Greetings. Welcome to the group, "Esalen" -- for people who have lived, worked, and/or studied at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.

For many of us who lived there, the time was rich, full, and extraordinary. For all people who have been touched by the spirit of the place, it is sometimes challenging to keep that spirit alive in the world outside the support of the container of Big Sur and Esalen.

This place is intended to become that supportive ground for people who have been moved by the spirit of the place, but who no longer, possibly, have immediate access to the special and sacred space of Esalen.

Everyone who has been moved by the spirit of Esalen, I believe, becomes, in their own way, an ambassador for a new way of thinking, feeling, and being in the world. May we carry on the torch and help bring truth, authenticity, love, and light for now and future generations.

The latest rumblings around the web from, about, or around Esalen.

Note: We are having monthly global Esalen weather reports in the Big House on the first Sunday of the month at 1:30PM, Pacific Time. All people who have lived, worked or studied at Esalen are welcome to join. Check the events calendar for a full listing of scheduled weather reports, open seats, or visiting teacher programs.

This lovely photograph to the right is courtesy of David Gartner.


 Let's Meditate and Unite Our individual Meditations for the upliftment of humanity collectively as a whole

and for protection of all the kingdoms of nature.

Intend Divine Love and Light (cushion the error of ego and reinforce the Consciouness (which is Soul) for right outcome of God's Will Into Form not man's separative way (except where aligned); Intend Higher Purpose, Spiritual Power and the Will of the Supreme being.

With Divine Law and Order -- God's Will Into Form.

The main purpose is to strengthen our Meditation in a super large connectedness.

In Service to the highest Good.  Of which there is no opposite.  Beyond duality and form.

Rob G – December 19, 2012 – 11:02pm

Winter Solstice



mae – December 19, 2012 – 5:59pm
I find this a beautiful answer and response

Beautiful art found on Facebook

Rob G – December 18, 2012 – 10:52pm


Rob G – December 11, 2012 – 9:46pm

Rob G – November 30, 2012 – 8:30pm


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And Happy Holidays...!



Rob G – November 20, 2012 – 5:26pm
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Process is Process and Practice is Paramount

“A mole-hill in a minute is a mountain in a year”

~ M Tupper


mae – November 14, 2012 – 7:09am
54:59 minutes (18.88 MB)

[Note: This is actually the second in a series of interviews that I did, but the first one's sound quality was rather poor. Maybe if I get the first one cleaned up, sometime, I'll put it up here.]

This is a very honest and candid interview I did last week with Seymour Carter about his life-long relationship with Esalen. He talks about some of the dramatic history of the early days, and how those early moments have impacted him and helped to shape him as a therapist and a human being now.

I think, true to the spirit of Esalen, it is brutally honest... and during the course of this interview, Seymour and I communicate on many different levels together... from the mundane to the dramatic, from the intimate to the universal...

We cover the early years of Esalen... from the psychological breakthroughs to the emotional breakdowns... and his place in it all through the years.

Albert Wong – October 20, 2006 – 7:55am

We just got the news that Seymour Carter died today in Chernovcy, Ukraine.

In 2010, I edited the transcript of an interview in which Seymour told the story of his life at Esalen Institute. You can read the entire interview by clicking "Preview" under the book cover image on the Lulu book page linked below. The reading controls appear at the top of the popup preview page.


John Francis Ca... – November 1, 2012 – 11:48am

Marvelous Moments


Breath at Ease



mae – October 14, 2012 – 7:47pm
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Albert Wong – August 18, 2006 – 6:34am