Our Digital Extended Education Program begins in January with two unique online workshops.

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Our workshops are designed to support you in the challenging work of self exploration, in partnership with some of the leading minds of the day. Join us in discovering the next frontiers of individual and societal transformation. (Interested in a scholarship? Learn more here.)

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In his breakthrough works of channeled literature including I Am the Word and The Kingdom, author and channel Paul Selig has recorded a program for personal and planetary evolution as humankind awakens to its own divine nature. Through a series of lectures, attunements, and energy activations, you will be introduced to the frequency of the Word, which can be described as the energy of “God in action.”

Discover exercises for healing the self and others, along with practical techniques for developing and sustaining higher levels of consciousness. You will also receive individual instruction that will support you in moving through the physical and emotional blocks that may be keeping you from manifesting your own higher nature.

In this practical program, Paul shares ways to:

  • Become attuned to a higher frequency that you can trust and feel
  • Free yourself from patterns of limitation and fear
  • Learn to send and receive healing energies
  • Acquire tools to access your divine nature and transform your life

Spiritual channeler Paul and his Guides lead a transformational journey of self-development to achieve new levels of alignment, healing, and life purpose, and offer techniques to take the next step in your spiritual evolution and reach your highest potential.

During your time together, the program will feature unique channeled lectures, powerful attunements, question-and-answer sessions, and energy healing work. Discover how realizing your own true potential is inexorably linked to the well-being of others and our planet. The energy Paul works with is palpable and loving, and those attending will be supported in moving to the next level of their own spiritual development.

Join Paul at Esalen for this unforgettable experience.

I Am the Word: The Energetics of Consciousness
January 24–28, 2022
January 24–28, 2022
January 24, 2022
I Am the Word: The Energetics of Consciousness
with Paul Selig

Want to witness science in action while engaging in mind-body practices for greater balance, vitality, and wellbeing?

Research on the effects of contemplative practices is rapidly transforming science and medicine. There is now growing consensus among scientists about the viability of healing through mind-body practices. However, researchers are only just beginning to examine how individual differences (such as personality differences) might influence who is likely to benefit most from various forms of transformative practice.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how Stanford University researchers approach the scientific method through an onsite pilot study, exploring the ways individual traits predict change through practice, in particular, Integral Transformative Practice (ITP). Created in 1992 by Esalen co-founder Michael Murphy and former Esalen President George Leonard, ITP is a research-based program for realizing human potential and awakening our extraordinary capacities through dedicated practice.

Using mind-body exercises drawn from ITP, you will:

  • Explore the transformation you are seeking in body, mind, heart, and soul and create your own personal affirmation for lasting change
  • Engage in the ITP Kata, a 40-minute daily practice that integrates gentle movement, visualization techniques, relaxation and meditation
  • Experience Leonard Energy Training exercises to increase awareness and flow

Along with an exploration of ITP, you will discover, through a shared scientific journey, how researchers are beginning to think about the relationship between individual traits and the effects of transformative practice. The weekend’s pilot project will assess the ways preexisting tendencies predict the rate and type of change experienced after a weekend ITP workshop. Change will be measured by stress-related biomarkers, cognitive tasks, and well-tested psychological scales.

Transformative Practice Meets the Scientific Method
January 28–30, 2022
January 28–30, 2022
January 28, 2022
Transformative Practice Meets the Scientific Method
with Pam Kramer, Josh Brahinsky and Michael Lifshitz

Endorphin release is a natural and beautiful part of the results of working your body physically. But what happens after the endorphin high ends? Lauren McHale invites you to move, sweat, and share your truth with others.

This program is designed to help you learn how to become a better friend to yourself through movement, strength training, and interconnection.

We get to know ourselves through our shared experiences with others. In this workshop, Lauren facilitates an open dialogue about self-compassion while teaching various modalities for self-care, such as:

  • HIIT Strength Training — an all-levels, all ages welcome bodyweight HIIT workout focusing on exercise technique, form, and functionality.
  • Yoga for Athletes — focused on mobility, flexibility, and functional range of motion in order to create balance, strength, and stability throughout the body.
  • Guided meditation and self-compassion workshops that are inspired by the research and practices founded by Dr. Kristin Neff.

On Saturday evening, Guest Faculty Liz Andolong will guide the group through an exploration of what it feels like to rest and relax into one’s own body, a practice designed to encourage you to turn inward and lean into the practice of Pause. Gentle postures will be explored through breath and awareness, mindfulness and grounding. Release stagnant energies and invite more relaxation through Liz’s offering of Reiki healing to the group, a Japanese form of energetic healing.

Throughout the weekend, we will come together through physical movement, strength training, and shared experience. Too often we are moving from one experience to another without taking time to pause and notice the other people experiencing this life alongside us. Shared experience is the foundation for self-compassion! This practice asks participants to open up to their own inner knowing and to use this as a means for practicing interconnection with others.

Participants with severe health concerns that inhibit their ability to perform physical activity may struggle with this highly active program.

