The past few years haven’t been easy. Maybe you’re feeling stuck within the discomforts of wanting a change. Maybe you’re unsure how to take those first steps to kick off your life’s next chapter, or you’re simply seeking something different with cool seasonal plans. Perhaps you’re going through a breakup or divorce. Maybe you have between-job and/or post-retirement curiosities to explore within the majestic microcosm that is Esalen Institute.
If you’re hungry for some personal and professional growth, Esalen can be a transformative start toward change. 55000 Highway 1 is a place for healing and exploring. Our visiting niche faculty-led LEEP and our Esalen-cultivated Essence of Esalen and Esalen Environmental Stewardship programs create space for individuals to absorb these treasured opportunities as part of a cohort, serving and learning new skills together in community. In a time when we have less control over life’s current distracting and complicated details, a break and escape can be a welcomed chance to let go and create the spaciousness necessary for lasting transformation.
Our Key Pillars:
THE STUDY COMPONENT
Engage in a thematic rigorous course of study, over the span of either two weeks or four weeks, depending on the program. Daily deep dives led by world-class faculty members allow you to learn heartfully about the essential teachings and practices of Esalen. Areas of study may include Gestalt practices, massage, somatics, yoga, leadership, and more.
Areas of study may include Gestalt practices, massage, somatics, yoga, leadership, and more.
THE SERVICE COMPONENT
As the community-driven connective tissue to your studies into body and mind, you will be required to dedicate service hours each week in one of Esalen’s operational departments. The campus is rugged and students should anticipate robust physical activity. Areas of service are assigned, and projects are currently focused on beatification endeavors throughout our 120 acres. Other hours may involve work in the kitchen or housekeeping aka CABinS (Conscious Aware Beings in Service).
Esalen provides dorm-style, gender-inclusive housing, with four LEEP students to one room. Both staff and students live in close contact with one another. With approximately 100 guests visiting every week, privacy is at a minimum.
Esalen is located on 120 acres within a very rural, rugged environment along the central California coast with no nearby shopping or services. The closest major town is Monterey, which is approximately one hour away by car. Accommodations vary and in some housing situations involve climbing several dozen stairs.
Live Extended Education Program tuition is $1600 for two-week programs, and $2900 for four-week programs. Tuition includes housing, meals, full access to the property inclusive of the hot springs baths, and your workshop. Scholarship is available for those who demonstrate financial need.
A non-refundable $20 fee is collected when you apply, and will be applied to your deposit if you are accepted. Upon acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of $480 holds your space in a two-week program, and $870 holds your space in a four-week program.Apply Now
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April 6–19, 2024
Land and water are both sacred and foundational to Esalen. Deepening our knowledge of these natural treasures is crucial to protecting the planet. We are planting seeds for new opportunities to strengthen connection and understanding of the world around us through hands-on experiences that can be applied into daily life, working towards solutions.
Join the Esalen community for a two-week exploration that grounds the mind, body, heart, and spirit through connecting with nature. This eco-journey illuminates the importance of living harmoniously and in an intentional way. We are the caretakers of this Earth and we are responsible for its survival.
This immersion focuses time on and in Esalen’s Farm & Garden. Be prepared to get your hands dirty learning sustainable farming practices throughout the two weeks. We will also broaden our discussions to encompass other environmentally important topics such as climate, environmental justice and watershed conservation.
Classes will be led by the Esalen resident faculty in addition to visiting teachers to support the cultivation of sustainable daily practices.
Together, we’ll dig into:
Ensuring the world’s and humanity’s survival is our responsibility as Earthly citizens. Become a part of the Esalen community and discover the power and beauty of Mother Nature while experiencing transformation through service!
March 9 – April 5, 2024
April 6–19, 2024
April 20 – May 3, 2024
May 4–31, 2024
June 1–28, 2024
July 27 – August 23, 2024