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The Forum with Michael Murphy: Esalen and Talking About What’s Not Being Talked About

Sunday, February 9 @ 9:30 am

The co-founder of Esalen on going where others cannot or will not go in exploring human potential.
About the guest

Michael Murphy is Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of the Esalen Institute and directs the Institute’s think tank operations through its Center for Theory & Research (CTR). Esalen is the world’s most famous growth center. Over 17,000 people from every part of the world participate in nearly 600 seminars each year at Esalen’s Big Sur campus. CTR serves as a groundbreaking research site. The success of Esalen’s pioneering Soviet-American Exchange Program contributed to the ending of the Cold War. Murphy is the author of four novels: Golf in the KingdomThe Kingdom of Shivas IronsJacob Atabet and An End to Ordinary HistoryGolf in the Kingdom is still a best seller, 30 years after it was published. His latest nonfiction work is God and the Evolving Universe.  Other nonfiction work includes In the Zone, an anthology of extraordinary sports experience; The Life We Are Given, a book about transformative practice; The Physical and Psychological Effects of Meditation; and The Future of the Body, a study of human nature’s capacities for transformation.

Mike Murphy on Founding Esalen



About the host

The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner.


About The Forum

The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.


Sunday, February 9
9:30 am
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