Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Esalen Statement on Our Present Racial Crisis

For nearly 60 years, we at Esalen have committed ourselves to the exploration and actualization of human potential, a future humanity envisioned in ways at once deeply individual, radically interpersonal, politically active, plurally embodied and genuinely global.

The recent national events and protests around the murder of George Floyd on May 25 and the still unrealized dream of a truly inclusive American society have shown us in too familiar and yet fundamentally new ways that we have not lived up to our own legacy.

Since that horrible day—and all the other murderous days it has come to crystallize—we have listened and been in frank dialogue with people who have both moral authority and a position on the front lines of the fight for justice. We understand that, as a predominantly and historically white institution, we as an organization have no voice in this crucial issue, except to account for our inactions and to look inward to see the changes that we now need to make.

We have not taken systemic and systematic racism seriously enough. We have not intentionally engaged in the inquiry and practice of anti-racism. We have not sufficiently struggled with all of the explicit and implicit, loud and quiet ways that the long histories of American enslavement and racism continue to distort, suppress and weaken our spirits, bodies and minds.

It is time, more than time, that we own those moral failures and work in very practical and substantive ways to address what is clearly the present edge and future of human potential. This we promise to do through these four concrete steps with the strong conviction that actions speak louder than words:

  1. The Board has resolved to change the composition of its Trustees by nominating new Black colleagues and other people of color to assist us in our journey forward until we reach a percentage of at least 20 percent in 2021.
  2. Esalen will actively recruit more Black colleagues and other people of color as staff members within the parameters of California and federal labor law.
  3. Esalen will actively recruit more Black colleagues and other people of color as teachers until we reach a percentage of at least 20 percent in 2022.
  4. The Center for Theory & Research will fund and host a multi-year series on “Race, Racism and Human Potential” designed and led by our Black colleagues.


The Board has formed a special Task Force to ensure each of these directives and continue to move Esalen forward on its commitments. We will report back quarterly on our progress. We very much appreciate your support and help.

—Jeffrey J. Kripal for the Board of Trustees and CEO Terence Gilbey, Esalen Institute

“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

Esalen Statement on Our Present Racial Crisis

About

Esalen Team

Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop

For nearly 60 years, we at Esalen have committed ourselves to the exploration and actualization of human potential, a future humanity envisioned in ways at once deeply individual, radically interpersonal, politically active, plurally embodied and genuinely global.

The recent national events and protests around the murder of George Floyd on May 25 and the still unrealized dream of a truly inclusive American society have shown us in too familiar and yet fundamentally new ways that we have not lived up to our own legacy.

Since that horrible day—and all the other murderous days it has come to crystallize—we have listened and been in frank dialogue with people who have both moral authority and a position on the front lines of the fight for justice. We understand that, as a predominantly and historically white institution, we as an organization have no voice in this crucial issue, except to account for our inactions and to look inward to see the changes that we now need to make.

We have not taken systemic and systematic racism seriously enough. We have not intentionally engaged in the inquiry and practice of anti-racism. We have not sufficiently struggled with all of the explicit and implicit, loud and quiet ways that the long histories of American enslavement and racism continue to distort, suppress and weaken our spirits, bodies and minds.

It is time, more than time, that we own those moral failures and work in very practical and substantive ways to address what is clearly the present edge and future of human potential. This we promise to do through these four concrete steps with the strong conviction that actions speak louder than words:

  1. The Board has resolved to change the composition of its Trustees by nominating new Black colleagues and other people of color to assist us in our journey forward until we reach a percentage of at least 20 percent in 2021.
  2. Esalen will actively recruit more Black colleagues and other people of color as staff members within the parameters of California and federal labor law.
  3. Esalen will actively recruit more Black colleagues and other people of color as teachers until we reach a percentage of at least 20 percent in 2022.
  4. The Center for Theory & Research will fund and host a multi-year series on “Race, Racism and Human Potential” designed and led by our Black colleagues.


The Board has formed a special Task Force to ensure each of these directives and continue to move Esalen forward on its commitments. We will report back quarterly on our progress. We very much appreciate your support and help.

—Jeffrey J. Kripal for the Board of Trustees and CEO Terence Gilbey, Esalen Institute

“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?



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Esalen Statement on Our Present Racial Crisis

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