August 19th is my birthday. And this year, marked the one year anniversary of Eric Erickson’s death. Eric and I were students of Esalen co-founder, Dick Price, and together we taught the work that we had learned from him. We spent years teaching together and separately, learning from each others’ different styles. He had a gift for putting the theory in simple and eloquent terms that helped people connect their thinking mind to their feeling core. He used to say that the best part of him came forward when he was working with someone on the seat and I so enjoyed seeing him in his element. I’d imagined that we would go on working together and his absence at Esalen impacted me profoundly. I am grateful for what I’ve learned from him and will continue to use it in my own work for years to come.
Thank you to Nieves Morlan Ortiz and Nicole Nelch for capturing on video some of his thoughts about the work.