Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
New Workshops Offer Healing Through Wisdom, Chinese Medicine, and Nature


Open for registration! Here’s a complete list of workshops and events featuring the return of Deva Munay, Chungliang “Al” Huang, and Dorothy Charles; plus, an exploration of five elements, neuroscience, and the voice — embodied.

Check the Journal every other Monday to see the latest additions to the schedule.  

  • The Five Elements in Yoga and Chinese Medicine, October 4-8: Paula Wild and Jiling Lin lead this workshop that engages in practices to deeply connect students with the Five Elements within and around us. Students will explore their own relationship with these elements through nourishing daily yoga and movement practices, connection with nature, journaling, creative practices, improvisational vocalization, storytelling, and physical play. Catch Jiling Lin on Esalen Live! RSVP here.
  • The Embodied Voice, November 5-7: Brothers Thorald and Isaac Koren set a safe space for students to reclaim their power and connection to their bodies while grounding into the gravity of the whole body instrument. Create powerful sounds and experience what it feels like to be... and be fully alive. 
  • Wisdom Teachings for Agents of Change, November 12-14: Susan Collin Marks and John Marks invite students to redeem their wisest selves to help redeem a world turned upside down by the excesses of inequality, climate change, and political hostility. They will teach you how to dive deeply to meet and listen to your inner wisdom, then, you’ll explore tools to act on it. Students will (re)discover what they are here to do, right now, at this time of unprecedented turbulence and transformation. 
  • Creative Tai Ji Experience: Change-Transformation-Metamorphosis, November 22-26: Chungliang Al Huang has more than 50 consecutive years of teaching experience at Esalen since its founding. Master Huang will share his unique ways of imparting Tai Ji experience to all levels of practitioners. He playfully reinvents Tai Ji forms with ancient Tai Ji rituals, Five Moving Forces of Nature, and traditional Tai Ji motifs. Students will explore, improvise, and evolve to find renewal and refreshed ways to dance the open structures of this ancient wonder of movement meditation. Get a sneak peek during his Esalen Live! Interview, Five Moving Forces.
  • Relational Gestalt Practice: Open Seat Intensive, November 26-December 3: Dororthy Charles uses the Gestalt approach to help students learn the skills to improve their ability to make contact, develop and track awareness of their emotions and sensations, learn to express, and practice communicating needs and wants effectively. The workshop will include time for Gestalt awareness practices and a mixture of didactic and experiential exercises. Each participant will have an individual “open seat” session with Dorothy, with the support of the group. Charles shared more in a recent Esalen Spotlight - Relational Gestalt.
  • The Essential Qi-Gong Exercises of China, November 26-28: Chungliang Al Huang will teach China’s most essential qi-gong exercises for anyone who wishes to sustain a daily practice for personal mind-body-spirit well-being. He will teach easy-to-absorb, adaptive exercises of this ancient qi-gong practice and assist you through metaphors, visualization, sonic chanting meditation and deep circular breathing methods. During this fun, joyful experience for all ages and levels of practitioners, students will take in this healthy habit for good: “Wei Wu Wei”— doing by not doing, spontaneously. Beginners and “advanced beginners” are welcome.
  • Connection & Compassion: A 5Rhythms® & Mindfulness Workshop, December 6-10: Lucia Horan leads this exploration of how the body has been shaped by our emotions, tracking when the heart is open and when it is closed. Through the embodiment of the 5Rhythms practice, students will be shown skills and techniques to take home and apply in their daily lives. This workshop is designed for everyone, of every age and shape. The workshop integrates the stillness of Buddhist mindfulness meditation with the moving meditations of the 5Rhythms®. Hear more from Lucia on Voices of Esalen Podcast: 5 Rhythms of the Pandemic on SoundCloud.
  • The Embodied Life™: Presencing and Re-Visioning, December 10-12: Russell Delman and Linda Evans Delman teach that the embodied life is an integrated path of insight and awakening. Their workshop will show students how connecting present moment awareness with their intentions and dreams for the future creates a truthful and meaningful life. Through specific practices, students will learn to integrate: mindfulness, heart-fullness, body-fullness, and spatial awareness.

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