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Introduction: Esalen, the Soul Rush, and Spiritual Privilege

Marion Goldman

in The American Soul Rush: Esalen and the Rise of Spiritual Privilege

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814732878
eISBN:
9780814733387
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814732878.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This introductory chapter details the history and philosophy behind the Esalen Institute, its impact on society since its inception in the 1960s, as well as the background of research in exploring ... More


Esalen’s Reach: A Brief History

Marion Goldman

in The American Soul Rush: Esalen and the Rise of Spiritual Privilege

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814732878
eISBN:
9780814733387
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814732878.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter describes the Institute's creation narrative and charts Esalen's history through the twenty-first century. This creation story described how Michael Murphy and Dick Price's dream of a ... More


The American Soul Rush: Esalen and the Rise of Spiritual Privilege

Marion Goldman

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814732878
eISBN:
9780814733387
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814732878.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Yoga, humanistic psychology, meditation, holistic healing: these practices are commonplace today, yet before the early 1960s they were atypical options for most people outside of the upper class or ... More


Naked Pictures: Ansel Adams and the Esalen Institute

Suzanne Hudson

in West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677252
eISBN:
9781452947440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677252.003.0016
Subject:
Art, Art History

This chapter examines the work of photographer Ansel Adams, particularly his pictorial engagement with the landscape. It argues that the context in which to appreciate Adams’s production is neither ... More


Mind Matters: Esalen’s Sursem Group and the Ethnography of Consciousness

Jeffrey J. Kripal

in What Matters?: Ethnographies of Value in a Not So Secular Age

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231156851
eISBN:
9780231504683
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231156851.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter narrates a peculiar event that happened to a group of intellectuals—neuroscientists, psychologists and historians—who were meeting at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California for ... More


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