Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
The Way Forward: How To Stay Inspired, Reintegrate, and Find Hope in the Shadow of the Pandemic | An Esalen Digital Summit

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.


“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?

About

Esalen Team

The Way Forward: How To Stay Inspired, Reintegrate, and Find Hope in the Shadow of the Pandemic | An Esalen Digital Summit

About

Esalen Team

Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop

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.


“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?

About

Esalen Team

Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
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