Recommended reading: Self-Compassion by Dr. Kristin Neff

Interconnection through Yoga, Strength, and Self-Compassion
January 28–30, 2022
January 28–30, 2022
January 28, 2022
Interconnection through Yoga, Strength, and Self-Compassion
with Lauren McHale

The New Year is a powerful threshold. It is an opportunity to listen deeply, reflect, restore, and create anew. Yet we often make resolutions that perpetuate the myth of self-improvement, while doing nothing to empower our heart’s intentions, thereby setting us up for disappointment.

This five-day retreat invites you on a powerfully restorative journey to exchange striving for compassion and clear-seeing, through meditation, mindful inquiry, relational mindfulness, conscious movement, deep time in nature, writing, and ritual.

Throughout our time together, the group will explore such questions as:

  • What are my deepest intentions for the year ahead, for my life, and for our world in this age of global uncertainty?
  • What lessons are there to harvest from 2021?
  • What obstacles or limiting beliefs is it time to release or forgive?
  • How can I fully empower my essence or center, which is the source of my deepest power and my peace?
  • How can I hold myself accountable for embodying my whole self?
  • And what is the key to balance, joy, and personal sustainability at a time when we are facing grave challenges globally and collectively?

The New Year beckons with possibility and renewal. If we open to this invitation with wonder, curiosity, and courage, we can position ourselves to receive the true guidance within and, at the same time, embrace the support of the universe on our journey.

Awake in the New Year: Setting Conscious Intentions for Our Lives
January 31 – February 4, 2022
January 31 – February 4, 2022
January 31, 2022
Awake in the New Year: Setting Conscious Intentions for Our Lives
with Deborah Eden Tull

Nearly 2,500 years ago, Buddha worried we had become too distracted — and that was before paper, let alone smartphones. Now many of our days are filled with convenient distractions that promise happiness while mostly delivering busyness and frustration. So many of us today live life in a hectic fog, working too much and noticing too little. When was the last time you gave something your undivided attention?

There is a different way. This weekend we will disconnect, slow down, and meditate together. We will learn the ancient Zen practice of sitting still, bringing our full awareness to what is now.

Our time together will follow a gentle schedule of sitting meditation punctuated by brief lectures, group discussion, relaxing meals, and soaks in the healing baths, all while we explore the process and practice of mindful living. We’ll be listening to our own bodies, noticing the food we eat, and truly engaging with the people around us – all to explore what it means to be fully present.

You will leave this retreat with everything you need to start, revive, or deepen your daily meditation practice. You will receive instruction in traditional Zen meditation and we will sit together in guided sessions, practicing what we’ve learned. We’ll work together on everything from the mechanics of sitting posture to the mental barriers we all face. We’ll discuss how to overcome common obstacles to meditation and the many ways to incorporate more mindfulness and presence into our daily lives.

Whether you’re brand new to meditation or even if you’ve been practicing for years, you will leave prepared to bring meditation into your life and mindfulness to your work and home – today and every day. Come reclaim a healthier and happier way to be.

Recommended reading: Dan Zigmond, Buddha’s Office: The Ancient Art of Waking Up While Working Well.

Meditation and Modern Life: A Zen Meditation Retreat
February 4–6, 20222
February 4–6, 20222
February 4, 2022
Meditation and Modern Life: A Zen Meditation Retreat
with Dan Zigmond

The Artist lives within everyone and Art can be made out of just about anything!

In this transformative workshop, we will use repurposed material in a whole new context of re-creation. Come experiment with a vast array of reused materials to create mixed-media mosaics, sculptures, and collages.

There will be an assortment of recycled materials and bits and pieces of yore and today to choose from:

  • Glass
  • Metals
  • Wood
  • Plastics
  • Paper
  • Photographs
  • Fabrics
  • Old artifacts

You will have the opportunity to explore and play in a whole new creative way.

In a beautiful, nurturing and supportive setting, we will reclaim society’s scraps and discarded objects to re-imagined meaning. Find your own inner voice of expression as you delve into the process of creating art out of different materials and mediums while learning new skills, guided and supported by Dana and Flash.

Not only will you have the opportunity to explore your own expression and immerse yourself in solo creations, we will also engage in a collaborative group project and enter the whimsical world of community-oriented magic and play. There is a transformative joy that comes from engaging with others in the artistic process. It opens doors unseen and forges deeper bonds between people. This shared experience is exciting and teaches us how beautiful it is to break down barriers and collaborate.

This workshop is geared towards anyone with the desire to create. From the beginner to the advanced, this is a time to explore new possibilities. It’s a time to leave the critic behind and allow yourself to play, nourish, and replenish the creative spirit. It’s also a time to enjoy the company and camaraderie of like-minded peers. It’s a time to discover the joys of what art based on community and collaboration is and how meaningful and grand a shared, creative experience can be.

If there are any recycled materials or special mementos or photos you have that you would like to bring and include in your creations, please feel free to bring them along!

