Best-selling authors Pico Iyer and Janet Fitch teach The Traveler's Practice July 15-20.


Doug Dirt Greenfield

Doug "Dirt" Greenfield
is a co-founding artist of the Banana Slug String Band and plays bass guitar, vocals, harmonica, and percussion. He served as program director for Venture West School of Outdoor Living and Exploring New Horizons, and has designed and led outdoors science camps in Northern California.

Music and Nature Family Workshop

Jul 15 - 20, 2018 Begins in 3 weeks
with Doug Dirt Greenfield & The Banana Slug String Band

Celebrate summer in the land of rejuvenation with the world-renowned Banana Slug String Band. We will use music, theater, puppetry, poetry, arts, and games to deepen our connection to this magical earth. The program will culminate in a performance by the budding children stars and the Banana Slug String Band.


Music and Nature Family Workshop Part 2

Jul 20 - 22, 2018 Begins in 4 weeks
with Doug Dirt Greenfield & The Banana Slug String Band

This workshop can be taken on its own or as an extension of the July 15-20 Music and Nature Family Workshop. During our time together, we will continue to deepen our connection to the natural world through music, art, games, and theater. We will put special emphasis on water, because water means everything to us in our lives and at Esalen! Water is Life…whether it is the otters, dolphins, and whales that make Big Sur their home, the powerful clear creek running through Esalen, or the hot springs with its healing waters.



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