Esalen Path of Devotion

September 22 - October 1, 2017

Perched where land meets the sea, the Esalen Institute offers expansive views and a pace that cultivates stillness. Join Janet for her second 108-hour training in Big Sur, California. Oh, and did we mention hot springs?

Whether you’re an established yoga teacher, an aspiring teacher, or a dedicated student of yoga, the alchemy of a yogic path promises deep transformation.

Course Content

This unique ten-day training begins by establishing your svadharma, your own personal path through the many forms and expressions of the yogic life. To identify your svadharma, you’ll proceed from inquiry to action back to inquiry through:

  • Sankalpa: Clarify your intention so you know where you want to go on the path of yoga. Why do I practice?
  • Adhikara: Closely look at your own practice so you can honestly assess your strengths and your greatest opportunities for growth. What is the state of my practice now?
  • Sadhana: Manifest the path you’ve mapped for yourself through detailed instruction, practice teaching, and study. Where do I want my path of practice to lead me?

With this deeper understanding of your personal path of yoga, you can proceed to the training’s core curriculum, with experienced guidance from Janet Stone and top-of-their-field guest teachers. (This training also includes required unit hours in the Esalen baths, at Dance Church, and watching the sun set over the Pacific).

Other course activities and components include the following:

  • Meditation: Find the foundation for stilling your mind and connecting with
  • Mantra and bhakti: Open your heart and your voice in a practice of devotion, surrender, and offering
  • Asana, alignment, anatomy, and assisting: Come to the physical practice as a means to awakening, liberation, and compassion
  • Pranayama: Connect with breath and the subtle body to nourish your life force
  • Study: Immerse yourself in the teachings of tantra and learn how to incorporate the philosophy into your life and teaching
  • Philosophy: Explore the history and philosophy behind the practice in your life through storytelling and discussion
  • Ethics: Get real with the yamas and niyamas, which are simple tools for a wholesome and integrated life
  • Find your voice: Work with others to apply what you are learning to your teaching, sharing and practice.

Who is this immersion for?

This immersion is designed for teachers, aspiring teachers, and long-term practitioners of yoga. Those who complete the training will be eligible for 100 hours of Yoga Alliance Credit. All hours are applicable to the Janet Stone Yoga 200- and 300/500-hour training programs. Please bring a yoga mat.


Tuition for this program is $3255 for standard accommodations, $25o0 for bunk bed, and $1880 for sleeping bag space. These costs include accommodations, meals, and the training. Please contact Esalen Reservations with questions.

The training offers 108 hours towards Janet’s 200, 300 and 500 programs.

Guest teachers


Harvey Deutch

Acclaimed physical therapist, yogi, and beloved teacher, Harvey Deutch, P.T. has been merging the art and science of yoga and physical therapy for over 33 years, exploring and perfecting the the nuances of each. His laser-sharp precision and keen eye for working with the physical form join his innate ability to understand and finesse the energetic body. Along with his signature humor, Harvey is well-known for taking two-dimensional anatomy off the page and making it burst alive on the mat.

Harvey is the founder, owner, and senior therapist at Red Hawk Physical Therapy in San Francisco. When not healing bodies at his thriving clinic, Harvey leads sell-out workshops and retreats at The Esalen Institute and at yoga studios throughout California. He is also the senior anatomy teacher for Yoga Tree San Francisco’s teacher trainings.

Mark Anthony Haviland

Over fourteen years ago Mark went through a near death experience which catapulted him into the depths of his own soul, the trenches of the human experience and a long expedition through the healing arts. Through his own healing crisis he learned several techniques and modalities while surrounding himself and studying with many master teachers.

With his attuned touch, fiercely irreverent sense of humor and ease-full presence, Mark shares a unique technology of freedom through his bodywork—evoking, activating and connecting people to their own souls and their true purpose.

Musicians: Nat Kendall, Sita Devi, and Ananda Yogiji

San Francisco based yoga teacher & student, musician, surfer and lover of life; Nat Kendall gives reverence to the teachings he has received – helping students nurture their own creative expression and meaningful connection with life. He teaches vinyasa infused with all other limbs of yoga and has studied extensively with Rusty Wells and Janet Stone. His devotion-filled classes are invigorating, strong and simultaneously nurturing as he creates a space filled with focus, kindness, laughter, chanting and great music to safely explore the deep benefits of the practice.

Sita Devi is a yogini, Kirtan artist and ecstatic dance facilitator in service to the divine. She began singing, dancing and performing right out of the womb. As a natural performer, she was put into dance and gymnastics at age three and soon after began choreographing small dinner theater for her parents dinner parties. She intends to share this heart opening practice with everyone, making it easily accessible. It is her dream and goal to make Bhakti, devotional service, something that anyone can do, without limitation, expectation, discrimination or judgement.

Ananda Yogiji is an internationally loved musician, song composer and mantra enthusiast. His musical offerings complement his yogic practices with a deep devotional spirit. His music channels a unique blissful energy current supported by lyrical heart songs and mantras with roots in Sanskrit and Gurbani. He sings, plays guitar, harmonium and bansuri flute. From 2010 to 2016, he was partnered musically and intimately with Jaya Lakshmi. Currently they have moved into a soul friendship as well as collaborative space in their offerings.


Registration for this immersion is directly through Esalen. Please note that because this is a 10-day course, registration with Esalen is a two-part process. Follow the online prompts, and include your preferred lodging options. You will not be charged at this stage. Esalen will call or email you to confirm registration, room availability and payment.

Email [email protected] with questions about the training and [email protected] with registration questions

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*Please note this link will take you to the Esalen website


Many of you have been following the incredible challenges Esalen Institute has faced with the spring mudslides and bridge issues. A small group remains on the land to tend and care for the space. They tell us that with no cars and the great quiet, foxes, young deer and wildlife abound. As you can see in the photo, the garden is thriving.
Esalen is on track for their July opening, and Janet‘s Path of Devotion training in September will be held there as planned. We are SO happy about this.
There is the slightest chance the bridge from the north will be rebuilt by the beginning of the immersion. More likely is an unconventional, adventurous path in.
Option 1: To get to Esalen from the north
Highway 1 is open until just before Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (the bridge that is being rebuilt). To get to to Esalen, folks will park in the state park, get a shuttle to a trail (yes, walking) that circumvents the bridge. Esalen will have shuttles on the other side of the trail to get folks to Esalen. The trail is well-tended, and moderate, with 500 foot elevation gain at the end. Apparently, the school kids are hiking it daily to get to their bus. It means packing light, but we’ll get there!
Option 2: From the north and likely also the south
This is another option from the north and will likely also have a collection point from the south. There will be a route in over the mountains from highway 101. Right now, this is open for about 30 minutes each morning and evening. It’s a winding road. Esalen will have shuttles from Monterey to carry folks in.




Esalen Sadhana Training 2017 Interest

In 2017, Janet will again offer a 108-hour sadhana immersion on the nourishing land of the Esalen Institute. This year, the training will span 10-days from September 22-October 1.

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