Prime The Upstart Spring: Esalen and the Human Potential Movement: The First Twenty Years By Walter Truett Anderson – Z55z.co

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here A good book An especially important book for understanding what was going on at Esalen when it was starting up Very enlightening on many other subjects as well. The first responsible account of an important, uniquely American happening worthwhile reading for anyone who wants to piece together the social undercurrents of the s Robert Marquand, Christian Science Monitor A charming, gossipy multiple biography of the curious gurus who spawned Esalen a complex story, but a sequential one nonetheless, with feuds and psychic shoot outs, games of capture the flag and smell the roses Arthur Hough, San Francisco Chronicle Upstart Spring tells Esalen s riveting, unfinished story even handedly, entertainingly, with sympathy, and yet holding little back David Toolan, Commonwealth An absolute delight brimming with juicy gossip, and as carefully crafted as a page turner novel And it has substance, the gift of a therapist who also happens to be a cultural historian with a good eye for the telling meta detail Sandy McDonald, New Age Journal Walt Anderson has the requisite experience, humor, and affection if not detachment, since Esalen teaches, indeed proves, that detachment is a universal impossibility to carry off a wonderful account Stewart Brand, Co Evolution Quarterly A wonderful read, consistently entertaining on several levels Michael Rossman, Associate for Humanistic Psychology Newsletter A superb wrap up of a notable influence on our popular culture Rita Fink, Pacific Sun A historical account of an American cultural revolution of sorts, The Upstart Spring is an absorbing and fun read Anderson takes the reader through the history of Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California starting from it s beginnings in the 1960 s Founded by Michael Murphy and Dick Price, they brought a number of well known figures to lead seminars such as Aldous Huxley, Abraham Maslow, Joan Baez, Ida Rolf, Fritz Pearls, and many others Interested in human potential and development, I found th A historical account of an American cultural revolution of sorts, The Upstart Spring is an absorbing and fun read Anderson takes the reader through the history of Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California starting from it s beginnings in the 1960 s Founded by Michael Murphy and Dick Price, they brought a number of well known figures to lead seminars such as Aldous Huxley, Abraham Maslow, Joan Baez, Ida Rolf, Fritz Pearls, and many others Interested in human potential and development, I found the subject matter fascinating A culturally important part of history, the book is an entertaining, sometimes sobering, and informative read A fascinating and well researched history for me as I spent two years or so at Esalen from 68 to 70 I felt the book was very balanced in terms of evaluating people and events at Esalen, and brought different currents together very well. An admirably level headed account of an interesting subject that can elicit disproportionate reactions.