Creative Catalyst: The Transformative Power of Making Art
February 7–11, 2022
February 7–11, 2022
February 7, 2022
Creative Catalyst: The Transformative Power of Making Art
with Dana Albany and Michael "Flash" Hopkins

To breathe well is to live well. When we befriend the breath, we expand our capacity for choice, change, joy, and healing. When we embody breath — allowing limbs and bones to express outwardly the dynamic, unceasing pulsation of life within — we touch freedom.

In this new and electrifying experiential workshop, we’ll explore and deepen the relationship of self-to-breathing-body through a number of somatic pathways: embodied movement, breathwork, presencing exercises, meditation in motion, and sound.

Operating from philosopher Havi Carel’s conception of breath as “a juncture of the physiological, psychological, existential, spiritual, and cultural,” we’ll practice dancing and digging at this intersection, and in effect access a felt reconnection to our wholeness.

Join Sadia in her signature practice, which draws from her many deep pools of training and experience. This deeply embodied practice will include:

  • A movement practice that draws equally from hatha yoga, calisthenics, ritual, Qigong, dance, and your own intuition.
  • Intuitive breathwork and pranayama to help you connect more honestly to the nature of your aliveness.
  • Sounding practices that liberate the use of your voice and guide you toward expanded breath capacity.
  • Guided dance ritual that will help you develop inner attunement and feel the limitless power of embodied expression.
  • Restorative moving meditation to access the powerful convergence of attention and surrender, giving you an embodied understanding of the power of yielding to both breath and life.

Together we’ll form a sacred community of breathing beings and establish conditions for the unobstructed flow of life force within and around our bodies and our lives. The natural, subtly explosive intimacy that exists between body and breath — and between you and your breathing body — can emerge anew, rendering you more sensitized to desire, pleasure, purpose, and power; to who you are, what you want, and why. Join us for this incredible experience.

The Power of Breath: Embodied Liberation
February 11–13, 2022
February 11–13, 2022
February 11, 2022
The Power of Breath: Embodied Liberation
with Sadia Bruce

This workshop introduces the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy and teaches healing professionals and all who are interested how to apply it to their own countertransference. Richard Schwartz developed IFS as he learned to set aside his trained assumptions and truly listen to his clients. IFS is a highly effective way of guiding people to a state of inner clarity and compassion (called the Self) from which they know how to heal themselves. From the Self, one can calm and transform troubling inner voices, compulsive distractions, and feelings of vulnerability, inadequacy, and overwhelm. These parts of the psyche are surprisingly responsive and resilient when addressed with respect and patience.

A therapist’s ability to remain steady, centered, and open-hearted in the face of clients’ extreme emotions or predicaments is central to his or her effectiveness. By utilizing IFS, therapists and laypeople can hold this Self state of loving kindness that allows others to heal themselves.

Participants will gain the tools to understand the role of the Self, discuss the role of mindfulness in self-awareness, and recognize the essential features of the IFS model. This workshop is for everyone.

The I in the Storm: Bringing Self Leadership to Everyday Life
February 14–18, 2022
February 14–18, 2022
February 14, 2022
The I in the Storm: Bringing Self Leadership to Everyday Life
with Richard Schwartz

We know that a consistent meditation practice lowers stress, improves health, strengthens relationships, and increases happiness. But did you know that cultivating mindfulness can also make you a more creative and skillful writer?

This combination writing and meditation workshop invites writers and meditators of all levels to delve deeply into both practices. Throughout the workshop, we will practice together in a number of ways to encourage your own work and practice to flourish. We’ll engage in…

  • Daily guided meditations that nourish creativity by encouraging you to be present to experience, establish a strong mind-body connection, and access emotion and empathy — all important tools for writing.
  • Daily bursts of free writing that give you an opportunity to tap into your creative energy — without judgment — so you can do your most original and authentic writing.

Both practices will be supported by discussions of writing craft to help you master the technical aspects of story-telling.

Each day, we will set aside time to share our work in a safe and supportive environment. As a special bonus, on Thursday evening we will invite the entire Esalen Community to a Public Reading. If you are interested in sharing your work, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up during the program.

By the end of the workshop, everyone will have acquired the tools necessary to develop a daily meditation AND a daily writing practice (and make them stick!). You’ll also receive a free month’s membership in the online daily writing community Creative Caffeine Daily.

Writing and Mindfulness: How a Mindfulness Practice Can Make You a Better Writer
February 14–18, 2022
February 14–18, 2022
February 14, 2022
Writing and Mindfulness: How a Mindfulness Practice Can Make You a Better Writer
with Janis Cooke Newman

What if there was a space where our love was not just tolerated, but celebrated? What if there was a place where our relationships were not judged and shamed but poured into with support, encouragement, and care? Come strengthen your couple-love and deepen your self-love in a weekend dedicated to LGBTQ+ humans.

We need spaces to navigate the terrains of intimacy, vulnerability, and trust just as much as straight-bodied humans. Our love is beautiful, strong, passionate, vibrant, and resilient. It can be challenging to focus on our relationships when we don’t feel safe, seen, or represented in the broader world. Join Toni Bergins and Erika Allison in a sacred and refreshing container for LGBTQ+ couples and friends to be ourselves, love how we love, and explore the depths of our connections.

