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The American Soul Rush: Esalen and the Rise of Spiritual Privilege

Marion Goldman


Yoga, humanistic psychology, meditation, holistic healing: these practices are commonplace today, yet before the early 1960s they were atypical options for most people outside of the upper class or small groups of educated spiritual seekers. Esalen Institute, a retreat for spiritual and personal growth in Big Sur, California, played a pioneering role in popularizing quests for self-transformation and personalized spirituality. This “soul rush” spread quickly throughout the United States as the Institute made ordinary people aware of hundreds of ways to select, combine, and revise their beliefs ... More

Keywords: Esalen Institute, self-transformation, spirituality, spiritual privilege, individual self-worth, positive personal change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814732878
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814732878.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marion Goldman, author