Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Bring Your Best Self Into Focus

Whether it’s through the lens of compassion, bodywork, breathwork, Buddhism, tantra, communion with nature, or communication with your partner, these new August and September workshops arm you with the tools to bring your very best, most powerful self into sharper, more aligned, and self-aware focus.

New On-Campus Workshops

Published May 31 – June 12, 2022

Cultivating Emotional Awareness and Balance, August 5–8, 2022 with Eve Ekman and Teague O'Malley
Feeling the joys and pains of our emotions is universal; yet what makes us emotional and how we respond is unique. Come learn about scientific and contemplative foundations of emotional awareness. Use meditation practices to develop awareness and compassion for your mental and emotional patterns and habits. Investigate the roots of your emotions through discussions and small group work.

Fundamentals of Esalen® Massage, August 19–21, 2022 with Rob Wilks and Silvia Guersenzvaig
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced practitioner, you’re invited to enjoy the rugged beauty of Big Sur while gaining a foundation in the art and practice of Esalen® Massage. Beginners will be taught basic skills and gain the ability to give and receive a simple massage. Experienced practitioners will have the opportunity to rejuvenate their senses and elevate the quality of their touch.

The Power of Breath: Embodied Liberation, August 26–28, 2022 with Sadia Bruce
Discover the natural, subtly explosive intimacy that exists between body and breath, rendering you more sensitized to desire, pleasure, purpose, and power. 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. Experience a joyful breath practice with Sadia, here.

Metta and the Divine Abodes: Meditation, Yoga, and Wisdom to Live a Better Life, August 29 – September 2, 2022 with Hannah Muse
Blending philosophy teachings with a variety of experiential exercises, this workshop will explore the Brahmavihārās (Divine Abodes): loving-kindness (metta), compassion (karuna), sympathetic joy (mudita), and equanimity (upekka). These profound, classical Buddhist Heart practices help you awaken to the beauty and possibility available in your complex, often messy, mundane, yet wholly sacred human experience. Hannah shares more in The Journal.

Living in Love’s Body: A Meditation Retreat with the Radiance Sutras, September 5–9, 2022 with Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine
The Radiance Sutras are a fresh version of a classic tantric text, inviting you to approach life with wonder, awe, and gratitude by recognizing the sacred in the midst of the everyday. Through a variety of meditation practices, subtle and expressive movement, time in nature, and techniques that allow for profound restfulness, you’ll learn to combine the passionate flow of your life energy with the serenity that comes from being grounded in rich body awareness. No prior meditation experience is needed.   

Trails of Reciprocity: Hiking and Connection with the Big Sur Wild, September 5–9, 2022 with Fletcher Tucker and Noël Vietor
Cultivate your connection with the sacred land of Big Sur. Through hikes and practices of sensate engagement, earth-based ritual, and mindfulness, we will build relationships with the ancestral homeland of the Esselen tribe and our other-than-human kin. Ground yourself in the soil, expand your awareness of the greater living world, and sense into a renewed state of wholeness. This is a time to relate reciprocally with the land.

Chakras and Embodied Writing, September 19–22, 2022 with Sravana Borkataky-Varma and Vikram Chandra
Learn to mobilize every aspect of your being through the craft of writing — harnessing the rational, the emotional, and the spiritual — by intentionally engaging the emotionally-charged loci of your chakras. Engage in chakra meditations to open the heart and mind, explore the impact of specific stories and storytellers, strengthen your practice of character development and plot construction through creative and technical exercises. 

Role Mate to Soul Mate: The Art and Discipline of Love, September 30 – October 2, 2022 with Warren Farrell
Transform your relationship by learning how to hear your partner’s criticisms without becoming defensive. Join thought leader and prolific author Warren Farrell for a workshop that helps couples communicate more effectively and connect more profoundly. Learn and apply empathy tools to make your partner feel fully seen and loved through specific and frequent appreciation. Hear more of Warren’s thoughts on deepening love on Esalen Live!

Alert: Workshop Space Available! 

Ready to renew sooner but not finding workshop availability to jumpstart your metamorphosis? These upcoming programs have openings.

More On-Campus Workshops

We have even more workshops for you to peruse. Enroll now, or join our wait list.