Through movement, expression, music, ritual, and meditation, we will open new pathways for self-love. Through somatic partner exercises and heart-opening practices, we will open new pathways for couple-love. Embodiment and movement practices expand our inner awareness and invite our presence, allowing us to touch our depths and feel our aliveness, whatever emotions may come. Ceremony and ritual practices open our hearts and allow us to celebrate and honor the journeys of our lives and our love.

Throughout the weekend, we’ll explore…

  • Somatic touch exercises to deepen our connection to self and each other
  • Partner energy work and meditation to create new ways of connecting in spiritual practice
  • Rituals for healing and celebration to honor our past and shifting our stories into belonging and acceptance
  • Daily spiritual practice for grounding and reflection
  • Movement, music, and dance for embodiment, empowerment, expression, and sensuality
  • Forgiveness and gratitude practices for healing and connection
  • Couples Clearing Practice for communication relationship depth and sustainability

Together we will engage in embodiment practices, such as:

  • JourneyDance, a therapeutic movement modality that supports healing, expression and creativity
  • the Embodiment Series (body-mind centering, release technique, developmental patterns)
  • the Heart Series (energy work, somatic touch)
  • the Evocative Emotion series (light Gestalt psychodrama with music)
  • affirming interfaith spirituality and relationship blessing ceremony

Join us for a weekend of being and loving, bringing us closer together and strengthening our relationships. Get out of your mind and into your body, gaining a new sense of presence to deepen your love and relationships. By strengthening our bonds, expanding our capacity to be seen and heard, and celebrating our authentic expressions, we can cultivate thriving relationships full of joy, playfulness, and peace.

Folks identifying as LGBTQ+ only, please.

In this workshop, we define LGBTQ+ couples as any two people in an intimate relationship.  Please bring a partner (romantic or friend!) for this program; it is important that we have an even number of attendees.

Recommended reading: Gay the Pray Away: Healing Your Life, Love, and Relationships from the Hams of LGBT Conversion Therapy, by Reverend Erika Allison

Embodying LGBTQ+ Love: Celebrating Our Relationships
February 18–20, 2022
February 18–20, 2022
February 18, 2022
Embodying LGBTQ+ Love: Celebrating Our Relationships
with Toni Bergins, MEd and Rev. Erika Allison

Touch is our forgotten language. In this introductory massage course, participants will learn to listen to each other, gain the sensory skill of initiating touch, experience the felt sense of touch and muscle release, and close with a balanced tenderness. Seasoned instructors will offer exercises, demonstrations, and at-the-table guidance during the supervised practice. The simple principles of Esalen massage — presence, connection, attending rather than fixing, self-care, receptivity, and slow-paced strokes encompassing the body — will build a heartfelt experience with your partner or friend, and perhaps most significantly, with yourself.

By the final session, participants will share the basics of a classical Esalen Massage. Experienced practitioners and caregivers will find it refreshing to apply the Esalen method and notice its healing effect as their pace slows and the mind becomes focused on compassionate contact rather than technique.

Touch can evoke an opening to spirit, either our innate ability to move into healthful balance or a broader sense of nature surrounding us. The edgy wildness of Esalen’s grounds, canyons, hot springs, and mountain backdrop invites this deeper natural connection. The group may include an optional evening massage ritual in the baths, the birthplace of Esalen Massage.

Please note: you must register and participate in this workshop with another individual, who will be your practice partner for the weekend.

Esalen® Massage for Couples and Friends
February 18–20, 2022
February 18–20, 2022
February 18, 2022
Esalen® Massage for Couples and Friends
with Oliver Bailey and Daniela Urbassek

This five-day retreat is open to anyone — currently in a relationship or not — who wants to explore the idea that it is possible and optimal to bring one’s full heart to any important relationship. In a safe and supportive environment, this experience will offer ways to work with the parts of ourselves that stand in the way of giving and receiving love fully.

With the beauty of the Pacific coast to support and nurture your process, you will have the opportunity to explore many aspects of self-compassion in the following ways:

  • Learn about the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy and gain skills that make self-exploration engaging and deeply satisfying
  • Address the question, “Who am I in a relationship?”
  • Use tools to understand the nature of relational burdens and let go of old ways of relating
  • Engage in deep personal work that can lead to the development of new beliefs about yourself
  • Support and be supported by others on a similar journey
  • Increase courage to take new risks in connecting

Prepare to open yourself to the possibility of building truly connected relationships.

Self-Compassion in Inner and Outer Relationships
February 21–25, 2022
February 21–25, 2022
February 21, 2022
Self-Compassion in Inner and Outer Relationships
with Richard Schwartz

How are you doing?

Most likely, you have been challenged and altered in many ways during the past two years — an unparalleled time that has offered us all a moment to stop and reconsider our lives.  

According to the yogic study of the koshas, we have five multi-dimensional layers of being: body, breath, mind, consciousness, and soul.  When all five layers are aligned, we can experience powerful transformation and integration.  This five-day retreat is an invitation to come together as a community to integrate our experiences in all five layers of the self.

