Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Building Character Without Adversity

Life can overwork our character muscles with adversities. Tis’ the season for overcoming through a compendium of traditional and natural world practices. From Toltec paths to happiness, and healing via biofield science, to humbly communing on Esselen Tribal land, and busting through blockages to clear our chakras — the tools are aligned, ready for activation.

New On-Campus Workshops

The Mastery of Life and the Art of Toltec Dreaming, July 8–10, 2022 with Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. and Don Jose Ruiz
In this power journey of the Toltec tradition, you will be empowered with tools to activate your inner wisdom for overcoming the obstacles in your life that hold you back from being the love of your life and living your true authentic Self. With an emphasis on unconditional love and personal healing, this workshop is designed to help you change the world by changing yourself.

The Healing Keys: Biofield Science and the Future of Health, July 11–15, 2022 with Shamini Jain
Unlock your healing capacities with the Healing Keys, and find out how to integrate them into your life. Move through your days with more energy, joy, and ease by discovering mind-body and biofield science, plus, a variety of supportive practices to help you release old patterns, foster your creativity, and deepen your connection to spiritual guidance. Listen to the keys with Dr. Jain, here.

Reunion with the Wild Earth: Hiking and Nature Connection in Big Sur, July 18–22, 2022 with Noël Vietor and Fletcher Tucker
In our modern age we’ve largely lost the sense of communion and connection with the lands we inhabit that was so intrinsic to our ancestors. Immersed in the beauty of the Esselen tribal lands now known as Big Sur, we will humbly walk the trails in pursuit of reunion with the wild Earth, hiking amongst ancient redwoods, golden grasslands, and fragrant chaparral, being taught by the plants, animals, stones, and all aspects of the wild landscape. 

Chakra Rituals: Awaken to Life Through Embodied Movement, Ritual and Live Music, August 15–19, 2022 with Cristi Christensen and DJ Marques Wyatt with special guest DvineOne
The chakra system is a powerful spiritual map for our healing and for the awakening of our consciousness so we can fully come alive. Through embodied ritual practices of yoga, live music, dance, meditation, sounding, and communion with nature, you’ll begin to build an intimate connection with each of your chakra energy centers, and work to break through blockages that keep you stuck and prevent you from experiencing the fullness of your power and life.

More On-Campus Workshops

We have even more workshops for you to peruse. Enroll now, or join our wait list.

 

Live Extended Education Program (LEEP)

What would happen if you pressed pause on your everyday life and gave yourself four weeks to evolve and transform at Esalen? If you’re ready to take the LEEP, we’re accepting applications for these exciting programs.

Becoming Kin: Tending Relationship with the Natural World, June 4 – July 1, 2022 with Noël Vietor and Fletcher Tucker
Explore your ancient and essential relationship with the natural world through numerous, outdoor, hands-on, physical practices, including two long-form hikes. Engage in mindfulness practices to cultivate natural awareness, explore biology and botany to better understand any place, discover perspectives on humanity’s place within nature through poetry and prose, learn about pan-ancestral traditions of foraging and crafting for food, medicine, utility, and beauty, and more.

CranioSacral Therapy: Exploring Presence and Intentioned Touch, July 2–29, 2022 with Karen Axelrod
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle and profoundly moving form of bodywork known to help regulate the central nervous system for body-mind-spirit balancing. Learn how strong therapeutic presence and intentioned touch facilitate safety and comfort for clients, while practicing hands-on techniques to help unravel pain and dysfunction, while improving health in every dimension. To attend this program, you must be a professional healthcare practitioner or student, or, meet the course pre-requisite requirements.

Leadership and Presence, July 30 – August 26, 2022 with Suzanne Scurlock
Presence is the hidden key to successful leadership. Learn to develop greater presence by paying attention to the subtle cues you receive from your body and the surrounding environment. Use these signals to help you regulate your energy reservoir, make healthy connections, maintain good emotional boundaries, and have more powerful leadership conversations.  

Burnout Recovery For Health Care Workers & Therapists, August 26 – September 23, 2022 with Lissa Rankin, MD
Healers need healing too. After all that healthcare workers and therapists have endured the past two years, this month-long program is designed to heal the healer in a trauma-informed way, and transfuse you with life force. Experience a variety of self-healing tools collected by Dr. Lissa Rankin during her 10 years traveling the globe to study Indigenous healing and faith and energy healing, as well as cutting-edge trauma therapies from her book Sacred Medicine. Read our interview in The Journal with Dr. Rankin.

