Hello all, I have just joined the group here after finding iThou while wondering what it's like to live at Esalen, which I am seriously considering doing myself. I invite you all to tell a story or two about how you got there in the first place. As someone so aptly said here, "some by accident, some on purpose."
I'd like to know more about your transitions -into- the place were. Emotional, physical, logistical. Who's been or is there now? You aren't all hippie-intellectuals, Silicon Valley dropouts and spacey massage therapists are you? ;-)
Do you live like monks in those shared rooms, those drafty old cabins? What to bring, what to leave (in boxes stored away in that other world)?
So far, I've read a lot about "what an amazing, life-changing" place it is. Surely at least a few of you are well-spoken enough to be a little more specific than that. How about a lot more specific?
I understand the freeing feeling that those from rather more repressive cultures may feel. I was born and raised in California, so I have perhaps a little less unlearning to do in some areas.
Essentially, I'm interested, a little bit intrigued, a little concerned about the drama and angst that seems endemic to long-established groups with disparate goals and opinions.
What's all the fuss about? Some of you sound a little shell-shocked after a few months on the cliffs and fog. I have experience in having to put my shell back on after beinf in softer, more supportive places. You've painted a pretty good picture of the after. What about the before and during, for those of us who have yet to arrive, or have only been for a few days?
Thanks, I look forward to hearing from you, and hope I have not stirred up a hornet's nest by asking.Esalen Leaving_Esalen living at Esalen
Mover – October 3, 2007 – 10:04pm