Drawing on the embodied practices of yoga, pranayama (breath practice), sound meditation, and conscious dance, we reconnect our bodies and minds this week, digest our feelings and emotions, and open ourselves to the wisdom of our hearts. Most of all, we expand our vision to include a bigger perspective on the suffering of the world.

We greet each day with morning yoga and breath practices, followed by dance, and then close with sound meditation and discussion in the afternoon.

The practices we cultivate this week help you:

  • Listen deeply to the questions foremost in your heart
  • Revive a sluggish nervous system
  • Release fear, inhibition, and judgment
  • Build confidence and creativity  
  • Manage stress and anxiety
  • Expand trust in yourself
  • Celebrate your strength and resilience

The physiological and psycho-social benefits of these embodiment practices that serve you during the retreat will continue guiding you into the future. Allow yourself to be nourished by this sacred land and hot spring waters, the healing and energizing practices we share together, and the friends you make, so you may return home rejuvenated and eager to continue walking your life path.

Integration From the Core: Embodiment through Yoga, Dance, and Sound Meditation
February 21–25, 2022
February 21–25, 2022
February 21, 2022
Integration From the Core: Embodiment through Yoga, Dance, and Sound Meditation
with Jovinna Chan

Burnout happens when our body and mind don’t have adequate recovery from all the action. Pushing on the gas pedal for extended periods can leave us buzzing with exhaustion and yet unable to rest deeply. And let’s face it, it’s impossible to be excited about life when we are depleted and exhausted, no matter how much you love what you do. Deep Recovery can help you rest, release, and recharge so you go back home feeling rejuvenated and with the skills to help maintain a state of inner resourcefulness.

Meditation is part of our survival instinct, a way to access rest and relaxation deeper than sleep. In this weekend workshop, you will learn about a variety of doorways into meditation that have proved useful for people living in the modern world, who have busy, responsible lives, who want to learn how to access deep rest.

There are thousands of different techniques of meditation. We will explore several that have been extensively researched scientifically, are pleasurable and effortless to practice, and can be easily done at home.

We will explore different ways to enter a meditative state so you can find what feels effortless and natural to you. In this rejuvenating weekend, you will…

  • Learn the skills to maintain a state of inner resourcefulness in your everyday life.
  • Discover some simple skills of meditation that you can share with others.
  • Have ample personal time for integration and for being held by nature at your leisure.

We have found that everyone can meditate. It is a matter of accommodating your individuality. We will show you how to modify techniques to suit your nature, and practice how to share the gift of meditation with others. And on Sunday, our intention is for you to return to your life having been held in the nourishing current of the life force, and restored by it.

Recommended reading: Meditation Made Easy by Dr. Lorin Roche; www.instinctivemeditation.com

Deep Recovery: Meditation for Caregivers and Anyone Facing Burnout
February 25–27, 2022
February 25–27, 2022
February 25, 2022
Deep Recovery: Meditation for Caregivers and Anyone Facing Burnout
with Lorin Roche, Camille Maurine, Dr. Maria Ramos, and Dr. Mayya Shveygert

Carl Jung believed the shadow to be the neglected, and often personified, parts of the self that we prefer to keep hidden from both ourselves and others. We begin a conscious relationship with these mysterious inner partners by seeing how our experiences of the “other,” are often extensions of our self. In some strange way, it seems we may enter our inner space by exploring the forces that move us in our outer space. Thus, when we look to the collective, we may reveal doors and windows that take us within. In our worldwide culture, the famous and the powerful — royalty, religious figures, celebrity figures, political leaders – placed on the pedestals of the divine, reveal an excessively over-valued reflection of both the positive and the negative qualities we sense or desire in ourselves. This is called shadow projection.

In this workshop, uncovering the root of these questions is the very quest we are on — to recognize that often what we seek “out there” is found within and that the unlived parts of us often carry a heavy burden whether we know it or not. Reflecting upon and integrating these beautiful segments of our bodies, minds, and souls offers us an invitation to a broader and more expansive life, greater awareness and presence with the nature of our personal experience, and the depths of the patterns and forces encountered in the human experience.

To explore and deepen your relationship with the ideas of how shadow projection and fame intertwine, we will work with practices like…

  • guided self-analysis
  • journaling
  • group discussion
  • active imagining
  • lecture and study
  • film

Join John for an unforgettable week of walking the philosophical path of the scholar and the seeker, and the deep work of cultivating a practice in yourself that will help open your eyes to how these various psychological concepts and ideas are expressed in our broader culture, all while soaking in the incredible opening and healing energy of the land and sea.

Recommended reading: Meeting the Shadow, edited by Connie Zweig.

Exploring the Shadow and the Psychology of Fame
February 28 – March 4, 2022
February 28 – March 4, 2022
February 28, 2022
Exploring the Shadow and the Psychology of Fame
with John W. Price Ph.D., LPC

In this turbulent time, how can you offer radical vitality to our world? What ignites your imagination? When do you erupt into awe?

