Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Drinking Up Esalen
Category:
Body

Fresh beets, cucumbers, fennel, pineapple, lime, spirulina and a kiss of pear coexist beautifully in one of the many delicious fresh juices offered at Esalen’s Juice and Espresso Bar, which opened in January. This is just one example of the many innovative creations crafted from ingredients grown in Esalen’s lush Farm & Garden.

With this in mind, the Juice and Espresso Bar recently added something sublime for Esalen seminarians. Create-a-Cleanse, featuring many ingredients harvested just days before from Esalen’s farm, supports the transformative work individuals experience during their stay.

“We wanted to offer guests the option to nourish and fuel their bodies with highly-vibrational plant-based nutrition, and help them refresh, renew and re-orient themselves towards health and wellness,” says Esalen Food and Beverage Supervisor Lisa Hudson. “Our flavors are so unique—sage, fennel, parsley, ginger, turmeric. It’s like liquid love and liquid art.”

In participating in Create-a-Cleanse, guests can collaborate with Esalen staff in an interactive health experience. Juices, wellness shots and nut milks are on display, and seminarians are encouraged to mix and match juices and flavors to suit their personal tastes and nutritional goals. “It makes cleansing more fun, approachable and supportive and allows seminarians to play an integral part in designing personalized cleanses based on their own unique needs while also honoring their own definition of health,” says Lisa.

The package includes four juices, one sprouted nut milk, and a wellness shot daily. Seminarians may store their cleanses in the community refrigerator located in the Lodge's 24-hour Media Center, between the bookstore and the dining room. Cleansing for two to three days is optimal for complete nourishment. While some mainstream generic cleanses promote not eating, Cleansers are meant to still enjoy broths, soups, salads and other nourishing foods prepared by Esalen Kitchen during their cleanses.

In addition to green and squeezed juices offered daily, other Esalen-specific, raw juices are also available and rotate daily from more than 60 hand-crafted recipes. “Gestalt Green,” for instance, features many fresh Farm & Garden ingredients: Sage, cilantro, parsley, mint, ginger, turmeric, spinach and apple.

In “High Vibes,” beets, cucumbers, fennel, pear, pineapple, lime and spirulina intermingle for a palate-pleasing offering. “The idea is: If you could drink Esalen, what would some of those ingredients be,” says Lisa. “Fennel grows wild here. That’s a significant component to a lot of our juices, so is sage. Having these ingredients that truly honor the land, brings you right into being in relationship with the land.”

Delve deeper into the benefits of juices as well as everything that comes from the Esalen Kitchen and the Farm & Garden at Esalen’s “MindFULL Eating” class, held Monday afternoons.



“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?



About

Esalen Team

Drinking Up Esalen

About

Esalen Team

Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Category:
Body

Fresh beets, cucumbers, fennel, pineapple, lime, spirulina and a kiss of pear coexist beautifully in one of the many delicious fresh juices offered at Esalen’s Juice and Espresso Bar, which opened in January. This is just one example of the many innovative creations crafted from ingredients grown in Esalen’s lush Farm & Garden.

With this in mind, the Juice and Espresso Bar recently added something sublime for Esalen seminarians. Create-a-Cleanse, featuring many ingredients harvested just days before from Esalen’s farm, supports the transformative work individuals experience during their stay.

“We wanted to offer guests the option to nourish and fuel their bodies with highly-vibrational plant-based nutrition, and help them refresh, renew and re-orient themselves towards health and wellness,” says Esalen Food and Beverage Supervisor Lisa Hudson. “Our flavors are so unique—sage, fennel, parsley, ginger, turmeric. It’s like liquid love and liquid art.”

In participating in Create-a-Cleanse, guests can collaborate with Esalen staff in an interactive health experience. Juices, wellness shots and nut milks are on display, and seminarians are encouraged to mix and match juices and flavors to suit their personal tastes and nutritional goals. “It makes cleansing more fun, approachable and supportive and allows seminarians to play an integral part in designing personalized cleanses based on their own unique needs while also honoring their own definition of health,” says Lisa.

The package includes four juices, one sprouted nut milk, and a wellness shot daily. Seminarians may store their cleanses in the community refrigerator located in the Lodge's 24-hour Media Center, between the bookstore and the dining room. Cleansing for two to three days is optimal for complete nourishment. While some mainstream generic cleanses promote not eating, Cleansers are meant to still enjoy broths, soups, salads and other nourishing foods prepared by Esalen Kitchen during their cleanses.

In addition to green and squeezed juices offered daily, other Esalen-specific, raw juices are also available and rotate daily from more than 60 hand-crafted recipes. “Gestalt Green,” for instance, features many fresh Farm & Garden ingredients: Sage, cilantro, parsley, mint, ginger, turmeric, spinach and apple.

In “High Vibes,” beets, cucumbers, fennel, pear, pineapple, lime and spirulina intermingle for a palate-pleasing offering. “The idea is: If you could drink Esalen, what would some of those ingredients be,” says Lisa. “Fennel grows wild here. That’s a significant component to a lot of our juices, so is sage. Having these ingredients that truly honor the land, brings you right into being in relationship with the land.”

Delve deeper into the benefits of juices as well as everything that comes from the Esalen Kitchen and the Farm & Garden at Esalen’s “MindFULL Eating” class, held Monday afternoons.



“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?



About

Esalen Team

Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
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