The Great Intimacy

  • The Esalen Institute The Esalen Institute
  • 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA, 93920
  • May 6 - 11, 2018 (6 days)
  • $420-7000, depending on accommodation selection

About us

“What does it mean to be deeply intimate with ourselves and with the whole of life, and to be in true communion?” write the leaders. “What role does our body play in both sensing into and expressing our inherent non-separate nature? In this seminar, we will explore how to tune in to our deeper self through the felt-sense of the body. Our bodies have a natural sense of intimacy and authenticity, particularly as they are freed from the conditioning of our limiting beliefs, reactive feelings, and somatic contractions. As these veils are seen and felt through, we grow in our self-trust, inner authority, and genuine intimacy with life.

“Through dialogues, dyadic exercises, guided and silent meditation, body sensing, subtle yoga, and spontaneous movement to music, we will explore opening our heart and whole body to the great intimacy of which we are capable. We will also learn how to stay present with difficult feelings and to question the beliefs that we use to defend our hearts and reinforce a separate sense of self. Together we will inquire, share, and play as we explore our edges to opening to our true nature and the intimacy and authenticity that spontaneously emerge.” Please bring a journal and comfortable clothes for optional morning yoga.

Recommended reading: Prendergast, In Touch: How to Tune into the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself.



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