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Faculty

Esalen faculty represent a spectrum of disciplines, experiences, and perspectives — our faculty members have included Premal Shah, founder of Kiva.org; Robert Walter, Joseph Campbell’s longtime editor; mindfulness researcher Shauna Shapiro; and Wisdom 2.0 creator Soren Gordhamer.

Featured Faculty
Current and Recent Faculty
Sravana Borkataky-VarmaA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Sravana Borkataky-Varma

Sravana Borkataky-Varma studies Indian religions focusing on esoteric rituals and gender and lectures at Harvard Divinity School and University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

Josh BrahinskyA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Josh Brahinsky

Josh Brahinsky, PhD, studies a variety of contemplative practices. His work links anthropological and neuroscientific methods to explore the ways contemplation invites and shapes sensory capacity and experience.

Sadia BruceA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Sadia Bruce

Sadia Bruce teaches and practices in the tradition of Krishnamacharya as transmitted by Desikachar. She draws on an array of movement modalities to share an understanding of yoga that is integrative and vitalizing.

Keith Edward CantúA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Keith Edward Cantú

Keith Edward Cantú is an academic, musician, and polyglot with a deep professional and personal interest in South Asian religion and spirituality, especially tantra.

Dorothy CharlesA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Dorothy Charles

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.

Claudia CuentasA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Claudia Cuentas

Claudia Cuentas is a Peruvian artist, a researcher, an educator and a therapist (LMFT), specializing in the treatment and of healing trauma, cultural identity, and decolonization of healing.

Raphael CushnirA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Raphael Cushnir

Raphael Cushnir is a leading voice in the world of emotional connection and present moment awareness. He lectures worldwide and has written six books, including Setting Your Heart on Fire.

Laura DavisA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Laura Davis

Laura Davis is the author of seven bestselling books. With a heart to teach others, she’s helped people find their voices, tell their stories, and hone their craft for more than twenty years.

Laura DayA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Laura Day

New York Times-bestselling author Laura Day has spent nearly four decades helping individuals, organizations, and companies harness and develop their innate intuitive abilities to create profound change.

William DoniusA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
William Donius

A New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author, ideation facilitator, and speaker, Bill assists both individuals and organizations in getting "unstuck."

Eve EkmanA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Eve Ekman

Eve Ekman, PhD, MSW, is a writer, teacher, and contemplative social scientist designing, delivering, and evaluating tools to support emotional awareness.

Zuza EnglerA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Zuza Engler

Zuza Engler is a teacher of Soul Motion® and Open Floor Movement, creatrix of Embodied Inquiry, and a long-term Buddhism and Gestalt practitioner.

Robin Fann-CostanzoA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Robin Fann-Costanzo

Robin Fann Costanzo has been practicing and teaching Esalen® Massage nationally and internationally since 1993. She has a background in dance, yoga, and somatic therapies, with a specialty in trauma resolution.

Erika GagnonA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Erika Gagnon

Erika Gagnon is a multi-racial ceremonial leader, wisdom keeper, medicine carrier and “curandera.” With the blessings of her elders, she leads a variety of healing ceremonies and personal healing sessions.

Rob GarzaA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Rob Garza

Rob is co-founder of Thievery Corporation, known for their electronic-infused modifications of dub, trip hop, reggae, and bossa nova.

Joel GruberA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Joel Gruber

Joel Gruber, Ph.D., specializes in Tibetan Buddhism and tantric studies. Drawing from his research, he has created a modernized mind/body training system that enables individuals to access their inner divinity, and become it.

Daria HalprinA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Daria Halprin

A dancer, poet, educator, author, and therapist, Daria Halprin is a leader in the field of somatic movement/expressive arts education and therapy.

Steven HarperA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Steven Harper

Steven Harper is a wilderness leader, author, facilitator, and Big Sur resident. His work incorporates practices that cultivate awareness, grow somatic intelligence, and emphasize connection with nature as vehicles for awakening.

Lucia HoranA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Lucia Horan

Born and raised in the Esalen community, Lucia Horan received life-long direct training with Gabrielle Roth in the 5Rhythms® method and is formally empowered to teach Buddha dharma in all capacities.

Chungliang Al HuangA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Chungliang Al Huang

Chungliang "Al" Huang teaches Tai Ji philosophy, East/West synthesis, and the art of movement meditation.

Shamini JainA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Shamini Jain

Shamini Jain, PhD, 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.


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