Unlocking the Creative Within Through Yoga, Writing, and Mindfulness
January 7–9, 2022
January 7, 2022
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January 9, 2022
with Cara Chandler and Darnell Lamont Walker
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After the holiday season, it’s time to return to the inward journey, to focus on your inner artist. Whether you are just beginning your creative journey or returning, this workshop utilizes approachable modalities of yoga, meditation, and writing, welcoming all to attend.

Using humor, levity, and creativity, intuitive meditation and movement guide Cara Chandler and writer, artist, and creator Darnell Lamont Walker will lead you through the journey of affirming your inner artist, recognizing your creative blocks, and understanding the creative process.

In a group setting, you will move your body, find your breath, observe your mind, and fill pages with your words. This workshop will include:

  • All-levels holistic yoga
  • Awareness meditations
  • Journaling and creative writing
  • Finding and writing your story
  • A playful and supportive community

Each movement and mindfulness segment will calm your body and mind while connecting you with your inner voice. The yoga practice is a holistic, Hatha-inspired approach, with a physical practice to support you in re-discovering your intuition. The meditation practice shifts you out of the analytical mind to bring awareness to your subtle body, breath, and creative obstacles. The writing practice is a natural, complementary practice to yoga and meditation, bringing the mind together with the embodied self.

Darnell’s work as a writing teacher is based on years of healing writing practices and is greatly inspired by writers and teachers who encouraged their students and readers to let go of fear and live fully in their creativity. This weekend workshop will foster an environment that will encourage you to confidently call yourself an artist. You will have the opportunity to authentically cultivate techniques and rituals that will fuel your creativity and give you the audacity to integrate it all into your daily lives.

Cara Chandler

Cara Chandler

Using her background in entertainment paired with yoga, meditation, and psychology, Cara Chandler has crafted a practice to support self-discovery and cultivate a mind-body connection. She is 200-hour Hatha Yoga Certified and 300-hour Holistic Yoga Flow Certified.

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Darnell Lamont Walker

Darnell Lamont Walker

Darnell Lamont Walker is – above most things – a writer. After that, he’s a filmmaker, children’s media content creator, and world explorer, obsessed with cultural exchange, letter writing, pho noodle soup, and finding ways to change the world through creativity.

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Workshop Schedule

Fri 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 12:30 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.

First, sign up and pay tuition directly to
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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

Effective January 14, 2022 in response to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant, all guests and faculty will provide proof of negative test results at time of check-in, in addition to proof of vaccination. The test must be taken within 5-7 days (if PCR/NAAT) or 24 hours (if antigen). If you are unable to secure a PCR/NAAT or antigen test from a test provider, we will allow an at-home rapid test to be taken on your arrival day. Bring it with you and have it ready to show at the gate when you arrive. Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines 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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