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Kieran Kennedy's Fundraiser:

Esalen Changed My Life

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BENEFITING: Esalen Institute

ORGANIZER: Esalen Institute

EVENT DATE: May 15, 2013

HOURS PLEDGED: 3

Kieran Kennedy

THE STORY:

Esalen is healing my heart

I want everyone to know how transformative a place Esalen is for me. I have recently given gifts of money and service to express my joy at finding a place in the world when I can continue to grow, heal, and give back through my work.

In the wake of my dad's death in February of this year, I left my corporate job of 9 years, and I have spent the past 3 months living at Esalen working there in the Farm & Garden. I am now participating in Esalen's online fundraiser as a way of expressing my gratitude for the healing that has occurred within me and that I have witnessed in others over this time.

For those of you who don't know, Esalen is a center for personal and social transformation located in Big Sur, California. It holds the vision of working with individuals and institutions to integrate body, mind, heart, spirit and community in a nurturing relationship with the environment.

I'm raising money for Esalen as a way of saying thanks. Giving money is one way to support the place's mission. If you are touched by how Esalen has changed my life and feel moved to make a donation, no matter how small, I would be deeply grateful. Either way, my story will give you a good sense of how my life has evolved since we were last in contact.

Esalen has changed my life--so much so that I am inspired to participate in the Insitute’s “Esalen Changed My Life” fundraiser with a gift of $500. Furthermore, I have set an ambitious fundraising goal to raise $10,000 for Esalen this month. I trust that your gift will be well used in the service of helping others, like me, to realize their full human potential. Please help me meet my goal to raise $10,000 for Esalen by following this link and giving by June 30th:

I am grateful for your contributions and I thank you also on behalf of the Esalen community.

I am giving the gift to honor my dad’s memory and to give back to the community that has already given me so much. I want everyone to know how transformative a place Esalen is for me. In the words of Allen Ginsburg, “America, I’m putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.”

My creative work and my fundraising are ways of saying thank you to the founders and to the Esalen community for their good stewardship of this mighty flame. Mama Esalen--the land, the people, and the ocean—holds me in her loving embrace long enough to allow me to become more fully myself. Here I have found a place where, like the nearby whales, I can dive deep into my own creative power and I can follow a path to discover my divine inner strength and be of more service to the world.

Love and thanks,


Kieran

See below for more details of the campaign from Esalen.

Esalen Institute wrote -

  • Donate or Raise at least $5000 for a chance to win a Weekend Workshop at Esalen. 
  • Donate or Raise at least $1000 and win a Day Pass to Esalen.
  • Donate or Raise at least $500 for a chance to Attend the Esalen Triple Plunge.
  • Donate or Raise at least $250 for a chance to win an Esalen Massage.
  • Donate or Raise at least $100 for a chance to Name a Chicken.
  • Donate or Raise at least $50 for a chance to win a Book Written by the Esalen Faculty.

See way below for all of the promotion rules.

***Make a gift $5,000 and it will be topped-off with an additional $1,000 gift. An anonymous donor will do this up to 10 times for Esalen***

 

"Esalen changed my life." 

A non-profit retreat center and an educational institute for over 50 years, Esalen Institute has served as a leading center dedicated to exploring and realizing human potential.

Time and again we hear stories of how Esalen has changed, even saved, lives and is helping to create a more humane and all-embracing world. It’s become all too easy to talk about transformation—to turn it into an empty, generic promise. That will never be the case at Esalen. 

Now, you can support individual and social transformation directly. Click "Fundraiser" to join our fundraising team, or "Donate" to give whatever you can.

Every gift helps sustain all aspects of an Esalen experience-the excellence in workshops, the baths, the grounds, the bodywork, the farm and garden- the alchemy that is uniquely Esalen.

10% of all funds raised here will also go to support scholarship and financial aid.

Rooted in the profound beauty of Big Sur and an unparalleled intellectual history, Esalen has served a global network of seekers, people like you, who are interested in moving beyond dogma to explore deeper spiritual possibilities; forge new understandings; and inspire deep change in self & society. Esalen has offered experiences that are lovingly imagined, intensely relational, and open to spontaneity. Your gift supports:

    • Creation of a robust scholarship program to support young people and underserved groups experiencing Esalen for the first time.

    • Farm & Garden educational initiatives that empower people to integrate sustainable and healthy practices into their own lives and share with their communities.

    • Exploring the next evolution of conscious business, citizen diplomacy, human evolution, and spirituality.

    • Improving campus facilities that provide an optimal physical setting for the important work of individual and social transformation.

    • Reducing Esalen’s carbon footprint through a 5-Year Sustainability Action Plan.

Please give, be a Friend of Esalen and join our team of CrowdRise fundraisers.

Be the extraordinary change you wish to be and help others do the same.

 

Rules: Weekend Workshop, Day Pass, Triple Plunge, Massage, Chicken, Book

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To This Fundraiser

$1,115

MONEY RAISED
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  • Kieran Kennedy

    $500

  • Finola Kennedy

    $250

  • Hans Keeling

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Dinko Zidarich

    $200

  • Sam Helfrich

    $30

  • Keno Rider

    $50

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11% Raised of$10,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $13,854 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Esalen Institute

Amount Raised

$10,323

 

41% Raised of$25,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kieran Kennedy

Amount Raised

$1,115

 

11% Raised of$10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kat Steele

Amount Raised

$985

 

99% Raised of$1,000 Goal

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Aleesa Daley

Amount Raised

$831

 

8% Raised of$10,000 Goal

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Teresa Kao

Amount Raised

$525

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Jenny Pareno

Amount Raised

$75

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Nicole Flowers

Amount Raised

$0

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Jennifer Heminger

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

6 years ago

Keno Rider

Keno Rider

DONATION: $50

I came to Esalen for the first time this April after hearing about it for years and was taken not only by its natural beauty but because it more than lives up to its life-changing reputation. Nice to know that there are still places where the 60's — or specifically the ideals of peace and brotherhood and self actualization — still thrive. Imagine... 6 years ago

Sam Helfrich

Sam Helfrich

DONATION: $30

Sounds wonderful, Kieran. I still have great hope that we'll finally meet up again one of these days. All best to you. Sam 6 years ago

Dinko Zidarich

Dinko Zidarich

DONATION: $200

Kieran, I love Esalen. I'm glad that it is helping change your life as well. 6 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

6 years ago

Hans Keeling

Hans Keeling

Congratulations Kieran for your courageous journey and thank you for being an inspiration to us all!! 6 years ago

Finola Kennedy

Finola Kennedy

DONATION: $250

Kieran A Kennedy 6 years ago

Kieran Kennedy

Kieran Kennedy

DONATION: $500

In Memory of Kieran Anthony Kennedy 6 years ago