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Voices of Esalen Podcast

The Voices of Esalen podcast showcases in-depth interviews with the dynamic teachers and thinkers who are part of Esalen Institute. Hosted by Sam Stern, a former Esalen student and current staff member, the podcasts have featured engaging conversations with authors Cheryl Strayed and Michael Pollan, innovators Stan Grof and Dr. Mark Hyman, teachers Byron Katie, Mark Coleman and Jean Houston, Esalen co-founder Michael Murphy and many more.

These podcasts are made possible in part by the support of Esalen donors and are licensed under a Creative Commons by-nc-sa license.

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Maija West: The True Meaning of Thanksgiving

Maija West is the CEO and a Founding Board Member of the Healing and Reconciliation Institute, which weaves together opportunities to take responsibility for historical and ongoing traumas to invoke a shared humanity. On the occasion of Thanksgiving, Esalen’s Christine Chen spoke to West, a trusted educator and facilitator who often speaks on behalf of the Esselen Tribe of Monterey County, to offer perspectives on the story of Thanksgiving, as well as sharing guidance about learning and allyship with coastal tribal communities in and around Esalen Institute.

Esalen Institute is in a long-term, ongoing educational process in partnership with the Esselen Tribe of Monterey County and its representatives. This interview was conceived and explored with the permission, support, and guidance of Tribal Chairman, Tom “Little Bear” Nason.

Released November 26, 2020. Length: 25:28.

Voices of Esalen · Maija West: The True Meaning of Thanksgiving

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