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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.
Chungliang "Al" Huang teaches Tai Ji philosophy, East/West synthesis, and the art of movement meditation.
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Paula Wild is a yoga teacher and certified Yoga Therapist. Her passion and expertise lies in offering yoga and mindfulness practices in the outdoors with a focus on our deep connection to nature and the Five Elements.
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 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 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 Chen is the co-founder of Spellbound Yoga, best-selling author of Happy-Go-Yoga, and a long-time student of Ayurveda.
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 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 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 is co-founder of Thievery Corporation, known for their electronic-infused modifications of dub, trip hop, reggae, and bossa nova.
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 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 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.
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.
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 Jones is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, author, and writing consultant.
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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