The Esalen Journal is a compendium of articles that encompass everything from inspiring conversations with cultural luminaries and Esalen instructors to timely news announcements, book recommendations, and soul-nurturing recipes.

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Compassionate Cuisine — #myEsalen
November 23, 2022
Compassionate Cuisine — #myEsalen

While searching for a workshop, Chef Abi found a new job, a new home, and a new mission: to build “the next compassionate Esalen Kitchen era.”

While searching for a workshop, Chef Abi found a new job, a new home, and a new mission: to build “the next compassionate Esalen Kitchen era.”

Flourish and Bloom Next Spring
November 17, 2022
Flourish and Bloom Next Spring

Looking ahead to April 2023, spring births opportunities for renewal — a shift away from the cold stillness of winter into the inspiration of new beginnings. As the chill recedes, and the layers peel away, slough off the extra and create space for what you’re ready to focus on as some of our most popular teachers and courses return. Esalen's April workshops offer the tools and teachings to help you flourish and bloom.

Looking ahead to April 2023, spring births opportunities for renewal — a shift away from the cold stillness of winter into the inspiration of new beginnings. As the chill recedes, and the layers peel away, slough off the extra and create space for what you’re ready to focus on as some of our most popular teachers and courses return. Esalen's April workshops offer the tools and teachings to help you flourish and bloom.

Back in the Day with Chungliang "Al" Huang
November 12, 2022
Back in the Day with Chungliang "Al" Huang

Though he’s one of our most beloved teachers, “perpetual student” is the title Master Huang prefers. “I don't want to be the guru…I am always evolving.” The Tai Chi master and teacher honors us with memories of Esalen’s earliest days — almost 60 years back! — alongside the institute’s founders and legends.

Though he’s one of our most beloved teachers, “perpetual student” is the title Master Huang prefers. “I don't want to be the guru…I am always evolving.” The Tai Chi master and teacher honors us with memories of Esalen’s earliest days — almost 60 years back! — alongside the institute’s founders and legends.

Slow Down & Listen Deeply: Lessons in Healing & Reconciliation
November 8, 2022
Slow Down & Listen Deeply: Lessons in Healing & Reconciliation

Building a relationship with the Esselen tribe — recognized as aboriginal inhabitants of the Big Sur region, and among the first peoples to reside on the sacred land that the Esalen Institute sits on today — starts with receiving the Esselen story directly from members of the tribe, not relying on colonial and mission documentation and revisionist history that has been amplified by academia.

Building a relationship with the Esselen tribe — recognized as aboriginal inhabitants of the Big Sur region, and among the first peoples to reside on the sacred land that the Esalen Institute sits on today — starts with receiving the Esselen story directly from members of the tribe, not relying on colonial and mission documentation and revisionist history that has been amplified by academia.

Acknowledging Our Individual and Collective Truths on This Sacred Land
November 8, 2022
Acknowledging Our Individual and Collective Truths on This Sacred Land

“Land acknowledgment is not just about those words, but about the actions that come after. It's about actually taking the steps to be in right relations to be an ally, to be a supporter. Acknowledgment is a simple way of resisting the eraser of Iindigenous histories and working towards honoring and inviting the truth.”

“Land acknowledgment is not just about those words, but about the actions that come after. It's about actually taking the steps to be in right relations to be an ally, to be a supporter. Acknowledgment is a simple way of resisting the eraser of Iindigenous histories and working towards honoring and inviting the truth.”

Cultivating Spiritual Growth to Yield Joy
November 7, 2022
Cultivating Spiritual Growth to Yield Joy

The cultivation of spiritual growth and awareness is a process that, in time, can yield joy and bring fulfillment beyond measure. Looking ahead to spring of 2023, new workshops in March give access to the tools that can help you live your most authentic life, find the answers within, and align with your truest self.

The cultivation of spiritual growth and awareness is a process that, in time, can yield joy and bring fulfillment beyond measure. Looking ahead to spring of 2023, new workshops in March give access to the tools that can help you live your most authentic life, find the answers within, and align with your truest self.

