An anonymous contributor writes:
I’ve been going to Esalen for over 25 years. I recently spent 2 months as a Work Scholar. In addressing the apparent current management temperament, a fellow Work Scholar friend from that time observed that Esalen was moving from a “community” style to a “corporate” style. I concurred. A simple but insightful observation which carries many, many nuances of differentiation.
What I see primarily in the current trend is a loss of being able to assess true “value” in human terms. I find this both alarming and disturbing, as such a loss of humanistic coherence only implies a creeping dominance of narcissism. Unfortunately this is both a rampant and broad social malaise, as well as a symptom of “modern times.” Not good for a place like Esalen.