100-Hour Esalen® Massage Certification Program
October 1 – December 17, 2022
October 1 – December 17, 2022
with Daniela Urbassek, Deborah Anne Medow and Peggy Horan
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The 100-Hour Professional Certificate in Esalen® Massage program offers a comprehensive training for certified bodyworkers who wish to add the Esalen approach to their professional repertoire. Esalen Institute pioneered many approaches that integrate body, mind and spirit, and Esalen Massage builds on this rich history in the depth of its curriculum. It also offers an experience of the “bigger picture” of how to use simple human touch to support healing within the whole person.

The workshop begins with training in centering, grounding, awakening the senses and developing the art of being present. The initial focus is on quality of touch, Esalen’s holistic approach to massage and the signature long strokes. By means of lectures, demonstrations and supervised practice, you’ll move into detail work and assisted movement, with attention to body mechanics and somatic considerations. Relevant anatomy and physiology concepts are also highlighted. You will learn communication skills for interacting with clients in a clear, compassionate manner. The course does not include the core curriculum required for certification by the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC). This certificate in Esalen Massage is open only to massage practitioners with at least 150 hours of massage training at a state-approved school and some massage practice.

Upon satisfactory course completion, successful evaluation sessions and documentation of 15 additional massages at your home site, an Esalen Institute-recognized Certificate in Esalen Massage for 100 hours will be issued. The certification fee is $115. Esalen is an approved School by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (school code 2700571) and the California Massage Therapy Council (school code SCH0010). This program is especially useful for those in the healing professions in working with their patients and clients.

Please note: this program does not include overnight accommodations; participants must live within driving distance (Big Sur Area, Monterey Peninsula Area, and San Luis Obispo Area). Tuition is $2,450.00 and includes instruction, meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), and access to the hot springs each class day.

The course offers 100 hours of continuing education. CAMTC credit is pending renewal approval.

Daniela Urbassek

Daniela Urbassek

Daniela Urbassek is a long-time teacher and practitioner of Esalen® Massage. She holds a masters degree in oriental medicine, is a licensed acupuncturist, and is passionate about the powerful impact of somatic and holistic practices.

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Deborah Anne Medow

Deborah Anne Medow

Deborah Anne Medow, long-time Esalen workshop leader, yoga instructor and bodywork practitioner, has spent more than fifty years studying, learning, practicing, and teaching various forms of massage, bodywork, yoga, meditation, movement, and awareness practices, drawing from Eastern and Western traditions.

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Peggy Horan

Peggy Horan

Peggy Horan gives Esalen Massage in a field of comfort and support, using stretches and deep muscle work to bring healing and relaxation to her clients. She has been practicing and teaching Esalen Massage for five decades and is the author of Connecting Through Touch, A Couples Massage Book.

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Workshop Schedule

Saturdays 10/01/22 – 12/17/22*
9:00 am – 9:00 pm

* no class November 26

More activities can be found on our open class schedule.

See general schedule information including arrival, departure and meal times.

Accommodations & Tuition

Click Register Now to view availability of accommodations and all-inclusive, program-specific tuition. Please note that not all accommodation levels are available for every workshop and additional faculty fees may apply.

We offer scholarship funds for those with financial need. Learn more.

Accommodations & Tuition

For this workshop, you will register and pay for accommodations and tuition in two separate steps.

First, sign up and pay tuition directly to

Second, click Book Accommodations from this page and enter the password to complete your reservation to stay at Esalen.

Prices for accommodations include your lodging, meals, open classes, and use of the baths and other facilities. View partner program accommodations pricing.

COVID Update

In addition to proof of vaccination, all guests and faculty must provide proof of negative test results at time of check-in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective January 7, 2022 in response to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant, all guests and faculty will provide proof of negative PCR, NAAT, or antigen test results at time of check-in. The test must be taken within 72 hours nd results must come from a laboratory or healthcare provider.Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective December 15 in accordance with new guidance from Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Health, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are required to wear masks in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, for the next four weeks (December 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022). Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective November 19, 2021, in accordance with new guidance from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are no longer required to wear masks indoors on campus. Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Starting November 5, 2021, due to substantial levels of COVID-19 transmission in Monterey County, a mask mandate established by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors will go into effect. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

All guests will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival starting September 3, 2021. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Masks are no longer mandated indoors or outdoors, except during massage sessions. Guests are not required to provide testing or vaccination verification before arriving on campus. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

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