Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
The Science, Art, and Practice of Rejuvenation

How can we keep our spirits, minds, or bodies open to joy and possibility without renewal? Investing in that future version of yourself — the one that is rested and whole and able to be a source of strength for others — is the wisest and most generous choice you can make.

New On-Campus Workshops

Deep Rest, Recovery, and Renewal: From Burnout to Vitality, September 30 – October 2, 2022 with Elissa Epel and guest faculty Alexandra Crosswell and Nichol Chase
In a time when so many of us are overtaxed by constant demands, burdens, and worries, the ability to pause for rejuvenation and renewal is more important than ever. Come learn about the science of stress resilience; engage in deep rest through meditation, yoga Nidra, and restorative yoga; and hone skills to reconnect with your body and increase vitality. Take home your own toolbox of short daily practices to support yourself in daily recovery and renewal.

100-Hour Esalen® Massage Certification Program, Saturdays from October 1 – December 17, 2022 with Daniela Urbassek, Deborah Anne Medow, and Peggy Horan
If you’re a certified bodyworker who lives within driving distance of our Big Sur campus, this is a perfect opportunity to add the renowned Esalen Massage approach to your professional repertoire. In weekly Saturday classes, you’ll explore grounding and presence, quality of touch, the signature Esalen long stroke, detail work, assisted movement, relevant anatomy and physiology concepts, and communications skills. Upon successful completion of all requirements, you’ll receive a certificate and the privilege of calling yourself an Esalen® Massage Practitioner. 

Alert: Workshop Space Available! 

Ready to renew and jumpstart your metamorphosis before the year’s end? These exciting upcoming programs still have openings. Reserve now before they fill up!

More On-Campus Workshops

We have even more workshops for healing and self-exploration. Enroll now, or join our waitlist!

 

Live Extended Education Program (LEEP)

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

Integrative Gestalt Coaching, October 22 – November 18, 2022 with Perry Holloman
Integrative Gestalt Coaching™ (IGC) is a method developed by coach and bodyworker Perry Holloman over the last 40 years while living and working at Esalen. Ideal both for people wanting a month of self-exploration as well as those wanting to develop Gestalt Coaching skills to enhance their work, this well-rounded program will help you develop awareness of how your internal experience influences your relationships, and how your relationships transform you to powerfully impact the quality of your life.

Vibrance™ Breathwork and Pranayama for Physical and Metaphysical Expansion, November 10 – December 16, 2022 with Ellen Watson
Join master breathwork facilitator Ellen Watson in this singular opportunity to transform your life by exploring breathwork. Through a powerful blend of experiential breathwork meditation practices, supportive bodywork protocols, mandala drawings, and group sharing, you’ll be empowered with new tools, knowledge, and an understanding of the power of breath.

“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?


If you’ve always wanted to visit Esalen but couldn’t find the room in your budget, do you know about our scholarship program?

Learn More

About

Esalen Team

The Science, Art, and Practice of Rejuvenation

About

Esalen Team

Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop

How can we keep our spirits, minds, or bodies open to joy and possibility without renewal? Investing in that future version of yourself — the one that is rested and whole and able to be a source of strength for others — is the wisest and most generous choice you can make.

New On-Campus Workshops

Deep Rest, Recovery, and Renewal: From Burnout to Vitality, September 30 – October 2, 2022 with Elissa Epel and guest faculty Alexandra Crosswell and Nichol Chase
In a time when so many of us are overtaxed by constant demands, burdens, and worries, the ability to pause for rejuvenation and renewal is more important than ever. Come learn about the science of stress resilience; engage in deep rest through meditation, yoga Nidra, and restorative yoga; and hone skills to reconnect with your body and increase vitality. Take home your own toolbox of short daily practices to support yourself in daily recovery and renewal.

100-Hour Esalen® Massage Certification Program, Saturdays from October 1 – December 17, 2022 with Daniela Urbassek, Deborah Anne Medow, and Peggy Horan
If you’re a certified bodyworker who lives within driving distance of our Big Sur campus, this is a perfect opportunity to add the renowned Esalen Massage approach to your professional repertoire. In weekly Saturday classes, you’ll explore grounding and presence, quality of touch, the signature Esalen long stroke, detail work, assisted movement, relevant anatomy and physiology concepts, and communications skills. Upon successful completion of all requirements, you’ll receive a certificate and the privilege of calling yourself an Esalen® Massage Practitioner. 

Alert: Workshop Space Available! 

Ready to renew and jumpstart your metamorphosis before the year’s end? These exciting upcoming programs still have openings. Reserve now before they fill up!

More On-Campus Workshops

We have even more workshops for healing and self-exploration. Enroll now, or join our waitlist!

 

Live Extended Education Program (LEEP)

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

Integrative Gestalt Coaching, October 22 – November 18, 2022 with Perry Holloman
Integrative Gestalt Coaching™ (IGC) is a method developed by coach and bodyworker Perry Holloman over the last 40 years while living and working at Esalen. Ideal both for people wanting a month of self-exploration as well as those wanting to develop Gestalt Coaching skills to enhance their work, this well-rounded program will help you develop awareness of how your internal experience influences your relationships, and how your relationships transform you to powerfully impact the quality of your life.

Vibrance™ Breathwork and Pranayama for Physical and Metaphysical Expansion, November 10 – December 16, 2022 with Ellen Watson
Join master breathwork facilitator Ellen Watson in this singular opportunity to transform your life by exploring breathwork. Through a powerful blend of experiential breathwork meditation practices, supportive bodywork protocols, mandala drawings, and group sharing, you’ll be empowered with new tools, knowledge, and an understanding of the power of breath.

“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?


If you’ve always wanted to visit Esalen but couldn’t find the room in your budget, do you know about our scholarship program?

Learn More

About

Esalen Team

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