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A Couples Workshop on Replenishing Love, Romance, and Playful Spirits, with Stella Resnick & Alan Kishbaugh

Esalen Institute 5-day Workshop

Sunday, May 28 to Friday, June 2, 2023

Pleasure is finally being acknowledged as the missing link in the work of many psychotherapists. There is now a growing recognition among leading psychologists and psychiatrists that there has been too much emphasis in the field on learning how to “down-regulate “or manage pain rather than on exploring resources on how to “up-regulate” or enhance pleasure. 


This new couples’ workshop, co-led by long-time couple Stella Resnick and Alan Kishbaugh continues our Esalen tradition of leading couples’ workshops focused on enhancing emotional and sexual pleasures in an intimate relationship. May and June at Esalen Institute in beautiful Big Sur, California, is a perfect time to be there. The weather is usually warm and sunny, the garden is in full bloom, and the otters are at play in the ocean in full view of the hot springs’ baths.


So have the treat of a lifetime and come join us for what many participants have described as a life-changing experience.

Recommended readings: S. Resnick, The Pleasure Zone: Why We Resist Good Feelings and How to Let Go of Them to be Happy,(1993), The Heart of Desire: Keys to the Pleasures of Love (1993), and  Body-to-Body Intimacy: Transformation Through Love, Sex, and Neurobiology (2019.

For more information on this workshop, fees, and how to register please visit the workshop on the Esalen website

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