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Faculty

Esalen faculty represent a spectrum of disciplines, experiences, and perspectives — our faculty members have included Premal Shah, founder of Kiva.org; Robert Walter, Joseph Campbell’s longtime editor; mindfulness researcher Shauna Shapiro; and Wisdom 2.0 creator Soren Gordhamer.

Featured Faculty
Current Faculty
Ann BradneyA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Ann Bradney

Ann Bradney, founder and director of the Radical Aliveness Institute, works with groups and individuals using the Radical Aliveness model to address healing on the personal, interpersonal and systemic levels.

Dorothy CharlesA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Dorothy Charles

Dorothy Charles has been learning and teaching at Esalen since 1982. A student of Esalen co-founder Richard Price, she combines Esalen body-centered Gestalt with relational Gestalt theory, leading workshops around the world.

Christine ChenA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Christine Chen

Christine Chen is the co-founder of Spellbound Yoga, best-selling author of Happy-Go-Yoga, and a long-time student of Ayurveda.

Raphael CushnirA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Raphael Cushnir

Raphael Cushnir is a leading voice in the world of emotional connection and present moment awareness. He lectures worldwide and has written six books, including Setting Your Heart on Fire.

Dr. Deborah EgertonA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Dr. Deborah Egerton

Dr. Deborah Egerton is a psychotherapist, an executive coach, and an inspirational Enneagram JEDI (justice, equality, diversity, inclusion) who teaches the value of the Enneagram for introspective self-discovery.

Rob GarzaA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Rob Garza

Rob is co-founder of Thievery Corporation, known for their electronic-infused modifications of dub, trip hop, reggae, and bossa nova.

Ben GeilhufeA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Ben Geilhufe

Ben Geilhufe is the director of community-based clinical programs for the UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center and co-facilitator of the Gender Therapist Team of the Central Coast.

Jocelyn GordonA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Jocelyn Gordon

Jocelyn Gordon is the mother of two daughters and is currently writing Make Space For Baby. She is the creator of HoopYogini™ and Bhakti Boogie, practices that merge dance with yoga and meditation.

Steven HarperA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Steven Harper

Steven Harper is a wilderness leader, author, facilitator, and Big Sur resident. His work incorporates practices that cultivate awareness, grow somatic intelligence, and emphasize connection with nature as vehicles for awakening.

Catherine Ann JonesA small white oval over a larger white oval, meant to represent a person.
Catherine Ann Jones

Catherine Ann Jones is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, author, and writing consultant.


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