Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Combat June Gloom With Personal Bloom

How we feel on the inside informs and affects how we present to the outside world. From heart-opened leadership and Enneagram exploration, to deep-dive mindfulness and discovering new pathways of happiness, our newest workshops support the seachange from gloom to bloom.

New On-Campus Workshops

Leading With the Heart: Standing in Our Authentic Power, August 12–14, 2022 with Dr. Deborah Egerton
We live in a society ripe with divides, distractions, and disconnects which can derail us from maintaining connection with our true hearts. The key is to find compassion for ourselves and others in the face of real-life conflicts. We do this by uncovering all that gets in the way. Together we will cultivate the skills and awareness for true connection and hold the presence to lead with our hearts. When we step into our true power and bring love, light, and connection to the world, we honor the totality of the energies within us and allow our authentic selves to emerge.

The Transformational Enneagram: Mindfulness, Insight, and Experience, August 14–19, 2022 with Russ Hudson
Guided by author and leading Enneagram thinker Russ Hudson, explore the inner workings that constitute the nine Enneagram personality types while learning how that insight can serve as an opening to the deeper reality of spirit. Conversational instruction combined with group meditations, small-group work, physical movements, and music help you fully integrate the richness of the Enneagram material into your daily work and relationships.

Relational Mindfulness, Power, Healing Justice, and the Deep Feminine: An Embodied Immersion for Women, August 21–26, 2022 with Deborah Eden Tull and Nina Simons
Come discover the dramatic ways we women can enlarge, accelerate, and deepen one another’s learning. This is done while creating the conditions for ongoing flourishment in your own life. Explore more compassionate, wise, respectful, and embodied ways of being. Transform how you experience your life, family, work, and the larger world by learning to balance the energies of yin and yang — the receptive and expressive aspects of our nature, the deep elemental feminine and sacred masculine. 

The Wisdom of Aging: A Yoga Retreat, August 22–26, 2022 with Jim Gallas
A lifetime of experiences presents us with the opportunity to let go of what no longer serves us, and create space from within for joy and curiosity about the future. Learn the foundations for a consistent, injury-free yoga practice, explore breathwork and energy work, and develop healthy, sustainable routines for a daily meditation practice. As a group we will learn how to individually embrace gratitude for the ongoing miracle of living in a human body. Students ages 50 years and up are welcome. Three months of a semi-consistent yoga practice is recommended. 

Luminous Darkness: A Radical Path to Embracing the Unknown and Seeing With the Heart, August 26–29, 2022 with Deborah Eden Tull
Darkness is not the absence of light, it is a vital and restorative expression of nature and consciousness recognized by spiritual traditions worldwide as a portal for spiritual transformation. Through meditation, dharma talks, relational mindfulness, ritual, conscious movement, and communion with nature, you’ll step into the dark and into the unknown. By opening your heart to a shift in perception, you have the opportunity to reintegrate with who you really are.

The Stages of Tranquility, September 2–4, 2022 with Dustin DiPerna
In Buddhist tradition, the Nine Stages of Staying is one of the oldest and most comprehensive systems of concentration. While receiving the instructions necessary to successfully master each stage, you’ll learn basic tools of concentration meditation, gain the capacity to stay more continuously and completely focused on the meditation object, and learn how to develop some capacity for automaticity in the concentration practice. 

Integration From the Core: Embodiment through Yoga, Dance, and Sound Meditation, September 5–9, 2022 with Jovinna Chan
Drawing on the embodied practices of yoga, pranayama (breath practice), sound meditation, and conscious dance, this week is designed to help you reconnect your body and mind, digest your feelings and emotions, and open yourself to the wisdom of your heart. Together, we’ll gently expand your vision to include a bigger perspective on the suffering of the world.

Meditation and Modern Life: A Zen Meditation Retreat, September 9–11, 2022 with Dan Zigmond
Disconnect, slow down, and meditate. Receive instruction in traditional Zen meditation, enjoy discussions that unpack obstacles to meditation plus how to overcome them, as well as times of guided practice. You will leave this retreat with everything you need to start, revive, or deepen a daily meditation practice. Learn more about Zigmond’s approach in The Journal.

Esalen® Massage for Couples and Friends, September 9–11, 2022 with Deborah Anne Medow and Jessica Fagan
Learn the basics of Esalen Massage in this introductory course. Through the language of touch, you can create a more connected experience with both your partner and yourself. Guided by seasoned instructors, you and your partner or friend will 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. 

Hardwiring Happiness, September 16–18, 2022 with Shauna Shapiro
Revolutionary findings in neuroscience have demonstrated that we can literally re-architect the very structure of our brain and rewire ourselves to be happier — not by changing our external world, but through changing our internal landscape. Learn science-based practices to increase your baseline level of happiness and how to integrate these practices in your everyday life, so you can experience greater joy, gratitude, and connection.

Alert: Workshop Space Available!

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

More On-Campus Workshops

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

Online

We are listening, friends! Our June 10-12 online Phoenix Rising alchemic yoga workshop is all about spreading the love through greater access. Join us for a magical, empowered weekend led by Sianna Sherman with Masood Ali Khan for $199!

Do You Feel Like You Want More Time With Us?

If a weekend or a week workshop isn’t enough, imagine if you could stay longer, press pause on your everyday life? Dedicate four weeks to explore yourself and life in one of our Live Extended Education Programs. 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
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 improving health in every dimension. 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. 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 and cost is currently a barrier: Do you know about our scholarship program?

