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100-Hour Esalen® Massage Professional Training
January 14 – February 2, 2024
January 14 – February 2, 2024
Nora Matten and Deborah Anne Medow

Please note: On Wednesday September 20, online registration may be unavailable for up to 15 minutes while system maintenance is performed. If the 'Register Now' page does not load, please wait about 15 minutes and try again.

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The Esalen® Massage professional training teaches the famed Esalen method and its underlying philosophy through an immersive experience at the Institute. Designed for certified bodyworkers seeking to deepen their skills, this 100-hour curriculum builds on Esalen’s legacy of interweaving body, mind, and spirit in a natural setting. Participants will have time to reflect and nurture themselves at the redwood canyon and mineral hot springs. After course completion, these graduates may call themselves Esalen Massage professionals.

This workshop includes:

  • The basic methods and techniques of Esalen Massage.
  • Daily exercises in mindful centering and self-reflection.
  • Awakening the senses and the art of being present.
  • Compassionate communication, which is the heart of the work.
  • Supporting the body-mind connection and process.
  • Right livelihood ethics and business practices.

Through lectures, demonstrations, and supervised practice, you will learn optimum body mechanics to support the slow flow of our signature long strokes, three-dimensional detail work, assisted movement, and energy balancing. The results will permeate every aspect of your life. The workshop pace allows ample time for personal integration and practice.Successful completion requires full class attendance, two hands-on assessments, and fifteen documented massages at your home site.

This workshop offers CE credit through the NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork). There is a $115 certificate fee. We look forward to sharing our love for Esalen Massage with you.

Advanced for post-certification students only. Please supply certificate type, source, date and number.

Recommended Reading: Full-Bodied Presence by Suzanne Scurlock-Durana, Touch, the Neurobiology of Health by Michael Changaris, and Bodymind by Ken Dychtwald.

Learn more about the requirements to receive continuing education credit.

Lead photo:
Kodiak Greenwood
Nora Matten

Nora Matten

Nora is passionate about teaching people to come more deeply into contact with themselves and others through the art of touching with presence, sensitivity and listening hands. She draws on twenty-three years of exploring body, mind, heart and soul as an Esalen® Massage practitioner and international teacher with focus on massage and embodiment.

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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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Workshop Schedule

Sunday
5:00 pm – 5:45 * How to Drop into Esalen *
7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Monday
9:30am – 1:00 pm
3:45 pm – 6:15 pm
Tuesday
9:30am – 1:00 pm
3:45 pm – 6:15 pm
Wednesday
9:30am – 1:00 pm
3:45 pm – 6:15 pm
Thursday
9:30am – 1:00 pm
3:45 pm – 6:15 pm
7:45 pm – 9:45 pm
Friday
9:30am – 1:00 pm
3:45 pm – 6:15 pm
Saturday
9:30am – 1:00 pm
Sunday
OFF

All hours are subject to change

Summer Groovers will experience Esalen in a format similar to our Self Guided Explorations workshops. Each Summer Groove week or weekend will open and close with a circle, and be filled with festive, nostalgic activities that harken back to those days of yore.

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.

Please note: On Wednesday September 20, online registration may be unavailable for up to 15 minutes while system maintenance is performed. If the 'Register Now' page does not load, please wait about 15 minutes and try again.

Accommodations & Tuition

Click Register Now to view availability of accommodations and all-inclusive tuition that includes lodging, three meals per day, access to the baths, and all activities on the Summer Groove schedule.

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

As of June 30, 2023 we no longer require a negative COVID test at the time of check in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

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

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.

All-inclusive Pricing

Nora Matten and Deborah Anne Medow

January 14 – February 2, 2024
Register Now

The Esalen® Massage professional training teaches the famed Esalen method and its underlying philosophy through an immersive experience at the Institute. Designed for certified bodyworkers seeking to deepen their skills, this 100-hour curriculum builds on Esalen’s legacy of interweaving body, mind, and spirit in a natural setting. Participants will have time to reflect and nurture themselves at the redwood canyon and mineral hot springs. After course completion, these graduates may call themselves Esalen Massage professionals.

This workshop includes:

  • The basic methods and techniques of Esalen Massage.
  • Daily exercises in mindful centering and self-reflection.
  • Awakening the senses and the art of being present.
  • Compassionate communication, which is the heart of the work.
  • Supporting the body-mind connection and process.
  • Right livelihood ethics and business practices.

Through lectures, demonstrations, and supervised practice, you will learn optimum body mechanics to support the slow flow of our signature long strokes, three-dimensional detail work, assisted movement, and energy balancing. The results will permeate every aspect of your life. The workshop pace allows ample time for personal integration and practice.Successful completion requires full class attendance, two hands-on assessments, and fifteen documented massages at your home site.

This workshop offers CE credit through the NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork). There is a $115 certificate fee. We look forward to sharing our love for Esalen Massage with you.

Advanced for post-certification students only. Please supply certificate type, source, date and number.

Recommended Reading: Full-Bodied Presence by Suzanne Scurlock-Durana, Touch, the Neurobiology of Health by Michael Changaris, and Bodymind by Ken Dychtwald.

Learn more about the requirements to receive continuing education credit.

Lead photo:
Kodiak Greenwood
Nora Matten

Nora is passionate about teaching people to come more deeply into contact with themselves and others through the art of touching with presence, sensitivity and listening hands. She draws on twenty-three years of exploring body, mind, heart and soul as an Esalen® Massage practitioner and international teacher with focus on massage and embodiment.

Read More

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.

Read More

Workshop Schedule

Sunday
5:00 pm – 5:45 * How to Drop into Esalen *
7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Monday
9:30am – 1:00 pm
3:45 pm – 6:15 pm
Tuesday
9:30am – 1:00 pm
3:45 pm – 6:15 pm
Wednesday
9:30am – 1:00 pm
3:45 pm – 6:15 pm
Thursday
9:30am – 1:00 pm
3:45 pm – 6:15 pm
7:45 pm – 9:45 pm
Friday
9:30am – 1:00 pm
3:45 pm – 6:15 pm
Saturday
9:30am – 1:00 pm
Sunday
OFF

All hours are subject to change

Summer Groovers will experience Esalen in a format similar to our Self Guided Explorations workshops. Each Summer Groove week or weekend will open and close with a circle, and be filled with festive, nostalgic activities that harken back to those days of yore.

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.

Accommodations & Tuition

Click Register Now to view availability of accommodations and all-inclusive tuition that includes lodging, three meals per day, access to the baths, and all activities on the Summer Groove schedule.

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

As of June 30, 2023 we no longer require a negative COVID test at the time of check in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

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

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.

All-inclusive Pricing