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Esalen Campus Renewal Project

Investing in the Future by Transforming in the Present

As we look forward to spring, a spirit of renewal and awakening is already making its presence felt here at Esalen, from the seedlings sprouting in our gardens to the inner growth experienced by our guests. This cyclical rebirth will be reflected on yet another level as we embark upon the most significant campus renovation in our fifty-two-year history.

The goal of our three-year renewal project is to enhance your Esalen experience through upgraded facilities, greater levels of environmental sustainability, and expanded capacity to deliver groundbreaking educational programs to the personal seekers and cultural change-makers of today and tomorrow.

At the center of Esalen’s campus renovation will be our iconic Lodge, where we will preserve the Lodge’s unique atmosphere while transforming the kitchen, dining area, deck, café, bookstore, and guest reception. We’ll also add a second floor with augmented meeting facilities and breathtaking views of the Big Sur coastline. Additionally, the renewal project will include the rebuild of our critical South Coast Center staff housing, guest room refurbishing, new construction of a six-room guest building, and upgraded infrastructure in the areas of accessibility, roads, and utilities.

As we begin this journey of renewal, your presence, your spirit, and your 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.

So today, I invite you to join us on this journey and experience the spirit of renewal and awakening at Esalen and in your own life. I promise it will be one of transformation — for all of us.

Tricia McEntee
Esalen CEO



Rendering of the north side of the new Lodge

Expansion and Renovation

The campus renewal project will begin with enhancements to the following structures:

  • Lodge building and surrounding landscape
  • Dining hall, kitchen, Huxley meeting room
  • Construction of new guest rooms
  • Ongoing guest room renovations
  • Rebuild of South Coast Center staff housing
  • Improvements to parking, accessibility and footbridge

Commitment to Sustainability

The unifying goals of all of these projects are achieving high levels of sustainability, the preservation and enhancement of Esalen’s unique ambience and experience, and a long overdue upgrade to Esalen’s capacity to deliver our mission of transformative programming to the next generation of personal seekers and cultural change-makers.

Guest Experience

Most of the campus will be untouched and undisturbed. Our aim is to protect the essence of your workshop experience and your overall Esalen experience.

These projects will impact only a small fraction of the campus at any one time. The baths, most of the meeting rooms, your accommodations and the meditative spots around the property will be unaffected.


We are all committed to minimizing the impact of the construction and noise to ensure that your Esalen experience during the renewal is as deep and wonderful as always.


Lodge Renewal Phase I & II

At the creative center will be a complete renovation of our iconic Lodge building that preserves its unique atmosphere while upgrading and expanding to meet guests' needs for years to come.

  • Expanded dining room and new café
  • New kitchen
  • Larger Huxley meeting room
  • Additional meeting room
  • New firepit and landscaping

The renovated dining room and café will provide more space for reflection and life-changing conversations, complemented by increased natural light and high ceilings. The source of nurturing farm-to-table meals, our kitchen will also be upgraded and expanded.

The Huxley meeting room will move to the new second story of the renovated Lodge, offering an expansive, sunlit space that aligns with sacred universal patterns from ancient civilizations with the structural integration of the golden ratio, as well as a recognition of the seasons through an analema and solstice gazing windows.

Rebuild of Staff Housing at South Coast Center

In 2015, we will launch the rebuild of our South Coast center staff housing, much of which was destroyed by fire in 2012. There will also be new construction of a small cluster of guest housing on the north side of the campus near the Art Barn.

We Need Your Support!

Please join us in this exciting journey of renewal to preserve and enhance the unique, transformative Esalen experience while co-creating the next generation of Esalen. For further information on how to support Esalen's initiatives, please click here.


Please contact with any questions.

March 2014 Communication Milestones


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