Fundamentals of Esalen® Massage
August 19–21, 2022
August 19, 2022
 - 
August 21, 2022
with Rob Wilks and Silvia Guersenzvaig
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This workshop invites you to enjoy the rugged beauty of Esalen’s land and gain foundational skills in its famed massage.

Senior teachers will guide you in this experience of connection and presence, translated to the massage table. Through lecture, demonstration, and practice with your cohort, you will be introduced to the fundamentals, including quality of touch, respect, massage skills, and mindful body mechanics. You will listen to what is felt as well as what is said. You will learn how to comfortably drape, and how to easily apply the signature integration strokes, gentle stretches, and the all-important pause. You will have plenty of time for guided practice and to effectively share your experience. At the end of the weekend, you will be able to give a simple massage to friends and family back home.

The slow pace of Esalen massage sets in motion our natural healing process. Classroom tools include experiential exercises to awaken the senses, demonstrations, and table-side guidance appropriate for you. We will enjoy an optional evening in the hot tubs, birthplace of Esalen Massage, weather and space permitting. The class is appropriate for the new and curious as well as the professional who would like to rejuvenate their senses and the quality of their touch.

Recommended Reading: Connecting through Touch, By Peggy Horan.

Rob Wilks

Rob Wilks

Rob wilks is a full-time bodywork practitioner. He is a faculty member with Esalen Institute Healing Arts Department, teaching all levels of Esalen® Massage. He has taught massage and bodywork in Indonesia, China, and Italy, as well as experiential leadership education in the U.S. and Eastern Europe.

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Silvia Guersenzvaig

Silvia Guersenzvaig

Silvia Guersenzvaig is an international instructor of Esalen Massage. Inspired by the wisdom of nature, she has developed a practice of aligning presence and quality of touch. Her background includes multiple years on the Esalen® Massage staff, somatic healing, energy kinesiology, Polarity and Trager, and much more.

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Workshop Schedule

Friday
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:30 am – 12:45 pm
3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Optional)
Sunday
10:00 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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