Welcome to Your est Reunion

A reunion for you and all the people who dared to create a new possibility for themselves and their lives. It is now the 21st Century and there is much talk of possibility and transformational leadership – but where did this all start? In 1971, in a hotel ballroom in San Francisco over 35 years ago, transformation burst on to the national stage.

Werner Erhard and the est Training brought to the forefront the ideas of transformation, personal responsibility, accountability, and possibility – and over the next decade, over a million people “Got it”. The est Training was as much a sign of the times as bell bottoms, peace rallies and space travel.

Over the years, more than two million people from all walks of life participated in est or the programs that grew out of Erhard Seminars Training. Professionals and leaders from government, business and health industries, as well as people in the fields of arts and entertainment actively participated in the programs of est. Enjoy the essence of what est created and the impact it has made on society through the archives, video and vivid shares on this site. Stand up and acknowledge how you have made a difference in this world out of having participated in the est Training. Celebrate in this tribute to the est Training, Werner Erhard and you.

Est: A Dam Break To Personal Transformation

Nathan Thronburgh of Time magazine recognizes that est was the dam break to personal transformation. He understood that for the people in the course it was challenging, but for people who didn’t take the course it was outrageous. The training itself led to mainstream programs such as Phil Donahue and Oprah Winfrey.

Werner Erhard’s est Training Six Day Course

This brief clip from a film made about the est 6-Day Course is for est graduates to enjoy. “You and I possess, at every moment of our lives, under all circumstances, the power to transform the quality of our lives.” Werner Erhard

Werner Erhard and The est Training

Check out this in depth feature on the est Training, narrated by Joel Daly, current news Anchor of ABC News in Chicago. This video takes a look at the phenomenon and how the media reacted to a man and an organization that had as their purpose being human and having one’s life make a difference. Werner Erhard has worked with top universities on a wide range of topics, as he continues to do today, including “The Nature of Transformation”, “From Physics to Metaphysics” and “Systems of Knowing”.


  • How did est happen?

    TRANSFORMATION: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF WERNER ERHARD Watch this clip of Robyn Symon’s new documentary, learn the essence of how est happened, and click here to purchase your own copy.

  • What was est?

    Werner Erhard discusses the specifics of The est Training. “You get to look deep down and find out something profound about yourself. You come to know yourself, not what you think, not what you feel, but you come to know yourself honestly.”