Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Step Firmly Toward a Balanced Life

We often don’t recognize a lack of balance — until something really hurts. But some guidance and a touch of transformation can reveal just how good living harmoniously feels. Opportunity abounds here at Esalen for you to level up your joy, purpose, vitality, and all that comes with a deep connection to Mother Nature.

New On-Campus Workshops

Published June 25 – July 11, 2022

Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 2, September 11–16, 2022 with Karen Axelrod
CranioSacral Therapy 2 (CS2) focuses on cranial base dysfunctions, the masticatory system-hard palate, the mandible and temporomandibular joints, whole body evaluation, and the energy cyst with regional unwinding. The prerequisites for this course are CranioSacral 1 and a thorough working knowledge of the 10-Step Protocol.

Beyond Duality: Equinox Healing Wisdom for Balance and Harmony, September 19–23, 2022 with Erika Gagnon
Fall Equinox is a time when the dual energies of day and night — Sun and Moon — are in balance. Learn about ancestral lineage, traditional ceremonies, sacred altars, medicinal plants, and the origins of dis-ease in our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies. We will draw on the energy of the equinox to help you live in harmony with yourself and the world around you.

Designing the Life We Want, September 23–25, 2022 with Mark Nicolson
What brings you joy and purpose? 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, you’ll have the opportunity to cultivate a vision that serves as a foundation for both the next year and next phase of your life.

Flow Into Fall: Unlocking Abundance & Awakening Vitality, September 23–25, 2022 with Sianna Sherman and Masood Ali Khan
Unlock your inner codes of genius through alchemical yoga practice and the methodology of Rasa Yoga — a soulful fusion of asana, mantra, mudra, myth, pranayama, meditation, functional anatomy, Tantric yoga philosophy, shadow work, social justice advocacy, and soul alchemy. Embrace abundance in your mind, heart, and life as you experience sonic alchemy journeys and healing mantra music, leaving you refreshed, connected to self, and transformed for the new season.

Nature Therapy to Unleash Creativity: A Love Thy Nature Workshop, September 26–30, 2022 with Sylvie Rokab
Whether you’re an artist facing creative blocks or someone who yearns to feel more creatively alive, Nature can reveal an endless stream of creativity that you can embody in your life. Through nature therapy and mindfulness tools, discover how deepening connection with nature, others, and self unleashes your creative potential and brings about joy, wonder, and a sense of aliveness.

Deep Recovery: Meditation for Caregivers and Those Facing Burnout, September 30 – October 2, 2022 with Lorin Roche, Camille Maurine, and Maria Ramos
Deep Recovery is a workshop for people with busy lives and lots of responsibilities — who want to learn how to access deep rest. We explore different ways to enter a meditative state so you can find what feels effortless and natural to you. The intention of this workshop is for you to be held in the nourishing current of the life force and be restored by it.

Liminal Dreaming: Consciousness Exploration and Visionary Experience, October 7–9, 2022 with Jennifer Dumpert
Come explore the remarkable, transformative, and even mystical mind states of hypnagogia and hypnopompia, the zones of liminal dreaming, used across cultures and time for consciousness exploration, creativity, problem solving, and mental and spiritual healing and balance. You’ll learn practical exercises for locating and lingering in these astonishing states and gain a set of valuable tools to continue your journey and dream practice.

The Five Elements of Yoga & Chinese Medicine, October 10–14, 2022 with Jiling Lin and Paula Wild
Five Element philosophy and tools from the similar yet divergent traditions of Yoga and Chinese Medicine offer a way to reconnect with your unique ancestral wisdom and come home to the wild beauty of your inner radiance. Through a mix of gentle movement and breathing practices, engaging presentations, partner and group activities, rituals in nature, and creativity and journaling exercises, you’ll discover your unique relationship with each Element and learn tangible skills and practices to align with seasonal rhythms in your daily life.

Alert: Workshop Space Available! 

Ready to renew but not finding workshop availability to jumpstart your metamorphosis? These upcoming programs have openings. Reserve now before they fill up!

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.

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 studying Indigenous healing and faith and energy healing, as well as cutting-edge trauma therapies, for her book Sacred Medicine. Read our interview in The Journal with Dr. Rankin.

Esalen® Massage Intensive: Presence and Practice, September 24 – October 21, 2022 with Brita Ostrom, Char Pias and Dean Marson
Learn how to connect with others through the healing touch of massage. ​​Esalen Massage melds hands-on technique with awareness practices, recognizing the unity of body, mind, and spirit. This is not a professional training course, however, professionals can refresh their technique. All students will receive an incredible array of new awarenesses and skills, including the ability to give a basic Esalen massage.

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.

“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 haven’t been able to find the room in your budget: Do you know about our scholarship program?

