Monthly Archives: September 2014

My Last Day at Esalen for 2014

6am and I am wide awake
Hot tea and milk cradled in my hands
Listening to the rhythmic sound of the waves
Arriving to greet the rocky coastline below me
Orion and a whole host of other stars
Are still shining brightly in the sky

I have just made my last early morning pilgrimage
to the lodge for fresh milk to accompany my tea
Dressed in my red animal print …


Saying Farewell to Esalen

September 25, 2014

Today is the last day of my monthlong Presence and Leadership training and it has been a rich, fruitful time spent with this wonderful group of work scholars – I can honestly say that I have loved them, one and all. It has been marvelous to get to experience my core body of work across a whole month – and to see all the powerful applications for …


Full Moon at Esalen

What is it about a full moon that breaks us open?
Is it the silvery light banishing the darkness
Creating shadows and shining so brightly on the water?

Last night the full moon light poured into my room
Telling my brain to sleep lightly
Awakening, I was entranced with the magic in the air
Drenching me in the cool light
Cool touch on my skin
Cool breath in my nostrils.…


More On Slowing Down

Slowing down while at Esalen (me being an extrovert) is no small task. Friday afternoon’s wine and cheese for the workshop leaders was filled with a lively and long discussion with Rupert Sheldrake, and his wife Jill Purce, as well his colleague Marc Adrus. Friday evening I got to partake in a Pachamama ceremony during Lissa Rankin’s weekend workshop.

Then yesterday we taught  the opening session of the Visiting Teacher …


Esalen Beauty



The days here often start foggy and my Polartec is the appropriate layer for comfort. Then somewhere around mid-day the sun breaks through the fog and it feels like we have entered another dimension. I think it must have something to do with the molecular composition of ocean air, the reflection off the water, and the gestalt of it all. All I can say is that the light is …


Cris Williamson Lives On!


In the late 1970s my inner healing process was cracking open for the first time. It happened in various places and retreats centers – too many to name here – but one constant touched and opened my heart over and over again. That was the music of Cris Williamson, from her seminal album “The Changer and the Changed”.

Fast forward to last night and who is here at Esalen …


Slowing Down

As I fly to California, I am reflecting on an article I just read in the 8/26/14 Health and Science section of the Washington Post.

The article is about taking significant time (20-30 days) off for vacation on an annual basis. It talks about the price we pay as Americans, in terms of productivity and health (significant increases in depression, heart attacks, and general cultural tension as we play the …