Esalen Video Shorts

The Esalen Impact: Around the World, Within Mainstream Culture

March 10, 2023
Esalen Short

We’ve experimented a lot here at Esalen over 60 years. This video touches on some of the transformative theories and ideas that have sparked innovation and helped reshape the fields of education, personal growth, psychology, psychedelics, and somatics over the decades. Includes photos by Wiley Chubb, Peter Cobabe, Paul Herbert, Joyce Lyke, Steve Beck, Sam Stern, PJ Novatny, Shira Levine, Tristan Kolkhorst, Angie Smith, Ali Kaukas, Tim Farrell, Doug Ellis, Cameron Jordan, Daniel Bianchetta, Benj Langdon, Julie Jarvis, Kai De Fontana, Jack O’Connell.

Mac Murphy on Esalen's Sacred Waters

March 8, 2023
Esalen Short

“This is where the three waters meet.” You might have heard those words spoken as you stood along the creek and watched the cascading water from the mountains flow down to the ocean. But what does it actually mean for the land? For the people who pass through and breathe in the air, snap a photo or video to post to Instagram? Rather than a cool passing moment, this is in fact a sacred and rare convergence of mineral, sea, and fresh waters.

Taking the Plunge: My First Time at the Esalen Baths

February 7, 2023
Esalen Short

Esalen is renowned for its unique approach to self-discovery and personal growth, with its iconic baths being a key part of the experience. In this video, we delve into the liberating power of presence and self-expression at the Esalen baths, as pioneers share their journeys of embracing their natural selves. From overcoming initial nervousness and reservations to realizing the simple beauty of the human form, discover the freedom that comes from being comfortable in your own skin at the Esalen baths.

Favorite Places at Esalen

February 6, 2023
Esalen Short

Esalen co-founder Michael Murphy, Esalen board chairman Dave Morin, Mac Murphy, and Don Hanlon Johnson discuss their favorite places at Esalen.

Psychedelics and Esalen

January 4, 2023
Esalen Short

“Psychedelics, early on, from the very first beginnings of Esalen in 1962, there it was,” shares co-founder Michael Murphy. Murphy and Esalen Board Chairman Dave Morin sat for a roundtable discussion about the history and reemergence of psychedelic exploration as these powerful tools become available once again. In this short, discover a bit more about the early days of “drug-induced mysticism” and Murphy’s vision for moving toward “a wiser, more grounded appreciation.”

Discover the Phoenix Rising Within with Sianna Sherman

May 19, 2022
Esalen Live!

With alchemy and the mystical phoenix spirit, Sianna Sherman joins Christine Chen on Esalen Live! to help us discover the higher self within. Join to explore mantra, mudra, and pranayama with one of the world's most beloved yoga teachers and start to turn wounds into wisdom.

Join us from wherever you are as Sianna leads Esalen's first digital hybrid workshop, taking place June 10–12, 2022.

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Esalen has reopened effective Monday, March 27! CalTrans is authorizing local residents and registered guests of Esalen to pass through the Road Closed sign as a “soft” closure is still in place to the north of us, while crews complete road work. A hard closure boundary, meaning no public traffic permitted, is still in effect just south of Esalen.

Please plan to arrive between 2:00pm and 5:00pm. You will need to notify the CA Highway Patrol officer at the closure barricade that you are staying at Esalen Institute. All workshops and programming will continue this week as scheduled.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we manage through these weather challenges, and look forward to welcoming you to Esalen!