Learn More

About

Esalen Team

Step Firmly Toward a Balanced Life

About

Esalen Team

Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop

We often don’t recognize a lack of balance — until something really hurts. But some guidance and a touch of transformation can reveal just how good living harmoniously feels. Opportunity abounds here at Esalen for you to level up your joy, purpose, vitality, and all that comes with a deep connection to Mother Nature.

New On-Campus Workshops

Published June 25 – July 11, 2022

Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 2, September 11–16, 2022 with Karen Axelrod
CranioSacral Therapy 2 (CS2) focuses on cranial base dysfunctions, the masticatory system-hard palate, the mandible and temporomandibular joints, whole body evaluation, and the energy cyst with regional unwinding. The prerequisites for this course are CranioSacral 1 and a thorough working knowledge of the 10-Step Protocol.

Beyond Duality: Equinox Healing Wisdom for Balance and Harmony, September 19–23, 2022 with Erika Gagnon
Fall Equinox is a time when the dual energies of day and night — Sun and Moon — are in balance. Learn about ancestral lineage, traditional ceremonies, sacred altars, medicinal plants, and the origins of dis-ease in our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies. We will draw on the energy of the equinox to help you live in harmony with yourself and the world around you.

Designing the Life We Want, September 23–25, 2022 with Mark Nicolson
What brings you joy and purpose? 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, you’ll have the opportunity to cultivate a vision that serves as a foundation for both the next year and next phase of your life.

Flow Into Fall: Unlocking Abundance & Awakening Vitality, September 23–25, 2022 with Sianna Sherman and Masood Ali Khan
Unlock your inner codes of genius through alchemical yoga practice and the methodology of Rasa Yoga — a soulful fusion of asana, mantra, mudra, myth, pranayama, meditation, functional anatomy, Tantric yoga philosophy, shadow work, social justice advocacy, and soul alchemy. Embrace abundance in your mind, heart, and life as you experience sonic alchemy journeys and healing mantra music, leaving you refreshed, connected to self, and transformed for the new season.

Nature Therapy to Unleash Creativity: A Love Thy Nature Workshop, September 26–30, 2022 with Sylvie Rokab
Whether you’re an artist facing creative blocks or someone who yearns to feel more creatively alive, Nature can reveal an endless stream of creativity that you can embody in your life. Through nature therapy and mindfulness tools, discover how deepening connection with nature, others, and self unleashes your creative potential and brings about joy, wonder, and a sense of aliveness.

Deep Recovery: Meditation for Caregivers and Those Facing Burnout, September 30 – October 2, 2022 with Lorin Roche, Camille Maurine, and Maria Ramos
Deep Recovery is a workshop for people with busy lives and lots of responsibilities — who want to learn how to access deep rest. We explore different ways to enter a meditative state so you can find what feels effortless and natural to you. The intention of this workshop is for you to be held in the nourishing current of the life force and be restored by it.

Liminal Dreaming: Consciousness Exploration and Visionary Experience, October 7–9, 2022 with Jennifer Dumpert
Come explore the remarkable, transformative, and even mystical mind states of hypnagogia and hypnopompia, the zones of liminal dreaming, used across cultures and time for consciousness exploration, creativity, problem solving, and mental and spiritual healing and balance. You’ll learn practical exercises for locating and lingering in these astonishing states and gain a set of valuable tools to continue your journey and dream practice.

The Five Elements of Yoga & Chinese Medicine, October 10–14, 2022 with Jiling Lin and Paula Wild
Five Element philosophy and tools from the similar yet divergent traditions of Yoga and Chinese Medicine offer a way to reconnect with your unique ancestral wisdom and come home to the wild beauty of your inner radiance. Through a mix of gentle movement and breathing practices, engaging presentations, partner and group activities, rituals in nature, and creativity and journaling exercises, you’ll discover your unique relationship with each Element and learn tangible skills and practices to align with seasonal rhythms in your daily life.

Alert: Workshop Space Available! 

Ready to renew but not finding workshop availability to jumpstart your metamorphosis? These upcoming programs have openings. Reserve now before they fill up!

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.

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 studying Indigenous healing and faith and energy healing, as well as cutting-edge trauma therapies, for her book Sacred Medicine. Read our interview in The Journal with Dr. Rankin.

Esalen® Massage Intensive: Presence and Practice, September 24 – October 21, 2022 with Brita Ostrom, Char Pias and Dean Marson
Learn how to connect with others through the healing touch of massage. ​​Esalen Massage melds hands-on technique with awareness practices, recognizing the unity of body, mind, and spirit. This is not a professional training course, however, professionals can refresh their technique. All students will receive an incredible array of new awarenesses and skills, including the ability to give a basic Esalen massage.

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.

“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 haven’t been able to find the room in your budget: Do you know about our scholarship program?

Learn More

About

Esalen Team

Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Step Firmly Toward a Balanced Life

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If you’ve always wanted to visit Esalen but haven’t been able to find the room in your budget: Do you know about our scholarship program?

Learn More

About

Esalen Team

Step Firmly Toward a Balanced Life

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