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Help us raise $450k by the end of the year.

Esalen is a place of doorways. Our staff, students, guests, and faculty have different reasons for coming to Big Sur and may be on a range of spiritual paths, but they all share one thing in common. The need to reconnect and to transform. To open the door to their highest humanity. To become the best parts of the whole. To enter where they are. We want to continue to create space for more people to come to Esalen no matter where they are on their personal journey.

Last year, Friends of Esalen helped us survive closures due to the pandemic, fires, and mudslides. We're here today because of our friends. When you become a Friend of Esalen with a donation, your contribution helps us finance our day to day operations in Big Sur — from staff to infrastructure. This year, our goal is to raise $450K and make 300 new friends so we can keep our doors open for generations to come.

Become a Friend Now

Head of Community and Advancement, Jessica Hartzell shares how Esalen changed her life.

Help us raise $450k by
the end of the year.

Esalen is a place of doorways. Our staff, students, guests, and faculty have different reasons for coming to Big Sur and may be on a range of spiritual paths, but they all share one thing in common. The need to reconnect and to transform. To open the door to their highest humanity. To become the best parts of the whole. To enter where they are. We want to continue to create space for more people to come to Esalen no matter where they are on their personal journey.

Last year, Friends of Esalen helped us survive closures due to the pandemic, fires, and mudslides. We're here today because of our friends. When you become a Friend of Esalen with a donation, your contribution helps us finance our day to day operations in Big Sur — from staff to infrastructure. This year, our goal is to raise $450K and make 300 new friends so we can keep our doors open for generations to come.

Become a Friend Now

All proceeds support Esalen's mission and are 501(c)(3) tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Giving Tuesday

Head of Community and Advancement, Jessica Hartzell, shares how Esalen changed her life.

Help us raise $450k and
make 300 new Friends
by Giving Tuesday

Esalen is a place of doorways. Our staff, students, guests, and faculty have different reasons for coming to Big Sur and may be on a range of spiritual paths, but they all share one thing in common. The need to reconnect and to transform. To open the door to their highest humanity. To become the best parts of the whole. To enter where they are. We want to continue to create space for more people to come to Esalen no matter where they are on their personal journey. Help us raise $450K and add 300 new Friends of Esalen so we can expand access to more people who want to learn and transform.

Transforming lives, past, present, and future.

Supporting Esalen supports real transformation. As a not-for-profit educational retreat center, we offer students and guests the opportunity to tap into programs that will help orient them toward their greatest human potential. Our donors support everything from our educational programming to the “living machine” that sustainably processes the wastewater from our laundry, to the digital content we create with Esalen Live! and the Voices of Esalen podcast, that allows us to share our resources far beyond the limits of Big Sur and keeps us connected even when we’re apart.

There are many ways you can contribute, including:

Friends of Esalen

Friends of Esalen members fund key, urgent projects through our general fund, which includes supporting the infrastructure that our remote Big Sur location requires as well as our staff roles both on and off campus.

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Patron Circle

For those who wish to make a gift of $5000 or more, we invite you to give in support of the specific area of our work that resonates with you. Donors for each fund are listed in the annual report, if they wish, and are invited to join an annual live conversation about the work each fund has done to support the Esalen global community.

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Esalen Bookstore

Shopping at the Esalen Bookstore both in person and online is another way to support Esalen and to give the gift of Esalen to others. Every purchase goes right back into our general fund and provides vital support to our day to day operations.

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Send a Text

Send a text to 52014 with the amount you wish to donate followed by @esalen.
For example:  $120 @esalen

Write a check

Esalen Institute
548 Market St
PMB 48853
San Francisco, CA 94104-5401 US

Workplace matching

If your company has a matching gift program, you may be able to increase the value of your gift. Please use the online form to check if your company has a matching gift program and contact your personnel department to complete the gift. Contact us at friends@esalen.org for verification requests.

Donor advised funds and wiring donations

If you have a donor advised fund, you may use DAF Direct to allocate charitable funds to Esalen directly from your DAF. Please contact friends@esalen.org for wiring instructions.

Stock

Appreciated stock is a great way to support Esalen and receive additional tax benefits. You can provide written gift instructions to your bank or broker. Please reach out to us at friends@esalen.org  to let us know when you’ve transferred stock to Esalen, or with any questions.

Please transfer the stock to Esalen Institute via DTC as follows:
Esalen Institute at Charles Schwab
Schwab Account #2489-9222
DTC Clearing 0164

Bequest, IRA, and charitable gifts

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Paypal and Venmo

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Cryptocurrency

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Workplace matching

If your company has a matching gift program, you may be able to increase the value of your gift. Please use the online form to check if your company has a matching gift program and contact your personnel department to complete the gift. Contact us at friends@esalen.org for verification requests.

Write a check

Esalen Institute
548 Market St
PMB 48853
San Francisco, CA 94104-5401 US

Donor advised funds and wiring donations

If you have a donor advised fund, you may use DAF Direct to allocate charitable funds to Esalen directly from your DAF. Please contact friends@esalen.org for wiring instructions.

Stock

Appreciated stock is a great way to support Esalen and receive additional tax benefits. You can provide written gift instructions to your bank or broker. Please reach out to us at friends@esalen.org  to let us know when you’ve transferred stock to Esalen, or with any questions.

Please transfer the stock to Esalen Institute via DTC as follows:
Esalen Institute at Charles Schwab
Schwab Account #2489-9222
DTC Clearing 0164

Bequest, IRA, and charitable gifts

Learn more

Esalen is a 501(c)(3) organization tax ID number 94-6114235 and your gift istax deductible to the extent allowable by law. View our 990 and additional information.

Friends of Esalen

Friends of Esalen members fund key, urgent projects through our general fund, which includes supporting the infrastructure that our remote Big Sur location requires as well as our staff roles both on and off campus.

JOIN NOW
Patrons Circle

Friends of Esalen members fund key, urgent projects through our general fund, which includes supporting the infrastructure that our remote Big Sur location requires as well as our staff roles both on and off campus.

LEARN MORE
Esalen Bookstore

Friends of Esalen members fund key, urgent projects through our general fund, which includes supporting the infrastructure that our remote Big Sur location requires as well as our staff roles both on and off campus.

SHOP NOW