“Remembering to be as self compassionate as I can and praying to the divine that we're all a part of.” 
–Aaron

“Prayer, reading, meditation, walking.”
–Karen
“Erratically — which is an ongoing stream of practice to find peace.”
–Charles
“Try on a daily basis to be kind to myself and to realize that making mistakes is a part of the human condition. Learning from our mistakes is a journey. But it starts with compassion and caring. First for oneself.”
–Steve

“Physically: aerobic exercise, volleyball, ice hockey, cycling, sailing. Emotionally: unfortunately I have to work to ‘not care’ about people or situations which may end painfully. Along the lines of ‘attachment is the source of suffering’, so best to avoid it or limit its scope. Sad though because it could also be the source of great joy. Is it worth the risk?“
–Rainer

“It's time for my heart to be nurtured on one level yet contained on another. To go easy on me and to allow my feelings to be validated, not judged harshly. On the other hand, to let the heart rule with equanimity and not lead the mind and body around like a master.”
–Suzanne

“I spend time thinking of everything I am grateful for, and I try to develop my ability to express compassion for myself and others without reservation. I take time to do the things I need to do to keep myself healthy and happy. This includes taking experiential workshops, fostering relationships, and participating within groups which have a similar interest to become a more compassionate and fulfilled being.“
–Peter

“Self-forgiveness for my own judgments. And oh yeah, coming to Esalen.”
–David B.

“Hmm, this is a tough one! I guess I take care of my heart through fostering relationships with people I feel connected to. Spending quality time with them (whether we're on the phone, through messages/letters, on Zoom, or in-person). Being there for them, listening to them, sharing what's going on with me, my struggles and my successes... like we do in the Esalen weekly Friends of Esalen Zoom sessions!”
–Lori

“I remind myself in many ways of the fact that " Love is all there is!" LOVE is the prize and this one precious life is the stage we get to learn our lessons. I get out into nature, hike, camp, river kayak, fly fish, garden, I create, I dance (not enough!), and I remain grateful for each day, each breath, each moment. Being in the moment, awake, and remembering the gift of life and my feeling of gratitude for all of creation.”
–Steven
“My physical heart by limiting stress and eating a heart-healthy diet. My emotional heart by staying in love with the world and by knowing that all disappointment and loss will pass.“
–David Z.


Today, September 29, is World Heart Day. Strike up a conversation with your own heart and as you feel comfortable, encourage others to do the same. As part of our own transformations and self-care, we sometimes ask for others to illuminate and enliven our hearts or speak our love language.

What if we could do this for ourselves too, even if just for today… or to start a heart practice, forever?


And if you’ve always wanted to visit Esalen but haven’t been able to find the room in your budget: did you know about our scholarship program?

Learn more

About

Esalen Team

Building Character Without Adversity

About

Esalen Team

Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop

Life can overwork our character muscles with adversities. Tis’ the season for overcoming through a compendium of traditional and natural world practices. From Toltec paths to happiness, and healing via biofield science, to humbly communing on Esselen Tribal land, and busting through blockages to clear our chakras — the tools are aligned, ready for activation.

New On-Campus Workshops

The Mastery of Life and the Art of Toltec Dreaming, July 8–10, 2022 with Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. and Don Jose Ruiz
In this power journey of the Toltec tradition, you will be empowered with tools to activate your inner wisdom for overcoming the obstacles in your life that hold you back from being the love of your life and living your true authentic Self. With an emphasis on unconditional love and personal healing, this workshop is designed to help you change the world by changing yourself.

The Healing Keys: Biofield Science and the Future of Health, July 11–15, 2022 with Shamini Jain
Unlock your healing capacities with the Healing Keys, and find out how to integrate them into your life. Move through your days with more energy, joy, and ease by discovering mind-body and biofield science, plus, a variety of supportive practices to help you release old patterns, foster your creativity, and deepen your connection to spiritual guidance. Listen to the keys with Dr. Jain, here.

Reunion with the Wild Earth: Hiking and Nature Connection in Big Sur, July 18–22, 2022 with Noël Vietor and Fletcher Tucker
In our modern age we’ve largely lost the sense of communion and connection with the lands we inhabit that was so intrinsic to our ancestors. Immersed in the beauty of the Esselen tribal lands now known as Big Sur, we will humbly walk the trails in pursuit of reunion with the wild Earth, hiking amongst ancient redwoods, golden grasslands, and fragrant chaparral, being taught by the plants, animals, stones, and all aspects of the wild landscape. 

Chakra Rituals: Awaken to Life Through Embodied Movement, Ritual and Live Music, August 15–19, 2022 with Cristi Christensen and DJ Marques Wyatt with special guest DvineOne
The chakra system is a powerful spiritual map for our healing and for the awakening of our consciousness so we can fully come alive. Through embodied ritual practices of yoga, live music, dance, meditation, sounding, and communion with nature, you’ll begin to build an intimate connection with each of your chakra energy centers, and work to break through blockages that keep you stuck and prevent you from experiencing the fullness of your power and life.

More On-Campus Workshops

We have even more workshops for you to peruse. Enroll now, or join our wait list.

 

Live Extended Education Program (LEEP)

What would happen if you pressed pause on your everyday life and gave yourself four weeks to evolve and transform at Esalen? If you’re ready to take the LEEP, we’re accepting applications for these exciting programs.

