Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Nature Altars to Heal Grief, Spirit Dive, and a Gratitude Retreat

Check the Journal every other Monday to see the latest additions to the schedule and sign up for our newsletter for monthly updates on new workshops and more. 

  • Being with Your Heart: Enneagram and Inner Work, October 25-29, Russ Hudson & Deborah Rose Longo lead this retreat focused on restoring the centrality of spiritual practice and psychological rigor to Enneagram work. It will also emphasize the foundational role of the Heart Center, exploring areas such as self-images, narcissism, and defense mechanisms. Learn Essential Qualities and ego-related issues of the Two, Three, and Four Enneagram types in much greater depth and what it means to live and work from the deeper capacities of the heart. Read more from Russ Hudson: What Are Your True Gifts? in our Journal.
  • Grief Into Beauty: Creating Nature Altars to Transform and Heal from This Year, October 29-31, Internationally renowned author and artist Day Schildkret of Morning Altars will teach students how to use nature, art, and ritual to transform, heal, and make meaning from this chaotic time. Nature will be the collaborator in accessing creativity and time-tested ways to practice mindfulness, and cultivate a place-based resilience in the face of change. Learn more from Schildkret on Esalen Live! RSVP here.
  • Spirit Dive: Music, Movement and Meditation, November 12-15, East Forest and Radha Weppner, East Forest and Marisa Radha Weppner and teach students how to navigate their soul path. In this transformational workshop, East and Marisa will use live musical performance, group ceremony, sound meditation, co-creative music experiences, embodiment practices, and the primacy of each individual’s heart-opening — felt experience — to find a way through to the next iteration of themselves. East Forest makes a guest appearance on Esalen Live! October 12, 2021. RSVP here.
  • Gratitude Retreat, November 19-21, Janet Stone invites students to come together in the community to remember that we are enough as they are. Through yoga, meditation, reflection, cliffside baths, and walking on Esalen’s healing land will return to their hearts. Stone spoke recently about resilience and yoga on Esalen Live! Watch her interview here

There’s still time to plan your trip to Big Sur.  The following workshops are still open for enrollment. 

“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