Seeking meaning and truth in Esalen

21 11 2013

Arriving in Esalen Institute is like landing in a picture perfect of the Garden of Eden! The farm and gardens are even more beautiful than during last August when I was here last time. Being alone, I got to eat quietly seating on the grass looking over the blue waves of Pacific Ocean. Esalen is possibly the most well known and respected center for self development and spiritual growth. Interested people and pioneer master teachers from all over the world have been drowned to come here for the last 50 years!

I am teaching a seminar on Mysticism of Music and working on my book focused on music, spirituality and promoting peace. What a great setting for introspective work and for writing!

I am eating my dinner slowly, and truly enjoying every bite. This food tastes stronger and healthier than any other food I have ever eaten! Being alone I could really feel every nuance in this food, freshly picked up from the earth just few hours ago by the good people who farm this rich land. I smell the salty clean ocean air. It is so good. This is paradise!

Few days later, my workshops are so well received that I have been invited to come again and teach here for a whole month next year. I hope we will work it out.

I love my students – all seekers of meaning and truth – and I feel so much love and appreciation coming out of them. They are beautiful people. Some of them work in the farm during the day and study with me at night. The spiritual teaching is in nature and in the earth. The work is not only done in the classroom during the seminar, but it also continues beyond the classroom as the seekers work the earth and service in the kitchen in the magnificent land of Esalen.

The stillness, quiet and disconnection from the outside world allow time to truly appreciate the beauty surrounding us such as the flowers, the skies and the birds, and this experience is intensified at Esalen. This is a place to look deeply, to see and enjoy the natural beauty of the world. It is a place that pulls inward, as the ocean and the constant sound of waves are providing a constant hypnotic soundtrack. It is a very good place to work on my book, isolated from the world, the routine and the daily chores. I will be back here for another teaching seminar open for the public during March 16-21, 2014 to teach about Sacred Sound, Meditation and Dance to Change your Brain and Transform Your Life. A five day intensive exploring the introspective and ecstatic practices of four ancient spiritual paths: Zen Buddhism, Kabbalistic Judaism, early contemplative Christianity, and Sufi-Islam. A fascinating seminar! you can read more about it here:  http://www.esalen.org/workshop/week-march-16-21/sacred-sound-meditation-and-dance-change-your-brain-and-transform-your

I hope to see you too at Esalen sometime in the future!

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Esalen, Nature, seeking meaning and truth and the spiritual path.

7 07 2011
June 26, 2011. Sat. evening on the beautiful coast of Northern California. Arriving in Esalen Institute is like landing in a picture perfect of the Garden of Eden! The farm and gardens are even more beautiful than during last August when I came for the first time.  Being alone, I got to eat quietly seating on the grass looking over the blue waves of Pacific Ocean. Esalen is possibly the most well known and respected center for self development and spiritual growth. Interested people and pioneer master teachers from all over the world have been drowned to come here for the last 50 years!
I am teaching a seminar on Mysticism of Music and working on my book focused on music, spirituality and promotion of peace. What a great setting for introspective work and for writing!

I am eating my dinner slowly, and truly enjoying every bite. This food tastes stronger and healthier than any other food I have ever eaten! Being alone I could really feel every nuance in this food, freshly picked up from the earth just few hours ago by the good people who farm this rich land. I smell the salty clean ocean air. It is so good. This is paradise!

Few days later, my workshops are so well received that I have been invited to come again and teach here for a whole month next year. I hope we will work it out.

I love my students – all seekers of meaning and truth – and I feel so much love and appreciation coming out of them. They are beautiful people. They work in the farm during the day and study with me at night. The spiritual teaching is in nature and in the earth. The work is not only done in the classroom during the seminar, but it also continues beyond the classroom as the seekers work the earth and service in the kitchen in the magnificent land of Esalen.

The stillness, quiet and disconnection from the outside world allow time to truly appreciate the beauty surrounding us such as the flowers, the skies and the birds, and this experience is intensified at Esalen. This is a place to look deeply, to see and enjoy the natural beauty of the world. It is a place that pulls inward, as the ocean and the constant sound of waves are providing a constant hypnotic soundtrack. It is a very good place to work on my book, isolated from the world, the routine and the daily chores. I will soon be back here for another teaching seminar during July 17-22, 2011 to teach with Mark Waldman about  Music, Spirituality and the Brain. Fascinating seminar!

I hope to see you too at Esalen sometime in the future!

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Whirling Dervish Aziz, Sufi devotional music and Sacred Hebrew musical traditions

16 07 2010

To celebrate the end of this exciting summer I am bringing together my full ensemble with Dervish Aziz, for another performance of ‘Seeker of Truth” (see video clip insert). This is a pioneering endeavor in bringing together the Middle Eastern and South Asian vocal and musical traditions into a new exhilarating trance-induced accord.  We presented it first at the World Sacred Music in LA in 2008. The DVD and CD “Seeker of Truth” ( see Cd’s and DVD page at http://www.yuvalronmusic.com) came out of that blessed night at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles. The performance was sold out and the people, and as soon as Yeghish our master of the Duduk began his introductory solo opening the first set, all of us were transformed to an earlier time in ancient lands. It was out doors at the courtyard of the Skirball Center. 700 people filled the place to a max.  I remember looking up to the skies and feeling I am in another open courtyard somewhere in the Middle East in a very distant time. It was magical. It was inspiring and transforming experience. 700 strangers became brothers and sisters in the course of that event. You can see it at the end portion of clip above.

This summer 2010 I will be teaching in Mendocino Middle Eastern music and dancer Retreat. Heaven on Earth! Then I will be going to Esalen Institute in Big Sur,CA to teach a week-long seminar with leading brain researcher and writer Mark Robert Waldman. It is called Music, Spirituality and the Brain. Very interesting work!

And then we will go back to LA to celebrate the end of a summer  with the “Seeker of Truth Concert. In this concert we will perform the ecstatic music of the mystical Sufi and Hebrew traditions of Middle East and Pakistan with the Whirling Dervish Aziz and the sacred dance artist Maya Karasso. The performance at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica, CA will also features the soulful vocals of Maya Haddi and special guest Sukhawat Ali Khan, a master Qawwali (devotional) singer from Pakistan.  I hope you will be there too!