"Walking the sacred land of Esalen allows me to grow deeper into the roots of my own true nature." —Branan Freeman, former Extended Student now Staff Member
Esalen’s mission of leading personal and social transformation isn’t just something we do off-property. It’s also something we foster within ourselves and in our very own organization. Quite simply, the healthier and more realized a mind/body/spirit/community we are, the better we can support those who come visit us, and the greater our own personal contribution to our lives and the world.
Our long-term student programs are designed to change the world from the inside out by helping you grow, develop, and become more fully yourself. They provide you with the skills and awareness necessary to take your inner work out into the world and help others transform.
In an exquisite ripple effect, your time here IS our mission in helping you become a whole and vibrant global change agent.
All of our Extended Study programs are designed to:
- Support the personal growth and development of our staff and long-term students (workscholar, extended student, intern).
- Support the integration of learning into real-life change – both within Esalen and into a post-Esalen life.
- Create evaluations and feedback to improve our programs and support.
- Help contribute to a world where each of us is capable of the extraordinary.
We have rich and varied educational offerings to reach these goals designed and scheduled with our staff and extended students in mind.
Residential Education Programs
Work Study / Legacy Work Study
Work and study at Esalen for 28 days and immerse yourself in a chosen course of study.
Extended Student Program
This is a year-long program available to people who have completed the Esalen Work Study program. Work full-time in one of our departments while fulfilling requirements for certificate programs including integral leadership, sustainability, manual therapy, and personal growth.
The program culminates in an “independent project” which is a self-chosen project intended to synthesize and integrate the year's learning.
3-6 month programs in a particular discipline such as farm and garden, culinary skills, and early childhood education.
8-12 week programs for greater depth of learning for Esalen staff and extended students.
Photo credit, below: Jens Wazel