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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
Janis Cooke NewmanA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Janis Cooke Newman

Janis Cooke Newman is the author of two award-winning novels and a memoir. She is also the founder of the Lit Camp writers conference, and Creative Caffeine Daily, an online community for writers.

Vivien SansourA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Vivien Sansour

Vivien Sansour is an artist, storyteller, researcher, and conservationist who works to enliven old cultural tales in contemporary presentations and to advocate for seed conservation and the protection of agrobiodiversity.

Lori SchwanbeckA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Lori Schwanbeck

Lori Schwanbeck weaves her passion for nature into her work as a mindfulness teacher, retreat leader, and Hakomi certified psychotherapist who teaches mindfulness-based emotional intelligence programs internationally.

Janet StoneA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Janet Stone

Janet Stone teaches in San Francisco and leads retreats internationally, blending a wealth of knowledge and yoga experience to create a unique, vigorous yet sumptuous approach to Vinyasa yoga.

Anne Van de WaterA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Anne Van de Water

Anne Van de Water is a certified life coach, health and wellness teacher, and inspirational spiritual guide. She helps huge-hearted change makers cultivate True Self Mastery to authentically live, love, lead and thrive.

Paula WildA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Paula Wild

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.

Justin Michael WilliamsA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Justin Michael Williams

Justin Michael Williams works at the intersection of social justice, mindfulness, and personal growth — with a touch of music that brings it all to life — empowering people with practical tools for transformation.


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