Roasted Bay Nut Brownies
November 7, 2022
Roasted Bay Nut Brownies

“Among all our native edible plants, the nut of the bay laurel tree is one of the most delicious,” says Esselen Tribe medicine woman Cari Herthel. Historically enjoyed by California’s Indigenous communities, bay nuts are typically used as a condiment, digestive aid, and stimulant.

“Among all our native edible plants, the nut of the bay laurel tree is one of the most delicious,” says Esselen Tribe medicine woman Cari Herthel. Historically enjoyed by California’s Indigenous communities, bay nuts are typically used as a condiment, digestive aid, and stimulant.

When the Mirror Turns
November 1, 2022
When the Mirror Turns

Leading up to her November workshop, Dr. Sravana Borkataky-Varma gifts our readers with an everyday meditation practice, explores the five elements of the physical body, and reveals how she feels about her own practice and Hindu Tantra: “Meditation to me is when the mirror turns inward.”

Leading up to her November workshop, Dr. Sravana Borkataky-Varma gifts our readers with an everyday meditation practice, explores the five elements of the physical body, and reveals how she feels about her own practice and Hindu Tantra: “Meditation to me is when the mirror turns inward.”

The Proust Questionnaire: Carlos Sauer
October 31, 2022
The Proust Questionnaire: Carlos Sauer

Holistic therapist, ceremonial leader, and teacher Carlos Sauer shares his worries for the rainforest, the joys he receives from interacting with the spirit world, and his current wish: “that we can all learn from Native peoples how to be kind to one another.”

Holistic therapist, ceremonial leader, and teacher Carlos Sauer shares his worries for the rainforest, the joys he receives from interacting with the spirit world, and his current wish: “that we can all learn from Native peoples how to be kind to one another.”

Pathways for Growth
October 27, 2022
Pathways for Growth

We can evolve in a multitude of ways. Endless avenues for internal exploration, toward transformation. Be it meditation, massage, art, psychedelics, or so much more, Esalen has the opportunities and challenges to guide you into your new self this fall and in the new year. The very first step of that journey (or journeys!) starts right here — just choose your path.

We can evolve in a multitude of ways. Endless avenues for internal exploration, toward transformation. Be it meditation, massage, art, psychedelics, or so much more, Esalen has the opportunities and challenges to guide you into your new self this fall and in the new year. The very first step of that journey (or journeys!) starts right here — just choose your path.

The Proust Questionnaire: Cari Herthel
October 24, 2022
The Proust Questionnaire: Cari Herthel

Medicine woman and vice chair for the Esselen Tribe of Monterey County Cari Herthel reflects on the gift of storytelling and her path of recovery. Fueled by ancestral wisdom and life experiences, Cari explains how grief is a teacher and shares her greatest happiness and the power of daily acknowledgment ("a simple thank you, an act of gratitude”).

Medicine woman and vice chair for the Esselen Tribe of Monterey County Cari Herthel reflects on the gift of storytelling and her path of recovery. Fueled by ancestral wisdom and life experiences, Cari explains how grief is a teacher and shares her greatest happiness and the power of daily acknowledgment ("a simple thank you, an act of gratitude”).

The Proust Questionnaire: John Vosler
October 13, 2022
The Proust Questionnaire: John Vosler

John Vosler says he wants to “share everything he has to share” — and he proves that by opening up about his values, his inspirations, and the miraculous happiness he gets seeing his students grow and heal. The multi-lineage Yoga Nidra educator and energetic bodyworker talks about listening to his nervous system, his desire for a bird’s perspective, and the idea of living at Esalen for a full month: “I’m in!”

John Vosler says he wants to “share everything he has to share” — and he proves that by opening up about his values, his inspirations, and the miraculous happiness he gets seeing his students grow and heal. The multi-lineage Yoga Nidra educator and energetic bodyworker talks about listening to his nervous system, his desire for a bird’s perspective, and the idea of living at Esalen for a full month: “I’m in!”

What will you reach for in 2023?
October 10, 2022
What will you reach for in 2023?

The new year can provide all the transformation and love you desire — as long as you reach for it! Awe and connectivity, mindfulness and intimacy, yoga and massage: Everything that nourishes and supports is here for you at Esalen in 2023.

