Award-winning author (A Master Plan for Rescue, Mary; Mrs. A Lincoln, The Russian Word for Snow) and long-time Buddhist practitioner Janis Cooke Newman reveals the mutually reinforcing powers of writing and mindfulness. She tells us about building community, pearls of wisdom she's gained from fellow writers Sharon Salzburg and Ruth Ozeki, and even one perfect motto from His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.
Traditional African cosmologist, independent scholar, and multimedia artist Marques Redd tells us about the film that emerged from his spiritual practice and the African healer who wrote his “touchstone” book. With a sense of expansive appreciation, Marques shares a few of his heroes, both historical and literary, and reveals a powerful lesson for persevering through difficult times by “remembering my divine identity and who I truly am.”
As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Michael Murphy’s mystical bestseller “Golf in the Kingdom”, you have the opportunity to join a Zoom call on Friday, September 23, 2022 with Michael, legendary golf coach Fred Shoemaker, and John Abendroth from Hooked on Golf.
How can we keep our spirits, minds, or bodies open to joy and possibility without renewal? Investing in that future version of yourself — the one that is rested and whole and able to be a source of strength for others — is the wisest and most generous choice you can make.
Novelist Vikram Chandra opens up about his happiness, achievements, loves, and challenges. The award-winning author pinpoints every writer’s greatest fear and tells us how choosing the right tools and embracing patience help make art. A true creative spirit, Vikram blesses the musicians — while accepting his own lack of musicality — and explains why giving just one of his readers a single moment of joy is “enough for me.”
As the days get shorter and fall creeps into the quiet season, those longer nights set the stage for reflection and renewal. Our autumnal/hibernal workshops will help you finish 2022 with strength and healing — culminating with a New Year for new beginnings!
Akuyoe Graham first journeyed on her own up to Big Sur in pursuit of human potential and individual growth. However, bringing system-impacted teens from Los Angeles to Esalen, an initiative she collaborated on with Programs Director Emerita Nancy Lunney Wheeler, is how they demonstrated collective healing.
As the weather cools and the kids settle back into in-person classes, September 15 marks National Hispanic American Heritage Month. To celebrate this confluence, we’re recommending some fantastic authors to enjoy with the clever teens and young adults in your life.
To spend time with Michael is to witness a truly iterative human, an intrinsic seeker, and a man of insurmountable curiosity. September 3, 2022 marks Michael’s 92nd birthday, and as we all know, age is “just a number” when it comes to this remarkable human.
“And I came back into myself again.” A young grad student is handed a book of Joy and finds a new land of beauty and diversity. LaVerne McLeod remembers how she processed her traumas and transformed herself with dance at Esalen — and giggled her way through a few naked volleyball games.
Facing multiple doorways for growth, all you must do is decide. Do you wish to cultivate gratitude and love? Or unlock creativity through art? There are even two chances to learn from one of Esalen’s most revered teachers. There are no wrong answers now. Just follow your heart and step into your new future! It’s waiting for you.
Acupuncturist Jiling Lin and yoga therapist Paula Wild, teachers of The Five Elements of Yoga & Chinese Medicine workshop coming this fall, reveal a desire to speak the language of music, to be resiliently playful, to re-embody mountains, come back as a blue whale, and more.
Our ethos (“Nobody captures the flag”) reminds us that we triumph in community — at play in a constantly evolving “non-zero-sum game” of learning and healing. Our newest workshop offerings, stretching into the upcoming holiday season, embrace transformation through togetherness.
Has your creativity, voice, or vision somehow been disconnected, silenced, or dimmed? Even if they feel lost forever, your truest, most powerful aspects are eager and ready to shine, and they are longing to live again. With so many different ways to reconnect — be it art, meditation, mindfulness, ritual, or community — Big Sur is where you’ll rediscover those precious, cherished selves. Choose your paths! They’re waiting here for you.
“As we attempt to heal the collective and the planet, men’s work is a critical component. We as a society need to unwind toxic programming around masculinity so we can fully show up for our loved ones.” — Adam Christie, Iraq war veteran and In the Company of Men: The Embodied Masculine workshop student.
This month, to honor Women’s Equality day and the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment, we’re celebrating the brave suffragists, learning about other sheroes of American herstory, and considering the challenging future facing us all. Here are four titles to enjoy this August that will inspire us all to strive for even greater equality!
It’s 1970. A smart kid from Newark drops out, grabs his guitar, and heads west to find magic and meaning in Big Sur. Half a century later, Dr. Ken Dychtwald is a psychologist, best-selling author, and world-renowned expert on aging — and yet he's still enchanted by those early days at Esalen.
