Esalen® Massage Certification Training*

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Perry and Johanna Holloman

Esalen® Massage is a unique form of bodywork developed over the last 40 years at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. The technique is known for its long, integrating strokes, creating an experience of deep relaxation, supporting the natural ability of body and mind to self-organise and heal.

This training will provide participants with in-depth knowledge and practice of techniques fundamental to Esalen Massage, enabling them to give a professional, full body massage upon completion of the programme. Understanding the anatomy and physiology of the human body as it relates to the practice of Esalen Massage will be a part of our curriculum.

Our study of massage will be complemented by daily meditation, yoga and other movement disciplines designed to support the embodiment of the principles of presence and awareness central to this method. Learning to touch in a 'presence-based manner' is a key to the practice of Esalen Massage, as presence is foundational to all healing arts and spiritual practices. Our ability to discover and connect to presence within our own experience as we touch determines the quality of our work. In body, mind and spirit, our clients' capacity to rediscover the healing power of presence-based touch rises significantly as our own connection with presence and awareness strengthens.

The self-reflective atmosphere of the Findhorn Foundation fits well with our intent to teach this method as a healing art. Participants will have the opportunity to experience life in the Findhorn community and feel the natural power of the Scottish Highlands, which so strongly support spiritual awakening.

Learning the art of Esalen Massage often changes lives. Whether your intent is to begin a career in bodywork, add Esalen Massage to your existing massage practice, or to find support for personal growth and self-exploration, this time at Findhorn will certainly be a transformative experience.

Tiered price (click here for more information): £3620 / £3380 / £3140

Tiered Pricing

Before you book your place, please take a moment to consider that the Findhorn Foundation is a Charitable Trust. We believe that the benefits of holistic learning should be available to everyone regardless of their financial or life situation, and that the transformational journey is enriched by a diversity of participants.

We recognise that what is affordable for some can be a financial stretch for others and offer a tiered pricing structure. When you book, please select the price that feels appropriate for you.

Pay it Forward Price covers the cost of your workshop and includes a contribution to our bursary fund. This will make participation possible for one or more people who otherwise would not be able to join our transformational work in the world.

Sustainable Price covers the cost of your workshop and helps us to sustain our learning and guest facilities.

Supported Price reflects a partial bursary toward the cost of your workshop and is intended for those with minor financial need.

Includes all programme content, 4 weeks accommodation, full board and refreshments.

* The certificate you will receive on completion of the training is issued by the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, USA.

Please note that all our workshops have a Findhorn Foundation community member present either as focaliser or assistant.

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Perry and Johanna Holloman have lived and taught massage together at Esalen since 1996. Perry has been a long term resident of the Esalen community since 1979.

Both lead workshops in this healing art throughout the world and Johanna also leads workshops in the Diamond Approach, based on the teachings of Hameed Ali Almaas.