Esalen Video Shorts

The Esalen Impact: Around the World, Within Mainstream Culture

March 10, 2023
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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
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“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.

Esalen's Massage Legacy

March 2, 2023

Age Wave CEO/co-founder Ken Dychtwald is eternally inspired by 50 years of benefiting from Esalen massage. So much so that he produced a film that kneads the interconnected tissues and legacy of the internationally cherished technique — “an inspired and ever-evolving integration of sensory awareness, healing arts, yoga, tai chi, meditation, body-mind integration, and mindfulness.” Co-created in the late 1960s by Peggy Horan, Deborah Medow, Brita Ostrom, and Vicki Topp, the feature honors their life journeys and future hopes for Esalen massage and the somatic arts.

Taking the Plunge: My First Time at the Esalen Baths

February 7, 2023
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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
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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
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“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.”