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Workshops

Our workshops are designed to support you in the challenging work of self exploration, in partnership with some of the leading minds of the day. Join us in discovering the next frontiers of individual and societal transformation. (Interested in a scholarship? Learn more here.)

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Unique times create unique opportunities — like the one to enjoy Esalen’s Big Sur campus without attending a regular workshop. Right now, we have a limited number of spaces available for people to enjoy Esalen in an unstructured way. Shape your own personal retreat among the lush gardens and sublime ocean views with very few people around. Limited gathering sizes means lots of time to sink into your favorite book, journal, or yoga mat with the inspiring beauty of the California coast as your backdrop.

Stay dates for A Time To Reflect are flexible and guests may schedule their arrival any day Monday through Friday. Currently, Sunday night stays are not offered.

Please note that prices shown are per night, and there is a two-night minimum.

A Time to Reflect Week of April 12
Flexible Dates
  -  
April 12, 2021
A Time to Reflect Week of April 12

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell, mythologist and Esalen instructor

Letting go of entrenched ideas – of who we are, of how the world works, of our place in it – is a challenge. It takes energy. Time. Space. Security. This growth asks us to delve into ourselves and to understand the depths of our connections. It’s the driver of change both personal and societal, and it’s always been at the core of Esalen.

The Rituals of Esalen program gives you and a partner two days of peace, space, and natural beauty so you can do the work of growth. Enjoy serenity for the mind, support for the body, stimulus for the spirit, and nourishment for all three. Direct your full energy to connecting with yourself, your partner, and the world around you while drawing on the best of Esalen’s rituals and practices:

  • Exploring human potential. The dynamic schedule changes weekly, but always features opportunities to sit in meditation and mindfulness, explore embodiment and movement practices, and connect with nature. An opening circle hosted by our Teacher in Residence welcomes you as you begin your stay, while a closing circle on the final day provides a mindful way to conclude your experience.
  • Feeding mind and body. Savor three healthy meals a day. Our dynamic kitchen draws on global culinary traditions, using the fruits of the Esalen Farm & Garden and other local providers to create plant-based meals that support holistic health – for you and for the earth.
  • Creating space for reflection. Esalen’s beloved mineral hot springs perch over the Pacific Ocean, a juxtaposition of intimate and infinite. A core part of Esalen from its inception, they’re an ideal place to reflect, find clarity, and set new intentions.

During the days, be inspired by the rugged, wild Big Sur coastline. Use the tranquil evenings ideal for stargazing and contemplation, or spend time exploring the day’s insights with your partner. Unplug. Take advantage of the safety and respite, and rediscover who you are and what you bring to the world so you can return with renewed energy.

The upheavals that punctuate life are valuable opportunities for transformation, if we have the time and space to work through it. That's the gift of Esalen: the expanse you need to distill your intentions and reawaken the change agent within.

Rituals of Esalen
2021-04-16 - 2021-04-18
April 16, 2021
  -  
April 18, 2021
April 16, 2021
Rituals of Esalen
Teacher in Residence

“Shinrin yoku,” translated as “forest bathing,” is the Japanese practice of mindfully experiencing nature through the senses. During this special weekend, nature therapy guide and filmmaker Sylvie Rokab will guide you in slowly moving through the Esalen landscape as you connect to your own power and creativity. 

In the early 1980s, Japanese government-sponsored studies showed that forest immersion has a wide array of health benefits, including lowering the stress hormone cortisol, strengthening the immune system, and improving mood and cognition. Workshop participants often share that their stress dissolves, confusion lifts, hearts open, emotions surface, ideas spring forth, and they take home a renewed sense of connection, meaning, and purpose.

To prepare you for the weekend, Sylvie will share a link to her award-winning film Love Thy Nature two weeks prior to the workshop (April 2nd) and host a 45-minute Q&A via Zoom one week prior (April 9th at 6pm PT). Then, on the weekend of the workshop, the group will forest bathe, immersed in Esalen’s wilderness. The time in nature is anchored by tea ceremony, music, and sitting circles with deep sharing and listening. Join us to cultivate a sense of presence and explore nature’s capacity to ignite creativity, inspire wonder, and help us heal.

This event is a rain or shine event, so please be present with the weather forecast, and bring what you will need to be comfortable outdoors for the vast majority of our time together. Bring sunscreen, wet weather gear, sturdy shoes, and versatile, layered clothing.

 

Come prepared for adventure! Due to social-distancing requirements and in accordance with Monterey County and California state guidance, Esalen will be hosting all workshops and open classes in modified indoor-outdoor spaces, covered outdoor spaces, and outdoors. Please come prepared with warm, layered clothing, as well as wet weather gear in case Mother Nature blesses us with rain during your stay. Workshops will be held in a covered space with heaters, and may move back and forth from outdoor spaces into covered spaces.

Forest Bathing: Deepening Connection with Nature, Self and Others
2021-04-16 - 2021-04-18
April 16, 2021
  -  
April 18, 2021
April 16, 2021
Forest Bathing: Deepening Connection with Nature, Self and Others
Sylvie Rokab

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell, mythologist and Esalen instructor

Letting go of entrenched ideas – of who we are, of how the world works, of our place in it – is a challenge. It takes energy. Time. Space. Security. This growth asks us to delve into ourselves and to understand the depths of our connections. It’s the driver of change both personal and societal, and it’s always been at the core of Esalen.

The Rituals of Esalen program gives you and a partner five days of peace, space, and natural beauty so you can do the work of growth. Enjoy serenity for the mind, support for the body, stimulus for the spirit, and nourishment for all three. Direct your full energy to connecting with yourself, your partner, and the world around you while drawing on the best of Esalen’s rituals and practices:

  • Exploring human potential. The dynamic schedule changes weekly, but always features opportunities to sit in meditation and mindfulness, explore embodiment and movement practices, and connect with nature. An opening circle hosted by our Teacher in Residence welcomes you as you begin your stay, while a closing circle on the final day provides a mindful way to conclude your experience.
  • Feeding mind and body. Savor three healthy meals a day. Our dynamic kitchen draws on global culinary traditions, using the fruits of the Esalen Farm & Garden and other local providers to create plant-based meals that support holistic health – for you and for the earth.
  • Creating space for reflection. Esalen’s beloved mineral hot springs perch over the Pacific Ocean, a juxtaposition of intimate and infinite. A core part of Esalen from its inception, they’re an ideal place to reflect, find clarity, and set new intentions.

During the days, be inspired by the rugged, wild Big Sur coastline. Use the tranquil evenings ideal for stargazing and contemplation, or spend time exploring the day’s insights with your partner. Unplug. Take advantage of the safety and respite, and rediscover who you are and what you bring to the world so you can return with renewed energy.

The upheavals that punctuate life are valuable opportunities for transformation, if we have the time and space to work through it. That's the gift of Esalen: the expanse you need to distill your intentions and reawaken the change agent within.

Rituals of Esalen
2021-04-19 - 2021-04-23
April 19, 2021
  -  
April 23, 2021
April 19, 2021
Rituals of Esalen
Teacher in Residence

Unique times create unique opportunities — like the one to enjoy Esalen’s Big Sur campus without attending a regular workshop. Right now, we have a limited number of spaces available for people to enjoy Esalen in an unstructured way. Shape your own personal retreat among the lush gardens and sublime ocean views with very few people around. Limited gathering sizes means lots of time to sink into your favorite book, journal, or yoga mat with the inspiring beauty of the California coast as your backdrop.

Stay dates for A Time To Reflect are flexible and guests may schedule their arrival any day Monday through Friday. Currently, Sunday night stays are not offered.

Please note that prices shown are per night, and there is a two-night minimum.

A Time to Reflect Week of April 19
Flexible Dates
  -  
April 19, 2021
A Time to Reflect Week of April 19

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell, mythologist and Esalen instructor

Letting go of entrenched ideas – of who we are, of how the world works, of our place in it – is a challenge. It takes energy. Time. Space. Security. This growth asks us to delve into ourselves and to understand the depths of our connections. It’s the driver of change both personal and societal, and it’s always been at the core of Esalen.

The Rituals of Esalen program gives you and a partner two days of peace, space, and natural beauty so you can do the work of growth. Enjoy serenity for the mind, support for the body, stimulus for the spirit, and nourishment for all three. Direct your full energy to connecting with yourself, your partner, and the world around you while drawing on the best of Esalen’s rituals and practices:

  • Exploring human potential. The dynamic schedule changes weekly, but always features opportunities to sit in meditation and mindfulness, explore embodiment and movement practices, and connect with nature. An opening circle hosted by our Teacher in Residence welcomes you as you begin your stay, while a closing circle on the final day provides a mindful way to conclude your experience.
  • Feeding mind and body. Savor three healthy meals a day. Our dynamic kitchen draws on global culinary traditions, using the fruits of the Esalen Farm & Garden and other local providers to create plant-based meals that support holistic health – for you and for the earth.
  • Creating space for reflection. Esalen’s beloved mineral hot springs perch over the Pacific Ocean, a juxtaposition of intimate and infinite. A core part of Esalen from its inception, they’re an ideal place to reflect, find clarity, and set new intentions.

During the days, be inspired by the rugged, wild Big Sur coastline. Use the tranquil evenings ideal for stargazing and contemplation, or spend time exploring the day’s insights with your partner. Unplug. Take advantage of the safety and respite, and rediscover who you are and what you bring to the world so you can return with renewed energy.

The upheavals that punctuate life are valuable opportunities for transformation, if we have the time and space to work through it. That's the gift of Esalen: the expanse you need to distill your intentions and reawaken the change agent within.

Rituals of Esalen
2021-04-23 - 2021-04-25
April 23, 2021
  -  
April 25, 2021
April 23, 2021
Rituals of Esalen
Teacher in Residence

“The world is not a problem to be solved; it is a living being to which we belong. Our separateness from creation lies in our forgetfulness of its sacred nature, which is also our own sacred nature.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

We live in a world where it’s easy to feel separate from ourselves, each other, the natural world, and the divine. Join us for a journey in re-membering yourself within the interconnected mycelial web of life.

