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New Workshops Feature Authentic Activation, Mindfulness in Nature, and Soulmate Communication
Three people working in the Esalen Garden. Text reads Upcoming Workshops and Events.

Here’s a complete list of workshops and events that are currently open for registration. Check the Journal every other Monday to see the latest additions to the schedule.  

  • Maps to Ecstasy: 5Rhythms® & Mindfulness Workshop, September 27-October 1: In times of turmoil and change, Somatic Meditation can help you journey from resistance to ecstasy. Lucia Horan will lead participants through Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms®, which includes movement and traditional, seated meditation. You’ll gain a skill set that supports balance, ease, and joy — all of it in the wild, wondrous, natural beauty of Esalen. Horan shares more in our blog, the Journal. Insights: Transform Your Heart and Heal
  • Meditation and Modern Life, October 1-3:  Dan Zigmond returns with this popular weekend workshop, featuring the process and practice of more mindful living. Participants will disconnect from the “real” world, meditate together, learn the magic of stillness, and learn how to bring full awareness to the here and now. This is a gentle schedule of sitting meditation, punctuated by brief lectures, group discussion, relaxing meals, and a special self practice in the healing baths.  Zigmond has some sage advice in our blog, the Journal. Insights: Can You Just Meditate Already? (Advice from a Zen Priest)
  • Good Morning I Love You, October 15-17: We can literally rewire our brains for greater feelings of calm, joy and possibility — with practice. Dr. Shauna Shapiro, a leading scientist studying the effects of mindfulness on well-being, shows participants that acting with compassion toward themselves is the key. Understand how basic brain science, powerful mindfulness, and self-compassion practices can alleviate anxiety, boost creative thinking, and increase our sense of belonging and purpose. 
  • Secrets of Great Relationships for Couples and Individuals, October 29-31: The biggest mistake many people make is not expecting too much from their relationships, but desiring too little. Unless we enjoy trust, intimacy, caring, and love with our partner, we share an arrangement, not a true partnership. Understand how infatuation can turn into a cold and joyless relationship (or end in divorce) in this experiential workshop for couples and individuals working on enduring love and intimacy. Linda and Charlie Bloom share a spectrum of practices and tools in the in-person workshop, plus, they offer a sneak peek on Esalen Live! September 28th at 11am PT. RSVP to join the online conversation.
  • A Graceful Journey: 5Rhythms® & Mindfulness Workshop, November 1-5: By learning patterns, rhythms, and cycles of life, you’ll learn how energy moves. Integrate the stillness of Buddhist mindfulness meditation with the moving meditations of the 5Rhythms® and bring wise attention to every aspect of your life. Long time Esalen teacher, Lucia Horan will show participants how to integrate the stillness with movement based on the 5Rhythms®.
  • Role Mate to Soulmate, December 3-5: Thought leader and prolific author Warren Farrell returns with this workshop designed to help couples communicate more effectively and connect more profoundly. Farrell covers topics such as “walking on eggshells,” safe listening, and creating “conflict-free zones” through exercises designed to deepen your love. (Note: For this course, a couple could be any two people with a history who desire a better future.) You can learn more in an interview with Farrell on Esalen Live! RSVP here to get a reminder to join.

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

Don’t forget to review our open class schedule once you’ve booked your stay with us! Open classes are offered most days and are available to all of our guests. Led by a rotating roster of local teachers and Teachers in Residence, some classes include yoga-based movement, while others offer journaling sessions, breath work, and other activities designed to encourage joy and mindfulness. 

We hope to welcome you to Big Sur or see you online soon. 

(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? Because money should never be a barrier to growth.)

“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