Space Between Stories Esalen (November 2018)

Big Sur, California

Start: Sunday, November 04, 2018 at 5 pm (arrive before dinner)
End: Friday, November 09, 2018 at 1 pm (after lunch)
Location: Esalen
Cost: Esalen Room and Board + self-determined gift payment to Charles after the event is over
Deposit Required: $100.00
Registration: see form below

Point of Contact: Marie Goodwin /

The world is in a time of transition in its stories, in the deep mythology that runs our civilization, and many of us personally are in such a transition as well. Often, it is a crisis that initiates this transition, a breakdown in a core part of life: work, health, or relationship. For some, the breakdown happens in every area simultaneously: an initiation into a new phase of life.

In this transition, the old story of who we are, what is normal, what is possible, what is real, and how to live life falls apart, as we prepare to step into a new story of greater wholeness, love, freedom, and connection.

Before that happens though, most of us must pass through a special phase: "the space between stories." The old answers no longer work, and the new answers haven't emerged yet. Who am I? Why am I here? How do I navigate life? The ground has shifted beneath us.

This is a sacred time, though our culture gives it little breathing space as it seeks to corral us back into the old story. Sometimes, it is an abyss, dark, lonely, and seemingly endless. Other times we find a ground beyond story, a security entirely independent of predictability or control, and we are filled with light and serenity. We may experience amazing synchronicities that defy what we were told about how reality works. Sometimes we may cling to the sinking fragments of our old story, trying in our panic to climb back onto it; sometimes we have an experience that foretells a new story, a promise of the life that awaits. All of this and more is quite normal, in the space between stories.

In The Space Between Stories we will take a step back from our routines and social environment, and enter a liminal space. We will remove ourselves from the cultural and personal narratives that so powerfully constrain our choices and shape what is real, normal, practical, and possible. The empty space that results is the clearing in which a new story can crystallize.

In order to create a container of safety and trust, participation on this 5-­day retreat is limited to 30 people. The retreat takes place from November 4th - November 9th, 2018

The cost of the retreat is self-­determined. You will pay for room and board at the gorgeous Esalen center, famous for its natural hot springs overlooking the ocean, and a $100 deposit to hold your place. At the conclusion of the event, you will choose the tuition that feels right to you -- that feels clear, fair, and reflective of the value received, considering, of course, your own financial means.

Please consider joining us if you...

(1) Are navigating the space between stories right now.
(2) Recognize you are still in an old story that is no longer able to hold you, and you perceive that it is coming to an end.
(3) Are recently emerged into a new story but still uncertain there, and the space between stories is still fresh in your mind.
(4) You feel an unreasonable Yes toward this retreat!


The Space Between Stories - Esalen Nov 2018

  • With this form, you are paying a deposit to reserve a spot in the program. You will then have to call Esalen directly to reserve a room. We do not do this for you automatically. The cost for the event itself will be determined by YOU, upon its conclusion. Here is what Charles says about it:

    Our planet needs to transition from a paradigm of self-interest maximization and extraction, to a paradigm of gift. In gift culture, the giver does not dictate what the return gift shall be. There is a release of control.

    At a retreat last year, a woman said to me, "Charles, I just attended a retreat with a top life coach superstar who charged ten thousand dollars, and your retreat is much more powerful. Why don't you recognize your value?" I explained to her that I am fully aware of the value of what comes through me and coalesces around me. In fact, any amount I charge is both too much and too little. Too much, because I don't want there to be any kind of barrier. Too little, because how can I put a finite number on something that is sacred to me? That is why I like to allow the receiver to determine the return gift.

    At the end of the retreat, you will have the opportunity to decide an appropriate return gift for the event. You are welcome to choose zero (the deposit is refundable at the event); it is up to you. My team and I have no expectations. You are free.

  • General Information

  • Deposit Payment

  • Price: $100.00
    Upon registering, you are paying a deposit which will reserve a spot for you. Space is limited and we anticipate a long waiting list, so if you change your mind please let us know as soon as you can. Thank you!
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