Whether you’re newly curious about sacred plant medicine or want to deepen your knowledge, we’re thrilled to invite you to attend Entheowheel’s first 3-day workshop, The Ceremony & Science of Psilocybin, live streamed from Esalen.

Your guides for this Psilocybin focused experience will include:

  • Live from Esalen: Jyoti Ma, Xochitl Ashe, East Forest, Millana Snow, Justin Boreta, Allan Badiner, Dream Mullick, Grace Oh, and Radha Weppner.
  • Digitally Streaming into the Experience: Paul Stamets, Jim Fadiman, Robin Carhart Harris, Sachin Patel, Pam Krysko, and a digital transmission from Francoise Bourzat.

THE INVITATION

We invite you to come with a beginner’s mind, to….

  • Discover the ceremonies informed by psilocybin and the science that confirms the intelligence of these fungi.
  • Explore the biocultural evolution of mushrooms and humanity.
  • Cultivate your inner wisdom through holistic preparation and integration practices.
  • Experience an evolution of consciousness, shifting how you see yourself and the world.
  • Integrate ancient tools and practices into your daily life for continued and ongoing transformation.

OVERVIEW

This workshop is the first in an 8-part Entheowheel series, hosted in collaboration with Esalen Institute. Each course will focus on a different medicine – guiding participants through ancient cultural origins, ceremonial traditions and context, and integration practices, all with a trauma-informed focus.

Bridging the worlds of ceremony and science, we’ll explore the evidence for therapeutic healing with psychedelics and sacred plant medicines. We’ll embark on a series of Simulated Journeys (no medicines ingested) using effective ancient living technologies such as prayer, breath work, meditation, visualization, sound, movement, dance, ritual, and ceremony to induce a deeper state of consciousness and experience the non-ordinary ordinary reality.

To facilitate a range of practices, you will receive a blessing basket containing ceremonial items to support your journeys.

HONORING OUR ROOTS

We honor the role of the guides, their lineages, and the setting in which they hold their ceremonies. Whenever possible, we work with medicine carriers from the original lineages, asking their permission and guidance and foregrounding their voices.

MEDICINE USE

This course is designed to provide cultural, ceremonial and spiritual context and integration practice for future journeys. It will also introduce you to ancient technologies including breathwork and meditation that allow you to access higher states of consciousness with the natural abilities of the body. This is not a course on how to trip at home or have un-guided journeys. Out of respect for the guides and lineage holders supporting your experience, we ask you to enter into a shared agreement to not partake in any illegal substances during the course.The greatest invitation is to explore the sacred spirit and wisdom of the plants, receive the teachings and practices for best preparation, and allow the integration of the experience to be the true medicine.

The integration is the medicine. —Dream Mullick

If you’re experiencing acute physical or psychological trauma, this course may not be for you. Additional resources for support can be found here.

COMMUNITY

Since connection and community are central to this vision, the program offers a variety of ways for you to connect in cohorts, breakouts, and buddy pairings (optional).

VALUES & ETHICS

Diversity & Inclusion: As an expression of our commitment to bridging diverse perspectives within the sacred plant medicine communities we’ve created a Visionary Scholarship fund for BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color). We offer a limited number of full scholarships for the live and live-stream events. Please apply here by 4/15/21.

Reciprocity: Indigenous tribes often model their economic and social exchanges, including their relationship with the natural world, on the concept of reciprocity. This practice recognizes the gifts we receive from the universe and offer gifts in return with gratitude. Reciprocity and our deep commitment to honoring all the influences that inform our work, is at the core of our ever-evolving model.

As an expression of this commitment, we give 10% of all revenues from the livestream to organizations committed to the preservation and conservation of sacred lands and traditional medicine lineages, including The Esselen Tribe’s land restoration initiative (honoring the lands of the Ohlone/Costanoan Esselen Nation on which this gathering takes place).

PROGRAM

  • Preparation call prior to the retreat, designed to welcome you into relationship with the ceremonial space, orient you to the science, and support you in preparing for a non-ordinary experience.
  • A land blessing to honor the land. Live stream participants will use ceremonial items from the Blessing Basket to bless the land where you are.
  • Fire ceremony and fireside chat led by wisdom-holders Paul Stamets, Jyoti Ma, Xochitl Ashe sharing stories about their relationships with mushroom medicine
  • Sound and somatic practice sessions focused on embodiment practices, breath work, visualization, and meditation.
  • Daily simulated journey offering guidance into the portals of altered states. (Jyoti Ma & Xochitl, Justin Boreta & Millana Snow, East Forest).
  • Earth altar building with Grace Oh, guiding an exploration of rituals and practices for altar building from natural materials.
  • Sessions weaving together ceremony and science with: Jyoti Ma, Xochitl Ashe, Robin Carhart-Harris, James Fadiman, Pam Kryskow, Sachin Patel and more.
  • Q&As and breakout sessions following all educational and experiential sessions to foster integration and connection with the community.
  • Follow-up calls to support integration after the workshop ends.

SUGGESTED READING

Françoise Bourzat’s Consciousness Medicine is highly suggested pre-reading/listening. James Fadiman and Paul Stamets’ books are also excellent references.

If you purchase your books through this link, 10% of your purchase is donated to Tree Sisters for the replanting of trees. Entheowheel does not receive any revenue from the purchase.

SPONSORS

We gratefully thank our event sponsors… MAPS, Auryn Fund, Elana Horwich, Hearthstone Collective, Zendo Project, Aja.life, Living Proof Institute, RiverStyx Foundation, and DOUBLE BLIND Magazine.

Artwork by Autumn Skye 

[Live at Esalen] Entheowheel: The Ceremony and Science of Psilocybin
2021-04-23 - 2021-04-26
April 23, 2021
  -  
April 26, 2021
April 23, 2021
[Live at Esalen] Entheowheel: The Ceremony and Science of Psilocybin
Jyoti Ma, Xochitl Ashe, East Forest, Millana Snow, Justin Boreta, Allan Badiner, Dream Mullick, Paul Stamets, Françoise Bourzat, MA, James Fadiman, Sachin Patel, Marisa Radha Weppner, Grace Oh, Robin Carhart-Harris, Ph.D

“The world is not a problem to be solved; it is a living being to which we belong. Our separateness from creation lies in our forgetfulness of its sacred nature, which is also our own sacred nature.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

We live in a world where it’s easy to feel separate from ourselves, each other, the natural world, and the divine. Join us for a journey in re-membering yourself within the interconnected mycelial web of life.

Whether you’re newly curious about sacred plant medicine or want to deepen your knowledge, we’re thrilled to invite you to attend Entheowheel’s first 3-day workshop, The Ceremony & Science of Psilocybin, live streamed from Esalen.

Your guides for this Psilocybin focused experience will include:

  • Live from Esalen: Jyoti Ma, Xochitl Ashe, East Forest, Millana Snow, Justin Boreta, Allan Badiner, Dream Mullick, Grace Oh, and Radha Weppner.
  • Digitally Streaming into the Experience: Paul Stamets, Jim Fadiman, Robin Carhart Harris, Sachin Patel, Pam Krysko, and a digital transmission from Francoise Bourzat.

**Tickets purchased after April 12 may receive their blessing basket after the event for later use.**

THE INVITATION

We invite you to come with a beginner’s mind, to….

  • Discover the ceremonies informed by psilocybin and the science that confirms the intelligence of these fungi.
  • Explore the biocultural evolution of mushrooms and humanity.
  • Cultivate your inner wisdom through holistic preparation and integration practices.
  • Experience an evolution of consciousness, shifting how you see yourself and the world.
  • Integrate ancient tools and practices into your daily life for continued and ongoing transformation.

OVERVIEW

This workshop is the first in an 8-part Entheowheel series, hosted in collaboration with Esalen Institute. Each course will focus on a different medicine – guiding participants through ancient cultural origins, ceremonial traditions and context, and integration practices, all with a trauma-informed focus.

Bridging the worlds of ceremony and science, we’ll explore the evidence for therapeutic healing with psychedelics and sacred plant medicines. We’ll embark on a series of Simulated Journeys (no medicines ingested) using effective ancient living technologies such as prayer, breath work, meditation, visualization, sound, movement, dance, ritual, and ceremony to induce a deeper state of consciousness and experience the non-ordinary ordinary reality.

To facilitate a range of practices we will send you a blessing basket containing ceremonial items to support your journeys.

HONORING OUR ROOTS

We honor the role of the guides, their lineages, and the setting in which they hold their ceremonies. Whenever possible, we work with medicine carriers from the original lineages, asking their permission and guidance and foregrounding their voices.

MEDICINE USE

This course is designed to provide cultural, ceremonial and spiritual context and integration practice for future journeys. It will also introduce you to ancient technologies including breathwork and meditation that allow you to access higher states of consciousness with the natural abilities of the body. This is not a course on how to trip at home or have un-guided journeys. Out of respect for the guides and lineage holders supporting your experience, we ask you to enter into a shared agreement to not partake in any illegal substances during the course.The greatest invitation is to explore the sacred spirit and wisdom of the plants, receive the teachings and practices for best preparation, and allow the integration of the experience to be the true medicine.

The integration is the medicine. —Dream Mullick

If you’re experiencing acute physical or psychological trauma, this course may not be for you. Additional resources for support can be found here.

COMMUNITY

Since connection and community are central to this vision, the program offers a variety of ways for you to connect in cohorts, breakouts, and buddy pairings (optional).

VALUES & ETHICS

Diversity & Inclusion: As an expression of our commitment to bridging diverse perspectives within the sacred plant medicine communities we’ve created a Visionary Scholarship fund for BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color). We offer a limited number of full scholarships for the live and live-stream events. Please apply here by 4/15/21.

