Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Energetic Consciousness, Chakra Rituals and Transformative Practices


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  • Embracing the New Year Through the Alchemy of Singing Bowls and Sound Healing, January 3–7 with Deva Munay
    Sound Healing is one of the oldest and most natural forms of healing known to our planet. By using sound healing intentionally, we have the opportunity to aid in our own healing processes, improve our well-being, and embrace higher consciousness. We will dive deeply into the science of sound while immersing ourselves in the healing vibrations of alchemy crystal singing bowls, sound healing instruments, and our own bodies as resonant chambers.

  • The Enneagram in Practice: Becoming a Love Warrior and Expanding the Space for “Others” , January 14–16 with Dr. Deborah Egerton
    Students will use the Enneagram and I.D.E.A. (inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-racism) to activate as an authentic advocate for all of humanity  and stand in love against “othering”. Learn how to engage your three centers of intelligence, engage in enlightening background discovery, and embark upon an Enneagram exploration for inner work to empower yourself  with new tools, knowledge, and community connection. Watch Dr. Egerton on Esalen Live!
  • Esalen® Massage for Couples, January 14–16 with Perry Holloman and Johanna Holloman
    Touch is our forgotten language. In this introductory massage course, students will learn to listen to each other, gain sensory skills to initiate and sustain touch, experience the felt sense of relaxation and release, and close with a balanced tenderness. Seasoned instructors will offer exercises, demonstrations, and at-the-table guidance during the supervised practice. The simple principles of Esalen massage — connection, presence (not fixing), self-care, receptivity, and slow-paced strokes encompassing the body will build a heartfelt experience with our partner or friend, and perhaps most significantly, ourselves.
  • Chakra Rituals, January 17–21 with Cristi Christensen and Millana Snow
    With the map in hand and Cristi and Millana as your guides, participants will be on a step-by-step adventure into their inner depths that initiates on the first Full Moon of 2022. Through the ritual practices of yoga, breathwork, music, meditation, dance, and communion with the five sacred elements, we will uncover these precious jewels as we return home to the body and to nature. 
  • I Am the Word: The Energetics of Consciousness, January 24–28 with Paul Selig
    In his breakthrough works of channeled literature, including I Am the Word and The Kingdom, author and channel Paul Selig has recorded a program for personal and planetary evolution. Through a series of lectures, attunements, and energy activations, students will be introduced to the frequency of the Word, which can be described as the energy of “God in action.” Discover exercises for healing the self and others, along with practical techniques for developing and sustaining higher levels of consciousness. Students will also receive individual instruction to move through the physical and emotional blocks that may be keeping them from manifesting their own higher nature.
  • ​​Transformative Practice Meets the Scientific Method, January 28–30 with Pam Kramer, Josh Brahinsky, and Michael Lifshitz
    Want to witness science in action while engaging in mind-body practices for greater balance, vitality, and well-being? In this workshop, students will learn how Stanford University researchers approach the scientific method through an onsite pilot study, exploring the ways individual traits predict change through transformative practices. In particular, you’ll explore Integral Transformative Practice (ITP), created in 1992 by Esalen co-founder Michael Murphy and former Esalen President George Leonard. ITP is a research-based program for realizing human potential and awakening our extraordinary capacities through dedicated practice.
  • Awake in the New Year: Setting Conscious Intentions for Our Lives, January 31–February 4 with Deborah Eden Tull
    The New Year is a powerful threshold. It is an opportunity to listen deeply, reflect, restore, and create anew. Yet, we often make resolutions that perpetuate the myth of self-improvement, while doing nothing to empower our heart’s intentions, thereby setting us up for disappointment. This five-day retreat invites participants to go on a powerfully restorative journey through meditation, mindful inquiry, relational mindfulness, conscious movement, deep time in nature, writing, and ritual. Read Insights with Deborah in our Journal.
  • Embodying LGBTQ+ Love: Celebrating Our Relationships, February 18–20 with Toni Bergins, MEd and Rev. Erika Allison
    What if there was a space in which our love was not just tolerated, but celebrated… where our relationships were not judged and shamed, but showered in support, encouragement, and care? Come strengthen your couple-love and deepen your self-love in a weekend dedicated to LGBTQ+ humans. Through movement, expression, music, ritual, and meditation, we will open new pathways for self-love. Through somatic partner exercises and heart-opening practices, we will open new pathways for couple-love. This will be a space in which we can touch our depths and feel our aliveness, whatever emotions may come. 

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

“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, do you know about our scholarship program?

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Esalen Team