Scholarships & Financial Aid

A vital part of Esalen's mission is to help those seeking to acquire skills and knowledge to transform their lives and the world at large.

Our scholarship funds are limited, so awards will be made to those who will take what they have learned back to their homes, workplaces and communities.

Although personal growth is an essential step towards social transformation, almost all of our workshop scholarships are reserved for individuals who will use the information they gain to impact social change.

Workshop scholarship awards for 2015 are closed.

Limited assistance may be possible for applicants taking one of the following programs in 2016:

  1. Leadership as a Path to Awakening — January 17 - 22, 2016
  2. WisdomWomen Visionary Gathering — January 29 - 31, 2016
  3. Science and Spirituality: The Missing Link — March 4 - 6, 2016
  4. Falling in Love with Where You Are: Finding the Mindful Calm in the Midst of Life's Storm — April 3 - 8 2016
  5. Esalen Inspirational Film Festival: Films that Empower and Enrich the Human Spirit — April 10 - 15, 2016
  6. Come Alive in Your 9 to 5: Building a Meaningful Career in Your Twenties — June 24 - 26, 2016

Please note the application deadlines listed in the application form.

Workshop scholarship inquiries may be directed to scholarships@esalen.org.

Download the workshop scholarship application  (PDF format)

Work Exchange

Esalen occasionally offers financial assistance to workshop participants in exchange for a work commitment in the kitchen or cabins (housekeeping).

  • 5 day workshop - reduced fee of $100 for 8 hours of work 
  • Weekend workshop - reduced fee of $50 for 4 hours of work.

Please request work exchange when making your reservation. Approved work exchange recipients will receive their work schedule upon arrival. We allow one work exchange opportunity per person per year.

Other Scholarships

In addition to workshop scholarships, we offer scholarships for our Massage and Bodywork program, Farm & Garden, Work Study Program, and Gazebo Park School. Each of these scholarship types are separately administered by their respective departments.

Scholarships and Financial Aid


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