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Esalen is a holistic educational institute offering comfort and space for emergent transformation and internal exploration within the wild of Big Sur’s majestic mountainscape and glittering coastline. The non profit was established in 1962, operating as a refuge for exploration while taking risks and healing vulnerabilities.

Anchored by the inspiring beauty of Mother Nature and an incomparable intellectual history, Esalen is a place to negotiate nuance, tangle with complexity, and sit inside contradiction. Here, we embrace the messy, imperfect practice of moving toward our highest humanity.

Esalen aims to be a leading center for exploring and realizing human potential through experience, education, and research.
 We work toward the realization of a more just, creative, and sustainable world, seeking answers to questions unlikely to be explored by traditional universities and religions.

Esalen sponsors pioneering initiatives and offers personal, spiritual, and social transformation programs for residents, interns, and workshop participants.

We envision a world where Esalen is a major catalyst in the transformation of humankind. Through our work with individuals and institutions, our programming is destined to integrate body, mind, heart, spirit, and community in a nurturing relationship with the environment.


At Esalen we encourage and promote transformation, connection, curiosity, service, and diversity.

To explore transformation and experience healing is to enjoy unparalleled access to leading minds of the day, both on campus and virtually. We welcome visitors with reservations to our California campus and retreat center, which boasts cliffside natural hot springs, an organic farm and garden, serene, rustic guest suites, and more, all set on over 100 acres along the gorgeous Big Sur coastline.

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Esalen Gallery
The Garden overlooks the main lawn, a popular gathering spot.
Accommodations at Esalen are rustic.
Esalen's hot springs, aka the Baths, are perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Esalen's Farm & Garden grows organic produce year-round.
The Pacific ocean at sunset makes for a dramatic view from two of the large, communal tubs at the Esalen Baths.
Esalen's Meditation Hut is available 24 hours for silent contemplation.
Yoga workshop participants in seated meditation.
The deck outside the Huxley meeting room at sunset.
A Teacher in Residence leads a socially-distanced class on the Oval.
Voices of Esalen Podcast

Interviews with teachers and thinkers from the Esalen universe including Cheryl Strayed and Michael Pollan, innovators Stan Grof and Dr. Mark Hyman, Esalen co-founder Michael Murphy, and many more!

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Esalen Live!

Twice weekly interviews with Esalen faculty and change agents about timely topics — coping with the pandemic, perspectives on racial justice, and overall well-being.

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The Esalen Journal

The Esalen Journal is our blog, with posts encompassing everything from inspiring conversations with cultural luminaries and Esalen instructors to timely news announcements, book recommendations, and soul-nurturing recipes.

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Why Esalen?

To explore transformation and experience healing is to enjoy unparalleled access to leading minds of the day, both on campus and virtually. We welcome visitors to our California estate and retreat center, which boasts cliffside natural hot springs, an organic farm and garden, serene, rustic guest suites, and more, all set on over 100 acres along the gorgeous Big Sur coastline.

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Join us for a free webinar on May 10:
Tap Into Your Unshakeable Trust with Alchemic Yoga Practices

Learn more

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