Esalen, Big Sur, California
The Esalen Institute, in Big Sur, California has a very special place in my heart and has been the site of a great maturing process for myself. I am so grateful for the conscious practices of healing which Esalen is known for. The quality of Prana and Lifeforce in the environment is mindblowing and amazing and anyone who has been there knows what I am referring to.
I have been asked many times to name my favorite place to give a retreat. I always reply Esalen and Mexico. Esalen Institute hangs on the cliffs and coast of Big Sur and hosts amazing visual panoramas in all directions. Between the baths, the amazing visuals and incredible food, this is a big winner for doing a yoga retreat.
The island of Mallorca elicits an old memory from my first trip to Europe. I was 20 years old in 1978, taking an overnight boat from Barcelona, Spain to the Iberic islands on the Mediterranean sea. My destination was the island of Ibiza and the smallest island of Formentera. In the morning, after a very rough journey on the sea, we arrived in the port of Palma de Mallorca. Wow, what a beautiful place and city. While I did not disembark on that April day in 1978, I have returned these last 4 years to the city of Palma de Mallorca on the way to the retreat center, la Serrania.
Palma has the distinct feel of being in Spain as well as being on an island. The city is very European with an elegant old world architecture crossed with the tiles and gardened courtyards of Spain. As well, there is a very hip, cosmopolitan feel in this old world city. The islands are a major destination for the European sun lovers, particularly the British and Germans. I have really, really enjoyed my time in this city and am always left longing for more.