Metta and the Divine Abodes: Meditation, Yoga, and Wisdom to Live a Better Life
April 11–15, 2022
April 11–15, 2022
with Hannah Muse
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The Brahmavihārās (Divine Abodes) are profound practices to uncover your natural capacity to live your life easefully with love, connection, joy, and wisdom. In this experiential workshop, we’ll experience daily formal meditation practice, story-telling and song, relational mindfulness practices, self-directed neuroplasticity, yoga, and somatic play to explore the Divine Abodes.

Considered the classical Buddhist Heart practices (also known as the “Boundless States” or the “Four Immeasurables”) they are:

  • Loving-kindness (metta) practices cultivate self-acceptance, relational healing, gratitude, forgiveness, and kinship with all beings.  
  • Compassion (karuna) practices cultivate tenderness, resilience, an open heart to suffering, and a greater sense of our shared humanity.
  • Sympathetic joy (mudita) practices cultivate happiness, generosity of heart, and celebratory participation in life.
  • Equanimity (upekka) practices cultivate wisdom, perspective, clarity, and an unwavering sense of trust.

Our days will follow a nourishing schedule of experiential practices balanced harmoniously with philosophy teachings, relaxing meals, community connection, and starlit soaks in the healing baths. Music, nature, poetry, shadow work, journaling, breathwork, and ritual will be woven artfully throughout our time together.

Whereas some spiritual practices are aimed at otherwordly enlightenment, the Divine Abodes help us awaken to the beauty, clarity, and vast possibility available right here — in our complex, often messy, mundane, and wholly sacred human experience. They are a pathway of unburdening ourselves of self-doubt, resentment, and regret. They guide our way home to that wellspring in our hearts from which unconditional love flows; where we contact our wholeness, discover radical acceptance, and remember our belonging in this world.

Join us if you long for a deep, playful, tenderizing workshop that may just touch your heart and leave you forever transformed.

No matter who you are, where you are on your spiritual path, or what you’ve been through, join us in discovering that renewal is possible.

Hannah Muse

Hannah Muse

Deemed the “midwife of possibility,” Hannah is a celebrated teacher of mindfulness, mysticism, and yoga. A mother and devoted student of Buddhism, neuropsychology, and mythology, she’s known for her life-changing, heart-opening teachings inspired by her deep love of the world.

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Workshop Schedule

Mon 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tue, Wed, Thu 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tue, Wed, Thu 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Fri 9:30am – 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.

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

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.

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