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You Are


Effective October 29, 2021 in accordance with new guidance from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are required to wear masks in all public indoor spaces on campus if the county is still in high or substantial levels of transmission. This guidance includes people who are vaccinated. Please review our updated COVID safety guidelines.

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What is Esalen?

Esalen is a not-for-profit holistic educational center offering wild comfort and space for emergent transformation and internal exploration since 1962. Anchored by the inspiring beauty of Big Sur and an incomparable intellectual history, we are always negotiating nuance, tangling with complexity, and sitting inside contradiction. All the while, we embrace the messy, imperfect practice of moving toward our highest humanity. Enter where you are.

Coming Up
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.
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Mission
Our goals are to...

Be a leading center for exploring and realizing human potential through experience, education, and research.
 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.


Sponsor pioneering initiatives and offer personal, spiritual, and social transformation programs for residents, interns and workshop participants.

Mission
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Vision
We envision a world where...

Esalen is a major catalyst in the transformation of humankind, working with individuals and institutions to integrate body, mind, heart, spirit, and community in a nurturing relationship with the environment.


At Esalen we value...
  • Transformation

  • Connection

  • Curiosity
  • Service
  • Diversity
Vision
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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?

In addition to unparalleled access to the leading minds of the day and rejuvenating virtual gatherings, we also welcome visitors to our California estate and retreat center, which boasts natural hot springs, an organic farm and garden, serene guest suites, and more, all set on over 100 acres along the gorgeous Big Sur coastline.

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Effective October 29, 2021 in accordance with new guidance from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are required to wear masks in all public indoor spaces on campus if the county is still in high or substantial levels of transmission. This guidance includes people who are vaccinated. Please review our updated COVID safety guidelines.