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NewsBlast | Love for Esalen in Hard Times

BY March 9, 2017

Our JCF Community:

Fifty years ago, Joseph Campbell joined friends and colleagues at a new venture perched on the Big Sur coast, where people were gathering to explore the intersections of human spirituality, psychology, creativity, and community. Esalen has become a world leader in this programming and has inspired other centers opening around the country, and around the world.

For many years, Joe would offer a workshop at Esalen to celebrate his birthday. After Joe’s death, the Joseph Campbell Foundation continued that celebration with what became the Your Hero’s Journey® Redux: A Mythological ToolBox® PlayShop.

For 25 years, JCF has had the honor of working together with Esalen to offer this workshop, reaching thousands of people around the world who are curious about climbing into the Campbell’s ideas. The workshop has grown so that it seeded an East Coast version in July in the Catskill Mountains of New York.

This year, our dear friends and colleagues at Esalen are struggling. With the powerful storms that have blasted California this year, it has become nearly impossible to get there. The sole route in to Big Sur from the north has been destroyed by a bridge that is collapsing, and landslides from the south have severely restricted accessibility. Guests at Esalen were airlifted out, and a very small skeleton staff remain onsite.

Esalen has been forced to cancel their programming into April, with uncertainty as to when they will be able to re-open. We sadly will not be able to offer this year’s Mythological ToolBox® there.

As a nonprofit, Esalen relies heavily on workshop revenues, and this ongoing closure is going to cause them great challenges.

We invite you, as our community, to join us in opening up our arms and our hearts – and our wallets – to donate to Esalen in this difficult moment in their history to help ensure that this extraordinary place can continue to thrive well into this new century, and continue to bring thoughtful programming celebrating human potential.

If you would like to donate:

If you would like to learn more about Esalen’s work and progress:

Thank you. In times of trouble, the bonds of friendship and generosity can strengthen us all.





Robert Walter
Joseph Campbell Foundation


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