The Human Potential Movement & the Esalen InstitutewithMatthew Ingram

matthew ingram


Abraham Maslow Aldous Huxley Aurobindo Charles Tart Christopher Lasche Daniel Goleman David Bohm emotional intelligence encounter groups Frederic Perls George Leonard Gestalt Therapy holotropic John Lilly Krishnamurti LSD Michael Murphy pranayama Price Cobbs Stanislav Grof Tao of Physics Theodore Roszak Tom Wolfe Will Schutz

Matthew Ingram is known for throwing raves in West Africa in 1993, writing for Teletubbies, his cult music blog Woebot, writing for the Wire and FACT magazines, setting up the Dissensus forum and putting out a series of LPs. His “Vitamin C” animated documentary was shown at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. He is author of Retreat: How the Counterculture Invented Wellness. His website is

Here the discussion focuses on the Esalen Institute, in Big Sur, California, as an important hub of the human potential movement that began in the 1960s and continues to the present day. Topics include gestalt therapy, holotropic breathing, kundalini and the Spiritual Emergence Network, sensory isolation, rebirthing, encounter groups, Rolfing and body work, as well as explorations of physics and consciousness.

(Recorded on November 2, 2020.)

Published on November 18, 2020