Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Wisdom Brings Personal Power

Drop into Big Sur to embody Wild Tao, immerse in Tibetan wisdom, and harness manifestational power through traditional West African ritual. Fall is our season to write, dance, cultivate awe, and find our true selves. Using ancient practices from around the world (enhanced by modern techniques and exercises), the invitation is open to discover — and rejoice!

New On-Campus Workshops

Published July 12 – July 22, 2022

Releasing into Presence: A Meditation, Mantra, Music & Movement Retreat, October 3 – 7, 2022 with Chandra Easton and Nina Rao
Nina and Chandra share a profound appreciation for the complementary wisdom and devotional traditions of Tibet and India. Together, they weave a tapestry of mystical stories, meditations, mantra, singing chants, and gentle yoga for an immersive experience to explore the creative power that underlies our inner and outer nature.

Wild Tao: Hiking and Qi Gong in Big Sur Wilderness, October 3 – 7, 2022 with Fletcher Tucker, Noël Vietor and Jim Gallas
Learn an accessible Qi Gong form called wai dan gong (“easy tao”) while immersing in the majestic landscape of Big Sur. Each morning begins with practice, and each day includes a hike. Along the trail, explore Qi Gong and Taoist philosophy as pathways for returning to a grounded, spacious, revitalized state of being — in harmony with nature, embodying Wild Tao.

Awe and Wonder: An Exploration Through Science, Contemplation, and Narrative, October 14 – 16, 2022 with Dacher Keltner and Mollie McNeil
Awe is the feeling of encountering vast mysteries that transcend our current knowledge and understanding of the world. Rooted in a spiritual understanding of life, it helps us appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. Learn about the latest scientific understandings of awe and discover a variety of practices, including reflective writing, to cultivate a deeper relationship with awe in your own life. Watch Keltner reflect on compassion here.

Writing & Mindfulness: Cultivating a Practice for Navigating Difficult Times, October 17 – 21, 2022 with Janis Cooke Newman
This experiential meditation retreat and writing workshop invites meditators and writers of all levels to delve deeply into both practices in a safe and supportive environment. Guided meditations designed to help you navigate times of crisis and nourish creativity are supported by daily journaling and free writing to tap into your creative energy, bypass your internal judge, and bring out your most original and deeply felt work. 

To Realign: Open Floor Movement Practice, October 17 – 21, 2022 with Andrea Juhan
To realign with what is essential in ourselves is vital to living meaningfully with our own values and gifts. During this week of retreat and focused play, you’ll be invited to reevaluate and renew through Open Floor Movement — a mindful movement practice that can be done at any level of fitness — within a supportive group process.

Harnessing the Power of Creation Through African Ritual, October 21 – 23, 2022 with Marques Redd
Both an important part of our global spiritual heritage and a powerful and effective mode of spiritual expression, traditional West African rituals provide techniques for manifestation, fostering empowerment, affecting transformation, cultivating vitality, and expanding human consciousness. Come experience a variety of ritual modalities designed to enliven all senses, energize your intentions, and draw your desires. Return home with a variety of potent ritual tools to empower your life!

Alert: Workshop Space Available! 

Ready to renew and jumpstart your metamorphosis this summer? These 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 wait list!

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.

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

Wisdom Brings Personal Power

About

Esalen Team

Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop

Drop into Big Sur to embody Wild Tao, immerse in Tibetan wisdom, and harness manifestational power through traditional West African ritual. Fall is our season to write, dance, cultivate awe, and find our true selves. Using ancient practices from around the world (enhanced by modern techniques and exercises), the invitation is open to discover — and rejoice!

New On-Campus Workshops

Published July 12 – July 22, 2022

Releasing into Presence: A Meditation, Mantra, Music & Movement Retreat, October 3 – 7, 2022 with Chandra Easton and Nina Rao
Nina and Chandra share a profound appreciation for the complementary wisdom and devotional traditions of Tibet and India. Together, they weave a tapestry of mystical stories, meditations, mantra, singing chants, and gentle yoga for an immersive experience to explore the creative power that underlies our inner and outer nature.

Wild Tao: Hiking and Qi Gong in Big Sur Wilderness, October 3 – 7, 2022 with Fletcher Tucker, Noël Vietor and Jim Gallas
Learn an accessible Qi Gong form called wai dan gong (“easy tao”) while immersing in the majestic landscape of Big Sur. Each morning begins with practice, and each day includes a hike. Along the trail, explore Qi Gong and Taoist philosophy as pathways for returning to a grounded, spacious, revitalized state of being — in harmony with nature, embodying Wild Tao.

Awe and Wonder: An Exploration Through Science, Contemplation, and Narrative, October 14 – 16, 2022 with Dacher Keltner and Mollie McNeil
Awe is the feeling of encountering vast mysteries that transcend our current knowledge and understanding of the world. Rooted in a spiritual understanding of life, it helps us appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. Learn about the latest scientific understandings of awe and discover a variety of practices, including reflective writing, to cultivate a deeper relationship with awe in your own life. Watch Keltner reflect on compassion here.

Writing & Mindfulness: Cultivating a Practice for Navigating Difficult Times, October 17 – 21, 2022 with Janis Cooke Newman
This experiential meditation retreat and writing workshop invites meditators and writers of all levels to delve deeply into both practices in a safe and supportive environment. Guided meditations designed to help you navigate times of crisis and nourish creativity are supported by daily journaling and free writing to tap into your creative energy, bypass your internal judge, and bring out your most original and deeply felt work. 

To Realign: Open Floor Movement Practice, October 17 – 21, 2022 with Andrea Juhan
To realign with what is essential in ourselves is vital to living meaningfully with our own values and gifts. During this week of retreat and focused play, you’ll be invited to reevaluate and renew through Open Floor Movement — a mindful movement practice that can be done at any level of fitness — within a supportive group process.

Harnessing the Power of Creation Through African Ritual, October 21 – 23, 2022 with Marques Redd
Both an important part of our global spiritual heritage and a powerful and effective mode of spiritual expression, traditional West African rituals provide techniques for manifestation, fostering empowerment, affecting transformation, cultivating vitality, and expanding human consciousness. Come experience a variety of ritual modalities designed to enliven all senses, energize your intentions, and draw your desires. Return home with a variety of potent ritual tools to empower your life!

Alert: Workshop Space Available! 

Ready to renew and jumpstart your metamorphosis this summer? These 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 wait list!

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.

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
Wisdom Brings Personal Power

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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?

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