Return to Human: Touching Our Hearts, Liberating Our Bodies
April 22–24, 2022
April 22–24, 2022
with Madeline Lam and Bri Boertman
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Within your body lives the intersection of trauma and resilience. It is here we can heal and create the more beautiful world that we know is possible. Our current culture of interlocking systems oppresses and severs our connection to the inherent beauty of belonging on this planet. For each of us to return to being fully human, we need to come home to ourselves. As Frantz Fanon writes, “Superiority? Inferiority? Why not simply touch the other, feel the other, discover each other?” We need to come home to our bodies to heal from lovelessness that perpetuates injustices.

Over the weekend, return to your human mind, body, and breath while reimagining and practicing new ways of being in the world.

  • Co-create a community rooted in rest, trust, authentic expression, support, and justice.
  • Unpack and analyze how interlocking systems of oppression impact our interpersonal lives and bodies.
  • Experience somatic tools to heal the lovelessness we all experience such as joy, connection, and pleasure.
  • Confront and rewrite violent social narratives about self and others that have become internalized beliefs.

In this workshop, we will experience our body as a source of wisdom and a site of empowerment and healing. It is here where lived experiences, memories, breath, and emotions are doorways to embodied ways of knowing. We will learn and experience how rest, play, and pleasure have the potential to create a world where all people have access to well-being. Join this workshop to imagine new ways of being and experience the healing capacity of creative expression, authentic connection, and sacred community.

Madeline Lam

Madeline Lam

Maddie Lam is a body-based practitioner and somatic activist who focuses on using practices of embodiment as liberation to answer the question: how do we all get free? Using yoga and meditation as pathways to deeper self-exploration, Maddie creates spaces for joy, self-intimacy, and connection to the greater collective.

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Bri Boertman

Bri Boertman

Bri Boertman, MEd, 500 E-RYT, has facilitated therapeutic yoga, art, and adventure experiences for nearly 20 years. Bri coaches people from all walks toward transformation and healing through emBodied yoga practices, connection to wild spaces, and creative self-expression.

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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.

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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