This March 13 & 14, Esalen Institute proudly presents the first of our digital summit series, The Way Forward: How To Stay Inspired, Reintegrate, and Find Hope in the Shadow of the Pandemic.
The Way Forward Digital Series will explore the concept of collective trauma, how it both unifies and divides us, and most importantly, how we can face it together to heal on a local and national level. In this first event, Christine Chen, host of Esalen Live!, bestselling author, master yoga teacher, and Ayurveda advisor, will engage Esalen teachers, activists and thought leaders, and movement, embodiment, and meditation practitioners at the top of their fields to reveal what they’ve learned from the experiences of this past year and help us re-envision our world.
The two-day program includes multiple tracks to dig into, from interviews with incredible thought leaders and activists to a session on prolonged somatic grief processing through dance and movement. Each speaker interview will be followed by a live Q&A with the Speaker, and every attendee is welcome to join in connecting with our luminaries. In true Esalen style, we will open the event on Saturday and close it on Sunday with a group awareness practice. These Friends of Esalen Esalen check-ins will be hosted by Jessica Hartzell, leader of our Community and Advancement Team.
The roster of world-class speakers includes Ken Dychtwald, Justin Michael Williams, Shamini Jain, Shelly Tygielski, and Ira Israel, and incredible movement, meditation and embodiment teachers like Lucia Horan, Janet Stone, Lorin Roche, Deva Munay, and more.
We're all living through this challenging moment together and need tools to cope and re-imagine, so The Way Forward is available to all, completely free. To support this great work and help Esalen make high-caliber digital experiences accessible to everyone, you may choose to contribute on a sliding scale.
Contributions starting at $99 or higher will give you the opportunity to go back and see any of the fantastic presenters that you may have missed the first time. We want you to have the freedom to choose your own experience, and we also don’t want you to miss a thing! In this second offering, we include full replay access to all the sessions for up to a full year, so you can go back and see the sessions you missed, or replay them whenever you need them.
All attendees, whether free or paid, get a complimentary one-year Friends of Esalen membership, and access to the Integration Journal Prompts, written to guide you through your healing process after the event has come to a close.
Announcements for the second- and third-quarter summits in June and September will follow in the coming weeks.