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Apply for the Esalen Work Study Program

Applying for the Work Study Program

Workscholars and Integral Leadership Program participants are selected by application.

Esalen reviews applications on an ongoing basis and informs applicants of admission three months prior to a program’s start date. Once you have been selected, you will be guided through the registration process.

Some work can be physically challenging, including lifting, bending, and repetitive movements. Please be sure you are capable of the work you may be assigned.

The Work Study program is designed to explore and apply human values and potentials. It is not intended as a substitute for therapy or as a "cure." It is not a rehab program. We ask you not to drink or take recreational substances while in the program.

Submitting Your Esalen Work Study Application

1. You can email the application form (PDF) to workstudy@esalen.org with your personal statement;

2. Or print it out and mail it with your deposit to the address below;

3. Or fax it to 888.214.8216.

Submitting Your Integral Leadership Program Application

1. You can email the  ILP application form (PDF) to workstudy@esalen.org with your personal statement;

2. Or print it out and mail it with your deposit to the address below;

3. Or fax it to 888.214.8216.

Work Study Program
Esalen Institute
55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920

Work Study Program Fees

The fee for Work Study programs is $1,150. If you stay for a second month the fee is $1,100.

A deposit of $400 in U.S. currency is required with your application (checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank). You may pay in full at the time you apply or pay the $400 deposit when you register; your balance will be automatically charged to your credit card 3-5 days before your arrival.

Note: If you are making a credit card deposit, the balance will be automatically charged to your card 3-5 days before your arrival. The work scholar fee is $1,150 for the first month, $1,000 for the second month.

Registration Required

Please note that submitting an application is not registration in the program. Registration is made only after approval of application. If you do not pay in full at the time of application, the balance of the fee is due on arrival and is nonrefundable thereafter.

Cancellation Policy & Fees

If you choose to cancel, you will be charged the following amount:

  •    15+ days prior to start: $100
  •     8-14 days: $200
  •     3-7 days: $300
  •     0-2 days: $400

We will contact you regarding your status within 14 days of receipt of your application. For more information, contact the Work Study Program:

Esalen Work Study Program
MaryAnne Will
Work Study Coordinator
Phone: 831-667-3010
Fax: 831-667-3069
Email: workstudy@esalen.org

Click here for a sample Work Study weekly schedule.

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