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Voices of Esalen: Fall 2019

Voices of Esalen On the Road: Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg on "Fantastic Fungi: The Magic Beneath Us"

In this episode of Voices of Esalen On the Road, our intrepid correspondent Greg Archer took a jaunt to the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, where the film "Fantastic Fungi: The Magic Beneath Us" was having its California premiere. While he was there, he spoke to renowned filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg about the mysteries and magic of mycology. Together they discussed Louie’s unique stop-motion filmmaking technique he's been employing for the better part of 40 years, the healing potential of mushrooms, how psychedelic mushrooms may be our allies, and much more.

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Released November 15th, 2019. Length: 21:16.

Archive Edition: Terence McKenna's 1982 Lecture at Esalen: Tryptamine Hallucinogen Consciousness

We’re pleased to introduce Voices of Esalen Archive Edition, where we dive deep into the history of Esalen Institute and focus on a lecture previously recorded here in Big Sur. The subject of this episode is Terence McKenna and his talk entitled “Tryptamine Hallucinogen Consciousness”, recorded in December, 1982.

McKenna was an American ethnobotanist, author, lecturer and widely-respected psychonaut known internationally for his work with shamanism, metaphysics, consciousness, and of course, psychedelic medicines. He is the author of The Invisible Landscape, The Archaic Revival, Food of the Gods, and True Hallucinations. His playful yet highly powerful mode of intellectual inquiry around the topic of plant medicines made him a well-loved and highly-respected countercultural figure. While Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey, and Ram Dass were better well-known in psychedelic circles for their pioneering and often rebellious leadership during the first psychedelic wave of the 1960’s, McKenna rose to prominence later, first enjoying notoriety during the 1980’s.

One of the most frequent stops on his lecture circuit was Big Sur and Esalen Institute, where he lectured nearly 100 times over the years on subjects as diverse as “Dynamics of Hyperspace,” “Reflections on Eros,” “Our Cyberspiritual Future,” and “Biotech and Nanonfungal Futures.” Further commentary is provided by the author and environmentalist Allan Badiner, who is also the convener of the 2019 Psychedelic Integration conference at Esalen. Badiner knew Terence McKenna intimately, and thus was able to shed some light on the man behind the message.

Listen or download the mp3. Released November 4th, 2019. Length: 1:14:24.

Yoga Nidra with John Vosler

Yoga Nidra is a conscious relaxation process intended to induce physical, mental, and emotional restoration. It has been shown to ease anxiety, heighten awareness and focus, transform negative habits, and foster feelings of peace, calm, and clarity. John Vosler is a senior teacher at the Amrit Yoga Institute, where he leads Yoga Nidra certification programs. His infectious humor and compassionate heart make working with him a joy-filled experience. In this podcast, he leads us through a conscious relaxation.

Listen or download the mp3. Released October 14th, 2019. Length: 37:20.

Look for upcoming workshops with John Vosler.

Gordon Wheeler on the History of Gestalt Psychology at Esalen

Gordon Wheeler is the president of Esalen. He's also a licensed clinical psychologist, as well as the author of numerous books on Gestalt psychology, including Gestalt Reconsidered, Beyond Individualism, and The Heart of Development. He is noted for his work integrating the Gestalt tradition with relational and developmental psychology. Gordon teaches and trains clinicians around the world, also serving as editor and director of GestaltPress. Today we invited him to educate us about the history of Gestalt psychology at the Esalen Institute.

Listen or download the mp3. Released September 30th, 2019. Length: 45:33.

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