COME ALIVE: Meditation for People Who Can’t Stop Thinking
April 18–22, 2022
April 18, 2022
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April 22, 2022
with Justin Michael Williams
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Being always on the go, on the grind, and non-stop producers has us ‘living’ our lives, but are we fully alive?
–JMW

Here’s the truth: If you can worry, you can meditate.

Learn the truth behind meditation and why it’s difficult for so many people. Build a practice that doesn’t just help you relax, but becomes a tool to help you become more fully alive.

On the beautiful grounds of Esalen, come and play, dance, sing, learn a deep practice you can take home with you, and come alive in your everyday life. Awaken to the truth of who you are, your creative power, and your soul’s calling.

With daily meditation practice, intentional ritual-building, TED Talk-style lessons, live music, morning movement, and a dance party on Wednesday night — this class will rejuvenate your spirit and bring you back home to yourself.

All are welcome. From “I never meditated before,” to “I tried it, but it doesn’t really work for me,” to “I do an app sometimes,” to life-long practitioners looking to learn a new technique of profound awakening through a dynamic way of practicing.

What you will learn:

  • The reason why meditation is hard for most people, and how to overcome the inner dialogue that stops you from practicing.
  • The five myths about meditation and how to avoid them when building your practice.
  • A scientifically proven way to build a daily meditation ritual that you can do at home, well after the retreat is over.

This is your time to give back to yourself, do something fun, and remember the truth of your existence in a space of community, family, nature, kindness, and deep connection. Take your power back from fear and claim your true vision and story of your one big miraculous life.

Guest Faculty Cristi Christensen will be leading special optional movement practices each morning. Cristi is an international embodiment and transformational leader, with a deep focus on meditation, movement, and the chakras.

From the ground up, this program has been designed to welcome people of all genders, races, identities, beliefs, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Expect a deeply rejuvenating week with a diverse group and a profoundly opening experience.

You are worthy.

You are enough.

We rise together.

This is your time — come alive.

Recommended reading: Stay Woke by Justin Michael Williams.

Justin Michael Williams

Justin Michael Williams

Justin Michael Williams works at the intersection of music, mindfulness, and social justice. With his groundbreaking book, Stay Woke, and over a decade of teaching experience, Justin has become a pioneering voice for diversity and inclusion in wellness.

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Workshop Schedule

Mon 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Tue - Thu 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Wed 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Open to All)
Fri 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

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

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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