Two of the most influential bodies on the early New Age movement were the Esalen
Institute in Big Sur, California, and the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland, both of which were established in 1962.
Virginia Satir, known as "the mother of family therapy," was also the first director of training at the Esalen
Institute in Big Sur, California, where Jack Kerouac and Joan Baez, among others, retreated to find themselves.
Then a ski accident prevented her own dancing, and Gestalt psychiatrist Fritz Perls invited her to Esalen
Institute to teach dance to his groups.
Her new book "The American Soul Rush: Esalen
and the Rise of Spiritual Privilege" will be published early next year.
To relax, we counted shooting stars while soaking, cliff-side, in hot mineral waters at the Esalen
Institute (reservations required) in Big Sur.
Years later, in graduate school in Syracuse, NewYork, we read a book by a William Irwin Thompson in which he looked at three centers of "new consciousness" in the Big Sur area: the Esalen
Institute, the Zen Center at Tassajara, and the Camaldolese monastery.
To this day, Esalen
offers seminars and workshops on a variety of
Schools of behavioral science, such as Esalen
Institute and the Western Training Laboratory for Group Development, allude to consensus--group thinking--as being the objective.
His presentations on negotiation and spirituality include: eBay Marketing Department, UC Berkeley International House, Esalen
Institute (faculty for 14 years), IDEA Health and Fitness Association, Rancho La Puerta (18 years), Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, Alliant International University in San Diego, and the San Diego County Bar Association.
She married Soskin and joined a social circle involved in poetry and the counterculture's human potential movement made famous at Esalen
Institute in Big Sur.
Our time at the Esalen
Institute was an opportunity for all of us, Israeli Arabs and Jews, to have equal opportunities to fully express ourselves, unlike our experience in Israeli society.
Maybe that's because as a de facto child of the Be-In and a student of the Esalen
Institute by simple proximity, Johanson is himself a California new age by dint of birth.