Esalen Institute


Anger, Madness and Creativity

Re-Imagining Anger


Richard D. McCutchan, Ph.D.

             “our culture requires that we repress most of our anger, and, therefore,
             we are repressed in most of our creativity.”                                        - Rollo May

Rollo May’s words challenge us to re-examine the way society views anger.  Angers powerful energy has impacted our lives in one way or another, whether it be a rageful father, our own lashing out at moments of frustration or our retreat to safe ground when others show their fire.  In this workshop participants will collaboratively explore the many manifestations of anger.  By using personal stories and ancient mythology we will look at both the destructive and constructive nature of anger.  When emotions are suppressed they work against us. When we embraced them they have the potential to transform us.  Using interactive exercises, self-refection, and storying, the workshop will look toward a re-imagining of anger both individually and collectively in search for its transformative potential.  As the Dalai Lama suggests, with compassion, anger can be the catalyst that brings positive action.


ESALEN INSTITUTE started in 1962 as a center for alternative education, a forum for transformational practices as well as a retreat center.  It is dedicated to exploring work in the humanities and sciences that furthers the full realization of the human potential, Esalen offers public workshops, residential work-study programs and invitational conferences.  It is located in Big Sur, offering a spectacular view of the Pacific coastline.  The setting, hot springs, exceptional food (much of which comes from their year round garden) all makes for an ideal workshop weekend.  For reservations and information on various sleeping plans call: Esalen (831) 667-3005, or check the Web:

CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs