Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Curating Esalen’s Spring Boxes with Heather Martin

Earlier in 2021, we began offering limited edition Seasonal Boxes in the Esalen shop — specially chosen items to help you bring a little Esalen into your daily life. As a buyer, finding and putting together the perfect collection is a joy — like a chef with a recipe, I combine ingredients to make one delightful final product.  

Often I’m asked, “how do you choose the items?” There is no defined method; I’ve learned over the years to trust myself and what is channeling through me. This is bigger than me and at the root, my mission is to bring love into a space through beauty. Esalen is a spiritually full, physically magnificent place and I want everyone to feel the land’s nourishing beauty when they open an Esalen box. And when we nurture ourselves with beauty, care, and love, we can then give back to others in our community, our homes, our animals, and our lands.

Winter has come and gone, and now there are three specific Spring-centered intention boxes. As I gathered each piece I sought inspiration from Esalen and what it means to be in the space. There are guests back on the Big Sur land, the air feels open and possibilities large. The gardens are blooming, reopening brings both literal and metaphorical cleansing, and people are once again present.

The Spring Bloom Box

The Spring Bloom Box promotes growth and transformation. Blooming is about awakening and bringing ourselves forth with new perspective. Our farm and garden flourishes in the Spring, there are so many incredible colors, textures and differences in light. The box includes a mini pyramid water prism to allow flow, The Illustrated Herbiary book to invite new rituals, blue violet body lotion for hydration, white tea soap to awaken, and a reusable tote for supporting our earth. Quite simply, it’s a new way to bloom and offer our best selves.


The Spring Cleanse Box

Our Spring Cleanse Box offers tools for clearing and elevating. Make space for newness by leaving behind our old stories, patterns, and beliefs! I curated this box to help clear out both mind and body. You’ll find sacred white sage to banish negativity, coastal pine essential oil to refresh, a root chakra mini meditation bowl to stabilize, clear quartz/tourmaline crystal for cleansing and protection, and a copy of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion to free your mind of toxic thoughts.

The Spring Presence Box

Lastly, the Spring Presence Box reminds us to stay in the moment. It can be a challenge to stay present and avoid jumping into the past or future; this box gives to our souls by way of intention and action. Included is an Esalen journal and pen to connect with your thoughts, The Good Tarot card deck to promote positive daily affirmations, a salt scrub for peaceful calm, and a Big Sur jade candle with the scent of forest trees for purity of heart intentions.


Every piece in every box reflects and represents love and gratitude for all of you. Enjoy Spring at Esalen in your own home!

“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?

About

Heather Martin

Heather Martin is the Buyer and Visual Merchandiser for Esalen’s retail and online space. As a certified Reiki Master Teacher with experience in many facets of retail, Heather layers her ability to create beautiful spaces with her love of wellness.

Curating Esalen’s Spring Boxes with Heather Martin

About

Heather Martin

Heather Martin is the Buyer and Visual Merchandiser for Esalen’s retail and online space. As a certified Reiki Master Teacher with experience in many facets of retail, Heather layers her ability to create beautiful spaces with her love of wellness.

Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop

Earlier in 2021, we began offering limited edition Seasonal Boxes in the Esalen shop — specially chosen items to help you bring a little Esalen into your daily life. As a buyer, finding and putting together the perfect collection is a joy — like a chef with a recipe, I combine ingredients to make one delightful final product.  

Often I’m asked, “how do you choose the items?” There is no defined method; I’ve learned over the years to trust myself and what is channeling through me. This is bigger than me and at the root, my mission is to bring love into a space through beauty. Esalen is a spiritually full, physically magnificent place and I want everyone to feel the land’s nourishing beauty when they open an Esalen box. And when we nurture ourselves with beauty, care, and love, we can then give back to others in our community, our homes, our animals, and our lands.

Winter has come and gone, and now there are three specific Spring-centered intention boxes. As I gathered each piece I sought inspiration from Esalen and what it means to be in the space. There are guests back on the Big Sur land, the air feels open and possibilities large. The gardens are blooming, reopening brings both literal and metaphorical cleansing, and people are once again present.

The Spring Bloom Box

The Spring Bloom Box promotes growth and transformation. Blooming is about awakening and bringing ourselves forth with new perspective. Our farm and garden flourishes in the Spring, there are so many incredible colors, textures and differences in light. The box includes a mini pyramid water prism to allow flow, The Illustrated Herbiary book to invite new rituals, blue violet body lotion for hydration, white tea soap to awaken, and a reusable tote for supporting our earth. Quite simply, it’s a new way to bloom and offer our best selves.


The Spring Cleanse Box

Our Spring Cleanse Box offers tools for clearing and elevating. Make space for newness by leaving behind our old stories, patterns, and beliefs! I curated this box to help clear out both mind and body. You’ll find sacred white sage to banish negativity, coastal pine essential oil to refresh, a root chakra mini meditation bowl to stabilize, clear quartz/tourmaline crystal for cleansing and protection, and a copy of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion to free your mind of toxic thoughts.

The Spring Presence Box

Lastly, the Spring Presence Box reminds us to stay in the moment. It can be a challenge to stay present and avoid jumping into the past or future; this box gives to our souls by way of intention and action. Included is an Esalen journal and pen to connect with your thoughts, The Good Tarot card deck to promote positive daily affirmations, a salt scrub for peaceful calm, and a Big Sur jade candle with the scent of forest trees for purity of heart intentions.


Every piece in every box reflects and represents love and gratitude for all of you. Enjoy Spring at Esalen in your own home!

“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?

About

Heather Martin

Heather Martin is the Buyer and Visual Merchandiser for Esalen’s retail and online space. As a certified Reiki Master Teacher with experience in many facets of retail, Heather layers her ability to create beautiful spaces with her love of wellness.

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