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Three people working in the Esalen Garden. Text reads Upcoming Workshops and Events.

Here’s a complete list of workshops and events that are currently open for registration. Check the Journal every other Monday to see the latest additions to the schedule.  

  • Maps to Ecstasy: 5Rhythms® & Mindfulness Workshop, September 27-October 1: In times of turmoil and change, Somatic Meditation can help you journey from resistance to ecstasy. Lucia Horan will lead participants through Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms®, which includes movement and traditional, seated meditation. You’ll gain a skill set that supports balance, ease, and joy — all of it in the wild, wondrous, natural beauty of Esalen. Horan shares more in our blog, the Journal. Insights: Transform Your Heart and Heal
  • Meditation and Modern Life, October 1-3:  Dan Zigmond returns with this popular weekend workshop, featuring the process and practice of more mindful living. Participants will disconnect from the “real” world, meditate together, learn the magic of stillness, and learn how to bring full awareness to the here and now. This is a gentle schedule of sitting meditation, punctuated by brief lectures, group discussion, relaxing meals, and a special self practice in the healing baths.  Zigmond has some sage advice in our blog, the Journal. Insights: Can You Just Meditate Already? (Advice from a Zen Priest)
  • Good Morning I Love You, October 15-17: We can literally rewire our brains for greater feelings of calm, joy and possibility — with practice. Dr. Shauna Shapiro, a leading scientist studying the effects of mindfulness on well-being, shows participants that acting with compassion toward themselves is the key. Understand how basic brain science, powerful mindfulness, and self-compassion practices can alleviate anxiety, boost creative thinking, and increase our sense of belonging and purpose. 
  • Secrets of Great Relationships for Couples and Individuals, October 29-31: The biggest mistake many people make is not expecting too much from their relationships, but desiring too little. Unless we enjoy trust, intimacy, caring, and love with our partner, we share an arrangement, not a true partnership. Understand how infatuation can turn into a cold and joyless relationship (or end in divorce) in this experiential workshop for couples and individuals working on enduring love and intimacy. Linda and Charlie Bloom share a spectrum of practices and tools in the in-person workshop, plus, they offer a sneak peek on Esalen Live! September 28th at 11am PT. RSVP to join the online conversation.
  • A Graceful Journey: 5Rhythms® & Mindfulness Workshop, November 1-5: By learning patterns, rhythms, and cycles of life, you’ll learn how energy moves. Integrate the stillness of Buddhist mindfulness meditation with the moving meditations of the 5Rhythms® and bring wise attention to every aspect of your life. Long time Esalen teacher, Lucia Horan will show participants how to integrate the stillness with movement based on the 5Rhythms®.
  • Role Mate to Soulmate, December 3-5: Thought leader and prolific author Warren Farrell returns with this workshop designed to help couples communicate more effectively and connect more profoundly. Farrell covers topics such as “walking on eggshells,” safe listening, and creating “conflict-free zones” through exercises designed to deepen your love. (Note: For this course, a couple could be any two people with a history who desire a better future.) You can learn more in an interview with Farrell on Esalen Live! RSVP here to get a reminder to join.

There’s still time to plan your trip to Big Sur for August or September.  The following workshops are still open for enrollment. 

Don’t forget to review our open class schedule once you’ve booked your stay with us! Open classes are offered most days and are available to all of our guests. Led by a rotating roster of local teachers and Teachers in Residence, some classes include yoga-based movement, while others offer journaling sessions, breath work, and other activities designed to encourage joy and mindfulness. 

We hope to welcome you to Big Sur or see you online soon. 

(And if you’ve always wanted to visit Esalen but haven’t been able to find the room in your budget: did you know about our scholarship program? Because money should never be a barrier to growth.)


Esalen Team