Travel advisory

Come explore Esalen's new 28-day residential study offerings. Our next cohort begins March 11.


Psychedelic Medicines and the Mind Weekend of February 2-4, 2018

View general pricing information  

This workshop's start date has passed.

Workshop Details

Psychedelics produce powerful effects on the brain and mind, including intensification of thoughts and feelings, alterations of sensory perception, and loosening of psychological defenses. Psychedelics reveal connections between brain physiology and consciousness, among the most mysterious and exciting arenas in contemporary science. In their plant and fungal forms, psychedelics have been used for millennia for medicinal and spiritual purposes. Scientific research with psychedelics has taken place for more than a century, and was one of the driving forces in the early days of biological psychiatry. However, the widespread popular use of some of these substances in the 1960s contributed to legal regulation that closed down human research. Now, after 30 years of quiescence, clinical research with psychedelics has returned to mainstream science. This workshop covers the history, botany, chemistry, psychology, and sociology of psychedelics, leading up to the re-emergence of contemporary research addressing the medicinal and spiritual aspects of these substances. The group will also explore the powerful and grounding mind states that can be cultivated through the practice of meditation, and examine how these states relate to states of consciousness associated with psychedelics. This workshop is of interest and value to anyone, including health professionals from all clinical areas who wish to more deeply investigate the mind-body connection.
For continuing education syllabus, see
CE credit for nurses;
CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs;


We offer a rich and varied integral learning environment devoted to cultivating deep change in self and society.


Experience twenty-seven acres of Pacific coastline paradise.


Make a difference and leave a legacy by becoming a Friend of Esalen.


A global network of seekers devoted to the belief that we are all capable of the extraordinary.