Revitalize Your Purpose through Forest Bathing
June 11–13, 2021
June 11–13, 2021
Sylvie Rokab
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“Forest bathing” is the translation of Shinrin Yoku, the Japanese practice of mindfully experiencing nature through the senses. Since becoming an official practice in Japan in the 1980s, hundreds of studies around the world have shown evidence for what wisdom and indigenous traditions have said for millennia: that communion with nature improves our physical health, strengthens our immune system, elevates our mood and cognition, and heightens creativity and problem-solving.

During this special weekend, nature therapy guide and filmmaker Sylvie Rokab will guide you to deepen your bond with Esalen’s land, waters, and other natural beings – with invitations that help you clarify and connect to your most sacred life purpose.

What does Nature/ the Cosmos have in store for your life today? What yearns to be birthed through you? How to heal and release what stands in your way?

Join us in this deep partnership with the more-than-human world at Esalen to help you identify and dissolve the obstacles towards manifesting your life purpose – and (re)discover the beauty of your uniqueness, talents, and gifts that only you can offer to the world – at a time ripe for new beginnings, blossoms, and global transformation.

Participants often share that their stress dissolves, confusion lifts, hearts open, emotions surface, ideas spring — and they take home a renewed sense of connection, meaning and purpose in their lives.

Sylvie will share a link to her award-winning film Love Thy Nature in advance with an invitation to join a 45-min Q&A with her via zoom a week prior to the workshop.

Continuing education for this course is available through the leader.

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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 8:00 pm – 9:30 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.

All-inclusive Pricing

Standard Single Occupancy – $1,910.00

Standard Room – $2,510.00

Standard Room Two Beds – $2,510.00

Premium Room – $2,735.00

Premium Plus Room – $3,710.00

Point House Suite – $4,910.00

Point House Plus Suite – $5,510.00

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