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Visitor Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Campus Renewal Project? Will it affect my visit?
The Campus Renewal Project is the largest property development project in Esalen's history and has included a complete renovation of our historic Lodge. We are committed to ensuring that your Esalen experience will continue to be as magical and deeply transformative as ever and have taken steps to minimize any impact on your visit. For more information, please see esalen.org/renewal.
Is there a Shuttle or Van Service to Esalen?
Shuttle van service is available from San Francisco International Airport (SFO), San Jose International Airport (SJC) and Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY) on Fridays and Sundays. For shuttle schedules and pricing, please click here.
What is the Road Like? Where Do I Check Road Closures?
For the most up-to-date information about Highway 1 toward and through Big Sur from the north and south, please call the Caltrans Highway 1 Big Sur Hotline toll-free at (888) 836-0866.
Alternatively, you can check the Caltrans Website on their District 5 page at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm
We also recommend checking the Caltrans Facebook page for updates at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Caltrans-Central-Coast-District-5/1658706...
Can I Choose My Roommate?
We use an elaborate bed and room matching service that houses people of the same gender together unless they have identified themselves as a couple.
If you have saved your partner/couple as part of your online registration account, and indicated them during registration, we will make every attempt to house you together. In addition, there is a text field option later during the check-out process to allow you to specify a particular roommate. We can generally accommodate these requests up until the day of the workshop.
Can I Sleep in My Car, RV, or Tent?
To reduce our environmental impact, we do not offer camping (car or tent) on property. There is camping nearby both north and south on Highway 1.
See the Big Sur Camping Guide at http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/camping.html for details.
Please note that Esalen does not have parking spaces for RV's and large vehicles. Large vehicles need to park on Highway 1 at the Esalen entrance.
Can I Come Take a Tour and Just Look Around?
Unfortunately, we do not offer guided public tours. To preserve the sanctity of the Esalen experience, self-guided tours and walkabouts are also prohibited.
How Do I Tip my Massage Therapist?
Tips may be charged to your credit card if you stop by the Office following your session. We also provide tip envelopes where you can enclose cash or a check, and either leave this in the Office or hand it directly to your practitioner following your session.
What Time Should I Check Out?
Check-out time is 10:30 am on departure days, although you are welcome to stay for lunch and remain at Esalen until 2 pm. If you are participating in a workshop we ask that you have your belognings out of your room before the start of your final session.
What Time Can I Check In?
Feel free to arrive at Esalen any time after 2 pm. Room keys are available from the Gate or the Office after 2:30 pm. Room check-out is 10:30 am on the day of departure.
Can I Bring a Guest or my Spouse?
Unfortunately, no. We are small by design (with only 125 beds on property) and when you make the pilgrimage to Esalen you (and you only) become part of the community. For this reason, and to protect the privacy and experience of our other community members, we request that you not bring visitors or guests.