Our co-founder, Michael Murphy, reminds us that on this ancient ground we are opening new horizons. This can be seen and felt in the transformative experiences taking place in our workshops and in how those experiences are expressed through positive social change in our larger communities.
Opening new horizons has also come to mean the physical transformation of our sacred land. Through our Campus Renewal Project – the largest property development project in Esalen’s history – we are ensuring that Esalen will be well positioned to not only serve the next generation of personal seekers and cultural change-makers but also expand our impact in a world that faces increasing environmental, social, and spiritual challenges.
Our three-year renewal project is designed to enhance the Esalen experience through upgraded facilities, greater levels of environmental sustainability, and expanded capacity to deliver groundbreaking educational programs. At the center of this effort is the restoration of our iconic Lodge, which now features a new kitchen, dining area, deck, café, bookstore, and guest reception. A new second floor features an expanded Huxley meeting room and a second meeting room that shares a second-story deck with breath-taking coastline views. Additionally, the renewal project includes the rebuild of our South Coast Center staff housing – a critical addition to scarce housing in the Big Sur area – as well as guest room refurbishing, construction of a six-room guest building, and upgraded infrastructure in the areas of accessibility, roads, and utilities.
As we continue this journey of renewal, your presence and support are vital to sustaining Esalen’s mission to further the exploration and realization of the human potential, a mission that is more vital now than ever before.