Apprentices are expected to work a total of 145 hours per month in the direct support of the Farm and Garden staff and/or programs, which averages to about 36 hours per week (hours vary week to week but are formally blocked — the relevant schedule will be provided upon arrival). An apprentice workday is from 7:00 AM to 1:15 PM with a 35-minute breakfast break around 9:15 AM. The apprentice is responsible for meeting this commitment five days per week.
To round out their work commitment, apprentices are expected to participate in weekly processing sessions (6 hours per month), weekend duties once per month (8 hours per month), apprentice educational sessions (8 hours per month), independent study/development (7.5 hours per month) and hands-on working and training in the afternoons with F&G staff (6 hours per month). A calendar and schedule will be provided upon arrival, and at the beginning of each month.
Esalen provides accommodations for all apprentice positions, which are generally shared double rooms. No pets are permitted. Use of the site and facilities — including hot springs, gym and movement classes — is included. The entire community and those attending workshops share all meals in our main lodge, which serves healthy and, when possible, local and organic, meals three times a day.
In addition to work, apprentices pay room and Board fees of $450/month. Six-month apprentices are responsible for paying $2,700 for their apprenticeship, which can be paid in lump sum or in monthly payments of $450. It is important to note that the Esalen Institute operates on a 28-day/month calendar. Terms on this page such as 6 month refer to Esalen's cycle and not calendar months.
In your free time, you can take advantage of the facilities and opportunities that exist at Esalen in our Residential Education program and workshops that don't conflict with the apprenticeship schedule and as space permits. Apprentices are also eligible for scholarships, discounts, and specific privileges that exist for this type of residency at Esalen.