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In 1966, or so, Dick posted up a manifesto in the Esalen office.  Drugs were officialy not condoned at Esalen, nor was their usage encouraged. 

 Despite this stalwart stand, drug use at Esalen, was, how to say this diplomatically, ubiquitous.  I never head mention of Michael Murphy and drugs, and if he did them I am sure he was circumspect.  However, there were lots of drugs around and being used.  Mostly hallucinogens, including some splendid Sandoz Acid, briefly.   I'd name names, but what is the point. Ida and Fritz were not dopers, Michael was not, I slammed acid and smoked pot, and this was pretty much the status quo among most of the staff. There was, later, a cocaine contingent, and they were probably more disruptive and ill fated than any of the pot heads.  One of them shot himself over a large debt owed to the Las Vegas mob.  

 One splendid sunny day, long before the gates were closed to the public, the usual cohort of Big Sur denizens, seminarians, staff, and vegetative dopers  were hanging out at the lodge.   There were also a couple big chunky guys wearing JC Penny suits, black shoes and white socks.  For real.. Now imagine this, Esalen in the mid sixties.  Who is going to wear a gray suit, black shoes, and white socks?  "Undercover cops." 


So I made my way over to them and said hello, and was promptly asked if I could supply them with some pot.  I naturally agreed to meet them in some far off location up Partington Canyon in a few hours, they took off, and I never saw them again.  Not really much of a story, more of a parable of two societies colliding in ways that were just being worked out. 

Buzz – March 16, 2010 – 5:47pm

  Totally Committed

I give thanks for unknown blessings already on the way

Scarlet Rose – April 7, 2010 – 7:20am

This question is directed to anyone who has ever been on drugs.

Is slamming different from dropping. I never understood the difference.  The most I ever did was a cigarette and all I ever got from that was  vertigo. Ickky.

Tell me this have you ever slept with someone while you were on acid- what did it feel like as opposed to being drug free and sleeping with a person. And what happened if you did sleep with someone while being on drugs and woke up next to 300 pound hermaphrodite? Again anyone can answer this. Thanks guys.

Curious in Australia

Devon Post – April 7, 2010 – 7:40am

Have you ever woken up with a furry hoppy thing in bed?  

Or if I am an Esalenite:  could you make a Statement.  :)  (Eight hours driving my ability to reason is hampered). 

Rob G – April 8, 2010 – 5:14pm

I am not sure if I have. Would my cat having kittens in the bed suffice? They didn't hop. But warm and furry and a bit wet. My feet touched them.I had no idea mama cat had decided her preferred place to give birth was on  and in my bed- Porthault sheets all bloodied. She  didn't care. So is slamming acid and then having sex like being in bed with a furry hoppy thing?

Devon Post – April 8, 2010 – 5:36pm

sorry no experience novice...long ago



Rob G – April 8, 2010 – 6:58pm

Pamela RainBear Portugal Walatka

Michael  totally did acid on numerous occasions. 

walatka – July 26, 2015 – 8:01pm

Pamela RainBear Portugal Walatka

Michael  totally did acid on numerous occasions. 

walatka – July 26, 2015 – 8:01pm