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.
Been reading a few pages of a great book by Sam Keen called Fire in the Belly.
Pages 220 to 223 have really hit home.
It begins: "Marriage is: an aphrodisiac for the mature; a great yoga; a discipline of incarnate love; a task that stretches a man and a woman to the fullest; a drama inwhich a man and woman must gradually divest themselves of their archetypes and stereotypes and come to love each other as perfectly flawed individuals." (Cool eh).
More about me than I want to know (lol):
Growing desire to visit Esalen.
Listed 850 items on Ebay. One thousand is the goal.
Thank You Albert & All Here
A few days ago the modem on my computer had an ‘injury’... after the tech ‘healed’ my internet heartbeat I was unable to log into ithou. I did not know if the site had been interrupted or if my connection at home was off due to the previous modem issue.
The next day, I checked ithou while at work and was able to log in. A total AHA moment of relief! And got me thinking about how much I appreciate the powerful connectedness of ithou
Sweat Lodge Ceremony 1/14/2012
Together As One
Esalen: Ever Evolving, Ever Growing, Ever Transforming
Another Bright and Beautiful Day here in the land Afar (Cleveland) hahahaha
Last month a good friend of mine gifted me with Anna Halprin’s ‘Dance as a Healing Art’ as she knows I am on sabbatical from university study to pursue inquiry in Human Potentiality. I Love Anna! A few chapters in her book and I am on fire with dance experimentation & healing.
Increase Your Vitality
Workplace Wellness (don’t have a budget? all you need is a space, some chairs, cd player, markers, paper, pins, 30 min, and lots of laughs (those are free)
30 min. Midday Dance Party!
Get a massage from our Esalen friend Sam Molitas at his new place on Maui. He's the best...
Check out his Web site, here:
Friend his place on Facebook:
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I have been pondering the idea of having 25min dance sessions as part of our Workplace Wellness program and gave it a shot yesterday- no structured dance moves, just a few deep breaths, stretches ...and the dance begins....intuitively moving where your body, mind, spirit and heart desires...
Qi-ssage & Stress
Funny, as I review all the wonders of massage (Mosby) I pondered the question… ‘If I were going to rename massage…what would I call it?’ ….After a few moments I wrote ‘Qissage’….as I continue to practice Qigong, naturally I incorporate Qigong practice into the massage experience (guided visualization, awareness breathing, circulating positive life energy flow…). I thought ‘better google it first’….sure enough, Qi-ssage is already being practiced under the same name! Wonderful! I LOVE Qi-ssage!
Breathe in.....breathe out....sight, sound, touch, smell, taste....nestled comfortably back to bark hugging form fitting oak tree...breathe in...breathe out....sun glistens through forest sihouette....breathe in....breathe out....awake and aware...breathe in...breathe out....gentle chickadee sings.....breathe in....breathe out....palm caressing cool, damp forest soil.....breathe in...breathe out....fresh geosmin aroma.....breathe in....breathe out.....revitalizing ginger chew warms palate...breathe in.....breathe out....joyful gratitude brings smile & tear....breathe in....breathe out....
"Lose your head and come to your senses"
~ Fritz Perls