Reciprocity: Indigenous tribes often model their economic and social exchanges, including their relationship with the natural world, on the concept of reciprocity. This practice recognizes the gifts we receive from the universe and offer gifts in return with gratitude. Reciprocity and our deep commitment to honoring all the influences that inform our work, is at the core of our ever-evolving model.

As an expression of this commitment, we give 10% of all revenues from the livestream to organizations committed to the preservation and conservation of sacred lands and traditional medicine lineages, including The Esselen Tribe’s land restoration initiative (honoring the lands of the Ohlone/Costanoan Esselen Nation on which this gathering takes place).

PROGRAM

  • Preparation call prior to the retreat, designed to welcome you into relationship with the ceremonial space, orient you to the science, and support you in preparing for a non-ordinary experience.
  • A land blessing to honor the land. Live stream participants will use ceremonial items from the Blessing Basket to bless the land where you are.
  • Fire ceremony and fireside chat led by wisdom-holders Paul Stamets, Jyoti Ma, Xochitl Ashe sharing stories about their relationships with mushroom medicine
  • Sound and somatic practice sessions focused on embodiment practices, breath work, visualization, and meditation.
  • Daily simulated journey offering guidance into the portals of altered states. (Jyoti Ma & Xochitl, Justin Boreta & Millana Snow, East Forest).
  • Earth altar building with Grace Oh, guiding an exploration of rituals and practices for altar building from natural materials.
  • Sessions weaving together ceremony and science with: Jyoti Ma, Xochitl Ashe, Robin Carhart-Harris, James Fadiman, Pam Kryskow, Sachin Patel and more.
  • Q&As and breakout sessions following all educational and experiential sessions to foster integration and connection with the community.
  • Follow-up calls to support integration after the workshop ends.

SUGGESTED READING

Françoise Bourzat’s Consciousness Medicine is highly suggested pre-reading/listening. James Fadiman and Paul Stamets’ books are also excellent references.

If you purchase your books through this link, 10% of your purchase is donated to Tree Sisters for the replanting of trees. Entheowheel does not receive any revenue from the purchase.

SPONSORS

We gratefully thank our event sponsors… MAPS, Auryn Fund, Elana Horwich, Hearthstone Collective, Zendo Project, Aja.life, Living Proof Institute, RiverStyx Foundation, and DOUBLE BLIND Magazine.

[Online] Entheowheel: The Ceremony and Science of Psilocybin – An Educational Workshop and Experiential Event
2021-04-23 - 2021-04-26
April 23, 2021
  -  
April 26, 2021
April 23, 2021
[Online] Entheowheel: The Ceremony and Science of Psilocybin – An Educational Workshop and Experiential Event
Jyoti Ma, Xochitl Ashe, East Forest, Millana Snow, Justin Boreta, Allan Badiner, Dream Mullick, Paul Stamets, Françoise Bourzat, James Fadiman, Sachin Patel, Marisa Radha Weppner, Grace Oh, Robin Carhart-Harris, Pam Kryskow

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell, mythologist and Esalen instructor

Letting go of entrenched ideas – of who we are, of how the world works, of our place in it – is a challenge. It takes energy. Time. Space. Security. This growth asks us to delve into ourselves and to understand the depths of our connections. It’s the driver of change both personal and societal, and it’s always been at the core of Esalen.

The Rituals of Esalen program gives you and a partner five days of peace, space, and natural beauty so you can do the work of growth. Enjoy serenity for the mind, support for the body, stimulus for the spirit, and nourishment for all three. Direct your full energy to connecting with yourself, your partner, and the world around you while drawing on the best of Esalen’s rituals and practices:

  • Exploring human potential. The dynamic schedule changes weekly, but always features opportunities to sit in meditation and mindfulness, explore embodiment and movement practices, and connect with nature. An opening circle hosted by our Teacher in Residence welcomes you as you begin your stay, while a closing circle on the final day provides a mindful way to conclude your experience.
  • Feeding mind and body. Savor three healthy meals a day. Our dynamic kitchen draws on global culinary traditions, using the fruits of the Esalen Farm & Garden and other local providers to create plant-based meals that support holistic health – for you and for the earth.
  • Creating space for reflection. Esalen’s beloved mineral hot springs perch over the Pacific Ocean, a juxtaposition of intimate and infinite. A core part of Esalen from its inception, they’re an ideal place to reflect, find clarity, and set new intentions.

During the days, be inspired by the rugged, wild Big Sur coastline. Use the tranquil evenings ideal for stargazing and contemplation, or spend time exploring the day’s insights with your partner. Unplug. Take advantage of the safety and respite, and rediscover who you are and what you bring to the world so you can return with renewed energy.

The upheavals that punctuate life are valuable opportunities for transformation, if we have the time and space to work through it. That's the gift of Esalen: the expanse you need to distill your intentions and reawaken the change agent within.

Rituals of Esalen
2021-04-26 - 2021-04-30
April 26, 2021
  -  
April 30, 2021
April 26, 2021
Rituals of Esalen
Teacher in Residence

Unique times create unique opportunities — like the one to enjoy Esalen’s Big Sur campus without attending a regular workshop. Right now, we have a limited number of spaces available for people to enjoy Esalen in an unstructured way. Shape your own personal retreat among the lush gardens and sublime ocean views with very few people around. Limited gathering sizes means lots of time to sink into your favorite book, journal, or yoga mat with the inspiring beauty of the California coast as your backdrop.

Stay dates for A Time To Reflect are flexible and guests may schedule their arrival any day Monday through Friday. Currently, Sunday night stays are not offered.

Please note that prices shown are per night, and there is a two-night minimum.

A Time to Reflect Week of April 26
Flexible Dates
  -  
April 26, 2021
A Time to Reflect Week of April 26

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell, mythologist and Esalen instructor

Letting go of entrenched ideas – of who we are, of how the world works, of our place in it – is a challenge. It takes energy. Time. Space. Security. This growth asks us to delve into ourselves and to understand the depths of our connections. It’s the driver of change both personal and societal, and it’s always been at the core of Esalen.

The Rituals of Esalen program gives you and a partner two days of peace, space, and natural beauty so you can do the work of growth. Enjoy serenity for the mind, support for the body, stimulus for the spirit, and nourishment for all three. Direct your full energy to connecting with yourself, your partner, and the world around you while drawing on the best of Esalen’s rituals and practices:

  • Exploring human potential. The dynamic schedule changes weekly, but always features opportunities to sit in meditation and mindfulness, explore embodiment and movement practices, and connect with nature. An opening circle hosted by our Teacher in Residence welcomes you as you begin your stay, while a closing circle on the final day provides a mindful way to conclude your experience.
  • Feeding mind and body. Savor three healthy meals a day. Our dynamic kitchen draws on global culinary traditions, using the fruits of the Esalen Farm & Garden and other local providers to create plant-based meals that support holistic health – for you and for the earth.
  • Creating space for reflection. Esalen’s beloved mineral hot springs perch over the Pacific Ocean, a juxtaposition of intimate and infinite. A core part of Esalen from its inception, they’re an ideal place to reflect, find clarity, and set new intentions.

During the days, be inspired by the rugged, wild Big Sur coastline. Use the tranquil evenings ideal for stargazing and contemplation, or spend time exploring the day’s insights with your partner. Unplug. Take advantage of the safety and respite, and rediscover who you are and what you bring to the world so you can return with renewed energy.

The upheavals that punctuate life are valuable opportunities for transformation, if we have the time and space to work through it. That's the gift of Esalen: the expanse you need to distill your intentions and reawaken the change agent within.

Rituals of Esalen
2021-04-30 - 2021-05-02
April 30, 2021
  -  
May 2, 2021
April 30, 2021
Rituals of Esalen
Teacher in Residence

“Transformation is not something that changes you, it is something that reveals you.” - Jeffrey Williams

How do you find certainty in times of uncertainty?

How do you activate that certainty in your body and in your life?

Join Jeffrey Williams and Swirl Jordan Moore to unlock your most powerful gifts and align your beliefs, actions, and values. You’ll learn:

  • How to make sense of what is going on in your life through your values. 
  • How uncomfortable symptoms and situations are trying to guide you to a better self.
  • How to reduce stress and generate vitality for balance in spirit, mind, and body.

You will explore creating ‘peak experiences’ through movement, breath, and sound. including:

  • Values Alignment: connect your decisions and actions to what you value most, and allow what you love to guide you.
  • EDGU: a self-empowering evolutionary spinal maintenance practice that gently exercises the intervertebral disks to maintain their inherent cushioning and pliability. Happy spines contribute to happy minds.
  • INU: a unique practice that involves dynamic movement, energizing breathing, and authentic vocal expression to move physical and mental stagnation. Feel alive from head to toe.

These strategies and practices will help you navigate stressful times, battle burnout, and boost vitality. Combined with the inspiring Esalen environment, you’ll be buzzing with pure life energy. Come play in a socially close but physically distant space with us!

Evolutionary Embodiment: Living Inspired, Aligned, and Empowered
2021-04-30 - 2021-05-02
April 30, 2021
  -  
May 2, 2021
April 30, 2021
Evolutionary Embodiment: Living Inspired, Aligned, and Empowered
Jeffrey Williams, Swirl Jordan Moore

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell, mythologist and Esalen instructor

Letting go of entrenched ideas – of who we are, of how the world works, of our place in it – is a challenge. It takes energy. Time. Space. Security. This growth asks us to delve into ourselves and to understand the depths of our connections. It’s the driver of change both personal and societal, and it’s always been at the core of Esalen.

