Miguel Ruiz, Jr. leads Mastery of Self: A Toltec Guide to Freedom April 13-15.


Rob Wilks

Rob Wilks

Rob Wilks
is a full-time bodywork practitioner and yoga teacher at Esalen. He specializes in Deep Bodywork®. He has taught experiential leadership education in the US and Eastern Europe.

Esalen® Massage for Couples

Jun 15 - 17, 2018 Begins in 2 months
with Vicki Topp & Rob Wilks

Enjoy the serene beauty of Big Sur as you and your partner learn to give each other an effective massage. A tender touch can do wonders for any relationship by easing stress and deepening non-verbal communication skills. Emphasis will be on "hearing" with the hands, asking for what you need, and taking the time to truly nurture yourself and your partner. Sessions will include basic quieting exercises, brief demonstrations, hands-on guidance, and plenty of time for practice.


Deep Bodywork®

Dec 16 - Jan 13, 2019 Begins in 9 months
with Rob Wilks

Deep Bodywork, as created by Perry Holloman over the last twenty-five years at Esalen Institute, is a method that integrates the qualities of a flowing Esalen® Massage with the therapeutic effectiveness of deep tissue work. Using deep tissue methods, massage practitioners can enter the body’s deeper soft tissue layers, freeing previously dense, hardened areas, which may have become chronically painful due to a lack of fluid exchange and energy flow.



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