Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Keys to Healing

A diverse group of four women lead workshops that are right around the corner. Deepen your knowledge of somatic pathways, the biofield, Chinese medicine, and Tantra for vitality, spiritual connection, and saying goodbye to old patterns.

New On-Campus Workshops

The Power of Breath: Embodied Liberation, March 11–13, 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.

The Healing Keys: Biofield Science and the Future of Health, March 18–20, 2022 with Shamini Jain
Unlock your healing capacities with the Healing Keys, and find out how to integrate them into your life. Move through your days with more energy, joy, and ease by discovering mind-body and biofield science, plus, a variety of supportive practices to help you release old patterns, foster your creativity, and deepen your connection to spiritual guidance. Listen to the keys with Dr. Jain, here.

A Spring Journey Through the Chakras With Sacred Sound & Wonder, March 21–25 with Deva Munay
Celebrate the first week of Spring and find connection, levity, and light through the alchemy of crystal singing bowls and sound healing. Learn the science, the technique, and the magic in applying innovative sound healing techniques to your daily life to help balance your energy, nourish your chakras, and manifest harmony in all areas of your life.

Nature, Art, Movement and Ritual: Embodying the Five Elements of Chinese Medicine, April 11–15, 2022 with Jiling Lin
Come home to the wild beauty of your inner radiance by embodying the Five Elements of Chinese medicine — Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water — through nature, art, movement, and ritual. Come away with practical and poetic Five Element philosophy, plus, tools for daily life. Design your own elemental practices and rituals to align with seasonal rhythms. Watch Jiling Lin on Esalen Live!

Tantra: The Body and The Release, an Esalen Signature Series, Part 2: Wheels and Breath: A Tantric Body, April 15–18, 2022 with Sravana Borkataky-Varma and Keith Edward Cantú
As the second installment of a signature series exploring the foundations of Tantric theory and practice, this workshop will focus on the historical development of the Tantric body with its physiology of wheels and channels. 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.

COME ALIVE: Meditation for People Who Can’t Stop Thinking, April 18–22, 2022 with Justin Michael Williams
Here’s the truth: If you can worry, you can meditate. Learn the truth behind meditation and why it’s difficult for so many people. Build a practice that doesn’t just help you relax, but becomes a tool to help you become more fully alive. With daily meditation practice, intentional ritual-building, TED Talk-style lessons, live music, morning movement, and a dance party on Wednesday night — this class will rejuvenate your spirit and bring you back home to yourself. 

Nature Therapy from Self to World: A Love Thy Nature Earth Day Weekend, April 22–24, 2022 with Sylvie Rokab
What if your grief from witnessing the assaults on Nature could be tended by Mother Nature herself? And what if tending that grief could empower you to better steward your life and world? Using practices such as mindfulness, forest bathing, and storytelling, transmute challenging emotions into hope, motivation, and passion for compassionate environmentalism that transcends divisions and reveals a mutual caring with Mother Nature.

Returning to Human: Touching Our Hearts, Liberating Our Bodies, April 22–24 with Madeline Lam and Jordan Grinstein
When we come home to ourselves, we can experience the body as a source of wisdom and a site of empowerment and healing. Come co-create a supportive community to unpack and analyze how systems of oppression impact our interpersonal lives and bodies, confront and rewrite violent social narratives that have become internalized beliefs, and learn somatic tools to foster joy and connection.

Healing With Sacred Medicine, May 23–27, 2022 with Dr. Lissa Rankin
What really causes disease? What really optimizes healing? And is there any way we can be proactive about becoming miracle prone? This transformational workshop is a journey through the world’s medicine bag, where you’ll gain experience with a wide variety of tools collected by a medical doctor on a ten year quest to unravel the mysteries of healing and answer these burning questions. Learn approaches for healing yourself, your relationships, and the earth while honoring the principle of “first, do no harm.”

Introduction to Esalen® Massage: The Art of Healing Touch, May 30 – June 3, 2022 with Ellen Watson and Robin Fann-Costanzo
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 and satisfying massage session by the end of the week, while experienced practitioners will come away with techniques to integrate into their sessions, inspiring and infusing their work with a deep sense of presence and flow.

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 these exciting programs.

Rebuild and Expand Trust in Challenging Times with Embodiment Practices of Yoga, Dance and Sound Meditation, March 12 – April 8, 2022 with Jovinna Chan
Trust — a key ingredient in the web of life — can calm and boost your immune system, uplift your spirit, and give you courage to take risks, speak your truth, and listen deeply to others. During this month of yoga, dance, and sound meditation, your journey will  foster personal wellbeing and community harmony as you consciously orient toward trust in yourself, others, and the unknown.

New Gods: American Buddhism for People of All Faiths (or None), April 6 – May 9, 2022 with Joel Gruber
Drawing from Buddhism, the sciences, and social theory, “New Gods” is an innovative system of embodied awakening. This unique approach to the Buddhist path was built within the university system and has been presented within the context of American culture. The program uses mindfulness, analytic meditation, meditative visualization, and somatic practice to turn the mind into an instrument of precision and the body into technology for awakening. You’ll have the opportunity to replace more superficial modes of engaging the world with increased awareness, creativity, and a more authentic expression of who you truly are.

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