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Time to Blossom

As we continue to unfurl from our cocoons of the past two years, the desire to blossom cannot be ignored. Immerse yourself in community once again and take advantage of opportunities for mindful rebuilding with these new workshops for May, June, and beyond.

New On-Campus Workshops

The Enneagram and Healing Humanity: A Modern Entry Into Enneagram Work, May 13–15, 2022 with Dr. Deborah Egerton
How can we truly be together in community in healthy ways that foster connection, interrelatedness, and a sense of belonging? The Enneagram is a model of the human psyche that, when understood and implemented correctly, can help show the way. This foundational exploration will examine the 9 Points of the Enneagram through the basic fear and basic desire, core motivation, levels of development, and the connections to the other energies within the Enneagram. Learn more from Dr. Egerton on Esalen Live!

The Essence of Soul, The Anatomy of Being: An Embodied Exploration of Consciousness, May 16–20, 2022 with Gitanjali Hemp
What does it look like to explore consciousness and the unseen realms while fully inhabiting our physical bodies? In this experiential workshop, you’ll learn to use ancient practices and innovative frameworks to integrate the sacred with the mundane in your daily life in grounded, meaningful, and practical ways. Liberate yourself from outdated ways of being, discover and unlock your unique gifts, and reconnect to your true potency and magic as a human being.

Multidimensional Integrative Healing and EMDR, May 20–23, 2022 with Laurel Parnell, PhD
Intended for advanced EMDR practitioners, this workshop will combine the power of EMDR with Multidimensional Integrative Healing — an approach that recognizes the ability to access deep levels of healing that transcend time and space. You’ll learn basic tools for creating boundaries and energetic sovereignty, discuss topics of interest, share cases, watch live demonstrations, and practice in small groups. 

Cultivating Vitality in Body, Mind, and Spirit: The Ecosystem of Mental Well-Being, May 27–29, 2022 with Cassandra Vieten and Elissa Epel
A mental health renaissance is underway, where good mental health is being redefined in terms of stress resilience, post-traumatic growth, and vitality. This workshop explores evidence-based tools for living a vibrant life, even in the presence of stress, depression, anxiety, or any pain you may be carrying. Learn ways to build your own ecosystem of mental well being while fostering vitality and purpose through caring for the brain, body, and gut. 

Unfinished Business: Create Your Next Steps in Life from the Inside Out, May 27–29 with Pam Kramer and Steve EdelmanIs your life an expression of who you really are, and who you most want to be? This workshop is about clarifying your deepest values and seeing clearly where you are now and where you need to go to realize your full potential. Experiential processes, group interaction, inspiring videos, meditative exercises, and mindful movement will help you begin to create a path to wholeness and peak vitality.

Healing at the Edge: Conscious Living, Conscious Dying, June 3–5, 2022 with Dale Borglum
There are powerful truths about life and about healing that we can receive from those who realized their own wholeness through the process of dying. In this experiential workshop, we will explore possibilities at the edge of life where illness, grief, loss, addiction, and spiritual yearning arise by traveling the path to wholeness — a path that includes motivation, trust, compassion, empowerment, and ultimately, healing.

Know Justice Know Peace: A Transformative Journey of Healing Humanity Through the Power of the Enneagram, June 13–17, 2022 with Dr. Deborah Egerton
Our connection to one another is what allows us to survive and thrive as a species. In this intermediate-level workshop, we’ll explore what disconnects us from each other and ourselves, gain insight into how we consciously or unconsciously marginalize other people, and learn how the Enneagram and IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, anti-racism) are powerful tools for helping cultivate the reconnection and oneness that can help us heal both ourselves and humanity. 

Prophecy of The Eagle & The Condor: Ancient Healing Ways for Modern Times, June 20–24 and June 24–26, 2022 with Erika Gagnon and Claudia Cuentas
The Prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor is an ancient Indigenous prophecy that spoke of a future time when indigenous traditions from both the North and the South would reunite, signaling a time of healing for the Earth and all people. Come and learn how Indiginous wisdom and practices promote healing and help you overcome trauma, find purpose, and live a more fulfilling life. 

Reawaken the Creative Process, June 27 – July 1, 2022 with The Brothers Koren
Almost everything we do in life involves a level of creative energy — from writing a song or painting a picture, to choosing what to wear in the morning or having a conversation. Using embodied voice techniques, creative process design, and collaborative games, this workshop will help you get unstuck and back into flow, discover your distinct creative personality, and find harmony and coherence in your own creative process. Hear more from Issac Koren on Esalen Live! - Embody Your Voice, Embody Your Vitality.

R.D. Laing in the 21st Century: What is Ethical? What is Moral?, June 27 – July 1, 2022 with Michael Guy Thompson, Fritjof Capra and Nita Gage
Arguably the most controversial psychoanalyst since Freud, R.D. Laing was a widely-read psychiatrist in the 1970s. This program, best suited to those who are already familiar with Laing’s work and wish to explore it further, will examine what it means to be ethical from the broadest possible perspective, including secular, religious, and philosophical dimensions as conceived over the millennia, including the Greek era, spirituality, and common wisdom.

Leading at the Edge: Building Trust Through Psychological Safety, July 31 – August 5, 2022 with George Kohlrieser
Creativity, innovation, and high performance depend on a willingness to take risks, express new ideas, fail, and ask for help. Trust and respect among team members is fundamental to these behaviors, and the ability of a leader to create an atmosphere of psychological safety is key. Through the application of cutting-edge theory, case studies, and experiential learning, this week-long journey will help you explore the roots of your leadership and your leadership talents. 

Meet Your Better Half: Unlock Your Right Brain, August 5–7, 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?

More On-Campus Workshops

We have even more workshops still open for enrollment or wait list.

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.

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, experience the power of safe therapeutic touch, and 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.

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.

CranioSacral Therapy: Exploring Presence and Intentioned Touch, July 2–29, 2022 with Karen Axelrod
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle and profoundly moving form of bodywork known to help regulate the central nervous system for body-mind-spirit balancing. Learn how strong therapeutic presence and intentioned touch facilitate safety and comfort for clients, while practicing hands-on techniques to help unravel pain and dysfunction and enhance health in every dimension. To attend this program, you must be a professional healthcare practitioner or student, or meet the course pre-requisite requirements.

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.”
–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