Live Extended Education Program (LEEP)

What would happen if you pressed pause on your everyday life and gave yourself four weeks to evolve and transform at Esalen? If you’re ready to take the LEEP, we’re accepting applications for these exciting programs. 

CranioSacral Therapy: Exploring Presence and Intentioned Touch, July 2–29, 2022 with Karen Axelrod
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle and profoundly moving form of bodywork known to help regulate the central nervous system for body-mind-spirit balancing. Learn how strong therapeutic presence and intentioned touch facilitate safety and comfort for clients, while practicing hands-on techniques to help unravel pain and dysfunction, while improvinghealth in every dimension. To attend this program, you must be a professional healthcare practitioner or student, or, meet the course pre-requisite requirements.

Leadership and Presence, July 30 – August 26, 2022 with Suzanne Scurlock
Presence is the hidden key to successful leadership. Learn to develop greater presence by paying attention to the subtle cues you receive from your body and the surrounding environment. Use these signals to help you regulate your energy reservoir, make healthy connections, maintain good emotional boundaries, and have more powerful leadership conversations.  

Burnout Recovery For Health Care Workers & Therapists, August 26 – September 23, 2022 with Lissa Rankin, MD
Healers need healing too. After all that healthcare workers and therapists have endured the past two years, this month-long program is designed to heal the healer in a trauma-informed way, and transfuse you with life force. Experience a variety of self-healing tools collected by Dr. Lissa Rankin during her 10 years traveling the globe to study Indigenous healing and faith and energy healing, as well as cutting-edge trauma therapies from her book Sacred Medicine. Read our interview in The Journal with Dr. Rankin.

“Remembering to be as self compassionate as I can and praying to the divine that we're all a part of.” 
–Aaron

“Prayer, reading, meditation, walking.”
–Karen
“Erratically — which is an ongoing stream of practice to find peace.”
–Charles
“Try on a daily basis to be kind to myself and to realize that making mistakes is a part of the human condition. Learning from our mistakes is a journey. But it starts with compassion and caring. First for oneself.”
–Steve

“Physically: aerobic exercise, volleyball, ice hockey, cycling, sailing. Emotionally: unfortunately I have to work to ‘not care’ about people or situations which may end painfully. Along the lines of ‘attachment is the source of suffering’, so best to avoid it or limit its scope. Sad though because it could also be the source of great joy. Is it worth the risk?“
–Rainer

“It's time for my heart to be nurtured on one level yet contained on another. To go easy on me and to allow my feelings to be validated, not judged harshly. On the other hand, to let the heart rule with equanimity and not lead the mind and body around like a master.”
–Suzanne

“I spend time thinking of everything I am grateful for, and I try to develop my ability to express compassion for myself and others without reservation. I take time to do the things I need to do to keep myself healthy and happy. This includes taking experiential workshops, fostering relationships, and participating within groups which have a similar interest to become a more compassionate and fulfilled being.“
–Peter

“Self-forgiveness for my own judgments. And oh yeah, coming to Esalen.”
–David B.

“Hmm, this is a tough one! I guess I take care of my heart through fostering relationships with people I feel connected to. Spending quality time with them (whether we're on the phone, through messages/letters, on Zoom, or in-person). Being there for them, listening to them, sharing what's going on with me, my struggles and my successes... like we do in the Esalen weekly Friends of Esalen Zoom sessions!”
–Lori

“I remind myself in many ways of the fact that " Love is all there is!" LOVE is the prize and this one precious life is the stage we get to learn our lessons. I get out into nature, hike, camp, river kayak, fly fish, garden, I create, I dance (not enough!), and I remain grateful for each day, each breath, each moment. Being in the moment, awake, and remembering the gift of life and my feeling of gratitude for all of creation.”
–Steven
“My physical heart by limiting stress and eating a heart-healthy diet. My emotional heart by staying in love with the world and by knowing that all disappointment and loss will pass.“
–David Z.


Today, September 29, is World Heart Day. Strike up a conversation with your own heart and as you feel comfortable, encourage others to do the same. As part of our own transformations and self-care, we sometimes ask for others to illuminate and enliven our hearts or speak our love language.

What if we could do this for ourselves too, even if just for today… or to start a heart practice, forever?


If you’ve always wanted to visit Esalen but haven’t been able to find the room in your budget: Did you know about our scholarship program?

