ERIC Number: ED347118
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
The Esalen Catalog, 1962-1992.
Esalen Inst., Big Sur, CA.
The Esalen Institute is located on a scenic portion of the California Coast, about 40 miles south of the Monterey Peninsula. The location contains natural cliffside hot springs from which mineral water flows into the sea. The springs were used in early times by the now extinct Esselen Indian tribe (from which Esalen derives its name) and this usage has continued to this day. Esalen Institute was founded in the early 1960's by Michael Murphy (whose family owns the land on which it stands) and Richard Price. Its purpose from the beginning has been to provide a forum, far from the distractions of urban life (e.g. no radio, television, newspapers, etc.), where the various exponents of the human potential movement could present their ideas in weekend-long and week-long seminars and workshops. Esalen espouses no particular ideology of its own, but rather provides an eclectic forum for all schools of thought that identify with the phrase "Human Potential." In its own words, Esalen is a "center for experimental education," designed "to explore work in the humanities and sciences that promotes human values and potentials. Its activities consist of public seminars, residential work-study programs, invitational conferences, research, and semi-autonomous projects." Early major figures at Esalen were the psychologist Abraham Maslow and the Gestalt therapist Fritz Perls, but many other famous individuals have taught there. "The Esalen Catalog" describes the workshops and other kinds of sessions in which Esalen attendees may participate. It has been issued since 1962. Because Esalen has been the bellwether and longest running organization of its type, "The Esalen Catalog" in its entirety may be regarded as a running historical record covering 30 years of the major concerns and directions of the human potential movement. This document consists of a compilation of all extant editions (some 102 issues) of "The Esalen Catalog", 1962-1992. Examples of some of the specialties cited in this catalog provide a brief indication of Esalen's typical offerings: Acupressure/Acupuncture, Aikido, Alexander Technique, Arica, Biofeedback, Bodywork, Channeling, Cortical Reeducation, Encounter, Est, Feldenkrais, Gestalt Therapy, Holistic Health, Humanistic Psychology, Hypnotism, Integrative Body Psychotherapy, Leonard Energy Training, Life Energy Process, Lomi School of Bodywork, Massage, Meditation, Movement Therapy, Polarity, Psychodrama, Psychosynthesis, Radix, Reichian Bodywork, Ridhwan, Rolfing, Rubenfeld Synergy Method, Sensory Awareness, Tai Chi, T-Groups, Vipassana Meditation, Yoga, Zen Buddhism, and Zero Balancing. (WTB)
Descriptors: Consciousness Raising, Group Dynamics, Group Therapy, Individual Development, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Sensitivity Training
Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA 93920 ($15 Domestic Subscription; $17 Canada/Mexico; $22 Europe/South America; $25 all other countries).
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Esalen Inst., Big Sur, CA.