Peggy Horan on Esalen in the late 1960's and Her Life in Big Sur

April 19, 2019






Peggy Horan is a longtime Esalen staff member, known far and wide for her exceptional work as an Esalen massage therapist and massage teacher. She has been practicing and teaching Esalen Massage for four decades and is the author of Connecting Through Touch, A Couples Massage Book. It was my pleasure to visit Peggy recently at her home on Gorda mountain, which she shares with her husband, artist Richard Horan. I’m joined in the interview process by Lucia Horan, Peggy’s eldest daughter, who assisted me in delving into the rich legacy and history of a beloved and respected community member. We spoke about a host of topics, including the evolution of Esalen massage, midwifery in Big Sur in the 1980's, and what Esalen was like when she arrived in 1969.


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