Esalen Institute

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Esalen Institute,

organization est. 1962 by Michael Murphy and Richard Price that was an important center for the so-called human potential movement of the 1960s and 70s. Located in Big Sur, Calif., and influenced by Eastern religions and by the theories of Aldous HuxleyHuxley, Aldous Leonard,
1894–1963, English author; grandson of Thomas Henry Huxley, brother of Sir Julian Huxley, and half-brother of Sir Andrew Huxley. Educated at Eton and Oxford, he traveled widely and during the 1920s lived in Italy.
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, Esalen served as a hub for the counterculture and for activities related to consciousness raising and consciousness expanding. Stressing a humanistic approach to psychology and human development, it continues to hold a variety of workshops, courses, and seminars and engage in other educational and psychologically oriented activities.


See studies by W. T. Anderson (2004), J. J. Kripal and G. W. Shuck, ed. (2005), and J. J. Kripal (2007).

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However, in the 1960s fantasyland went into overdrive a glaring demonstration was the Esalen Institute in California which had thousands of hippie followers who believed in the supernatural and in madness as a form of superior rationality.
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After three weeks with my aunt and uncle and their little boy (who was being raised to be an airline pilot, something unheard of in my boyhood world), I joined the student group at the Esalen Institute at Big Sur.
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.