Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Healing the Connection to Ourselves, Our Communities & the Earth

Our new workshops for July and August offer ways to live in right relation with the Earth, unlock renewed feminine energy and creativity, develop new strategies for thriving, and experience greater connection and inter-relatedness. Plus, a reminder about exciting options for a meaningful month at Esalen away between June and September with LEEP.

New On-Campus Workshops

Ancestral Plant Medicine and Ceremony: Living in Ayni to Heal our Connection with Self and Earth, July 22–24, 2022 with Xochitl Ashe
Ayni is the Quechua word for sacred reciprocity. It is the way in which we humans can be in right relationship with the world around us — without compartmentalization. Come share a weekend in community with love, support, and guidance as you learn about the Quechua and Mazotec traditions that have honored living in interconnectedness through the Principle of Oneness with the Earth for thousands of years. Hear Xochitl in heartfelt conversation on a recent episode of Voices of Esalen.

Life as Ceremony: South American Indigenous Wisdom for Healing and Connecting With the Earth, July 25–29, 2022 with Xochitl Ashe
Join us for a week of ceremony with the Earth wisdom teachings from Mesoamerica and Peru as we reconnect, heal, and nourish our hearts. Together we will work with our ancestors to build our spiritual support team and partake in plant medicine ceremonies with Cacao. We will learn various daily spiritual practices that include offerings to the land that help you create and connect to the magic in you and your life. 

Healing the Pelvic Core™, July 25–31, 2022 with Suzanne Scurlock
Trauma to the pelvic core and the female organs — whether physical, emotional, or spiritual — can profoundly block your creative energy as a woman. Come experience healing through guided imagery, movement, and hands-on exercises — all done with clothing on — to heal the pelvic core and unlock exciting new possibilities for renewed feminine energy and creativity. Suzanne shares more detail about her transformative work in this episode of Voices of Esalen.

Empowering Creativity Through Movement/Dance & Life/Art Metaphors, August 8–12, 2022 with Daria Halprin
The Life/Art Process®, developed by Anna Halprin and Daria Halprin, bridges body awareness, art expression, and psychological processes to help you learn, heal, expand your creativity, and develop new strategies for thriving. Come delve into meaningful themes, explore deeply, play wildly, renew, inspire, envision, and catalyze new resources to bring back home into both your personal and professional 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 improvinghealth 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.” 

“Prayer, reading, meditation, walking.”
“Erratically — which is an ongoing stream of practice to find peace.”
“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.”

“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?“

“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.”

“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.“

“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!”

“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.”
“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?

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Esalen Team