Even as we celebrate the March equinox and welcome spring in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s not too early to make plans for summer. New workshops for July and August offer opportunities for yoga, creative expression, mindfulness, hiking, and more; plus, two new LEEP programs are open for applications.
Relational Gestalt Practice: The Transformative Power of Emotion, April 25–29, 2022 with Dorothy Charles
Developing the awareness, boundaries, and communication skills to foster healthy emotional connections is key to transforming limiting beliefs that formed early in life about yourself, others, and what’s possible for your life. Learn through basic gestalt awareness practices, a mixture of didactic and experiential exercises, as well as individual “open seat” sessions with Dorothy and with the support of the group. Hear more from Dorothy in this Spotlight interview.
In(ter)dependence Weekend, July 1–3, 2022 with Janet Stone
The human need for connection runs deep. Coming together can inspire creativity, expand our viewpoints, soothe anxieties, and offer much-needed friction that helps us see ourselves more wholly and become well-balanced beings. During this weekend retreat, dive into meditation, pranayama, chanting, yoga asana, dance, hot baths, lovingly prepared food, open time, and space to process and reconnect.
Summer Yoga Gathering, July 4–8, 2022 with Janet Stone
Come celebrate summer at Esalen and immerse in the power of movement, community, music, and the glory of this land and her three waters. Janet, MC Yogi, Marti Bradley, DJ Drez, Amanda, Sita Devi and more will welcome you to a journey rich with connection and the opportunity to reset. Hear more from Janet in this Esalen Live! interview.
The Art and Science of Embodied Presence: Mindfulness, Movement, and Music, July 8–10, 2022 with Nkechi Deanna Njaka
Embark on an embodied journey towards healing and discover the Truth of who you are. Learn the latest science on mindfulness, embodied cognition, and presence, and engage in creative contemplative practices related to dance, improvisational mindful movement, authentic creative expression, and collaborative performance, accompanied by live music performed by Grammy-nominated instrumentalist Tauwoo.
Fundamentals of Esalen® Massage, July 29–31, 2022 with Daniela Urbassek and Jessica Fagan
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced practitioner, you’re invited to rest in the natural 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, while experienced practitioners will rejuvenate their senses and the quality of their touch.
The Power of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, August 1–5, 2022 with Shauna Shapiro
Are you ready to change how you feel, how you relate, and how you live — for good? Learn the basic brain science and powerful science-based practices to help alleviate anxiety, boost creative thinking, and deepen your sense of belonging and purpose. With practice, you can literally rewire your brain for greater feelings of calm, clarity, connection, and joy.
Nature and Contemplation: Cultivating Wild Mindfulness, August 8–12, 2022 with Steven Harper
Open yourself to the natural world and to the landscapes of your inner world. Each day, you’ll venture out on 4-8 mile day hikes into the magnificence of Big Sur, while practices from a range of contemporary and age-old wisdom traditions help weave together a holistic experience of self and the natural world. Read more from Steven about connection in The Journal.
Tantra: The Body and The Release, an Esalen Signature Series, Part 3: Maṇḍala: The Macrocosm and the Microcosm, August 12–15, 2022 with Sravana Borkataky-Varma and Keith Edward Cantú
Explore the relevance and significance of the maṇḍala (“circle”) in Tantric traditions and learn practical modes of meditation involving internal visualization and externalization of maṇḍalas. Discussions of academic research findings will be intertwined with meditation, art, and music, creating a holistic inquiry into what gives Tantra its power and therapeutic potential. Watch: The Myth, Reality, and Freedom of Tantra.
More On-Campus Workshops
We have even more workshops still open for enrollment or wait list.
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 these exciting programs.
Becoming Kin: Tending Relationship with the Natural World, June 4 – July 1, 2022 with Noël Vietor and Fletcher Tucker
During this month, you’ll explore your ancient and essential relationship with the natural world through numerous, outdoor, hands-on, physical practices, including two long-form hikes. Engage in mindfulness practices to cultivate natural awareness, explore biology and botany to better understand any place, discover perspectives on humanity’s place within nature through poetry and prose, learn about pan-ancestral traditions of foraging and crafting for food, medicine, utility, and beauty, and more.
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 all the time, and use these signals to help you regulate your energy reservoir, make healthy connections, maintain good emotional boundaries, and have more powerful leadership conversations.
“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.”
“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.“
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?