What if your deepest longings and heartaches suggest something about your unique expression of the wild eros of the world? Eros is much more than sexual desire: it’s a deeply embodied, imaginative, mystical, soulful participation with the animate, intelligent Earth.

In Wild Eros, we’ll approach the waters, forest, gardens, and creatures (human and other) as a lover, awakening the wild body and mythopoetic imagination where everything is alive and intelligent. Our soulcraft practices will include ceremony, deep imagery, dreamwork, trance drumming, dancing, and solo wandering. We’ll live the question: If Earth is alluring us for her own purposes — very much the way the nectar lust of bees serves the desires of flowers — what wild child, what honey, will we create from this joining?

Geneen Marie Haugen and Guest Faculty Palika Rewilding will guide you through this weeklong exploration of…

  • Solo wanderings in nature with practices intended to help open wilder or mystical perception
  • Deep Imagery Journeys to explore the depths of wild psyche
  • Dreamwork with the intention of letting the dream do its work on the ego, rather than the ego working on the dream
  • Small group sharing of solo experiences with reflection and suggestions from the guides

Wild Eros is a way of falling into the deep mystery of soul as well as nourishing radical intimacy with other-than-human beings. It’s a way of embodied participation that amplifies our experience of Earth as sacred, and may reveal seeds of vision for our troubled, tender world — potent seeds for artisans of cultural renaissance: change agents, tricksters, artists, poets, therapists, activists, and true leaders.  

Wild Eros in a Fragmented World: Soulcraft as Radical Participation
February 28 – March 4, 2022
February 28 – March 4, 2022
February 28, 2022
Wild Eros in a Fragmented World: Soulcraft as Radical Participation
with Geneen Marie Haugen

Join Janet in this nourishing weekend designed to replenish the nervous system and adrenals, boost the immune system, and ground into simplicity. We will drop into the body, mind, and spirit to find space between effort and surrender, allowing our systems to release into their great integrative power.

Using slow and fluid movement along with restorative postures, meditation, pranayama (breathwork), and chanting we will create space in our bodies for introspection, move out of the cyclical fight-or-flight response, and cultivate sustainable power, rest, and healing.

We’ll practice:

  • slow yoga to cultivate sustainable power
  • restorative postures to promote regeneration
  • meditation to encourage stillness
  • pranayama to balance hormones and whole being
  • chanting to awaken your heart's longing.

Please bring a bolster, sand bags and eye pillow.

If you are traveling from afar and cannot carry all of these items in your luggage, email connie@janetstoneyoga.com, and we will try to secure some you can borrow.

10 hours CE credit for Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) available through Yoga Alliance; see leader.

Restorative Weekend
March 4–6, 2022
March 4–6, 2022
March 4, 2022
Restorative Weekend
with Janet Stone

Restore.

It can take time and great effort to move away from the ego-affirming busyness of modern-day life toward a reflective stillness. In this workshop we will cultivate this slowing, deepening, and going within.

Through slow, nourishing yoga practices, restorative postures, meditation, mantra, writing, and intentional silence we’ll allow ourselves to dive below the surface of our thoughts and identities to know ourselves more intimately and untether from the chords that hold us to old behaviors and belief structures.

With the power of this land, the healing waters, strength of community, and nourishment of slowing down, we will move toward a listening, supple, healing body.

Please bring a bolster, sandbags and eye pillow.

If you are traveling from afar and cannot carry all of these items in your luggage, email connie@janetstoneyoga.com, and we will try to secure some you can borrow.

Moving into Stillness
March 7–11, 2022
March 7–11, 2022
March 7, 2022
Moving into Stillness
with Janet Stone

Imagine if — whatever challenges life may present to you — the one thing you could count on is your own mind always being kind to you. That is your birthright, and now is the time to claim it! This weekend, immerse yourself in this mindfulness-based approach to self love and compassion.

Mindfulness meditation and other contemplative practices have entered all spheres of our society including but not limited to corporate settings, sport performance, medicine, and psychology. Science has confirmed the health benefits in immunity, brain architecture, pain management, and mental and physical resilience that has been part of an ancient system of mental and physical training through meditation practice.

You will participate in guided exercises geared to bring your body, mind, and soul into a self-nourishing whole person, and strengthen your ability to give love to others by first loving yourself.

During our time, you will…

  • Learn mindfulness meditation practice.
  • Take the time to experience your own loving attention all weekend.
  • Learn to take back the controls of your body/mind and create a more peaceful you.
  • Explore the breath.

Join us for an exploration of meditative practices designed to nourish your whole self and increase your capacity to give and receive love and care.

Open to all levels.

Love Yourself for Everyone Else’s Sake
March 11–13, 2022
March 11–13, 2022
March 11, 2022
Love Yourself for Everyone Else’s Sake
with Mark Abramson

The function of the brain is to take care of us and to be in sync with the body’s systems. Trauma changes the way our brains process information and the way our bodies engage with the world. Trauma makes people afraid to know what they know and feel what they feel. This is expressed in heartbreak and the state of being out of sync with oneself and one’s surroundings. This course explores how, because of altered biological systems, traumatized people continue to be trapped by their history and react to current experience in a myriad of ways as a replay of the past, shows ways to break the cycles of re-enactment and suffering, and explores ways of representing and befriending our inner experience.

