The Power of Breath: Embodied Liberation, February 11–13 with Sadia Bruce
In this new and electrifying experiential workshop, students will explore and deepen the relationship of self-to-breathing-body through a number of somatic pathways: embodied movement, breathwork, presencing exercises, meditation in motion, and sound.
Writing and Mindfulness: How a Mindfulness Practice Can Make You a Better Writer, February 14–18 with Janis Cooke Newman
This combination writing and meditation workshop invites writers and meditators of all levels to delve deeply into both practices. Throughout the workshop, we will practice together in a number of ways to encourage your own work and practice to flourish.
Esalen® Massage for Couples and Friends, February 18–20 with Oliver Bailey and Daniela Urbassek
Learn the basics of Esalen Massage in this introductory course. Guided by seasoned instructors, you and your partner or friend will listen to each other, gain the sensory skill of initiating touch, experience the felt sense of touch and muscle release, and close with a balanced tenderness. Through the language of touch, you can create a more connected experience with both your partner and yourself.
Integration From the Core: Embodiment through Yoga, Dance, and Sound Meditation, February 21–25 with Jovinna Chan
Drawing on the embodied practices of yoga, pranayama (breath practice), sound meditation, and conscious dance, participants will reconnect their bodies and minds this week, digest their feelings and emotions, and open themselves to the wisdom of our hearts. Most of all, they will expand their vision to include a bigger perspective on the suffering of the world.
Deep Recovery: Meditation for Caregivers and Anyone Facing Burnout, February 25–27 with Lorin Roche, Camille Maurine, Dr. Maria Ramos, and Dr. Mayya Shveygert
Meditation is part of our survival instinct, a way to access rest and relaxation deeper than sleep. In this weekend workshop, students will learn about a variety of doorways into meditation that have proved useful for people living in the modern world, who have busy, responsible lives, who want to learn how to access deep rest.
Restorative Weekend, March 4–6 with Janet Stone
Join Janet in this nourishing weekend designed to replenish the nervous system and adrenals, boost the immune system, and ground into simplicity. Students will drop into the body, mind, and spirit to find space between effort and surrender, allowing our systems to release into their great integrative power.
Moving into Stillness, March 7–11 with Janet Stone
It can take time and great effort to move away from the ego-affirming busyness of modern-day life toward a reflective stillness. In this workshop participants will cultivate this slowing, deepening, and going within through slow, nourishing yoga practices, restorative postures, meditation, mantra, writing, and intentional silence. Diving below the surface of thoughts and identities, we'll come to know ourselves more intimately and untether from the chords that hold us to old behaviors and belief structures.
Love Yourself for Everyone Else’s Sake, March 11–13 with Mark Abramson
Imagine if — whatever challenges life may present to you — the one thing you could count on is your own mind always being kind to you. That is your birthright, and now is the time to claim it! This weekend invites participants to immerse themselves in this mindfulness-based approach to self love and compassion.
Welcome Spring: Fresh and Fun Springtime Yoga, March 25–27 with Ulrika Engman
Sluggishness from winter begone! Kick your heels into the air and welcome the spirit of spring with a fresh and fun Spring cleansing yoga workshop. We’ll lighten the load of winter lingering in our bodies with springtime Sun Salute variations revolving around the Solar Plexus to stimulate metabolism and a radiant flow of energy.
Luminous Yoga Spring Renewal, March 28 – April 1 with Ulrika Engman
Polish your luminous body by revamping not just your yoga poses, but also yourself, with innovative practices that renew body, mind, and spirit. Our yoga spring renewal practices consist of energizing movement, flow yoga, core activations, meridian sequencing, tapping, rejuvenating holds, and cleansing rituals based on the five elements.
The Path of the Wounded Healer, April 4–8 with Lucia Horan
The healing path has a trajectory. Gabrielle Roth called this, The Path of The Wounded Healer. It is here that we look closely at our healing process, marking both where we are and where we want to be. We’ll dance through the five stages of healing in relation to being the victim, the survivor, the healer, the transformer, and eventually the one who rests in compassionate service.
Designing the Life We Want: Self-Renewal in the Spring, April 4–8 with Mark Nicolson
Rarely do we allow ourselves the time to stop and look at what is changing and what we need. Drawing on psychological principles, movement practices, and ancient wisdom traditions, students will help create a unique environment in which peers can come together for a rare opportunity of intense personal learning, interaction, and exploration.
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There’s still time to plan your trip to Big Sur. These workshops are still open for enrollment or waitlist.
And if you’ve always wanted to visit Esalen but haven’t been able to find the room in your budget: learn more about our scholarship program.
Can't make it to our Big Sur campus? As part of our Digital Extended Education Program (DEEP) you can register for one of two six-week online workshops and learn from the comfort of your own home.
We're All Gonna Die: Nourishing Life and Preparing for Death, January 10 – February 17, 2022 with Reverend Bodhi Be
Explore the emotional, psychological and spiritual work for living deeply, aging wisely, dying well and showing up for the world. This course is appropriate for anyone involved in death-work, including social workers, doctors, nurses, hospice care facilitators, end of life practitioners, and death doulas, or for people who care for a dying loved one, those who have recently experienced the death of someone close to them, and anyone seriously engaged in the field of transforming consciousness.
Moon Lodge: Honoring the Sacred Feminine, January 17 – February 22 with Dr. Julie Von and Lucia Horan
Join us as we journey into an exploration of ritual healing for women, exploring our relationship with the feminine, feminine wisdom, and how we navigate the world. This course is open to anyone who identifies as a Woman+.
“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.”
“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.“
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?