Learn More

About

Esalen Team

Bring Your Best Self Into Focus

About

Esalen Team

Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop

Whether it’s through the lens of compassion, bodywork, breathwork, Buddhism, tantra, communion with nature, or communication with your partner, these new August and September workshops arm you with the tools to bring your very best, most powerful self into sharper, more aligned, and self-aware focus.

New On-Campus Workshops

Published May 31 – June 12, 2022

Cultivating Emotional Awareness and Balance, August 5–8, 2022 with Eve Ekman and Teague O'Malley
Feeling the joys and pains of our emotions is universal; yet what makes us emotional and how we respond is unique. Come learn about scientific and contemplative foundations of emotional awareness. Use meditation practices to develop awareness and compassion for your mental and emotional patterns and habits. Investigate the roots of your emotions through discussions and small group work.

Fundamentals of Esalen® Massage, August 19–21, 2022 with Rob Wilks and Silvia Guersenzvaig
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced practitioner, you’re invited to enjoy the rugged beauty of Big Sur while gaining a foundation in the art and practice of Esalen® Massage. Beginners will be taught basic skills and gain the ability to give and receive a simple massage. Experienced practitioners will have the opportunity to rejuvenate their senses and elevate the quality of their touch.

The Power of Breath: Embodied Liberation, August 26–28, 2022 with Sadia Bruce
Discover the natural, subtly explosive intimacy that exists between body and breath, rendering you more sensitized to desire, pleasure, purpose, and power. 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. Experience a joyful breath practice with Sadia, here.

Metta and the Divine Abodes: Meditation, Yoga, and Wisdom to Live a Better Life, August 29 – September 2, 2022 with Hannah Muse
Blending philosophy teachings with a variety of experiential exercises, this workshop will explore the Brahmavihārās (Divine Abodes): loving-kindness (metta), compassion (karuna), sympathetic joy (mudita), and equanimity (upekka). These profound, classical Buddhist Heart practices help you awaken to the beauty and possibility available in your complex, often messy, mundane, yet wholly sacred human experience. Hannah shares more in The Journal.

Living in Love’s Body: A Meditation Retreat with the Radiance Sutras, September 5–9, 2022 with Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine
The Radiance Sutras are a fresh version of a classic tantric text, inviting you to approach life with wonder, awe, and gratitude by recognizing the sacred in the midst of the everyday. Through a variety of meditation practices, subtle and expressive movement, time in nature, and techniques that allow for profound restfulness, you’ll learn to combine the passionate flow of your life energy with the serenity that comes from being grounded in rich body awareness. No prior meditation experience is needed.   

Trails of Reciprocity: Hiking and Connection with the Big Sur Wild, September 5–9, 2022 with Fletcher Tucker and Noël Vietor
Cultivate your connection with the sacred land of Big Sur. Through hikes and practices of sensate engagement, earth-based ritual, and mindfulness, we will build relationships with the ancestral homeland of the Esselen tribe and our other-than-human kin. Ground yourself in the soil, expand your awareness of the greater living world, and sense into a renewed state of wholeness. This is a time to relate reciprocally with the land.

Chakras and Embodied Writing, September 19–22, 2022 with Sravana Borkataky-Varma and Vikram Chandra
Learn to mobilize every aspect of your being through the craft of writing — harnessing the rational, the emotional, and the spiritual — by intentionally engaging the emotionally-charged loci of your chakras. Engage in chakra meditations to open the heart and mind, explore the impact of specific stories and storytellers, strengthen your practice of character development and plot construction through creative and technical exercises. 

Role Mate to Soul Mate: The Art and Discipline of Love, September 30 – October 2, 2022 with Warren Farrell
Transform your relationship by learning how to hear your partner’s criticisms without becoming defensive. Join thought leader and prolific author Warren Farrell for a workshop that helps couples communicate more effectively and connect more profoundly. Learn and apply empathy tools to make your partner feel fully seen and loved through specific and frequent appreciation. Hear more of Warren’s thoughts on deepening love on Esalen Live!

Alert: Workshop Space Available! 

Ready to renew sooner but not finding workshop availability to jumpstart your metamorphosis? These upcoming programs have openings.

More On-Campus Workshops

We have even more workshops for you to peruse. Enroll now, or join our wait list.