Suddenly, Josef London had an epiphany: He knew he needed to make the pilgrimage to Esalen. He woke up one morning and realized he did not want to do the next 25 years like he’d done the last 25 years: “I knew I needed to change my life to heal my life, and that I needed to do it somewhere else.”
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!
Back in the Day is a new feature that spotlights the colorful memories of long-time Esalen community members and alumni — to capture magical moments that happened once upon a time and are still treasured today. We start off by hearing from Brita Ostrom, founding member of the Esalen Massage School, who has been a part of Esalen since 1967.
Shamini Jain, PhD, is the Founder and CEO of the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI), Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Diego, and one of our esteemed faculty. Her work blends clinical psychology, psychoneuroimmunology, vocal performance, and East Indian spiritual practices. Here, she eloquently shares with Esalen what inspires her in both work and life.
This month, we’re celebrating freedom while contemplating its many forms. The responsibility of protecting and expanding our liberation is ongoing, noble, and challenging. It’s the work of a lifetime — and we can always reset and start again. Join us this month and try one of these brilliant titles, all available now at the Esalen store.
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.
Our August and September offerings get physical via dance and movement, auditory with alchemic singing bowl journeys and yogic chanting. We go beyond the body by deep diving into the Other Side, and get emotional with connectivity through Gestalt techniques.
“Conversations We Should Be Having” is a new column intended to foster meaningful conversations that amplify diverse voices and issues. To start us off, Enneagram + Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Anti-Racism Specialist Dr. Deborah Egerton shares her thoughts concerning Juneteenth.
Whether it’s through the lens of compassion, bodywork, breathwork, Buddhism, tantra, communion with nature, or communication with your partner, these new August and September workshops arm you with the tools to bring your very best, most powerful self into sharper, more aligned, and self-aware focus.
The Proust Esalenaire is inspired by a list of thoughts and feelings-inspired questions by the 20th century French writer Marcel Proust. Here at Esalen we have created our own version to dig a little deeper and differently into our incredible faculty and staff, starting with Sianna Sherman and Masood Ali Khan.
How we feel on the inside informs and affects how we present to the outside world. From heart-opened leadership and Enneagram exploration, to deep-dive mindfulness and discovering new pathways of happiness, our newest workshops support the seachange from gloom to bloom.
Life can overwork our character muscles with adversities. Tis’ the season for overcoming through a compendium of traditional and natural world practices. From Toltec paths to happiness, and healing via biofield science, to humbly communing on Esselen Tribal land, and busting through blockages to clear our chakras — the tools are aligned, ready for activation.
Every pho aficionado will tell you that the secret to this Vietnamese staple is the broth, a two-plus hour process of breathing and waiting. We wouldn’t recommend shortcutting personal transformation, but we’ll hungrily allow it for pho in honor of API Heritage Month 2022!
Our new workshops for July and August offer ways to live in right relation with the Earth, unlock renewed feminine energy and creativity, develop new strategies for thriving, and experience greater connection and inter-relatedness. Plus, a reminder about exciting options for a meaningful month away at Esalen between June and September with LEEP.
Is there such a thing as over-meditating that gets in the way of real healing? That’s one topic Dr. Lissa Rankin covered on her quest to understand “sacred medicine.” Read her insights about the relationship between healing, belief, community, and miracles.
We can never get rid of the myths that have made us who we are, but we can re-vision them and imagine new possibilities? Get ready to play and gain profound insights into your journey with Bob Walter, President of the Joseph Campbell Foundation and Campbell’s editor for years.
Even as we celebrate the March equinox and welcome spring in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s not too early to make plans for summer. New workshops for July and August offer opportunities for yoga, creative expression, mindfulness, hiking, and more; plus, two new LEEP programs are open for applications.
The longer days and warmer temperatures of spring are just around the corner here in California, and our newest batch of workshops offer a variety of enticing ways to shake off the shackles of winter and reconnect to yourself, others, creativity, and the grandeur of Nature.
Big Sur experienced an unexpected visitor this January: a winter wildfire. One of our Friends of Esalen witnessed it in the first few hours and took to words in a moment of inspiration and reflection. We share her poem — “The World Flipped On Its Head” — in our latest post in The Journal.
At the baths, have you ever thought…I wish I could bottle this up? Our newest addition to the Esalen store taps you into a bit of healing at home. Learn about the Bathing & Spa collection inspired by local woods, meadows, and historical bathing rituals.