Therapies that work all start from a basic sense of calm and safety. The calmer we are, the more we can allow ourselves to know what we know, and to feel what we feel. We will study and experience the capacity of EMDR, yoga, Internal Family Systems, sensorimotor practices, theater work, and neurofeedback to help people overcome a traumatic past and regain the capacity to be fully alive in the present.

Recommended reading: The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel Van de Kolk

Trauma, Memory, and the Restoration of One’s Self
March 14–18, 2022
March 14–18, 2022
March 14, 2022
Trauma, Memory, and the Restoration of One’s Self
with Bessel van der Kolk and Licia Sky

Sluggishness from winter begone!  Kick your heels into the air and welcome the spirit of spring with a fresh and fun Spring cleansing yoga workshop. We’ll lighten the load of winter lingering in our bodies with springtime Sun Salute variations revolving around the Solar Plexus to stimulate metabolism and a radiant flow of energy.

All practices focus on sloughing off the old and welcoming new energy with playful flows, gentle backbends, and energizing movement. Learn prana pulsing, coconut oil joint rejuvenation, simple chi activation, the art and science of dry brushing for healthy skin, and tension clearing yoga for the face and feet.

Certified in Anusara Yoga and the Halprin Life Art Process, Ulrika blends holistic practices of yoga, somatic movement therapy, and Swedish skin rituals with the elements of nature into movement medicine for body and mind. The many layers and systems of the body are addressed with balanced attention given to the physical and the energetic, form and formless, along with unique individual and more universal patterns. Think of Ulrika’s approach to yoga as anatomy and astronomy combined in body and mind.

Bring your playful self, a dry brush, and body oil for the skin to assist in this innovative and fun Yoga Spring Renewal. We’ll make spring cleaning fun.

Open to all levels with a minimum of three months yoga practice.

Welcome Spring: Fresh and Fun Springtime Yoga
March 25–27, 2022
March 25–27, 2022
March 25, 2022
Welcome Spring: Fresh and Fun Springtime Yoga
with Ulrika Engman

Polish your luminous body by revamping not just your yoga poses, but yourself, with innovative practices that renew body, mind, and spirit. Our yoga spring renewal practices consist of energizing movement, flow yoga, core activations, meridian sequencing, tapping, rejuvenating holds, and cleansing rituals based on the five elements.

We begin with yoga for the skin, sloughing off the old, learning a potent five-step cleansing ritual. Next, learn revitalizing fluid yoga sequences that stimulate the organ body before thoughtfully weaving muscles and mind together into a whole new radiant being. One of the sessions will incorporate a specific bathing ritual that takes advantage of the potent Esalen springs. The practices each day will be as fresh and fun as you will feel from partaking in this sparkling Yoga Spring Renewal.

Certified in Anusara Yoga and the Halprin Life Art Process, Ulrika blends holistic practices of yoga, somatic movement therapy, and Swedish skin rituals with the elements of nature into movement medicine for body and mind. The many layers and systems of the body are addressed with balanced attention given to the physical and the energetic, form and formless, along with unique individual and more universal patterns. Think of Ulrika’s approach to yoga as anatomy and astronomy combined in body and mind.

** Bring a dry brush, tongue scraper, and facial clay mask.**

Open to all levels of experience with a minimum of three months yoga experience.

Luminous Yoga Spring Renewal
March 28 – April 1, 2022
March 28 – April 1, 2022
March 28, 2022
Luminous Yoga Spring Renewal
with Ulrika Engman

The healing path has a trajectory. Gabrielle Roth called this, The Path of The Wounded Healer. It is here that we look closely at our healing process. We mark both where we are and where we want to be. We dance through the five stages of healing in relationship to being the victim, the survivor, the healer, the transformer, and eventually the one who rests in compassionate service.

Our sacred task in life is to transform the most difficult things we have been through into our greatest strengths. These are the stories of our resiliency, vulnerability, and strength. It is here one may learn how to move with what is and transform it to what we want it to be.

In the Heartbeat Map, we investigate what is moving through the shores of the heart. Through understanding the relationship of the emotional polarities, we come to respect and appreciate what we have been through. Without fear, we do not experience courage. Without anger, we cannot experience forgiveness. Without love, we cannot experience grief. Without loss, we cannot experience or appreciate the full spectrum of joy. Without all of these qualities, we cannot know the true nature of compassion.

You are invited to join this journey of movement and awareness, focused on how emotions transform the heart. This map is Gabrielle Roth’s living wisdom, available here as a gift to you, to be carried in your own bones and blood.

Each session will be primarily focused on the 5Rhythms® moving meditation (dance practice). We will integrate each movement session with a seated meditation practice, focused on one of the Buddhist Heart Practices (Brahma viharas) which are equanimity, loving-kindness, compassion, and joy. Included in the group will be optional sharing and a question and answer period.

