Workshops

Our workshops are designed to support you in the challenging work of self exploration, in partnership with some of the leading minds of the day. Join us in discovering the next frontiers of individual and societal transformation.

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We are living in a world filled with profound threat, uncertainty, and danger. The COVID-19 crisis is just one example. As a result, leadership — leading yourself and others — is even more important to create and maintain trust to inspire employees. We need leaders who can provide psychological safety even in the face of danger and threat.

Psychological safety starts with the personal effect of the leader, creating an atmosphere of trust in the corporate culture. It starts at the top and filters down through the entire organization. Psychological safety is fundamental for creativity, innovation, and high performance. It establishes trust and respect among team members, allowing them to take risks, for example expressing new ideas, being willing to fail, and asking for help.

Drawing on studies of High-Performance Leadership from the world of sports, business, medicine, music, theater, military, and hostage negotiation, managers can translate this knowledge to the real world of leading.

During this workshop you will develop and learn:

  • Cycle of bonding
  • Leading from the mind’s eye (without falling hostage to anyone)
  • Building trust through secure base leadership
  • The use of words — the power of an interaction
  • Conflict resolution
  • Managing emotions

In this week-long journey, you will explore the roots of your leadership and your leadership talents. The workshop offers cutting-edge theory, experiential learning, and opportunities to overcome barriers to your leadership through personal work and role-plays. Examples of case studies on difficult conversations to build bridges and common understanding will be shared.

Recommended Reading: George Kohlrieser, Hostage at the Table: How Leaders Can Overcome Conflict, Influence Others and Raise Performance; George Kohlrieser, Susan Goldsworthy and Duncan Coombe, Care to Dare: Unleashing Astonishing Potential through Secure Base Leadership.

Leading at the Edge: Building Trust Through Psychological Safety
July 31 – August 5, 2022
July 31 – August 5, 2022
July 31, 2022
Leading at the Edge: Building Trust Through Psychological Safety
with George Kohlrieser

What is the relevance and significance of the maṇḍala (“circle”)? In this workshop series we aim to individually and collectively understand maṇḍalas and related sacred shapes and their importance in Tantric traditions. We will also show how the geography of Esalen could be perceived as a sacred landscape or maṇḍala. Our focus here will be on the historical development of the maṇḍala and its connecting link between the internal and external worlds.

Join Tantric scholar-practitioners Sravana Borkataky-Varma and Keith Cantú for this fascinating new workshop, part of a signature series on Tantra, and explore the foundations of Tantric theory and practice. Together, we will explore the latest findings from academic research and ethnographic participant-observation that continue to challenge and reframe our conventional understandings of what Tantra was, is, and what it can be.

Staying true to the roots of Esalen, we will intertwine the research and discussion with authentic Indian folk music performances, and guided meditations to bring this latest research creatively to life in your mind, body, and heart. Our collective practice of these new understandings will bring to life Tantra’s connection to a wide variety of vibrant artistic and meditative practices in an eye-opening and unforgettable way.

In this workshop, you’ll be invited to:

  • Develop an understanding of what a maṇḍala is and how to use it to journey from various points in meditation and on your personal path.
  • Learn to communicate your personal practice to friends and family using your new academic, researched-based understanding.
  • Creatively explore your divine potential.
  • Enjoy the benefit of overcoming negative projections and self-generated illusions by means of both formulating and canceling aspects of this network as desired.
  • Learn practical modes of meditation — including internal visualization and externalization of maṇḍalas.
  • Understand the connection of Tantra with art and music, and see a broader continuum of its relevance in daily life.

Please Note: This workshop is NOT about Tantric Sex and experiencing enhanced sexual pleasures, although much of what we discuss will address gender identity and sexuality. We invite you to join us for this series of workshops that will blend meditation, art, and music with a holistic inquiry into what gives Tantra its power and therapeutic potential. Bring an open mind as we explore deep questions about our bodies and minds in a safe space and nurturing environment.

Tantra: The Body and The Release, an Esalen Signature Series | Maṇḍala: The Macrocosm and the Microcosm
August 12–15, 2022
August 12–15, 2022
August 12, 2022
Tantra: The Body and The Release, an Esalen Signature Series | Maṇḍala: The Macrocosm and the Microcosm
with Sravana Borkataky-Varma and Keith Edward Cantú