Jeff Kripal's November 2012 TEDxHouston talk was titled “Authors of the Impossible,” and was based on his book of the same name.

Jeff's talk is also featured on the Rice University website where he is the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religious Studies.


Destination: Wellness



We've posted a few photos from the film on the SUPERNATURE facebook page.


New Esalen Website

Check out Esalen's lovely new website: www.esalen.org

Our thanks to our friends at Esalen for featuring one of the SUPERNATURE trailers on their Center for Theory and Research page.


Patt Morrison's L.A. Times interview with Michael Murphy

The L.A. Times' Patt Morrison interviewed Esalen co-founder Michael Murphy on the occassion of the famed institute's 50th anniverary.

Read the interview here.


We did it!!!

Our deepest thanks to those of you who backed us during our recent Kickstarter campaign. Your support will go a long way toward helping get Supernature: Esalen and the Human Potential made. In addition to the funds raised we've also received 1,772 "Likes" on the SUPERNATURE Kickstarter campaign page as of this writing. This bodes well for the future of the film since we are proving there is an audience for it.

Thank you again for all your support!



We've launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise initial funds for the production of SUPERNATURE: ESALEN AND THE HUMAN POTENTIAL. Kickstarter is a crowdsource funding platform for creative projects. We've set a goal of raising $22,000 by December 17th. Kickstarter campaigns are all or nothing -- we'll receive the pledged funds only if we reach our goal.

Your patronage will help fund our upcoming SUPERNATURE shoots, as well as help defray some of our post-production costs. Please help support this worthy project by contributing whatever you can. Remember, the campaign ends December 17th. Click on the graphic above or here to go to our Kickstarter campaign. We truly appreciate your support!

With warmth and gratitude,

Scott Hulan Jones and Jeff Kripal


Supernature: Esalen and the Human Potential

SUPERNATURE: ESALEN AND THE HUMAN POTENTIAL is a documentary film about the influential Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, and the Human Potential Movement it spawned. Esalen was founded in the early 1960s by Stanford grads Richard Price and Michael Murphy as a place to explore and nurture what Aldous Huxley had named the “human potentialities,” his expression for the fantastic reaches of mind and body hinted at in the altered states of mystical literature and psychedelic experience.

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A Supernature Short Synopsis

The story of American religion is often told as a rather dreary march of churches, denominations, and revivals, as if the story can really be told by counting how many people are sitting in which pews or by tracking this or that outmoded belief. The real demographic facts, however, tell a radically different story, with upwards of 70% of people under the age of thirty now self-identifying as being “spiritual, but not religious,” and with around 75% of the total population professing the reality of this or that paranormal manifestation (psychical powers, UFOs, ghosts, etc.).

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A Supernature Super-Short Synopsis

Supernature: The Story of Esalen is the American story of the Human Potential Movement and its half-century of celebrated adventures in bringing together East and West, science and religion, body and soul, spirit and sex.  A grand tale of saints, sinners, scholars, scientists, and seekers, the story takes us from an ashram in India and a psychiatric hospital in the States, through the California counterculture, Cold War psychic espionage, and the physics of consciousness, to the greening of the spirit and the further reaches of human nature in “the future of the body".


Jones Cinema Arts options Jeffrey J. Kripal's ESALEN

We are delighted to announce Jones Cinema Arts has acquired an option to make a documentary based on Jeffrey J. Kripal's ESALEN: AMERICA AND THE RELIGION OF NO RELIGION. Kripal's book is the definitive intellectual history of the influential Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.

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