The Next You: The Art of Futuremaking
September 24–26, 2021
September 24, 2021
 - 
September 26, 2021
with Cassandra Vieten
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“The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. The activity of making them changes both the maker and their destination.” – John Scharr

Whether the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged you, allowed you a “great pause,” disconnected you from others, or thrown your life off course (or all of the above!) you now have the opportunity to reorient and craft the Next You. Meet your future self.

What innate potential lies dormant within you? What dreams are yearning to be expressed? What does it look like to come fully alive, to live fully integrated and embodied? While tapping into the transformational power of imagination and intention, this workshop focuses on creating a robust, loving relationship to your future self who will help you pivot the direction of your life toward your heart’s vision.  We will learn how to communicate with and embody your future self while mapping out the new terrain of your life in a process we call futuremaking. Along with the science of imagination, transformation, futuremaking and hope — you’ll chart a course for your next chapter. Your future self is calling you!

Join us for a three-day workshop where we will engage in futuremaking experiences: talks will spark insights, small and large group discussions will ground learning, guided imagery, meditation, and creative processes will connect you with your deeper wisdom, and movement and deep engagement with the beauty of Esalen will renew your spirit.

As we weave together cutting-edge science with deep experiential practices and rich connection with kindred spirits, you’ll be headed not back to normal, or even a “new normal,” but into a new extraordinary.

Recommended Reading: Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life Spiritual and Religious Competencies in Clinical Practice, by Marilyn Schlitz, Cassandra Vieten, Tina Amorok, Robert Thurman, Linda Lee Ratto

Cassandra Vieten

Cassandra Vieten

Cassandra Vieten, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, Executive Director of the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation, Director of Research at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UC San Diego, and former President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

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Workshop Schedule

Fri 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sat 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Sat 7:30 pm – 10:00 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.

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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

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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