The Path of the Wounded Healer
April 4–8, 2022
April 4–8, 2022
April 4, 2022
The Path of the Wounded Healer
with Lucia Horan

You have never been where you are today. You have never been the age you are today, or had the experience you have today. At times, you must pause and reflect: Have you created the impact you want? Are you showing up the way you want to? Are you going in the right direction?

Rarely do we allow ourselves the time to stop and look at what is changing and what we need. Drawing on psychological principles, movement practices, and ancient wisdom traditions, we will create a unique environment in which peers can come together for a rare opportunity of intense personal learning, interaction, and exploration.

Our goal is letting go and renewing the self. You will have the opportunity to develop tools, practices, and intentions as a foundation for the next year and next stage of life. Together we will create a courageous and supportive community to make this experiential workshop challenging, safe, enlivening, and nurturing. This is not for the faint of heart and is especially valuable for those who are passionate about having a more powerful and authentic impact on the world around them.

Designing the Life We Want: Self-Renewal in the Spring
April 4–8, 2022
April 4–8, 2022
April 4, 2022
Designing the Life We Want: Self-Renewal in the Spring
with Mark Nicolson

Come home to your whole body instrument, and discover your unique sound.

We believe singing and speaking are a radical acts of self-expression, and that exploring your instrument with full freedom takes tremendous courage. We also believe intentional vocalizing creates measurable vitality and joy in our lives and empowers our whole body experience of life itself. As your new brothers in Voice, we set a safe space for you to reclaim your power and connection to your body, grounding into the gravity of your whole body instrument, and sounding out powerfully what it feels like to be you and alive. The benefits are clear, whether it be speaking at a conference, teaching a class, or singing in an arena, we see it as all one center of personal gravity — held deeply in the Embodied Voice you’ve been gifted this lifetime.

We forego performing and welcome experience as our methodology. We forego comparison and embrace an inner path to reclaiming a new relationship to our own voices, as instruments of our souls and our connection to the Earth and Spirit. So often we are taught the methodology of starting with a measurable result, using competition and comparison the benchmark for success. We want to invite you lovingly into an entirely different doorway. We invite you to see that you are incomparable, unmistakable, fascinating, and wholly distinct as a voice. We will be inviting you to experience your soul’s voice through fun and embodied practices of self-expression, union, and communion.

In this module, you will identify the key elements of your voice and outline the ways in which you set boundaries and use your voice in your relationships at home, at work, and in your community at large. You will become aware of your body as an instrument that was made to sing, and familiarize yourself with the music you truly love.

The Embodied Voice
April 8–10, 2022
April 8–10, 2022
April 8, 2022
The Embodied Voice
with The Brothers Koren

You have never been where you are today. You have never been the age you are today, or had the experience you have today. At times, you must pause and reflect: Have you created the impact you want? Are you showing up the way you want to? Are you going in the right direction?

Rarely do we allow ourselves the time to stop and look at what is changing and what we need. Drawing on psychological principles, movement practices, and ancient wisdom traditions, we will create a unique environment in which peers can come together for a rare opportunity of intense personal learning, interaction, and exploration.

Our goal is letting go and renewing the self. You will have the opportunity to develop tools, practices, and intentions as a foundation for the next year and next stage of life. Together we will create a courageous and supportive community to make this experiential workshop challenging, safe, enlivening, and nurturing. This is not for the faint of heart and is especially valuable for those who are passionate about having a more powerful and authentic impact on the world around them.

Designing the Life We Want: Self-Renewal in the Spring
April 8–10, 2022
April 8–10, 2022
April 8, 2022
Designing the Life We Want: Self-Renewal in the Spring
with Mark Nicolson

The soothing quality of massage is a delightful antidote for stress or that out-of-sorts feeling. Sharing a massage heightens non-verbal connection and awakens sensory awareness. Whether a novice or professional, this workshop will guide you through the basic concepts of Esalen Massage in a pleasant, easy-to-follow format.  

With brief lecture demonstrations and plenty of at-the-table guidance, the instructors will offer the essential elements, highlighting the foundational long, integrating strokes and gentle stretches. Grounding, sensing, contact, and the impact of touch will be introduced and practiced with classmates, building a firm base. The professional caregiver or practitioner can also refresh their existing work with Esalen’s pace, presence, and sensitivity — “the listening hand.” Don’t be surprised if you come away realizing you like to give a brief, classic Esalen massage just as much as you like to receive it.

Arrive prepared to enjoy the healing waters of Esalen’s natural hot mineral springs and the serene beauty of the Esalen land. As a gift option, the group will meet for an evening ritual in the baths, the birthplace of Esalen massage, weather and space permitting. The sound of the waves and the flowing strokes harmonize into an extraordinary massage experience.

Esalen® Massage: The Basics
April 15–17, 2022
April 15–17, 2022
April 15, 2022
Esalen® Massage: The Basics
with Char Pias and Deborah Anne Medow