Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Reconnect, Become Your Own Healer, and Align with the Terrain Around You


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Embodying Grace in times of Change: Rising into Spiritual Maturity, October 25–29 with Miranda Macpherson. Ask yourself: what does it take to be more graceful and responsive rather than reactive with the personal and collective invitations of our time? Miranda Macpherson shares a holistic and feminine approach to surrender and nondual realization based on a practice she calls Ego Relaxation — embracing the totality of our experience as a gateway into our deepest nature.

Healing Wisdom For Modern Times: You are Your Greatest Healer, November 8–12 with Erika Gagnon. Join wisdom keeper Erika Gagnon on a sacred journey, as students gather together and explore the healing wisdom of the “Americas”. Students will learn about the importance of ancestral lineage, rites of passage, ceremonies and rituals, sacred altars, medicinal plants, and the origins of dis-ease in our physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual bodies. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a water prayer blessing, a sound healing journey, and a traditional South American healing ceremony.

Meditation and Modern Life: Cultivating a Daily Practice, November 15–19 with Dan Zigmond. Students will leave this retreat with everything they need to start, revive, or deepen a daily meditation practice. Led by Zen priest, writer, and data scientist Dan Zigmond, students will receive instruction in traditional Zen meditation and will sit together, practicing within guided sessions. Discussions unpack obstacles to meditation plus how to overcome them. Experience a bit with Zigmond on a recent appearance on Esalen Live!

Meet Your Better Half: Unlock Your Right Brain, December 10–12 with Bill Donius. Learn to activate the right side of your brain and learn what holds you back from your own potential. Bill Donius, author of the New York Times bestseller Thought Revolution helps you break through self-limiting patterns and learn critical skills to live a more creative, productive, and happy life. Experience one exercise with Donius on Esalen Live!

Gestalt Practice & Principles: Cultivating Embodied Wholeness in Daily Life, December 13–17 with Steven Harper. Gestalt Practice is an awareness practice, meant to cultivate embodied, present-moment awareness of the unfolding experience of the here and now, on a journey toward authentic wholeness and radical aliveness. During this workshop students will explore the rich practices and principles of Gestalt Practice, apply them to daily life, and begin to experience the simple yet profound potential for growth. Listen to Harper’s story in a vintage Voices of Esalen episode.

Becoming Of The Land: Right Relationship Without Dominance - Understanding The Terrains We Inhabit, December 17–20 with Vivien Sansour. In this workshop, Vivien Sansour will guide students to humble themselves so they can become one with the ground under their feet, and listen to the world around them. Through a series of exercises that involve contemplation, walking meditation, and explorations of plants, writing, and storytelling, students will unlock the sacred trilogy of bird, soil, and plant in order to develop a deeper understanding of the terrain.

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: learn more about our scholarship program.

“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