A contributor writes:
The individual leading Esalen is not, in fact, our sweet and entirely unqualified CEO. The individual’s name is Scott Stillinger. While he seems to be no more intelligent than Tricia, every Esalen community member I’ve spoken to about his character agrees that his vacantly amiable demeanor hides a soul mired in darkness. Calling him mechanical and incompetent would be a glib dismissal of a person whose power and influence at Esalen is vast. The extent of that influence, because it is unofficial, is unknowable. The means of his power, although unnamed and unacknowledged, is clearer. He controls Tricia through and within their undefined and suspect close personal relationship. He controls the community by expanding the role of his (obscenely bloated by any industry standards) department within the day-to-day operations of Esalen, and then tightening its grip. He controls the institute’s future. His agenda is entirely obscure. I personally do not find this state of affairs troubling. I find it terrifying.