"When Water Becomes Gold: The New Alchemy" - David Hertz Speaking at Esalen Institute Dec 9-11 December 06, 2016 David Hertz will be speaking at the Esalen Institute on December 9 - 11 on the topic of When Water Becomes Gold: The New Alchemy. Click Here to learn more about the weekend and to reserve your space. WORKSHOP DETAILSEsalen Institute is blessed by three powerful waters: the Pacific Ocean, the healing hot springs, and the freshwater creek that flows through the property. These sacred waters have offered people a place to heal and nourish themselves for thousands of years.However, taking this precious commodity for granted as a limitless resource is increasingly risky as we face hundred-year-drought conditions, which a temporary El Niño deluge will not solve – our thousands of years old aquifers are increasingly depleted.Co-led by local Big Sur water-innovators and Amory Lovins, one of the world’s leading authorities in energy policy, this workshop explores an array of possible solutions, including growing our vegetables and cooking herbs via hydroponics with up to 90% water savings; fish cultivation through aquaponics; drinking water extraction via the atmosphere; and the latest in waste water recapture technology. All of these methods preserve clean water, our “New Gold.”Our visit to a local model farm will include a special luncheon to sample “farm to table” fresh organically grown food combined with top rated California wine pairings. The faculty will include experts in each of the subjects described above as we explore and adopt new methods of preserving our most precious asset.