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Esalen is a holistic retreat and educational institute. Established in 1962 and considered the epicenter of the Human Potential Movement, we are a non-profit offering comfort and space for exploration, transformation, and healing within the wilds of Big Sur’s majestic mountainscape and glittering coastline.

Our curiosity and research explores new ideas around creativity and the brain, body work, spirituality, leadership, Gestalt, plant medicine, citizen diplomacy, superhumanism, the survival of bodily death, Extraterrestrial intelligence, and more. Learn more about our story, mission, and vision.

We welcome visitors with advance reservations for workshops and massages to our California campus. This 100-acre stretch of Mother Nature boasts cliffside natural hot springs, an organic farm and garden, serene, rustic guest suites, and more.

Scholarships are available to make the healing and transformational magic of Esalen more easily accessible to a more diverse community of brains, hearts and souls.

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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.
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.

To explore transformation and experience healing is to enjoy unparalleled access to leading brains and hearts, both on our Big Sur campus and virtually worldwide.

Anchored by the inspiring beauty of this sacred land and an incomparable intellectual and social 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.

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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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