The Rituals of Esalen program gives you and a partner five days of peace, space, and natural beauty so you can do the work of growth. Enjoy serenity for the mind, support for the body, stimulus for the spirit, and nourishment for all three. Direct your full energy to connecting with yourself, your partner, and the world around you while drawing on the best of Esalen’s rituals and practices:

  • Exploring human potential. The dynamic schedule changes weekly, but always features opportunities to sit in meditation and mindfulness, explore embodiment and movement practices, and connect with nature. An opening circle hosted by our Teacher in Residence welcomes you as you begin your stay, while a closing circle on the final day provides a mindful way to conclude your experience.
  • Feeding mind and body. Savor three healthy meals a day. Our dynamic kitchen draws on global culinary traditions, using the fruits of the Esalen Farm & Garden and other local providers to create plant-based meals that support holistic health – for you and for the earth.
  • Creating space for reflection. Esalen’s beloved mineral hot springs perch over the Pacific Ocean, a juxtaposition of intimate and infinite. A core part of Esalen from its inception, they’re an ideal place to reflect, find clarity, and set new intentions.

During the days, be inspired by the rugged, wild Big Sur coastline. Use the tranquil evenings ideal for stargazing and contemplation, or spend time exploring the day’s insights with your partner. Unplug. Take advantage of the safety and respite, and rediscover who you are and what you bring to the world so you can return with renewed energy.

The upheavals that punctuate life are valuable opportunities for transformation, if we have the time and space to work through it. That's the gift of Esalen: the expanse you need to distill your intentions and reawaken the change agent within.

Rituals of Esalen
2021-05-03 - 2021-05-07
May 3, 2021
  -  
May 7, 2021
May 3, 2021
Rituals of Esalen
Teacher in Residence

Unique times create unique opportunities — like the one to enjoy Esalen’s Big Sur campus without attending a regular workshop. Right now, we have a limited number of spaces available for people to enjoy Esalen in an unstructured way. Shape your own personal retreat among the lush gardens and sublime ocean views with very few people around. Limited gathering sizes means lots of time to sink into your favorite book, journal, or yoga mat with the inspiring beauty of the California coast as your backdrop.

Stay dates for A Time To Reflect are flexible and guests may schedule their arrival any day Monday through Friday. Currently, Sunday night stays are not offered.

Please note that prices shown are per night, and there is a two-night minimum.

A Time to Reflect Week of May 3
Flexible Dates
  -  
May 3, 2021
A Time to Reflect Week of May 3

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell, mythologist and Esalen instructor

Letting go of entrenched ideas – of who we are, of how the world works, of our place in it – is a challenge. It takes energy. Time. Space. Security. This growth asks us to delve into ourselves and to understand the depths of our connections. It’s the driver of change both personal and societal, and it’s always been at the core of Esalen.

The Rituals of Esalen program gives you and a partner two days of peace, space, and natural beauty so you can do the work of growth. Enjoy serenity for the mind, support for the body, stimulus for the spirit, and nourishment for all three. Direct your full energy to connecting with yourself, your partner, and the world around you while drawing on the best of Esalen’s rituals and practices:

  • Exploring human potential. The dynamic schedule changes weekly, but always features opportunities to sit in meditation and mindfulness, explore embodiment and movement practices, and connect with nature. An opening circle hosted by our Teacher in Residence welcomes you as you begin your stay, while a closing circle on the final day provides a mindful way to conclude your experience.
  • Feeding mind and body. Savor three healthy meals a day. Our dynamic kitchen draws on global culinary traditions, using the fruits of the Esalen Farm & Garden and other local providers to create plant-based meals that support holistic health – for you and for the earth.
  • Creating space for reflection. Esalen’s beloved mineral hot springs perch over the Pacific Ocean, a juxtaposition of intimate and infinite. A core part of Esalen from its inception, they’re an ideal place to reflect, find clarity, and set new intentions.

During the days, be inspired by the rugged, wild Big Sur coastline. Use the tranquil evenings ideal for stargazing and contemplation, or spend time exploring the day’s insights with your partner. Unplug. Take advantage of the safety and respite, and rediscover who you are and what you bring to the world so you can return with renewed energy.

The upheavals that punctuate life are valuable opportunities for transformation, if we have the time and space to work through it. That's the gift of Esalen: the expanse you need to distill your intentions and reawaken the change agent within.

Rituals of Esalen
2021-05-07 - 2021-05-09
May 7, 2021
  -  
May 9, 2021
May 7, 2021
Rituals of Esalen
Teacher in Residence

This workshop is open to anyone who identifies as a woman, and has welcomed or plans to welcome a child into her life, or who has lost one.

In this three day workshop, you will be guided to an intimate understanding of the ancient science Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep, and how it can prepare  you for childbirth, heal after miscarriage, and support the postpartum period. This is a practice of deep rest and reset for your nervous and endocrine systems, and of connection with your ancient, infinite inner genius. 

Cosmic Yoga Nidras are sacred practices of connection infused with astrological insights and quantum technology. These practices offer new and exciting ways to communicate with and prepare for the arrival of the powerful little soul you are ushering into this world, as well as a unique way to understand and process grief. Yoga asana and embodied flow will prepare your body for each unique nidra experience, while participation in group discussions and lectures will empower you with new tools, wisdom, and strong community.

What you can expect to learn: 

  • What Yoga Nidra is, and how you can use it to re-pattern and re-program your mind.
  • The nature of the mind and its ability to change through growth and reorganization. 
  • How to uncover and address existing Samskaras and negative subconscious programming. 
  • Understand your own limiting beliefs around birth and motherhood, and shift them into powerful embodied manifestations. 
  • Sankalpa, the defining element of yoga nidra. Craft your very own creation statement for motherhood and beyond.

The goal of this workshop is to assist you in uncovering your inner knowing by offering you a deeper and more complete understanding of yoga nidra, astrology, and quantum technology, and how yoga asana can support these applied subjects. 

Now is the time to expand your awareness and awaken your greatest potential. To become empowered on your journey to becoming a mother. To build a solid community of connection and support.

Preparing for Motherhood: A Guided Cosmic Yoga Nidra Workshop
2021-05-07 - 2021-05-09
May 7, 2021
  -  
May 9, 2021
May 7, 2021
Preparing for Motherhood: A Guided Cosmic Yoga Nidra Workshop
Caley Alyssa

Empower yourself with well-being rituals and change your life forever.

Journey with us toward your embodied, goddess life through the lens of Ayurveda, the 5000 year old sister science to yoga.

Some of the practices we’ll explore include:

  • Breath: Dive into life-changing breathing techniques to shift your energies and understand how to sequence them to feel your best.
  • Body: Learn how to move, breathe, and make asana choices that unbind you from old habits and give you what you really need.
  • Food: Transform your relationship with food using a yogi mindset to release shame and make eating a sacred, nourishing practice.
  • Beauty: Tap into heart-centered, healing touch methods to release, revive, and invite sustained, self-love from the inside out.

We’ll decode the key principles of a complex, ancient system and bring them to life in the real world, so you come away with a personal road map to harmony and well-being.

Included with the workshop is a practitioner's kit, meant to enhance each person's workshop experience, and prepare them to take their new practices home with them. Each kit will include:

  • Body oil
  • Tongue scraper
  • Triphala 
  • Herbal facial mix
  • Rosewater
  • Rosewood meditation mala

CE for yoga teachers: 10 hour Yoga Alliance CE, offered by Spellbound Yoga.

Recommended reading: Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing by Dr. Vasant Lad; and Happy-Go-Yoga by Christine Chen.

Ayurveda for the Goddess Life
2021-05-07 - 2021-05-09
May 7, 2021
  -  
May 9, 2021
May 7, 2021
Ayurveda for the Goddess Life
Christine Chen, Robin Wilner

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell, mythologist and Esalen instructor

Letting go of entrenched ideas – of who we are, of how the world works, of our place in it – is a challenge. It takes energy. Time. Space. Security. This growth asks us to delve into ourselves and to understand the depths of our connections. It’s the driver of change both personal and societal, and it’s always been at the core of Esalen.

The Rituals of Esalen program gives you and a partner five days of peace, space, and natural beauty so you can do the work of growth. Enjoy serenity for the mind, support for the body, stimulus for the spirit, and nourishment for all three. Direct your full energy to connecting with yourself, your partner, and the world around you while drawing on the best of Esalen’s rituals and practices:

  • Exploring human potential. The dynamic schedule changes weekly, but always features opportunities to sit in meditation and mindfulness, explore embodiment and movement practices, and connect with nature. An opening circle hosted by our Teacher in Residence welcomes you as you begin your stay, while a closing circle on the final day provides a mindful way to conclude your experience.
  • Feeding mind and body. Savor three healthy meals a day. Our dynamic kitchen draws on global culinary traditions, using the fruits of the Esalen Farm & Garden and other local providers to create plant-based meals that support holistic health – for you and for the earth.
  • Creating space for reflection. Esalen’s beloved mineral hot springs perch over the Pacific Ocean, a juxtaposition of intimate and infinite. A core part of Esalen from its inception, they’re an ideal place to reflect, find clarity, and set new intentions.

During the days, be inspired by the rugged, wild Big Sur coastline. Use the tranquil evenings ideal for stargazing and contemplation, or spend time exploring the day’s insights with your partner. Unplug. Take advantage of the safety and respite, and rediscover who you are and what you bring to the world so you can return with renewed energy.

The upheavals that punctuate life are valuable opportunities for transformation, if we have the time and space to work through it. That's the gift of Esalen: the expanse you need to distill your intentions and reawaken the change agent within.

Rituals of Esalen
2021-05-10 - 2021-05-14
May 10, 2021
  -  
May 14, 2021
May 10, 2021
Rituals of Esalen
Teacher in Residence

Unique times create unique opportunities — like the one to enjoy Esalen’s Big Sur campus without attending a regular workshop. Right now, we have a limited number of spaces available for people to enjoy Esalen in an unstructured way. Shape your own personal retreat among the lush gardens and sublime ocean views with very few people around. Limited gathering sizes means lots of time to sink into your favorite book, journal, or yoga mat with the inspiring beauty of the California coast as your backdrop.

Stay dates for A Time To Reflect are flexible and guests may schedule their arrival any day Monday through Friday. Currently, Sunday night stays are not offered.

