Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Opportunities for Healing, Balance, and Guidance

Find healing, balance, and guidance in our new workshops and our month-long Live Extended Education Program (LEEP) offerings for February through April; plus, save 50% on standard tuition for an online workshop.

New On-Campus Workshops

Grief Dancer, March 18–20, 2022 with Lucia Horan and Peter Selwyn
How do you process profound loss? Many of us have not found effective ways of expressing grief and carry the cumulative weight of our unfinished business with us everywhere. Movement, story sharing, and supportive presence will help you move through grief and into the next phases of your life.

Beyond Duality: Equinox Healing Wisdom for Balance and Harmony, March 21–25, 2022 with Erika Gagnon
Spring Equinox is a time when the dual energies of day and night — Sun and Moon — are in balance. Learn about ancestral lineage, traditional ceremonies, sacred altars, medicinal plants, and the origins of dis-ease in our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies. Draw on the energy of the equinox to help you live in harmony with yourself and the world around you.

Learning Tarot: Awakening the Magic of Your Own Inner Guidance, March 28 – April 1, 2022 with Brenda Rose
Take an introductory level deep-dive into the powerful insights of tarot, guided by a master teacher. Engage with the sacred stories of tarot, establish your own connection with the cards, and learn to give insightful readings using good spiritual and energetic ‘hygiene’ practices.

Nature, Art, Movement and Ritual: Embodying the Five Elements of Chinese Medicine, April 11–15, 2022 with Jiling Lin
Our indigenous ancestors communed intimately with the natural world, gathering information, inspiration, and both material and immaterial resources from the Earth. Come reconnect with your unique ancestral wisdom through the lens of the Five Elements of Chinese Medicine: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Embody the Elements within and around you through nature connection, artistic creation, nourishing movement, and sacred ritual.

Unraveling the Mother Knot: Writing as a Pathway to Explore & Heal That Primal Bond, April 18–22, 2022 with Laura Davis
The bond between mothers and their children — whether severed, fraught, intact or cherished — is one of the most complex, significant relationships we have in life. Whether you’re a mother, a daughter or a son, this transformative writing workshop will utilize creative exercises, guided meditation, and evocative writing prompts to lead you to a deeper understanding of this most primal of relationships. Shared story and deep listening will be our gateway to celebrate, grieve, and reconcile our relationships with our mothers — or our mothering.

More On-Campus Workshops

There’s still time to plan your trip to Big Sur! These workshops are still open for enrollment or waitlist.

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?

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.

Esalen® Massage Intensive: Principles and Practice, February 12 – March 11, 2022 with Brita Ostrom, Char Pias, and Oliver Bailey
Esalen Massage is a way to connect with others through healing touch. Open to beginners as well as professionals seeking to refresh their skills, this program will cover the basic core skills of Esalen Massage, which include grounding, moving from the center, quality of touch, proper draping, classic Esalen long lengthening strokes, and how to listen to each person and each body. Supportive practices such as meditation, movement and dance, sensory awareness, and more will also be presented in a nourishing and healing context. This is not a massage certification program.

Rebuild and Expand Trust in Challenging Times with Embodiment Practices of Yoga, Dance and Sound Meditation, March 12 – April 8, 2022 with Jovinna Chan
Trust — a key ingredient in the web of life — can calm and boost your immune system, uplift your spirit, and give you courage to take risks, speak your truth, and listen deeply to others. During this month of yoga, dance, and sound meditation, your journey will  foster personal wellbeing and community harmony as you consciously orient toward trust in yourself, others, and the unknown.

New Gods: American Buddhism for People of All Faiths (or None), April 6 – May 9, 2022 with Joel Gruber
Drawing from Buddhism, the sciences, and social theory, “New Gods” is an innovative system of embodied awakening. This unique approach to the Buddhist path was built within the university system and has been presented within the context of American culture. The program uses mindfulness, analytic meditation, meditative visualization, and somatic practice to turn the mind into an instrument of precision and the body into technology for awakening. You’ll have the opportunity to replace more superficial modes of engaging the world with increased awareness, creativity, and a more authentic expression of who you truly are. 

Digital Extended Education Program (DEEP)

Can't make it to Big Sur? Now you can save 50% off the standard tuition rate for our online DEEP course using the code DEEP50. Plus, it's not too late to sign up! You can still register up to two weeks after the course start date.

Moon Lodge: Honoring the Sacred Feminine, January 17 – February 22 with Dr. Julie Von and Lucia Horan
Join us as we journey into an exploration of ritual healing for women, exploring our relationship with the feminine, feminine wisdom, and how we navigate the world. This course is open to anyone who identifies as a Woman+. Sign up through January 30, 2022.

“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