns: The Spiritual Channel takes us into the Upper Room
Paul Selig is a psychic gifted with the skill of clairvoyance. He is sometimes described as a “medium for the living.” Paul is also the award-winning author of many channeled texts, including I am the Word, The Book of Love and Creation, The Book of Mastery, and most recently, The Book of Freedom. Of course, Paul will tell you he transcribes these books, rather than writes them – that the true authors of these books are his guides. Today he brings us into the "upper room," offers insight into his own guides, speaks about the importance of Esalen on his work, and indulges Sam with a bit of channeled guidance regarding some of his personal concerns.
Listen or download the mp3. Released February 25th, 2019. Length: 59:16.
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Mark Coleman: Nature Deficit Disorder, Punk, and Mindfulness Meditation
Mark Coleman is the author of Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Help Free You from the Inner Critic and Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery. Mark is a senior meditation teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and has taught there since 2000. He also holds a MA in Clinical Psychology. We spoke about the unique path that brought Mark to mindfulness meditation and how presence awareness lies at the heart of the work he does.
Listen or download the mp3. Released February 14th, 2019. Length: 39:16.
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Dustin DiPerna on Integral Theory, Meditation, and Fatherhood
In this episode Dustin DiPerna, Harvard-trained scholar of world religions, meditation teacher, and author of several books, including Streams of Wisdom, Evolution's Ally, and Earth is Eden, takes on the concept of transpersonal psychology and Ken Wilber's Integral Theory with host Sam Stern. The interview covers a host of topics, including Dustin's brief foray into the fashion industry as a young man, which led to his attempt to become a monk, which then lead to his years of study with philosopher and creator of Integral Theory, Ken Wilber, and a prosperous career as a heart-centered intellectual. Dustin leads a short and beautiful meditation to close the conversation.
Listen or download the mp3. Released January 20th, 2019. Length: 48:38.
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Mike Lousada and Louise Mazanti: New Psychosexual Paradigms of Human Evolution
Mike Lousada is a Psychosexual Somatic® Practitioner as well as a Clinical Sexologist whose psychotherapeutic influences include Body Psychotherapy, Bio-Energetics, Somatic Trauma Therapy work, and Gestalt. Louise Mazanti is a psychotherapist with a private practice in London, specializing in sex and intimacy. Together they are the authors of Real Sex, Why Everything You Learned About Sex Is Wrong. We spoke about synthesizing the masculine and the feminine, and exceeding the narrow definitions surrounding those terms.
Listen or download the mp3. Released January 8th, 2019. Length: 40:07.