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Esalen Women’s Visionary Leadership Summit

October 4-6, 2019 some of the most powerful voices shaping the future of our society will gather in the world renowned retreat center of Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California to elevate feminine leadership and catalyze transformative societal change.


Unleash the fullest potential of embodied, visionary women leaders to give rise to a global culture with human and planetary thriving at the core.

In this 2.5 day, two night gathering we will:

  • Listen deeply to the wisdom emerging through the sacred land of Esalen and each one of us at this time.

  • Support each other in nurturing rituals and experiences to clear anything that stands between you and your full expression.

  • Share tools and skills for building and implementing feminine principles of mentorship, community, collaboration, authenticity and vulnerability, into culture.

  • Collectively envision the inspired future we will help create.

  • Examine the vectors of change and how we can amplify our impact and get into action.

  • Begin an enduring community charged with embodying and leading the next wave of women’s empowerment, for ourselves and our world.

At a time when our world is cleaving from polarization, climate change and forces that appear to be driving us apart, the time for refreshing, diverse, feminine leadership is now.

Inside women are the keys toward a new paradigm of human flourishing, abundance and peaceful coexistence. As we sit in the most diverse circle of inter-generational, cross-cultural women ever to meet on the Esalen campus, we will begin bringing a new world into existence immediately. We will draw from each other, a rich combination of ancient wisdom and modern science, from the fields of medicine, film, science, business, psychology, consciousness, technology, finance and cultural arts. We will rest, connect, and listen to the Esalen land, waters, and mountains. We will learn from each other’s wisdom across disciplines, backgrounds and generations and share our visions to facilitate individual, systems level and societal transformation. Together, we will collectively shape the experience and the vision for bringing this transformational leadership to our communities and to the world.

G.B. Shaw—“All progress depends on the unreasonable Woman”

Who is this for?

This is for women who have taken the heroine’s journey and have now returned home to share their wisdom. They have transcended the I and are now in service to the WE. You are ready to continue bringing your own healing gifts and wisdom to the world from a place of embodied truth, grace, courage, and compassion.

This year is the inaugural event of what we anticipate to become a larger annual event. As such we are looking to assemble a group of leaders passionate about being part of shaping the foundation and direction of how this movement will grow, evolve and positively shape culture.

How to Apply:

The first year of this Summit is carefully curated to assemble our core team for bringing this work forth. If you would like to request an invitation please visit the Esalen catalog for more information and to apply to attend.

“In the next 30 years we can destroy our world. With the very same powers - spiritual, social, scientific - we can evolve our world. Our mission is to serve as catalysts for a planetary awakening in our lifetime, to take a non-violent path to the next stage of our evolution.” - Barbara Marx Hubbard


In addition to the structured time in workshop, participants will be encouraged to take part in meditation, yoga, journaling, mineral baths and time spent soaking in the magnificent grounds of Esalen. Our intention is for leaders to come away from this summit revitalized, deeply connected, inspired and united by a powerful vision for where we are headed and how we will lead this transformation.





Participants will arrive and settle into the grounds on Friday afternoon. We will gather for a nourishing  meal in the lodge and then begin our workshop Friday evening in the Murphy House, a quaint and nourishing epicenter for our weekend of activities. Friday evening will focus on grounding into the magnificent land and heritage of Esalen, connecting with each-other and setting our intentions.


Saturday will include three content sessions interspersed with free time for soaking in the magnificence of the Esalen woods, oceanside cliffs, gardens, and hidden treasures. Through a variety of small group and open format experiences we will learn from each other’s wisdom across disciplines, backgrounds and generations and connect in a profound way on the rising topics of our day.


Enacting Change

Our emphasis on Sunday will be in turning outward and envisioning how to build a better world, developing strategies for activating feminine leadership in our communities and catalyzing a global movement. We will share our insights and visions for the break out groups as we begin to establish our collective vision for the future.

Finally, we will discuss plans for how to interweave our efforts to support one another, direct the emergence of this movement as it builds momentum and propagates including priorities for the next annual Women’s Visionary Leadership Summit.

About Esalen:

We are extremely honored to be hosting this gathering of women visionaries in one of the most visually stunning and culturally significant retreat centers the world over, at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.

Esalen. The word itself summons up tantalizing visions of adventure, of unexplored frontiers, of human possibilities yet to be realized. There is the wonder of the place itself, 120 acres of fertile land carved out between mountain and ocean, blessed by a cascading canyon stream and hot mineral springs gushing out of a seaside cliff. Founded in 1962 by Michael Murphy and Dick Price, Esalen is the birthplace of the human potential movement. It is where some of the greatest culture creators of all time, including Abraham Maslow, Fritz & Laura Perls, Alan Watts, Joan Baez, Ida Rolf, and many others, came to connect, iterate, and share their wisdom. Esalen boasts breakthroughs in fields from Gestalt psychology to quantum physics, from philosophy to economics, from body work to citizen diplomacy.

We are overjoyed to welcome this group of women visionaries to this extraordinary land and catalyze our collective action toward a ground swell in feminine leadership at a time when when the global ecosystem has never felt more fertile for transformative change.

Description of Experience/Accommodation:


Lucy Caldwell

Lucy Caldwell is a social psychologist, writer, and creator of the Life Revealed podcast. For twenty years she has devoted herself to the science and practice of how people change, drawing upon the traditions of social psychology and wisdom based practices. Lucy is a steward of aligning people to their highest purpose and truth with an emphasis on awakening, empowering and dynamically reshaping global culture.

Bristol Baughan

Bristol Baughan is a professional leadership coach, speaker and executive producer of Emmy®-winning and Oscar®-nominated films. She is a TED fellow, founder of Inner Astronauts, and holds a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

A limited number of scholarships are available through the Esalen Scholarship Program. Applicants must apply no later than end of June to be considered for the Scholarship Program.

This Summit is carefully curated to achieve maximum impact. If you would like to request an invitation please visit the Esalen catalog for more information and to apply to attend.

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