Please note that prices shown are per night, and there is a two-night minimum.

A Time to Reflect Week of May 10
Flexible Dates
  -  
May 10, 2021
A Time to Reflect Week of May 10

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell, mythologist and Esalen instructor

Letting go of entrenched ideas – of who we are, of how the world works, of our place in it – is a challenge. It takes energy. Time. Space. Security. This growth asks us to delve into ourselves and to understand the depths of our connections. It’s the driver of change both personal and societal, and it’s always been at the core of Esalen.

The Rituals of Esalen program gives you and a partner two days of peace, space, and natural beauty so you can do the work of growth. Enjoy serenity for the mind, support for the body, stimulus for the spirit, and nourishment for all three. Direct your full energy to connecting with yourself, your partner, and the world around you while drawing on the best of Esalen’s rituals and practices:

  • Exploring human potential. The dynamic schedule changes weekly, but always features opportunities to sit in meditation and mindfulness, explore embodiment and movement practices, and connect with nature. An opening circle hosted by our Teacher in Residence welcomes you as you begin your stay, while a closing circle on the final day provides a mindful way to conclude your experience.
  • Feeding mind and body. Savor three healthy meals a day. Our dynamic kitchen draws on global culinary traditions, using the fruits of the Esalen Farm & Garden and other local providers to create plant-based meals that support holistic health – for you and for the earth.
  • Creating space for reflection. Esalen’s beloved mineral hot springs perch over the Pacific Ocean, a juxtaposition of intimate and infinite. A core part of Esalen from its inception, they’re an ideal place to reflect, find clarity, and set new intentions.

During the days, be inspired by the rugged, wild Big Sur coastline. Use the tranquil evenings ideal for stargazing and contemplation, or spend time exploring the day’s insights with your partner. Unplug. Take advantage of the safety and respite, and rediscover who you are and what you bring to the world so you can return with renewed energy.

The upheavals that punctuate life are valuable opportunities for transformation, if we have the time and space to work through it. That's the gift of Esalen: the expanse you need to distill your intentions and reawaken the change agent within.

Rituals of Esalen
2021-05-14 - 2021-05-16
May 14, 2021
  -  
May 16, 2021
May 14, 2021
Rituals of Esalen
Teacher in Residence

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell, mythologist and Esalen instructor

Letting go of entrenched ideas – of who we are, of how the world works, of our place in it – is a challenge. It takes energy. Time. Space. Security. This growth asks us to delve into ourselves and to understand the depths of our connections. It’s the driver of change both personal and societal, and it’s always been at the core of Esalen.

The Rituals of Esalen program gives you and a partner five days of peace, space, and natural beauty so you can do the work of growth. Enjoy serenity for the mind, support for the body, stimulus for the spirit, and nourishment for all three. Direct your full energy to connecting with yourself, your partner, and the world around you while drawing on the best of Esalen’s rituals and practices:

  • Exploring human potential. The dynamic schedule changes weekly, but always features opportunities to sit in meditation and mindfulness, explore embodiment and movement practices, and connect with nature. An opening circle hosted by our Teacher in Residence welcomes you as you begin your stay, while a closing circle on the final day provides a mindful way to conclude your experience.
  • Feeding mind and body. Savor three healthy meals a day. Our dynamic kitchen draws on global culinary traditions, using the fruits of the Esalen Farm & Garden and other local providers to create plant-based meals that support holistic health – for you and for the earth.
  • Creating space for reflection. Esalen’s beloved mineral hot springs perch over the Pacific Ocean, a juxtaposition of intimate and infinite. A core part of Esalen from its inception, they’re an ideal place to reflect, find clarity, and set new intentions.

During the days, be inspired by the rugged, wild Big Sur coastline. Use the tranquil evenings ideal for stargazing and contemplation, or spend time exploring the day’s insights with your partner. Unplug. Take advantage of the safety and respite, and rediscover who you are and what you bring to the world so you can return with renewed energy.

The upheavals that punctuate life are valuable opportunities for transformation, if we have the time and space to work through it. That's the gift of Esalen: the expanse you need to distill your intentions and reawaken the change agent within.

Rituals of Esalen
2021-05-17 - 2021-05-21
May 17, 2021
  -  
May 21, 2021
May 17, 2021
Rituals of Esalen
Teacher in Residence

Unique times create unique opportunities — like the one to enjoy Esalen’s Big Sur campus without attending a regular workshop. Right now, we have a limited number of spaces available for people to enjoy Esalen in an unstructured way. Shape your own personal retreat among the lush gardens and sublime ocean views with very few people around. Limited gathering sizes means lots of time to sink into your favorite book, journal, or yoga mat with the inspiring beauty of the California coast as your backdrop.

Stay dates for A Time To Reflect are flexible and guests may schedule their arrival any day Monday through Friday. Currently, Sunday night stays are not offered.

Please note that prices shown are per night, and there is a two-night minimum.

A Time to Reflect Week of May 17
Flexible Dates
  -  
May 17, 2021
A Time to Reflect Week of May 17

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell, mythologist and Esalen instructor

Letting go of entrenched ideas – of who we are, of how the world works, of our place in it – is a challenge. It takes energy. Time. Space. Security. This growth asks us to delve into ourselves and to understand the depths of our connections. It’s the driver of change both personal and societal, and it’s always been at the core of Esalen.

The Rituals of Esalen program gives you and a partner two days of peace, space, and natural beauty so you can do the work of growth. Enjoy serenity for the mind, support for the body, stimulus for the spirit, and nourishment for all three. Direct your full energy to connecting with yourself, your partner, and the world around you while drawing on the best of Esalen’s rituals and practices:

  • Exploring human potential. The dynamic schedule changes weekly, but always features opportunities to sit in meditation and mindfulness, explore embodiment and movement practices, and connect with nature. An opening circle hosted by our Teacher in Residence welcomes you as you begin your stay, while a closing circle on the final day provides a mindful way to conclude your experience.
  • Feeding mind and body. Savor three healthy meals a day. Our dynamic kitchen draws on global culinary traditions, using the fruits of the Esalen Farm & Garden and other local providers to create plant-based meals that support holistic health – for you and for the earth.
  • Creating space for reflection. Esalen’s beloved mineral hot springs perch over the Pacific Ocean, a juxtaposition of intimate and infinite. A core part of Esalen from its inception, they’re an ideal place to reflect, find clarity, and set new intentions.

During the days, be inspired by the rugged, wild Big Sur coastline. Use the tranquil evenings ideal for stargazing and contemplation, or spend time exploring the day’s insights with your partner. Unplug. Take advantage of the safety and respite, and rediscover who you are and what you bring to the world so you can return with renewed energy.

The upheavals that punctuate life are valuable opportunities for transformation, if we have the time and space to work through it. That's the gift of Esalen: the expanse you need to distill your intentions and reawaken the change agent within.

Rituals of Esalen
2021-05-21 - 2021-05-23
May 21, 2021
  -  
May 23, 2021
May 21, 2021
Rituals of Esalen
Teacher in Residence

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell, mythologist and Esalen instructor

Letting go of entrenched ideas – of who we are, of how the world works, of our place in it – is a challenge. It takes energy. Time. Space. Security. This growth asks us to delve into ourselves and to understand the depths of our connections. It’s the driver of change both personal and societal, and it’s always been at the core of Esalen.

The Rituals of Esalen program gives you and a partner two days of peace, space, and natural beauty so you can do the work of growth. Enjoy serenity for the mind, support for the body, stimulus for the spirit, and nourishment for all three. Direct your full energy to connecting with yourself, your partner, and the world around you while drawing on the best of Esalen’s rituals and practices:

  • Exploring human potential. The dynamic schedule changes weekly, but always features opportunities to sit in meditation and mindfulness, explore embodiment and movement practices, and connect with nature. An opening circle hosted by our Teacher in Residence welcomes you as you begin your stay, while a closing circle on the final day provides a mindful way to conclude your experience.
  • Feeding mind and body. Savor three healthy meals a day. Our dynamic kitchen draws on global culinary traditions, using the fruits of the Esalen Farm & Garden and other local providers to create plant-based meals that support holistic health – for you and for the earth.
  • Creating space for reflection. Esalen’s beloved mineral hot springs perch over the Pacific Ocean, a juxtaposition of intimate and infinite. A core part of Esalen from its inception, they’re an ideal place to reflect, find clarity, and set new intentions.

During the days, be inspired by the rugged, wild Big Sur coastline. Use the tranquil evenings ideal for stargazing and contemplation, or spend time exploring the day’s insights with your partner. Unplug. Take advantage of the safety and respite, and rediscover who you are and what you bring to the world so you can return with renewed energy.

The upheavals that punctuate life are valuable opportunities for transformation, if we have the time and space to work through it. That's the gift of Esalen: the expanse you need to distill your intentions and reawaken the change agent within.

Rituals of Esalen
2021-05-24 - 2021-05-28
May 24, 2021
  -  
May 28, 2021
May 24, 2021
Rituals of Esalen
Teacher in Residence

Unique times create unique opportunities — like the one to enjoy Esalen’s Big Sur campus without attending a regular workshop. Right now, we have a limited number of spaces available for people to enjoy Esalen in an unstructured way. Shape your own personal retreat among the lush gardens and sublime ocean views with very few people around. Limited gathering sizes means lots of time to sink into your favorite book, journal, or yoga mat with the inspiring beauty of the California coast as your backdrop.

Stay dates for A Time To Reflect are flexible and guests may schedule their arrival any day Monday through Friday. Currently, Sunday night stays are not offered.

Please note that prices shown are per night, and there is a two-night minimum.

A Time to Reflect Week of May 24
Flexible Dates
  -  
May 24, 2021
A Time to Reflect Week of May 24

Experience five days of deep restoration, reflection and intention. Using the profound practice of Yoga Nidra guided meditation, we will begin to restore the body, clear the mind, and shift the habitual patterns that may have been attained during the pandemic, and that keep you from being calm, clear and balanced.

