Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Ways to Give: Our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide and Support for Esalen

There’s a reason you’ll find our online store under Give on the web site. All purchases you make at the Esalen store and online go directly to support programs and the land. 

In the past year, we hope you’ve noticed that our shop online and in person have a brand new look and feel, with more thoughtfully curated merchandise. It’s absolutely true we’ve been trying to make it more enticing to shop in person and online, because we welcome your support to sustain Esalen. 

It’s been a challenging two years of closures, fires, and more. Perhaps giving a bit of Esalen to a friend or family member this holiday season can bring joy and help support one of your favorite spots on earth. 

Here are some of our top gift picks for holiday 2021. And, don’t hesitate to bring yourself joy, too, if something catches your eye!

For the Warmth We All Deserve

Sacred Land Collection Sweatshirts

These limited edition sweatshirts just arrived! Made specifically for the season, these hand drawn landscape designs perfectly showcase the beauty of our Esalen cliffs and sunset views. We hope they represent an intentional way of being, while paying homage to our sacred land.

For Sharing Blessings or Saying Goodbye to the Past

Big Sur Smudge Box + Ceremonial Fire Starter: A Collaboration with Spiritual Kindling

Hand made and extraordinarily crafted, this mini fire starter bundle includes medicinal herbs, locally-sourced lavender and sage, and natural items for a profound fire ceremony. Follow the maker’s three-step ritual or design your own. 

For Goddesses and Humans Who Are the Light in Your Life

Goddess Moon Goods Candles in Big Sur Jade, Crystal Forest, Yuletide Blessings and Big Sur Wildflower.

Each candle includes pressed petals or herbs and a stone or crystal for enhanced connection to intention. Caroline Salyer, owner of Goddess Moon Goods, offers these beautiful creations for experiencing the senses and bringing us into the present moment.

For Our Mini-Mes

Kids & Baby Collection

It’s our first collection specially-made for the small beings in our lives! Find baby onesies, toddler t-shirts, and swaddle blankets — all aligned with the grown-up Sacred Land designs. 

For the Loved One Into Rituals and Energetic Living

Chakra Harmony Plates from Grassroots Union

Need balance, focus, or re-aligning? Each chakra plate corresponds to one of the eight primary Chakras — Root to Soul Star. They are infused with the energetic frequency of that Chakra and are small enough to be a portable touchstone on the go. Kit contains: eight plates, a display stand, and a carrier.

For the Cozy Creature in Your Life 

Luxe Monogrammed Bathrobe

There are few things lovelier than snuggling up in a robe and relaxing at home. Our cozy, luxe, and super lounge-worthy Monogrammed Bathrobe is a must for an at-home spa experience or simple couch potato session.

For the Free Spirit in Your Life

Online Store Gift Card 

Let your loved one explore and choose on their own! Our very own gift certificate comes in $25, $50, $100, $150 and $250 denominations.

Valid online only through our shop site. Certain restrictions apply.

For the Esalen Fan Who Doesn’t Need Anything

Donate to the Esalen End-of-Year Campaign in someone’s name. 

We can reach our goal with your help and generosity!

“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?


Esalen Team