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Lessons Learned At The Esalen Benefit Weekend

Ira Israel | Posted 11.14.2016 | Education
Ira Israel

For those of you who do not already know, the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California is home to a truly unique, magical, loving, authentic community ...

Yoga and Longevity at Esalen

Ira Israel | Posted 08.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

It is well-established that yoga contributes to a healthier, longer life. Moving our bodies through specific sequences of poses reduces stress, impro...

Tracee Stanley

Ira Israel | Posted 01.04.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Ira Israel

Photo by Lesa Amoore Tracee Stanley has developed an innovative practice to help people gain clarity, inspiration, and positive momentum in their liv...

Esalen and the Guru of No Gurus

Ira Israel | Posted 10.02.2016 | Religion
Ira Israel

The main tool that I am living and sharing is authenticity. Which is why I love what Esalen has created in melding intellectual, physical and spiritual practices.

Remembering New Age Publishing Pioneer and Friend Jeremy Tarcher

Jamie Court | Posted 09.29.2016 | Home
Jamie Court

The countless hours he spent nurturing, noodling, editing, and revising I can only hope to pay forward and make resonant for those younger and with less experience.

How To Take Yourself Off Of Autopilot

Ira Israel | Posted 08.20.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Ira Israel

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. ~ Hamlet (1.5.167-8) I have a marketing problem. I teach...

Don Draper and the Nones

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.22.2016 | Entertainment
Philip Goldberg

What do those two events -- a poll of religious identification and the climax of an iconic period drama -- have in common? In a very real sense, that last glimpse of Don prefigures the rise of the SBNRs.

Dinner With Sam Keen and Michael Murphy At Esalen Institute

Ira Israel | Posted 08.20.2016 | Religion
Ira Israel

As I currently reside in a community where most inhabitants think that Heidegger is a cold press juicer, imagine my joy last Saturday evening at Esalen when I found myself breaking wheat bread with two of America's greatest living philosophers and intellectuals, Michael Murphy and Sam Keen!

Why Your Next Retreat Should Be at the Esalen Institute

Ira Israel | Posted 11.30.2016 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

You could read the Esalen catalog forwards and backwards one hundred times and still only get the faintest glimpse of the magic that occurs there.

Cause and Effect

Edie Weinstein | Posted 04.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Edie Weinstein

This morning as I was reading a friend's Facebook post about a "financial reversal" that flew in the face of her expectation for the opposite in her w...

What I Learned From Spending 5 Days In Total Silence

Sasha Bronner | Posted 03.31.2014 | Los Angeles
Sasha Bronner

Revealing to people that I was going to be silent for five days inspired all sorts of responses. They were even more baffled when I clarified that I would do so alone, over New Year's Eve and my birthday.

OPA! 'Swing Away' at Life!

Alex Pattakos | Posted 08.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

When we search out and discover the authentic meaning of our existence and our experiences, we learn that life doesn't just happen to us. We happen to life; and we make it meaningful.

The Best Yoga Retreats In The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 04.30.2013 | Travel

With wellness travel gaining popularity (it's already been labeled a major tourism trend of 2013), destination yoga retreats have popped up around the...

It's All About the Yum: Cook It Up at an Organic Spa Retreat

Zoe Helene | Posted 10.18.2012 | Home
Zoe Helene

For 25 years, Leslie Cerier, aka The Organic Gourmet, has been teaching the art of healthy cooking at some of the finest eco-lifestyle centers and spas in the world. I sat down with Leslie recently to find out her latest advice on eating for sustenance and sustainability.

Like Countless Spiritual Pilgrims, Esalen Institute Faces Its Own Midlife Crisis

Religion News Service | Don Lattin | Posted 06.04.2012 | Religion

BIG SUR, Calif. (RNS) Perched atop the rugged splendor of the California coast south of Monterey, the Esalen Institute is the mother church for people...

'Its Isolated Beauty Is Staggering'

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 01.22.2013 | San Francisco

By Solvej Schou, Associated Press BIG SUR, Calif. — The road to Big Sur is a narrow, winding one, with the Pacific Ocean on one side, spread out ...

Holiday Hot List: The 10 Greatest Finds of 2010

Greg Archer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Greg Archer

I won't go on about internal shifts, but I have come to realize that's it's best to get out of your own way -- which I'll do right now. Take note of some of the great discoveries that came my way in 2010.

Give Yourself a Retreat: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Lisa Firestone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

As any of you still shopping for that perfect present for that certain someone knows, this time of year is designed for thinking about others. Thought...

I Respect Tom Brokaw and Al Huang, but I Can't Afford to Eat With Them

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

October in California is fundraising time and if you are on any Republican Party's mailing list you'll be receiving pleas for contributions from two p...

Make Reservations, Not War: 7 Hot Spots Out West You Have To Experience (PHOTOS)

Greg Archer | Posted 04.15.2013 | Travel
Greg Archer

I used a good chunk of 2010 to visit a number of truly unique travel destinations. The list below comprises my top picks. Take a look. Then indulge yourself.

Suffering, Seeking & Sanity

Eliezer Sobel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Eliezer Sobel

Over time, the object of my seeking evolved from merely looking for personal relief, to a grander, all-encompassing search for truth, God and enlightenment.

The Mother of All Road Trips, Part One

Greg Archer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Greg Archer

My biggest hope? That somewhere along this excursion I would look in the mirror and recognize myself again. And maybe meet a gaggle of interesting individuals along the way.

Silly Sarah and the Govinator: A Study in Contrast

Giles Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Giles Slade

Sarah's resignation confirms what her values actually are by defining what is most important to her. Governor Palin is going to keep as much of her newfound money as she can.

Searching For Silence: America's Best Meditation Retreats | Lynn Parramore | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Face it. Your brain is dirtied with deadlines, sullied with schedules and clogged with responsibilities. You need a psychic bath. It's time to manage ...