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Experience Esalen in Bali

Esalen Massage Teacher Training

March 2020 update: Our teacher training scheduled for May has been postponed due to travel concerns related to COVID-19. We will post updates for new dates when they are available.

As Esalen Massage has gained international reputation, our senior teachers are seeking new ways to grow and welcome a new generation of Esalen teachers. We welcome you to join the internationally renowned group of Esalen Certified Teachers by participating in this unique international teacher training opportunity. If you have already completed an Esalen Massage certification training, are certified through EMBA or Esalen Institute, and are practicing, you are invited to apply.

Beginning May 2020, this unique teacher training experience will encompass three modules on the northwest coast of Bali.

Module I: May 15-27, 2020
Module II: October 2 -14, 2020
Module III: January 17 - 29, 2021

In Module I, you'll learn:

  • The history and theory of Esalen Massage and demonstrate it at an introductory level
  • Fundamental teaching, presentation and public speaking skills
  • How to connect the anatomy of the skin and its sensory receptors to the technique of the Esalen signature long stroke
  • How to create and present techniques for self-care and proper body mechanics through movement
  • How to organize and teach multi-session, day-long or weekend seminars of full body Esalen Massage at an introductory level

In Module II, you'll learn:

  • The theoretical meaning of “transference” and how to manage group and individual dynamic situations based upon on this phenomenon
  • How to connect the anatomy of the spine (skeletal and soft tissue) to intermediate techniques of Esalen Massage on the back
  • To develop a daily practice (meditation, yoga or other embodied practice) that you will teach to the group and relate to the teaching of Esalen Massage
  • How to organize and teach multi-session, day-long or weekend seminars of full body Esalen Massage at an intermediate level

In Module III, you'll learn:

  • Basic theory and principles of practice of Gestalt psychology, and how to apply them to an understanding of group and individual dynamics
  • How to connect the arms, legs, hips and shoulders (skeletal and soft tissue) to advanced techniques of Esalen Massage, front and back
  • How to customize teaching style to different audiences
  • How to organize and teach multi-session, day-long or weekend seminars of  Esalen Massage at an advanced level
  • How to build professional networks 
  • Professional ethics and self, peer and teacher assessment

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About the Venue

Mimpi Resort, Menjangan, Bali

On the North-West coast of Bali in the village of Banyuwedang, Mimpi looks out towards the Menjangan Island. The area is known for its diving and snorkelling and is built across land with several natural hot springs. The careful architecture and landscaping makes for several shared natural hot spring pools across three hectares of land. Inevitably the water and its high mineral content is totally refreshing, rejuvenating and holds its own healing qualities. Pools allow for aquatic bodywork, where we can dance in the water to feel true fluidity.

About the Faculty

Ellen Watson travels extensively, sharing the essence of her 26 years at Esalen. Ellen founded MovingVentures, whose mission is vocational education in the fields of breathwork, and somatic and movement arts. Since 1998, she has focused on supporting the people of Bali, Indonesia.
Perry Holloman has been a teacher and practitioner of Esalen Massage, Deep Bodywork, and body-oriented approaches to Relational Gestalt Process work for more than 30 years. He teaches in the U.S., Asia, and Europe, and makes his home in Big Sur.
Peggy Horan gives Esalen Massage in a field of comfort and support, using stretches and deep muscle work to bring healing and relaxation to her clients. She has been practicing and teaching Esalen Massage for four decades and is the author of Connecting Through Touch, A Couples Massage Book.


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