The new year can provide all the transformation and love you desire — as long as you reach for it! Awe and connectivity, mindfulness and intimacy, yoga and massage: Everything that nourishes and supports is here for you at Esalen in 2023.

If You Grow It, They (The Plants) Will Listen
October 10, 2022
If You Grow It, They (The Plants) Will Listen

Medicine woman and Esselen Tribe of Monterey County elder Cari Herthel shares the medicinal plants that inspire a re-emergence of her sensual and wild self. Herthel will lead a November workshop for a historic collaboration between the tribe and the Esalen Institute to nourish a costewardship of this ancient and sacred land.

Medicine woman and Esselen Tribe of Monterey County elder Cari Herthel shares the medicinal plants that inspire a re-emergence of her sensual and wild self. Herthel will lead a November workshop for a historic collaboration between the tribe and the Esalen Institute to nourish a costewardship of this ancient and sacred land.

From the Kitchen: Esalen Curried Heirloom Squash Soup
October 6, 2022
From the Kitchen: Esalen Curried Heirloom Squash Soup

Esalen’s Farm & Garden was recently blessed with the kind of abundance that feels straight out of a Roald Dahl book! But rather than one giant peach, we have over 1,000 pounds of squash! So Chef Abi cultivated a variety of delicious dishes — including a nourishing curried soup.

Esalen’s Farm & Garden was recently blessed with the kind of abundance that feels straight out of a Roald Dahl book! But rather than one giant peach, we have over 1,000 pounds of squash! So Chef Abi cultivated a variety of delicious dishes — including a nourishing curried soup.

How We Think of Food in America and What We Don’t Know: Getting to the Roots of Food & Family Recipes
October 5, 2022
How We Think of Food in America and What We Don’t Know: Getting to the Roots of Food & Family Recipes

What is American food? Where do treasured family recipes actually come from? Our food sources — what we eat, who makes it, and the family history behind them — frequently have origins that have been rendered invisible. While we may associate food with the experience of American culture, we rarely take the time to move through the nuances and complexities of food as it intersects within this nation’s narrative.

What is American food? Where do treasured family recipes actually come from? Our food sources — what we eat, who makes it, and the family history behind them — frequently have origins that have been rendered invisible. While we may associate food with the experience of American culture, we rarely take the time to move through the nuances and complexities of food as it intersects within this nation’s narrative.

Follow Your Bliss — #myEsalen
October 4, 2022
Follow Your Bliss — #myEsalen

After several different lives — med school, tech startups, naturopathic medicine — Shannon found the one place she’ll always come back to: “Esalen has remained a consistent thread in my life. There’s an undeniable magic here!”

After several different lives — med school, tech startups, naturopathic medicine — Shannon found the one place she’ll always come back to: “Esalen has remained a consistent thread in my life. There’s an undeniable magic here!”

On Our Bookshelf: The Marvels of Plant Medicine
October 3, 2022
On Our Bookshelf: The Marvels of Plant Medicine

This October, we’re marveling at the medicinal gifts nature provides us. To celebrate Mother Earth and the power plants hold to heal and nurture, we’ve selected titles by some brilliant healers and holders of plant wisdom.

This October, we’re marveling at the medicinal gifts nature provides us. To celebrate Mother Earth and the power plants hold to heal and nurture, we’ve selected titles by some brilliant healers and holders of plant wisdom.

Back in the Day with James Fadiman: "[Psychedelics were] terrifying to the mainstream of America, and correctly so."
September 30, 2022
Back in the Day with James Fadiman: "[Psychedelics were] terrifying to the mainstream of America, and correctly so."

World-renowned for his research on microdosing psychedelics, Jim Fadiman was one of Esalen’s first workshop leaders, and he’s continued a lifelong association with this institute ever since. His books include "The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys", "Be Love Now, Essential Sufism", and "The Other Side of Haight".

World-renowned for his research on microdosing psychedelics, Jim Fadiman was one of Esalen’s first workshop leaders, and he’s continued a lifelong association with this institute ever since. His books include The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys, Be Love Now, Essential Sufism, and The Other Side of Haight.

The Proust Questionnaire: Janis Cooke Newman
September 27, 2022
The Proust Questionnaire: Janis Cooke Newman

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.

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.

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