Yoga Nidra uses guided meditation to access a state between waking and sleeping where you can systematically release stored physical, emotional and mental tensions. Begin to let go of the old beliefs and habits that keep you locked in your past and fearful of your future. Experience your emotions fully, knowing that you have a grounded and calm inner presence. Then take this felt sense of being back into your personal life, family life, work life, and love life.

We’ll move our bodies, clear our minds, and create intentions to live not from unconscious past programming but from a new perspective — the perspective of knowing your true self. All you have to do is show up, lie down, and let go. We will use two different lineages of Yoga Nidra — iRest and Integrative Amrit Method — for our inner exploration. Join us as we deeply rest, restore, and rewrite our lives.

Please bring blankets, a yoga mat, an eye pillow, and anything else you need to lie comfortably on the floor for extended periods of time. And we’ll be outside much of the time, so bring layers!

Come prepared for adventure! Due to social-distancing requirements and in accordance with Monterey County and California state guidance, Esalen will be hosting all workshops and open classes in modified indoor-outdoor spaces, covered outdoor spaces, and outdoors. Please come prepared with warm, layered clothing, as well as wet weather gear in case Mother Nature blesses us with rain during your stay. Workshops will be held in a covered space with heaters, and may move back and forth from outdoor spaces into covered spaces.

Yoga Nidra Retreat: Rest, Restore, and Rewrite Your Life
2021-05-24 - 2021-05-28
May 24, 2021
  -  
May 28, 2021
May 24, 2021
Yoga Nidra Retreat: Rest, Restore, and Rewrite Your Life
John Vosler

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell, mythologist and Esalen instructor

Letting go of entrenched ideas – of who we are, of how the world works, of our place in it – is a challenge. It takes energy. Time. Space. Security. This growth asks us to delve into ourselves and to understand the depths of our connections. It’s the driver of change both personal and societal, and it’s always been at the core of Esalen.

The Rituals of Esalen program gives you and a partner five days of peace, space, and natural beauty so you can do the work of growth. Enjoy serenity for the mind, support for the body, stimulus for the spirit, and nourishment for all three. Direct your full energy to connecting with yourself, your partner, and the world around you while drawing on the best of Esalen’s rituals and practices:

  • Exploring human potential. The dynamic schedule changes weekly, but always features opportunities to sit in meditation and mindfulness, explore embodiment and movement practices, and connect with nature. An opening circle hosted by our Teacher in Residence welcomes you as you begin your stay, while a closing circle on the final day provides a mindful way to conclude your experience.
  • Feeding mind and body. Savor three healthy meals a day. Our dynamic kitchen draws on global culinary traditions, using the fruits of the Esalen Farm & Garden and other local providers to create plant-based meals that support holistic health – for you and for the earth.
  • Creating space for reflection. Esalen’s beloved mineral hot springs perch over the Pacific Ocean, a juxtaposition of intimate and infinite. A core part of Esalen from its inception, they’re an ideal place to reflect, find clarity, and set new intentions.

During the days, be inspired by the rugged, wild Big Sur coastline. Use the tranquil evenings ideal for stargazing and contemplation, or spend time exploring the day’s insights with your partner. Unplug. Take advantage of the safety and respite, and rediscover who you are and what you bring to the world so you can return with renewed energy.

The upheavals that punctuate life are valuable opportunities for transformation, if we have the time and space to work through it. That's the gift of Esalen: the expanse you need to distill your intentions and reawaken the change agent within.

Rituals of Esalen
2021-05-28 - 2021-05-30
May 28, 2021
  -  
May 30, 2021
May 28, 2021
Rituals of Esalen
Teacher in Residence

Are you longing to be in the beauty of the outdoors and relish in the wonder of nature? After a long year spent looking at too many screens, step outside and meditate, serenaded by the lulling sounds of the ocean, cradled by rolling hills, and uplifted by exquisite gardens.

Following ancient spiritual traditions that value the transformative power of nature, this experiential workshop will be spent meditating entirely outdoors among the natural beauty and mystery of Esalen. Whether under a blazing sunset or in the stillness of cypress trees, we will open to the profound serenity and wisdom of nature. We will cultivate mindfulness — being present to ourselves while developing a contemplative relationship with nature. This leads to beautiful states of joy, peace, wonder, love and connection with oneself, one another and the larger web of life.

During our time together, there will be 

  • Nature-based meditations 
  • Sitting and walking mindfulness techniques
  • Individual and group practice
  • Talks on meditation and nature 
  • Silent time to sense the wonder of nature
  • Discussion on the art of meditation in nature 

This workshop is appropriate for beginning and experienced meditators who are curious about meditation, mindfulness, and how to deepen our connection with the beauty and mystery of the natural world. Be prepared for unexpected rapture, delight, mystery. and stillness.

Recommended reading: Mark Coleman, Awake in the Wild

Awake in the Wild: Meditation in Nature
2021-05-28 - 2021-05-30
May 28, 2021
  -  
May 30, 2021
May 28, 2021
Awake in the Wild: Meditation in Nature
Mark Coleman

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell, mythologist and Esalen instructor

Letting go of entrenched ideas – of who we are, of how the world works, of our place in it – is a challenge. It takes energy. Time. Space. Security. This growth asks us to delve into ourselves and to understand the depths of our connections. It’s the driver of change both personal and societal, and it’s always been at the core of Esalen.

The Rituals of Esalen program gives you and a partner five days of peace, space, and natural beauty so you can do the work of growth. Enjoy serenity for the mind, support for the body, stimulus for the spirit, and nourishment for all three. Direct your full energy to connecting with yourself, your partner, and the world around you while drawing on the best of Esalen’s rituals and practices:

  • Exploring human potential. The dynamic schedule changes weekly, but always features opportunities to sit in meditation and mindfulness, explore embodiment and movement practices, and connect with nature. An opening circle hosted by our Teacher in Residence welcomes you as you begin your stay, while a closing circle on the final day provides a mindful way to conclude your experience.
  • Feeding mind and body. Savor three healthy meals a day. Our dynamic kitchen draws on global culinary traditions, using the fruits of the Esalen Farm & Garden and other local providers to create plant-based meals that support holistic health – for you and for the earth.
  • Creating space for reflection. Esalen’s beloved mineral hot springs perch over the Pacific Ocean, a juxtaposition of intimate and infinite. A core part of Esalen from its inception, they’re an ideal place to reflect, find clarity, and set new intentions.

During the days, be inspired by the rugged, wild Big Sur coastline. Use the tranquil evenings ideal for stargazing and contemplation, or spend time exploring the day’s insights with your partner. Unplug. Take advantage of the safety and respite, and rediscover who you are and what you bring to the world so you can return with renewed energy.

The upheavals that punctuate life are valuable opportunities for transformation, if we have the time and space to work through it. That's the gift of Esalen: the expanse you need to distill your intentions and reawaken the change agent within.

Rituals of Esalen
2021-05-31 - 2021-06-04
May 31, 2021
  -  
June 4, 2021
May 31, 2021
Rituals of Esalen
Teacher in Residence

Unique times create unique opportunities — like the one to enjoy Esalen’s Big Sur campus without attending a regular workshop. Right now, we have a limited number of spaces available for people to enjoy Esalen in an unstructured way. Shape your own personal retreat among the lush gardens and sublime ocean views with very few people around. Limited gathering sizes means lots of time to sink into your favorite book, journal, or yoga mat with the inspiring beauty of the California coast as your backdrop.

Stay dates for A Time To Reflect are flexible and guests may schedule their arrival any day Monday through Friday. Currently, Sunday night stays are not offered.

Please note that prices shown are per night, and there is a two-night minimum.

A Time to Reflect Week of May 31
Flexible Dates
  -  
May 31, 2021
A Time to Reflect Week of May 31

Dr. Shauna Shapiro — a leading scientist studying the effects of mindfulness and self-compassion on well-being — will teach you the most powerful, science-based practices to live a happier, healthier, more meaningful life. Learn basic brain science and get a clear roadmap for decreasing anxiety and stress, boosting creativity, and strengthening your sense of belonging and purpose. 

Each day we will engage in meditative practices to cultivate greater mindfulness and self-compassion. We will also engage in practices to cultivate  joy and a greater sense of connection. In addition we will practice daily mindful walking in nature and mindful movement (gentle enough for all). Science demonstrates that these practices can re-architect the very structure of your brains for greater calm, clarity, and joy.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone curious about mindfulness, self-compassion and how to deepen our connection with the beauty and mystery of life. All are welcome.

Recommended Reading: Shapiro, S. (2020) Good Morning, I love you: Mindfulness + Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire the Brain for Calm, Clarity + JoySounds True, Boulder, CO.

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity, and Joy
2021-05-31 - 2021-06-04
May 31, 2021
  -  
June 4, 2021
May 31, 2021
Mindfulness and Self-Compassion to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity, and Joy
Shauna Shapiro

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell, mythologist and Esalen instructor

Letting go of entrenched ideas – of who we are, of how the world works, of our place in it – is a challenge. It takes energy. Time. Space. Security. This growth asks us to delve into ourselves and to understand the depths of our connections. It’s the driver of change both personal and societal, and it’s always been at the core of Esalen.

The Rituals of Esalen program gives you and a partner two days of peace, space, and natural beauty so you can do the work of growth. Enjoy serenity for the mind, support for the body, stimulus for the spirit, and nourishment for all three. Direct your full energy to connecting with yourself, your partner, and the world around you while drawing on the best of Esalen’s rituals and practices:

  • Exploring human potential. The dynamic schedule changes weekly, but always features opportunities to sit in meditation and mindfulness, explore embodiment and movement practices, and connect with nature. An opening circle hosted by our Teacher in Residence welcomes you as you begin your stay, while a closing circle on the final day provides a mindful way to conclude your experience.
  • Feeding mind and body. Savor three healthy meals a day. Our dynamic kitchen draws on global culinary traditions, using the fruits of the Esalen Farm & Garden and other local providers to create plant-based meals that support holistic health – for you and for the earth.
  • Creating space for reflection. Esalen’s beloved mineral hot springs perch over the Pacific Ocean, a juxtaposition of intimate and infinite. A core part of Esalen from its inception, they’re an ideal place to reflect, find clarity, and set new intentions.

