Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Deepening Intimacy

New On-Campus Workshops

Alchemy of Love: Celebrate & Deepen Intimacy With Your Partner, March 25–27, 2002 with Sianna Sherman and Masood Ali Khan
This nourishing weekend is designed for committed couples to renew, connect, and deepen in their love. Utilizing yoga, healing music, shadow work for couples, energy-harnessing techniques, and more, it’s the perfect alchemical elixir for relationships in the modern-day.

Meet Your Better Half: Unlock Your Right Brain, April 1–3, 2022 with William Donius
Learn to activate the right side of your brain and learn what holds you back from your own potential. Bill Donius, author of the New York Times bestseller Thought Revolution helps you break through self-limiting patterns and learn critical skills to live a more creative, productive, and happy life. Experience a bit of the workshop on Esalen Live! - What’s Your Animal Story?

Awe and Wonder: An Exploration Through Science, Contemplation, and Narrative, April 1–3, 2022 with Dacher Keltner and Mollie McNeil
Awe is the feeling of encountering vast mysteries that transcend our current knowledge and understanding of the world. Rooted in a spiritual understanding of life, it helps us appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. Come learn about the latest scientific understandings of awe and discover a variety of practices, including reflective writing, to cultivate a deeper relationship with awe in your own life. Watch Keltner reflect on compassion here.

Metta and the Divine Abodes: Meditation, Yoga, and Wisdom to Live a Better Life, April 11–15 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. 

Meditation and Modern Life: A Zen Meditation Retreat, April 29 – May 1, 2022 with Dan Zigmond
Take a weekend to 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.

Revisioning Your Hero's Journey®: A Mythological Toolbox, May 9–13, 2022 with Robert Walter
In this “Playshop” led by Robert Walter, former editor for the famous author and mythologist Joseph Campbell, you’ll have the opportunity to retool the myths shaping your life. Through both individual and group activities, you’ll relive dreams, rekindle visions, embrace myth-making tools like drums and dance, music and song, masks, medicine bags, and altars as you dare to re-vision yourself.

Upledger Institute International's Craniosacral Therapy 1: Assessment of Central Nervous System and Fascia for Full Body Treatment Protocol, May 15–20, 2022 with Melinda Naye
Open to healthcare professionals or those in training, this partner program through the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators is a deep dive into CranioSacral Therapy (CST), a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on technique used to treat a myriad of health problems. Continuing education credit for massage, nurses, and acupuncturists may be available through the course leader.

More On-Campus Workshops

There’s still time to plan your trip to Big Sur! These workshops are still open for enrollment or waitlist.

Live Extended Education Program (LEEP)

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

Streams of Energy: Eastern Bodywork and Movement, May 7 – June 3, 2022 with Jim Gallas
This month is designed to open you to your innate healing potentials, for you to experience the power of safe therapeutic touch, and to be more fully present in your unfolding as a unique expression of Source. Connect and laugh with a supportive healing community while you learn Shiatsu, Qi Gong, and Reiki.

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

“Prayer, reading, meditation, walking.”
“Erratically — which is an ongoing stream of practice to find peace.”
“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.”

“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?“

“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.”

“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.“

“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!”

“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.”
“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?

And 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?

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Esalen Team