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.


Imagination is the eye of the soul.

Joseph Joubert


Another Bright & Beautiful Day from the Land Afar…..Big Sur!

mae – July 22, 2012 – 10:48am

Living the Dream

Greetings from the Land Afar….the Land of Awakening….Big Sur!!!


Here I am….in a bit of Shock that I actually did it…..Shed most of my ‘materials’ & Shed my Old Self to welcome the New….following Heart living on Faith, Trust and Belief…

mae – July 10, 2012 – 9:35am

Greetings from the Land Afar…. Big Sur!!!


Did a lil’ Switch a Roo a few days ago….I am now in Kat Steele’s Transformative Leadership and Sustainability Group….

While I have greatly enjoyed my independent research (History of Esalen) I realized I am ready for the future…Positive Renewal….

mae – July 14, 2012 – 10:58am
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On the road to home.  I plan loosely.  Went to comic con.  Always a push yourself to the limit experience.

Stood up and talked about myself with other's of early fandom and show organizers.  The whole room did.  Noticed I was impatient to do so.  Tried to share fun anecdotes in a hurried manner.  Lots of people kept showing up.  Owe Jackie a lot.

Not being organized I missed a lot.  At the same time accomplished most of the things I set out to.  Still traveling.  Home in 4-5 days.  Though I think I should be looking for a quiet new home.  Hopefully will see my daughter and grandkids tomorrow.

Took photos half-assed as usual.  Sirens outside in Laguna (where they filmed Savages).  I go here every year.  

Old friends who call me family.  (Not sure I believe it from one of the two).

Pam back East and though we live apart my heart is with her and her suffering.

Rob G – July 17, 2012 – 10:49am

Cool new book.


 Healing Our Deepest Wounds: The Holotropic Paradigm Shift

Rob G – July 8, 2012 – 2:15pm

This Month's Affirmation is: Every day I see my dream

By knowing my dream I am able to pursue it, by sharing my dream I allow other minds to participate in manifesting it into reality. Every day I see my dream building momentum. Every day I see my dream I live as the master of my experiences. Sometimes I determine what I experience, more importantly how I experience.

Natures Son – July 4, 2012 – 5:56pm

William James: Final Paper

Reaching the Divine


Here I am….Still Shedding….looks like I will hit the actual ‘highway West’ Monday morning….which is good…now, that I am officially ‘unemployed yet employable’ I have more time to shed/pack/prepare….hahahaha

mae – June 30, 2012 – 4:58am

mae – June 20, 2012 – 4:41am

Transformation is SIMPLE

mae – June 14, 2012 – 6:53pm
mae – June 10, 2012 – 10:39pm
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