Nature Therapy from Self to World: A Love Thy Nature Earth Day Weekend
April 22–24, 2022
April 22, 2022
 - 
April 24, 2022
with Sylvie Rokab
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What if your grief from witnessing the assaults on Nature could be tended by Mother Nature herself? And what if tending that grief could empower you to better steward your life and world?

This Earth Day weekend cradles you in the arms of Nature so the intimacy of that relationship takes you on a journey of mutual healing.

On opening night, Nature Therapy guide and filmmaker Sylvie Rokab welcomes you with a screening of her award-winning film Love Thy Nature followed by a Q&A. The other sessions invite you into a kaleidoscope of talks, group sharing, solo contemplation, and communion with the Esalen land, the beings that reside there, and the breathtaking coastline — deepening connection with Nature, others, and self.

Throughout the weekend, we will…

  • Engage in deep sharing and deep listening
  • Join together in a tea ceremony with music and poetry
  • Learn about and practice forest bathing
  • Create a mindful practice to be taken with you — wherever you go!

This amalgam of the ancient practices of mindfulness, forest bathing, and storytelling help participants transmute challenging emotions into hope, motivation, and passion for compassionate environmentalism — one that transcends divisions and reveals a mutual caring with Mother Nature.

Sylvie Rokab

Sylvie Rokab

Sylvie Rokab, MA, is an award-winning filmmaker and director of Love Thy Nature, narrated by Liam Neeson. She is a nature therapy guide trained with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. Sylvie seeks to inspire a diverse audience to transform their relationship with nature and ignite a desire to protect our vital and spellbinding more-than-human world.

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Workshop Schedule

Fri 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am – 12:45 pm
Sat 3:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Sun 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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