During the days, be inspired by the rugged, wild Big Sur coastline. Use the tranquil evenings ideal for stargazing and contemplation, or spend time exploring the day’s insights with your partner. Unplug. Take advantage of the safety and respite, and rediscover who you are and what you bring to the world so you can return with renewed energy.

The upheavals that punctuate life are valuable opportunities for transformation, if we have the time and space to work through it. That's the gift of Esalen: the expanse you need to distill your intentions and reawaken the change agent within.

Rituals of Esalen
2021-06-04 - 2021-06-06
June 4, 2021
  -  
June 6, 2021
June 4, 2021
Rituals of Esalen
Teacher in Residence

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell, mythologist and Esalen instructor

Letting go of entrenched ideas – of who we are, of how the world works, of our place in it – is a challenge. It takes energy. Time. Space. Security. This growth asks us to delve into ourselves and to understand the depths of our connections. It’s the driver of change both personal and societal, and it’s always been at the core of Esalen.

The Rituals of Esalen program gives you and a partner five days of peace, space, and natural beauty so you can do the work of growth. Enjoy serenity for the mind, support for the body, stimulus for the spirit, and nourishment for all three. Direct your full energy to connecting with yourself, your partner, and the world around you while drawing on the best of Esalen’s rituals and practices:

  • Exploring human potential. The dynamic schedule changes weekly, but always features opportunities to sit in meditation and mindfulness, explore embodiment and movement practices, and connect with nature. An opening circle hosted by our Teacher in Residence welcomes you as you begin your stay, while a closing circle on the final day provides a mindful way to conclude your experience.
  • Feeding mind and body. Savor three healthy meals a day. Our dynamic kitchen draws on global culinary traditions, using the fruits of the Esalen Farm & Garden and other local providers to create plant-based meals that support holistic health – for you and for the earth.
  • Creating space for reflection. Esalen’s beloved mineral hot springs perch over the Pacific Ocean, a juxtaposition of intimate and infinite. A core part of Esalen from its inception, they’re an ideal place to reflect, find clarity, and set new intentions.

During the days, be inspired by the rugged, wild Big Sur coastline. Use the tranquil evenings ideal for stargazing and contemplation, or spend time exploring the day’s insights with your partner. Unplug. Take advantage of the safety and respite, and rediscover who you are and what you bring to the world so you can return with renewed energy.

The upheavals that punctuate life are valuable opportunities for transformation, if we have the time and space to work through it. That's the gift of Esalen: the expanse you need to distill your intentions and reawaken the change agent within.

Rituals of Esalen
2021-06-07 - 2021-06-11
June 7, 2021
  -  
June 11, 2021
June 7, 2021
Rituals of Esalen
Teacher in Residence

Unique times create unique opportunities — like the one to enjoy Esalen’s Big Sur campus without attending a regular workshop. Right now, we have a limited number of spaces available for people to enjoy Esalen in an unstructured way. Shape your own personal retreat among the lush gardens and sublime ocean views with very few people around. Limited gathering sizes means lots of time to sink into your favorite book, journal, or yoga mat with the inspiring beauty of the California coast as your backdrop.

Stay dates for A Time To Reflect are flexible and guests may schedule their arrival any day Monday through Friday. Currently, Sunday night stays are not offered.

Please note that prices shown are per night, and there is a two-night minimum.

A Time to Reflect Week of June 7
Flexible Dates
  -  
June 7, 2021
A Time to Reflect Week of June 7

We are in unprecedented times. The world is calling for us to listen, and to change. For us to be radically alive. 

When you are radically alive, you are fearless. You are prepared for anything you might learn about yourself or about others. You are fully creative and able to navigate life in all its possibilities. You become a force of nature, a presence that helps life’s greatest potential to emerge.

In this 5-day workshop, you will:

  • Learn and work from the Principles of Radical Aliveness
  • Discover the power and wisdom of your deepest feelings
  • Explore relating to others in Radically alive ways
  • Work with conflict and differences as a pathway to deeper knowing of yourself and others
  • Take risks that allow new energy and awareness into your life
  • Use this laboratory to practice being in life in all of its complexity

The RA process may be unlike any work you have done before, demanding courage, committed engagement with others, and a strong desire to discover and develop yourself in an accelerated, intense timeframe and setting. In this precious time and space, we'll unearth the feelings that keep us from living fully, so we can understand and integrate them. Differences and conflicts become doorways to our deepest presence, and we can live the life we long for in ways that create healing.

This will be a socially distanced, indoor/outdoor, non-touching, radically transformative workshop. Radical Aliveness was made for these times. Come, let’s create a new world together.

Due to the nature of this work, an interview is required if you have not experienced it before. Please contact christina@radicalaliveness.org.

Come prepared for adventure! Due to social-distancing requirements and in accordance with Monterey County and California state guidance, Esalen will be hosting all workshops and open classes in some indoor space, modified indoor-outdoor spaces, covered outdoor spaces, and outdoors. Please come prepared with warm, layered clothing, as well as wet weather gear in case Mother Nature blesses us with rain during your stay. Workshops will be held in a covered space with heaters, and may move back and forth from outdoor spaces into covered/indoor spaces.

Radical Aliveness in COVID Times
2021-06-07 - 2021-06-11
June 7, 2021
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June 11, 2021
June 7, 2021
Radical Aliveness in COVID Times
Ann Bradney

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell, mythologist and Esalen instructor

Letting go of entrenched ideas – of who we are, of how the world works, of our place in it – is a challenge. It takes energy. Time. Space. Security. This growth asks us to delve into ourselves and to understand the depths of our connections. It’s the driver of change both personal and societal, and it’s always been at the core of Esalen.

The Rituals of Esalen program gives you and a partner two days of peace, space, and natural beauty so you can do the work of growth. Enjoy serenity for the mind, support for the body, stimulus for the spirit, and nourishment for all three. Direct your full energy to connecting with yourself, your partner, and the world around you while drawing on the best of Esalen’s rituals and practices:

  • Exploring human potential. The dynamic schedule changes weekly, but always features opportunities to sit in meditation and mindfulness, explore embodiment and movement practices, and connect with nature. An opening circle hosted by our Teacher in Residence welcomes you as you begin your stay, while a closing circle on the final day provides a mindful way to conclude your experience.
  • Feeding mind and body. Savor three healthy meals a day. Our dynamic kitchen draws on global culinary traditions, using the fruits of the Esalen Farm & Garden and other local providers to create plant-based meals that support holistic health – for you and for the earth.
  • Creating space for reflection. Esalen’s beloved mineral hot springs perch over the Pacific Ocean, a juxtaposition of intimate and infinite. A core part of Esalen from its inception, they’re an ideal place to reflect, find clarity, and set new intentions.

During the days, be inspired by the rugged, wild Big Sur coastline. Use the tranquil evenings ideal for stargazing and contemplation, or spend time exploring the day’s insights with your partner. Unplug. Take advantage of the safety and respite, and rediscover who you are and what you bring to the world so you can return with renewed energy.

The upheavals that punctuate life are valuable opportunities for transformation, if we have the time and space to work through it. That's the gift of Esalen: the expanse you need to distill your intentions and reawaken the change agent within.

Rituals of Esalen
2021-06-11 - 2021-06-13
June 11, 2021
  -  
June 13, 2021
June 11, 2021
Rituals of Esalen
Teacher in Residence

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell, mythologist and Esalen instructor

Letting go of entrenched ideas – of who we are, of how the world works, of our place in it – is a challenge. It takes energy. Time. Space. Security. This growth asks us to delve into ourselves and to understand the depths of our connections. It’s the driver of change both personal and societal, and it’s always been at the core of Esalen.

The Rituals of Esalen program gives you and a partner five days of peace, space, and natural beauty so you can do the work of growth. Enjoy serenity for the mind, support for the body, stimulus for the spirit, and nourishment for all three. Direct your full energy to connecting with yourself, your partner, and the world around you while drawing on the best of Esalen’s rituals and practices:

  • Exploring human potential. The dynamic schedule changes weekly, but always features opportunities to sit in meditation and mindfulness, explore embodiment and movement practices, and connect with nature. An opening circle hosted by our Teacher in Residence welcomes you as you begin your stay, while a closing circle on the final day provides a mindful way to conclude your experience.
  • Feeding mind and body. Savor three healthy meals a day. Our dynamic kitchen draws on global culinary traditions, using the fruits of the Esalen Farm & Garden and other local providers to create plant-based meals that support holistic health – for you and for the earth.
  • Creating space for reflection. Esalen’s beloved mineral hot springs perch over the Pacific Ocean, a juxtaposition of intimate and infinite. A core part of Esalen from its inception, they’re an ideal place to reflect, find clarity, and set new intentions.

During the days, be inspired by the rugged, wild Big Sur coastline. Use the tranquil evenings ideal for stargazing and contemplation, or spend time exploring the day’s insights with your partner. Unplug. Take advantage of the safety and respite, and rediscover who you are and what you bring to the world so you can return with renewed energy.

The upheavals that punctuate life are valuable opportunities for transformation, if we have the time and space to work through it. That's the gift of Esalen: the expanse you need to distill your intentions and reawaken the change agent within.

Rituals of Esalen
2021-06-14 - 2021-06-18
June 14, 2021
  -  
June 18, 2021
June 14, 2021
Rituals of Esalen
Teacher in Residence

Unique times create unique opportunities — like the one to enjoy Esalen’s Big Sur campus without attending a regular workshop. Right now, we have a limited number of spaces available for people to enjoy Esalen in an unstructured way. Shape your own personal retreat among the lush gardens and sublime ocean views with very few people around. Limited gathering sizes means lots of time to sink into your favorite book, journal, or yoga mat with the inspiring beauty of the California coast as your backdrop.

