This March 13 & 14, Esalen Institute proudly presents the first of our digital summit series, The Way Forward: How To Stay Inspired, Reintegrate, and Find Hope in the Shadow of the Pandemic.
The Way Forward Digital Series will explore the concept of collective trauma, how it both unifies and divides us, and most importantly, how we can face it together to heal on a local and national level. In this first event, Christine Chen, host of Esalen Live!, bestselling author, master yoga teacher, and Ayurveda advisor, will engage Esalen teachers, activists and thought leaders, and movement, embodiment, and meditation practitioners at the top of their fields to reveal what they’ve learned from the experiences of this past year and help us re-envision our world.
The two-day program includes multiple tracks to dig into, from interviews with incredible thought leaders and activists to a session on prolonged somatic grief processing through dance and movement. Each speaker interview will be followed by a live Q&A with the Speaker, and every attendee is welcome to join in connecting with our luminaries. In true Esalen style, we will open the event on Saturday and close it on Sunday with a group awareness practice. These Friends of Esalen check-ins will be hosted by Jessica Hartzell, leader of our Community and Advancement Team.
The roster of world-class speakers includes Ken Dychtwald, Justin Michael Williams, Shamini Jain, Shelly Tygielski, and Ira Israel, and incredible movement, meditation and embodiment teachers like Lucia Horan, Janet Stone, Lorin Roche, Deva Munay, and more.
We're all living through this challenging moment together and need tools to cope and re-imagine, so The Way Forward is available to all, completely free. To support this great work and help Esalen make high-caliber digital experiences accessible to everyone, you may choose to contribute on a sliding scale.
Contributions starting at $99 or higher will give you the opportunity to go back and see any of the fantastic presenters that you may have missed the first time. We want you to have the freedom to choose your own experience, and we also don’t want you to miss a thing! In this second offering, we include full replay access to all the sessions for up to a full year, so you can go back and see the sessions you missed, or replay them whenever you need them.
All attendees, whether free or paid, get a complimentary one-year Friends of Esalen membership, and access to the Integration Journal Prompts, written to guide you through your healing process after the event has come to a close.
Announcements for the second- and third-quarter summits in June and September will follow in the coming weeks.
Ken Dychtwald is a long-time Esalen lover, a gerontologist, psychologist, educator, author, lecturer, consultant and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Age Wave and has been a leading thinker on aging-related issues since 1974.
From growing up with gunshot holes outside of his bedroom window, to sharing the stage with Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra, Justin Michael Williams knows the power of healing to overcome. He is the author of Stay Woke: A Meditation Guide for the Rest of Us, a top 20 recording artist, and a pioneering millennial voice for diversity and inclusion in wellness.
Shamini Jain, PhD, is the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI) and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Diego. Shamini integrates clinical psychology, psychoneuroimmunology, vocal performance, and East Indian spiritual practice to teach others how they can best heal themselves and live joyful, meaningful lives.
Dorothy Charles has been a student and teacher at Esalen since 1982. A student of Esalen co-founder Richard Price, she combines Esalen body-centered Gestalt with relational Gestalt theory, and leads workshops in Asia, Europe, and the U.S.
Ira Israel is a licensed psychotherapist and author of How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You're an Adult: The Path to Authenticity, as well as A Beginner’s Guide to Happiness, A Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness Meditation, Mindfulness for Anxiety, and Yoga for Depression and Anxiety.
Janet Stone traveled to India in 1996, where she dedicated herself to a conscious evolution through yoga. Janet blends a wealth of knowledge and yoga experience to create a unique, vigorous yet sumptuous approach to Vinyasa yoga. She teaches in San Francisco and leads retreats internationally.
Lucia Horan was born and raised in the Esalen community. She has been teaching since 1998. Lucia received life-long direct training with Gabrielle Roth in the 5Rhythms® method. She is formally empowered to teach Buddha dharma in all capacities. Her unique perspectives on insight have been published in the book Dancing with Dharma: Essays on Movement And Dance in Western Buddhism.
Mark Coleman is a Buddhist meditation teacher who has been teaching insight meditation for 20 years. He is author of Awake in the Wild, From Suffering to Peace, and Make Peace with Your Mind, and leads nature-based meditation retreats and mindfulness teacher trainings in the U.S. and Europe.
Lorin Roche, PhD, has practiced and taught meditation since 1968. He earned his degree for research in the language of meditation. He is the author of The Radiance Sutras, and with his wife, Camille Maurine, Meditation Secrets for Women.
Camille Maurine is the author of Meditation Secrets for Women and Meditation 24/7. Camille's work synthesizes meditation, movement, and expression, with a keen passion for women’s spiritual empowerment and embodiment.
Kirti Srivastava builds connections between the arts and healing to provide a holistic approach to honoring the whole being in all areas of life in order to heal, grow, and expand.
Jeffrey Williams is the founder of Lifestyles of Light and Vitalist Institute. He is a multi-disciplinary transformation artist teaching and facilitating through movement, breath and sound, and self-governance since 1999.
Swirl Jordan Moore, SWIRL LIFE founder and teacher/guide/facilitator at the Vitalist Institute has been leading people through self love to full expression for eight years.
Deva is passionate about the transformational power of sacred sound. She has a certificate in Sound Healing from the Globe Institute of Sound & Consciousness in San Francisco, and lives in Big Sur where she leads sound journeys and teaches yoga, meditation, and her signature class “the Hive and Hum,” about honeybees and frequency.
Dr. Ann-Louise Lockhart is a pediatric psychologist, parent coach, author, and owner of A New Day Pediatric Psychology. She’s a speaker and writer on parenting, childhood diagnoses, ADHD, executive functioning, and racism. Dr. Lockhart is also a freelance writer for PureWow, PBS Kids for Parents, a contributor for The Gottman Institute, and serves as a board member for the VeryWell Review Board.
Julia is a tender-hearted, trauma-sensitive yoga teacher. Her modalities include somatic healing, tarot reading, and photography. She weaves ritual, narrative, and body-based awareness together to help others move through their suffering and into a richer, more balanced life.
Christine Chen is the co-founder of Spellbound Yoga and best-selling author of Happy-Go-Yoga. Christine’s 20-year study of infusing yoga and Ayurveda into her life and teachings helped her emerge from painful traumas to embrace empowered, natural well-being. (E-RYT500 + E-RYT300 Lotus Flow/Ayurveda; YACEP)
Robin Wilner is a master yoga teacher, certified holistic nutritionist, and co-founder of Spellbound Yoga. She devotes her lifestyle and teachings to healing with food and yoga as medicine, drawing from Ayurvedic principles and her vast studies over the past decade. (E-RYT500, YACEP, MS Holistic Nutrition).
Janis Cooke Newman is the author of two award-winning novels and a memoir. She is also the founder of the Lit Camp writers conference, and Creative Caffeine Daily, an online community for writers. She is also a long-time Buddhist practitioner.