Live Extended Education Program (LEEP)

What would happen if you pressed pause on your everyday life and gave yourself four weeks to evolve and transform at Esalen? If you’re ready to take the LEEP, we’re accepting applications for these exciting programs. 

CranioSacral Therapy: Exploring Presence and Intentioned Touch, July 2–29, 2022 with Karen Axelrod
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle and profoundly moving form of bodywork known to help regulate the central nervous system for body-mind-spirit balancing. Learn how strong therapeutic presence and intentioned touch facilitate safety and comfort for clients, while practicing hands-on techniques to help unravel pain and dysfunction, while improvinghealth in every dimension. To attend this program, you must be a professional healthcare practitioner or student, or, meet the course pre-requisite requirements.

Leadership and Presence, July 30 – August 26, 2022 with Suzanne Scurlock
Presence is the hidden key to successful leadership. Learn to develop greater presence by paying attention to the subtle cues you receive from your body and the surrounding environment. Use these signals to help you regulate your energy reservoir, make healthy connections, maintain good emotional boundaries, and have more powerful leadership conversations.  

Burnout Recovery For Health Care Workers & Therapists, August 26 – September 23, 2022 with Lissa Rankin, MD
Healers need healing too. After all that healthcare workers and therapists have endured the past two years, this month-long program is designed to heal the healer in a trauma-informed way, and transfuse you with life force. Experience a variety of self-healing tools collected by Dr. Lissa Rankin during her 10 years traveling the globe to study Indigenous healing and faith and energy healing, as well as cutting-edge trauma therapies from her book Sacred Medicine. Read our interview in The Journal with Dr. Rankin.

“Remembering to be as self compassionate as I can and praying to the divine that we're all a part of.” 
–Aaron

“Prayer, reading, meditation, walking.”
–Karen
“Erratically — which is an ongoing stream of practice to find peace.”
–Charles
“Try on a daily basis to be kind to myself and to realize that making mistakes is a part of the human condition. Learning from our mistakes is a journey. But it starts with compassion and caring. First for oneself.”
–Steve

“Physically: aerobic exercise, volleyball, ice hockey, cycling, sailing. Emotionally: unfortunately I have to work to ‘not care’ about people or situations which may end painfully. Along the lines of ‘attachment is the source of suffering’, so best to avoid it or limit its scope. Sad though because it could also be the source of great joy. Is it worth the risk?“
–Rainer

“It's time for my heart to be nurtured on one level yet contained on another. To go easy on me and to allow my feelings to be validated, not judged harshly. On the other hand, to let the heart rule with equanimity and not lead the mind and body around like a master.”
–Suzanne

“I spend time thinking of everything I am grateful for, and I try to develop my ability to express compassion for myself and others without reservation. I take time to do the things I need to do to keep myself healthy and happy. This includes taking experiential workshops, fostering relationships, and participating within groups which have a similar interest to become a more compassionate and fulfilled being.“
–Peter

“Self-forgiveness for my own judgments. And oh yeah, coming to Esalen.”
–David B.

“Hmm, this is a tough one! I guess I take care of my heart through fostering relationships with people I feel connected to. Spending quality time with them (whether we're on the phone, through messages/letters, on Zoom, or in-person). Being there for them, listening to them, sharing what's going on with me, my struggles and my successes... like we do in the Esalen weekly Friends of Esalen Zoom sessions!”
–Lori

“I remind myself in many ways of the fact that " Love is all there is!" LOVE is the prize and this one precious life is the stage we get to learn our lessons. I get out into nature, hike, camp, river kayak, fly fish, garden, I create, I dance (not enough!), and I remain grateful for each day, each breath, each moment. Being in the moment, awake, and remembering the gift of life and my feeling of gratitude for all of creation.”
–Steven
“My physical heart by limiting stress and eating a heart-healthy diet. My emotional heart by staying in love with the world and by knowing that all disappointment and loss will pass.“
–David Z.


Today, September 29, is World Heart Day. Strike up a conversation with your own heart and as you feel comfortable, encourage others to do the same. As part of our own transformations and self-care, we sometimes ask for others to illuminate and enliven our hearts or speak our love language.

What if we could do this for ourselves too, even if just for today… or to start a heart practice, forever?


If you’ve always wanted to visit Esalen but haven’t been able to find the room in your budget: Did you know about our scholarship program?

Learn More

About

Esalen Team

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