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Creating Connection through the Rituals of Esalen

Joseph Campbell, the revered American mythologist who graced Esalen with his teachings during the 1960s and ’70s, once said, “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” In many ways, 2020 has been asking all of humanity to do just that—let go of something in order to give birth to something brand new. The opportunity to create rituals around such significant life transitions—and understand and integrate them—has never been more vital. The time is now.

Creating Connection through the Rituals of Esalen is a unique five-day opportunity for two people to create rituals around these important life transitions. This is an invitation to fully unplug, explore, contemplate and forge deeper connections with the self, one another and nature—and to bring that wisdom back to your community. Set amidst the stunning Big Sur coastline, this rustic offering includes all of the cherished rituals of Esalen to integrate heart, mind, body, spirit and community in a nurturing relationship with the environment. You will:

  • Explore human potential through Esalen’s tailored Experiential Program, which will provide a diverse range of offerings during your stay. The schedule is dynamic and will be posted weekly, featuring opportunities to explore:
    • Meditation and mindfulness
    • Embodiment and movement practices
    • Connection with nature
    • Creative expression
  • Enjoy three all-inclusive healthy meals a day, sourced from Esalen Farm & Garden and other local entities, which includes plant-based offerings, “Power Bowls for Life,” delicious home-cooked meals from around the world and other culinary wonders from our dynamic kitchen.
  • Surrender and relax in Esalen’s beloved mineral hot springs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, a perfect setting to reflect and contemplate life transitions, purify the heart and mind and emerge with newfound clarity and intentions. 
  • Enjoy tranquil evenings ideal for stargazing and contemplation.
  • Appreciate a serene setting to mark time, celebrate milestones and connect.

This is an exceptional time for two people to regain their sense of clarity and empowerment, and a rare opportunity to rediscover and reawaken the change agent within. The potential ripple effects have the ability to positively affect the self, cherished loved ones and your community. At such a pivotal time in history, this is an invitation to dive deep, understand one’s capacity to fully connect, affect change and usher in a more just, creative and sustainable future for the benefit of all human beings.

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