Becoming Kin: Tending Relationship with the Natural World, June 4 – July 1, 2022 with Noël Vietor and Fletcher Tucker
Explore your ancient and essential relationship with the natural world through numerous, outdoor, hands-on, physical practices, including two long-form hikes. Engage in mindfulness practices to cultivate natural awareness, explore biology and botany to better understand any place, discover perspectives on humanity’s place within nature through poetry and prose, learn about pan-ancestral traditions of foraging and crafting for food, medicine, utility, and beauty, and more.

CranioSacral Therapy: Exploring Presence and Intentioned Touch, July 2–29, 2022 with Karen Axelrod
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle and profoundly moving form of bodywork known to help regulate the central nervous system for body-mind-spirit balancing. Learn how strong therapeutic presence and intentioned touch facilitate safety and comfort for clients, while practicing hands-on techniques to help unravel pain and dysfunction, while improving health in every dimension. To attend this program, you must be a professional healthcare practitioner or student, or, meet the course pre-requisite requirements.

Leadership and Presence, July 30 – August 26, 2022 with Suzanne Scurlock
Presence is the hidden key to successful leadership. Learn to develop greater presence by paying attention to the subtle cues you receive from your body and the surrounding environment. Use these signals to help you regulate your energy reservoir, make healthy connections, maintain good emotional boundaries, and have more powerful leadership conversations.  

Burnout Recovery For Health Care Workers & Therapists, August 26 – September 23, 2022 with Lissa Rankin, MD
Healers need healing too. After all that healthcare workers and therapists have endured the past two years, this month-long program is designed to heal the healer in a trauma-informed way, and transfuse you with life force. Experience a variety of self-healing tools collected by Dr. Lissa Rankin during her 10 years traveling the globe to study Indigenous healing and faith and energy healing, as well as cutting-edge trauma therapies from her book Sacred Medicine. Read our interview in The Journal with Dr. Rankin.

“Remembering to be as self compassionate as I can and praying to the divine that we're all a part of.” 
–Aaron

“Prayer, reading, meditation, walking.”
–Karen
“Erratically — which is an ongoing stream of practice to find peace.”
–Charles
“Try on a daily basis to be kind to myself and to realize that making mistakes is a part of the human condition. Learning from our mistakes is a journey. But it starts with compassion and caring. First for oneself.”
–Steve

“Physically: aerobic exercise, volleyball, ice hockey, cycling, sailing. Emotionally: unfortunately I have to work to ‘not care’ about people or situations which may end painfully. Along the lines of ‘attachment is the source of suffering’, so best to avoid it or limit its scope. Sad though because it could also be the source of great joy. Is it worth the risk?“
–Rainer

“It's time for my heart to be nurtured on one level yet contained on another. To go easy on me and to allow my feelings to be validated, not judged harshly. On the other hand, to let the heart rule with equanimity and not lead the mind and body around like a master.”
–Suzanne

“I spend time thinking of everything I am grateful for, and I try to develop my ability to express compassion for myself and others without reservation. I take time to do the things I need to do to keep myself healthy and happy. This includes taking experiential workshops, fostering relationships, and participating within groups which have a similar interest to become a more compassionate and fulfilled being.“
–Peter

“Self-forgiveness for my own judgments. And oh yeah, coming to Esalen.”
–David B.

“Hmm, this is a tough one! I guess I take care of my heart through fostering relationships with people I feel connected to. Spending quality time with them (whether we're on the phone, through messages/letters, on Zoom, or in-person). Being there for them, listening to them, sharing what's going on with me, my struggles and my successes... like we do in the Esalen weekly Friends of Esalen Zoom sessions!”
–Lori

“I remind myself in many ways of the fact that " Love is all there is!" LOVE is the prize and this one precious life is the stage we get to learn our lessons. I get out into nature, hike, camp, river kayak, fly fish, garden, I create, I dance (not enough!), and I remain grateful for each day, each breath, each moment. Being in the moment, awake, and remembering the gift of life and my feeling of gratitude for all of creation.”
–Steven
“My physical heart by limiting stress and eating a heart-healthy diet. My emotional heart by staying in love with the world and by knowing that all disappointment and loss will pass.“
–David Z.


Today, September 29, is World Heart Day. Strike up a conversation with your own heart and as you feel comfortable, encourage others to do the same. As part of our own transformations and self-care, we sometimes ask for others to illuminate and enliven our hearts or speak our love language.

What if we could do this for ourselves too, even if just for today… or to start a heart practice, forever?


And if you’ve always wanted to visit Esalen but haven’t been able to find the room in your budget: did you know about our scholarship program?

Learn more

About

Esalen Team

Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Building Character Without Adversity

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And if you’ve always wanted to visit Esalen but haven’t been able to find the room in your budget: did you know about our scholarship program?

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