Spiritual Massage: Laying on of Hands
November 25–27, 2022
November 25–27, 2022
with Carlos Sauer Tradições Nativas
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A renowned Brazilian trance medium named Luiz Antonio Gasparetto (son of famed spiritualist writer Zíbia Alencastro Gasparetto) was invited to Esalen in 1979. During his stay, Gasparetto channeled an ancient Chinese entity known as Chung In Lang who, through the medium, proceeded to teach methods of energetic healing and the cleansing of patterns to those present. Present and included was Maria Lucia Sauer, Carlos Sauer’s sister. After witnessing this event, Maria dedicated her life to teaching this healing technique both at Esalen and around the world.

In 1982, Carlos received these teachings from his sister as her assistant. He would eventually master the technique to become one of its teachers. He is now honored to bring Spiritual Massage back to its current place of origin, the Esalen Institute.

This workshop will offer practical methods for using the hands as instruments of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Participants will learn and practice the application of the technique as well as experience its personal benefits. The workshop is designed for bodyworkers, therapists, health professionals, and anyone interested in learning how to work with energy and bodies.

Please note that it is necessary that the students abstain from alcohol during the workshop. Participants will learn how to apply these healing techniques and will also receive its benefits. We will learn how to perform smudging with white sage and cleansing with sea salt water.

Recommended reading: The Book of Spirits and the Book of Mediums by Allan Kardec

Continuing education for this course is available through the leader.

View the course learning objectives.
Carlos Sauer

Carlos Sauer

A holistic therapist, ceremonial leader, teacher, and lecturer, Carlos Sauer works with Shamanic Spiritual Healing and comes from a long lineage of Brazilian mediums and healers.

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Workshop Schedule

Friday
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:30 am – 12:45 pm
3:00 pm – 6:15 pm
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.

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.

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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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