Stay dates for A Time To Reflect are flexible and guests may schedule their arrival any day Monday through Friday. Currently, Sunday night stays are not offered.

Please note that prices shown are per night, and there is a two-night minimum.

A Time to Reflect Week of June 14
Flexible Dates
  -  
June 14, 2021
A Time to Reflect Week of June 14

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell, mythologist and Esalen instructor

Letting go of entrenched ideas – of who we are, of how the world works, of our place in it – is a challenge. It takes energy. Time. Space. Security. This growth asks us to delve into ourselves and to understand the depths of our connections. It’s the driver of change both personal and societal, and it’s always been at the core of Esalen.

The Rituals of Esalen program gives you and a partner two days of peace, space, and natural beauty so you can do the work of growth. Enjoy serenity for the mind, support for the body, stimulus for the spirit, and nourishment for all three. Direct your full energy to connecting with yourself, your partner, and the world around you while drawing on the best of Esalen’s rituals and practices:

  • Exploring human potential. The dynamic schedule changes weekly, but always features opportunities to sit in meditation and mindfulness, explore embodiment and movement practices, and connect with nature. An opening circle hosted by our Teacher in Residence welcomes you as you begin your stay, while a closing circle on the final day provides a mindful way to conclude your experience.
  • Feeding mind and body. Savor three healthy meals a day. Our dynamic kitchen draws on global culinary traditions, using the fruits of the Esalen Farm & Garden and other local providers to create plant-based meals that support holistic health – for you and for the earth.
  • Creating space for reflection. Esalen’s beloved mineral hot springs perch over the Pacific Ocean, a juxtaposition of intimate and infinite. A core part of Esalen from its inception, they’re an ideal place to reflect, find clarity, and set new intentions.

During the days, be inspired by the rugged, wild Big Sur coastline. Use the tranquil evenings ideal for stargazing and contemplation, or spend time exploring the day’s insights with your partner. Unplug. Take advantage of the safety and respite, and rediscover who you are and what you bring to the world so you can return with renewed energy.

The upheavals that punctuate life are valuable opportunities for transformation, if we have the time and space to work through it. That's the gift of Esalen: the expanse you need to distill your intentions and reawaken the change agent within.

Rituals of Esalen
2021-06-18 - 2021-06-20
June 18, 2021
  -  
June 20, 2021
June 18, 2021
Rituals of Esalen
Teacher in Residence

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell, mythologist and Esalen instructor

Letting go of entrenched ideas – of who we are, of how the world works, of our place in it – is a challenge. It takes energy. Time. Space. Security. This growth asks us to delve into ourselves and to understand the depths of our connections. It’s the driver of change both personal and societal, and it’s always been at the core of Esalen.

The Rituals of Esalen program gives you and a partner five days of peace, space, and natural beauty so you can do the work of growth. Enjoy serenity for the mind, support for the body, stimulus for the spirit, and nourishment for all three. Direct your full energy to connecting with yourself, your partner, and the world around you while drawing on the best of Esalen’s rituals and practices:

  • Exploring human potential. The dynamic schedule changes weekly, but always features opportunities to sit in meditation and mindfulness, explore embodiment and movement practices, and connect with nature. An opening circle hosted by our Teacher in Residence welcomes you as you begin your stay, while a closing circle on the final day provides a mindful way to conclude your experience.
  • Feeding mind and body. Savor three healthy meals a day. Our dynamic kitchen draws on global culinary traditions, using the fruits of the Esalen Farm & Garden and other local providers to create plant-based meals that support holistic health – for you and for the earth.
  • Creating space for reflection. Esalen’s beloved mineral hot springs perch over the Pacific Ocean, a juxtaposition of intimate and infinite. A core part of Esalen from its inception, they’re an ideal place to reflect, find clarity, and set new intentions.

During the days, be inspired by the rugged, wild Big Sur coastline. Use the tranquil evenings ideal for stargazing and contemplation, or spend time exploring the day’s insights with your partner. Unplug. Take advantage of the safety and respite, and rediscover who you are and what you bring to the world so you can return with renewed energy.

The upheavals that punctuate life are valuable opportunities for transformation, if we have the time and space to work through it. That's the gift of Esalen: the expanse you need to distill your intentions and reawaken the change agent within.

Rituals of Esalen
2021-06-21 - 2021-06-25
June 21, 2021
  -  
June 25, 2021
June 21, 2021
Rituals of Esalen
Teacher in Residence

Unique times create unique opportunities — like the one to enjoy Esalen’s Big Sur campus without attending a regular workshop. Right now, we have a limited number of spaces available for people to enjoy Esalen in an unstructured way. Shape your own personal retreat among the lush gardens and sublime ocean views with very few people around. Limited gathering sizes means lots of time to sink into your favorite book, journal, or yoga mat with the inspiring beauty of the California coast as your backdrop.

Stay dates for A Time To Reflect are flexible and guests may schedule their arrival any day Monday through Friday. Currently, Sunday night stays are not offered.

Please note that prices shown are per night, and there is a two-night minimum.

A Time to Reflect Week of June 21
Flexible Dates
  -  
June 21, 2021
A Time to Reflect Week of June 21

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell, mythologist and Esalen instructor

Letting go of entrenched ideas – of who we are, of how the world works, of our place in it – is a challenge. It takes energy. Time. Space. Security. This growth asks us to delve into ourselves and to understand the depths of our connections. It’s the driver of change both personal and societal, and it’s always been at the core of Esalen.

The Rituals of Esalen program gives you and a partner two days of peace, space, and natural beauty so you can do the work of growth. Enjoy serenity for the mind, support for the body, stimulus for the spirit, and nourishment for all three. Direct your full energy to connecting with yourself, your partner, and the world around you while drawing on the best of Esalen’s rituals and practices:

  • Exploring human potential. The dynamic schedule changes weekly, but always features opportunities to sit in meditation and mindfulness, explore embodiment and movement practices, and connect with nature. An opening circle hosted by our Teacher in Residence welcomes you as you begin your stay, while a closing circle on the final day provides a mindful way to conclude your experience.
  • Feeding mind and body. Savor three healthy meals a day. Our dynamic kitchen draws on global culinary traditions, using the fruits of the Esalen Farm & Garden and other local providers to create plant-based meals that support holistic health – for you and for the earth.
  • Creating space for reflection. Esalen’s beloved mineral hot springs perch over the Pacific Ocean, a juxtaposition of intimate and infinite. A core part of Esalen from its inception, they’re an ideal place to reflect, find clarity, and set new intentions.

During the days, be inspired by the rugged, wild Big Sur coastline. Use the tranquil evenings ideal for stargazing and contemplation, or spend time exploring the day’s insights with your partner. Unplug. Take advantage of the safety and respite, and rediscover who you are and what you bring to the world so you can return with renewed energy.

The upheavals that punctuate life are valuable opportunities for transformation, if we have the time and space to work through it. That's the gift of Esalen: the expanse you need to distill your intentions and reawaken the change agent within.

Rituals of Esalen
2021-06-25 - 2021-06-27
June 25, 2021
  -  
June 27, 2021
June 25, 2021
Rituals of Esalen
Teacher in Residence

Writers take over the entire Esalen campus during this annual workshop. A tradition begun by best-selling author Cheryl Strayed, Writers' Camp leaders Samantha Dunn and Pam Houston bring together nationally known authors and participants at all levels of writing expertise, who together create a supportive, creative, informative, and inspiring week that's designed to ignite – and re-ignite – your passion for the stories you have to tell.

In sessions led by each of the distinguished faculty, you’ll hear lectures, do writing exercises, and discuss the art and craft of writing, from prose to poetry and performance pieces. You'll have the opportunity to share your work in a nurturing environment that engages and challenges writers of all levels, from the novice to the advanced. Because the focus of the workshop is on generating new writing rather than critiquing manuscripts, you simply begin where you are.

In an effort to amplify all voices that need to be heard, Writing By Writers is sponsoring fellowships to Writer’s Camp for emerging writers of color and/or members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Fellowship winners have already been selected for 2021. We will open the fellowship application process again next year for 2022.

Writers' Camp
2021-06-28 - 2021-07-02
June 28, 2021
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July 2, 2021
June 28, 2021
Writers' Camp
Samantha Dunn, Pam Houston, Steve Almond, Karen Nelson

Mothers are the frequency holders of the household. As the common phrase says, “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” 

In this self-care immersion, mothers of all ages and stages — new moms, single mothers, empty nesters, and those who are ready to become mothers — come together to explore the sacred path of motherhood. Yoga, dance, and ceremonial self-care provide sensual and centering practices that help clear and revitalize energy. Therapeutic journaling and wisdom circles help participants identify what truly matters. Ritual, prayer, and adornment provide ways to weave beauty into each day. A meditation practice is encouraged for stress reduction and emotional wellbeing. 

This journey includes contemplative and experiential circles exploring:

  • Motherhood as a spiritual path
  • Self-care and wellbeing rituals 
  • “Mom Guilt” and self-compassion
  • Mindfulness in daily life
  • The pelvis as a woman’s center of power and creativity
  • Familial and personal values related to life, parenting, and house-holding
  • Setting and resetting the tone, energy, and frequency of your heart and home

You will leave feeling seen and energized, and with a clear strategy for infusing your discoveries into your home life.

Included in your registration is a self-care list, habit tracker, and community connection via a dedicated WhatsApp group.

Movement, Meditation and Motherhood: A Sacred Self-care Immersion
2021-07-19 - 2021-07-23
July 19, 2021
  -  
July 23, 2021
July 19, 2021
Movement, Meditation and Motherhood: A Sacred Self-care Immersion
Jocelyn Gordon