Learn More

About

Esalen Team

Combat June Gloom With Personal Bloom

About

Esalen Team

Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop

How we feel on the inside informs and affects how we present to the outside world. From heart-opened leadership and Enneagram exploration, to deep-dive mindfulness and discovering new pathways of happiness, our newest workshops support the seachange from gloom to bloom.

New On-Campus Workshops

Leading With the Heart: Standing in Our Authentic Power, August 12–14, 2022 with Dr. Deborah Egerton
We live in a society ripe with divides, distractions, and disconnects which can derail us from maintaining connection with our true hearts. The key is to find compassion for ourselves and others in the face of real-life conflicts. We do this by uncovering all that gets in the way. Together we will cultivate the skills and awareness for true connection and hold the presence to lead with our hearts. When we step into our true power and bring love, light, and connection to the world, we honor the totality of the energies within us and allow our authentic selves to emerge.

The Transformational Enneagram: Mindfulness, Insight, and Experience, August 14–19, 2022 with Russ Hudson
Guided by author and leading Enneagram thinker Russ Hudson, explore the inner workings that constitute the nine Enneagram personality types while learning how that insight can serve as an opening to the deeper reality of spirit. Conversational instruction combined with group meditations, small-group work, physical movements, and music help you fully integrate the richness of the Enneagram material into your daily work and relationships.

Relational Mindfulness, Power, Healing Justice, and the Deep Feminine: An Embodied Immersion for Women, August 21–26, 2022 with Deborah Eden Tull and Nina Simons
Come discover the dramatic ways we women can enlarge, accelerate, and deepen one another’s learning. This is done while creating the conditions for ongoing flourishment in your own life. Explore more compassionate, wise, respectful, and embodied ways of being. Transform how you experience your life, family, work, and the larger world by learning to balance the energies of yin and yang — the receptive and expressive aspects of our nature, the deep elemental feminine and sacred masculine. 

The Wisdom of Aging: A Yoga Retreat, August 22–26, 2022 with Jim Gallas
A lifetime of experiences presents us with the opportunity to let go of what no longer serves us, and create space from within for joy and curiosity about the future. Learn the foundations for a consistent, injury-free yoga practice, explore breathwork and energy work, and develop healthy, sustainable routines for a daily meditation practice. As a group we will learn how to individually embrace gratitude for the ongoing miracle of living in a human body. Students ages 50 years and up are welcome. Three months of a semi-consistent yoga practice is recommended. 

Luminous Darkness: A Radical Path to Embracing the Unknown and Seeing With the Heart, August 26–29, 2022 with Deborah Eden Tull
Darkness is not the absence of light, it is a vital and restorative expression of nature and consciousness recognized by spiritual traditions worldwide as a portal for spiritual transformation. Through meditation, dharma talks, relational mindfulness, ritual, conscious movement, and communion with nature, you’ll step into the dark and into the unknown. By opening your heart to a shift in perception, you have the opportunity to reintegrate with who you really are.

The Stages of Tranquility, September 2–4, 2022 with Dustin DiPerna
In Buddhist tradition, the Nine Stages of Staying is one of the oldest and most comprehensive systems of concentration. While receiving the instructions necessary to successfully master each stage, you’ll learn basic tools of concentration meditation, gain the capacity to stay more continuously and completely focused on the meditation object, and learn how to develop some capacity for automaticity in the concentration practice. 

Integration From the Core: Embodiment through Yoga, Dance, and Sound Meditation, September 5–9, 2022 with Jovinna Chan
Drawing on the embodied practices of yoga, pranayama (breath practice), sound meditation, and conscious dance, this week is designed to help you reconnect your body and mind, digest your feelings and emotions, and open yourself to the wisdom of your heart. Together, we’ll gently expand your vision to include a bigger perspective on the suffering of the world.

Meditation and Modern Life: A Zen Meditation Retreat, September 9–11, 2022 with Dan Zigmond
Disconnect, slow down, and meditate. Receive instruction in traditional Zen meditation, enjoy discussions that unpack obstacles to meditation plus how to overcome them, as well as times of guided practice. You will leave this retreat with everything you need to start, revive, or deepen a daily meditation practice. Learn more about Zigmond’s approach in The Journal.

Esalen® Massage for Couples and Friends, September 9–11, 2022 with Deborah Anne Medow and Jessica Fagan
Learn the basics of Esalen Massage in this introductory course. Through the language of touch, you can create a more connected experience with both your partner and yourself. Guided by seasoned instructors, you and your partner or friend will 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. 

Hardwiring Happiness, September 16–18, 2022 with Shauna Shapiro
Revolutionary findings in neuroscience have demonstrated that we can literally re-architect the very structure of our brain and rewire ourselves to be happier — not by changing our external world, but through changing our internal landscape. Learn science-based practices to increase your baseline level of happiness and how to integrate these practices in your everyday life, so you can experience greater joy, gratitude, and connection.

Alert: Workshop Space Available!

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

More On-Campus Workshops

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

Online

We are listening, friends! Our June 10-12 online Phoenix Rising alchemic yoga workshop is all about spreading the love through greater access. Join us for a magical, empowered weekend led by Sianna Sherman with Masood Ali Khan for $199!

Do You Feel Like You Want More Time With Us?

If a weekend or a week workshop isn’t enough, imagine if you could stay longer, press pause on your everyday life? Dedicate four weeks to explore yourself and life in one of our Live Extended Education Programs. 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
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 improving health in every dimension. 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. 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 and cost is currently a barrier: Do you know about our scholarship program?

Learn More

About

Esalen Team

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