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Faculty

Esalen faculty represent a spectrum of disciplines, experiences, and perspectives — our faculty members have included Premal Shah, founder of Kiva.org; Robert Walter, Joseph Campbell’s longtime editor; mindfulness researcher Shauna Shapiro; and Wisdom 2.0 creator Soren Gordhamer.

Featured Faculty
Current Faculty
Sravana Borkataky-VarmaA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Sravana Borkataky-Varma

Sravana Borkataky-Varma studies Indian religions focusing on esoteric rituals and gender and lectures at Harvard Divinity School and University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

Ann BradneyA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Ann Bradney

Ann Bradney, founder and director of the Radical Aliveness Institute, works with groups and individuals using the Radical Aliveness model to address healing on the personal, interpersonal and systemic levels.

Sadia BruceA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Sadia Bruce

Sadia Bruce teaches and practices in the tradition of Krishnamacharya as transmitted by Desikachar. She draws on an array of movement modalities to share an understanding of yoga that is integrative and vitalizing.

Dorothy CharlesA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Dorothy Charles

Dorothy Charles has been learning and teaching at Esalen since 1982. A student of Esalen co-founder Richard Price, she combines Esalen body-centered Gestalt with relational Gestalt theory, leading workshops around the world.

Christine ChenA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Christine Chen

Christine Chen is the co-founder of Spellbound Yoga, best-selling author of Happy-Go-Yoga, and a long-time student of Ayurveda.

Raphael CushnirA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Raphael Cushnir

Raphael Cushnir is a leading voice in the world of emotional connection and present moment awareness. He lectures worldwide and has written six books, including Setting Your Heart on Fire.

Dr. Deborah EgertonA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Dr. Deborah Egerton

Dr. Deborah Egerton is a psychotherapist, an executive coach, and an inspirational Enneagram JEDI (justice, equality, diversity, inclusion) who teaches the value of the Enneagram for introspective self-discovery.

Erika GagnonA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Erika Gagnon

Erika Gagnon is a multi-racial ceremonial leader, wisdom keeper, medicine carrier and “curandera.” With the blessings of her elders, she leads a variety of healing ceremonies and personal healing sessions.

Rob GarzaA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Rob Garza

Rob is co-founder of Thievery Corporation, known for their electronic-infused modifications of dub, trip hop, reggae, and bossa nova.

Ben GeilhufeA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Ben Geilhufe

Ben Geilhufe is the director of community-based clinical programs for the UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center and co-facilitator of the Gender Therapist Team of the Central Coast.

Jocelyn GordonA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Jocelyn Gordon

Jocelyn Gordon is the mother of two daughters and is currently writing Make Space For Baby. She is the creator of HoopYogini™ and Bhakti Boogie, practices that merge dance with yoga and meditation.

Steven HarperA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Steven Harper

Steven Harper is a wilderness leader, author, facilitator, and Big Sur resident. His work incorporates practices that cultivate awareness, grow somatic intelligence, and emphasize connection with nature as vehicles for awakening.

Gitanjali HempA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Gitanjali Hemp

Gitanjali Hemp is the creator of Syntara System, an integrative, evolutionary, energy healing and awareness modality developed through the synthesis of traditional and cutting-edge healing models with her own spiritual practice.

Lucia HoranA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Lucia Horan

Born and raised in the Esalen community, Lucia Horan received life-long direct training with Gabrielle Roth in the 5Rhythms® method and is formally empowered to teach Buddha dharma in all capacities.

Chungliang Al HuangA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Chungliang Al Huang

Chungliang "Al" Huang teaches Tai Ji philosophy, East/West synthesis, and the art of movement meditation.

Shamini JainA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Shamini Jain

Shamini Jain, PhD, integrates clinical psychology, psychoneuroimmunology, vocal performance, and East Indian spiritual practice to teach others how they can best heal themselves and live joyful, meaningful lives.

Catherine Ann JonesA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Catherine Ann Jones

Catherine Ann Jones is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, author, and writing consultant.

The Brothers KorenA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
The Brothers Koren

With over twenty years as teachers, performers, and transformational leaders, Thorald and Isaac Koren are on a mission to hear the world’s song, one Big Voice at a time.

Deborah Rose LongoA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Deborah Rose Longo

Deborah Rose Longo has been an instructor of the Gurdjieff Movements for over 40 years, working with groups around the world.


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