Sam Keen, Patricia De Jong & Michael Murphy at Esalen–Not to be Missed!

This is a rare opportunity and we hope you will join us!


The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see. — Winston Churchill

Every decade brings new challenges, goals, pleasures, and horizons. Surprisingly, the essence of what we may become, the voice of our future, is already resonating in us. We invite you to explore some novel ways to think about your possible futures, and listen for the echo of promises and potentials still unfulfilled.

• Where are you in your journey?

• Who goes with you?

• What have you accomplished?

• What’s old, stale, worn-out, or boring?

• What hasn’t happened yet?

• What your legacy will be?

Experience an in-depth weekend of looking back and forward during this condensed What’s Next? workshop with Sam Keen and Patricia de Jong. This philosophical exploration of the path forward provides tools for looking at our future as a community and as individuals.

On Saturday evening, a special feature will be a conversation with Sam Keen and Esalen co-founder Michael Murphy to remember the wisdom, folly, and contribution Esalen has made to expanding the human potential. What we learned…and didn’t. The conversation also celebrates a long friendship and Sam’s 50th year as a treasured Esalen contributor.


Fr 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Sa 9:30 am – 12:45 pm
Sa 3:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Su 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Sam Keen

Sam Keen

Sam Keen is a freelance philosopher, teacher and workshop leader. He is the author of numerous books, including Fire in the Belly, Learning to Fly, and Faces of the Enemy. He has taught at Esalen for 50 years.

Patricia De Jong

Patricia De Jong

Patricia de Jong, Rev, is an ordained minister and community leader with experience in educational and graduate institutions. She works as a consultant to emerging leaders nationally and coaches in spiritual nurture and transformation. She is deeply involved in justice and peace issues.

Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy is cofounder and chairman emeritus of the Board of Esalen Institute. He is the author of four novels including Golf in the Kingdom and The Kingdom of Shivas Irons. His nonfiction works include The Life We Are Given (with George Leonard) and The Future of the Body. During his involvement in the human potential movement, Murphy and his work have been profiled in The New Yorker and featured in magazines and journals worldwide.