Recent Events:



Living a Life of Presence: Eckhart Tolle Foundation

September 29 – October 2, 2016
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa
Huntington Beach, California 
United States

• Daily teachings with Eckhart Tolle and Kim Eng on awakening to a life of presence
Brother David Steindl-Rast on how the experience of gratitude amplifies our ability to be present with whatever arises
Marianne Williamson on engaging the challenges of society inspired by unitive consciousness
Jack Kornfield on opening to presence through loving awareness and the unfolding of the heart
Dan Siegel on the radical transformation of our interpersonal relationships through presence.

Join these leading voices and many more for a four-day experience of renewal, connection, and inspiration as we explore together the personal and global implications of the flowering of human consciousness. All proceeds from Living a Life of Presence will go to the Eckhart Tolle Foundation to help bring Eckhart’s life-changing teachings to underserved communities around the world.

Learn more and register here

Br. David monk

Everyday Mysticism: The Life & Legacy of Brother David Steindl-Rast

July 25, 2016
3pm – 9pm PDT
The Cowell Theatre
San Francisco, CA

This three-part event -to celebrate Br. David’s 90th birthday – was held from 3 – 9 pm on Monday, July 25, and features:

  • an afternoon dialogue on everyday mysticism with Br. David and some of his “next generation” friends
  • a reception and book-signing, with books for sale,
  • an evening of honoring, with video tribute, narrated A/V biography, poetry, and many blessings.


100% of the money raised went to support Br. David’s Legacy Fund.

If could not attend, but would like to honor Br. David:   Give a Gift & Wish for Br. David’s Birthday

COMING SOON: This event was filmed and will be streamed soon, available for all to watch.

Two wonderful seminars in 2016 at Esalen in Big Sur, CA with Brother David and Dr. Francis Lu.

California coast Esalen

Since 1990, film-viewing seminars led by Francis and Brother David have become an annual tradition at Esalen. These seminars include films carefully curated and sequenced shown on state-of-the-art home theatre equipment (including 4K Blu-ray video projection and 9 loudspeakers), handout syllabus on the films, and processing of the films through reflection and group interaction focused on the participant’s own experience of each film. Movies take on an exquisite cumulative power when shown over 7 days at Esalen in a group setting that is truly remarkable and unforgettable.

The Resilience of the Family in Film: Epics of Love, Loss, and Recovery

July 10-17, 2016
Esalen Institute
Big Sur, CA

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
– Helen Keller

This seminar focuses on the role of the family in teaching us how resilience develops over a life course and across generations. Watching mindfully how families express love, endure loss and locate their own resilience helps all of us see how we may face life’s inevitable challenges. Included are epic films set within distinct cultural settings (11th c. Japan, 18th c. France, 19th c. New England, 19th c. Italy, 19th c. Wales, China/U.S., India, Ireland, and Sweden) directed by Ingmar Bergman, John Ford, D. W. Griffith, Kenji Mizoguchi, Satyajit Ray, Jean Renoir, Luchino Visconti and Wayne Wang.

Through Compassion to Serenity in the Mindful Viewing of Japanese and Western Films

July 17-24, 2016
Esalen Institute
Big Sur, CA

Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek. ― Dalai Lama XIV

This seminar aims at a mindfulness experience through viewing feature films in which inspiring characters embody positive psychological qualities (compassion, courage, forgiveness, gratefulness, wisdom, serenity) for the purpose of renewing these qualities in the lives of the seminar participants. Brought together for the first time at Esalen are 7 great Japanese films chosen for engendering mindfulness from a quarter century of annual Esalen film seminars in company with 7 Western films that complement them. The Japanese films are directed by Ichikawa, Kinoshita, Kurosawa (3), Ozu, and Takita. The Western films are directed by Bergman, Chaplin, Dörrie, Kubrick, M. Jackson, McCarey, and Malick.


The Spirit of Practice:  Christian and Zen

June 30-July 7, 2016
Tassajara Zen Center,
Carmel Valley CA

Discover the awakening practices at the heart of religious traditions. with Brother David Steindl-Rast and Ryushin Paul Haller

Awakening the heart and mind has taken many forms throughout the centuries. Now, here in the United States, it is being shaped by both Eastern and Western influences. Brother David Steindl-Rast, a life-long Benedictine monk, and former City Center Abbot, Ryushin Paul Haller will offer a variety of practices to help reveal the similarities and differences between Zen and Christianity. Meditation and prayer, faith and spiritual authenticity, and awakening and salvation are among the many topics that will be explored by practicing and talking together.  Register and learn more here.

The seminars in Esalen are in the review process for CE units for PSYs, LCSWs, nurses, and MFTs. For information about past seminars, search above for “films.” Registration will begin January 2016 at