Esalen has reopened effective Monday, March 27! CalTrans is authorizing local residents and registered guests of Esalen to pass through the Road Closed sign as a “soft” closure is still in place to the north of us, while crews complete road work. A hard closure boundary, meaning no public traffic permitted, is still in effect just south of Esalen.
Please plan to arrive between 2:00pm and 5:00pm. You will need to notify the CA Highway Patrol officer at the closure barricade that you are staying at Esalen Institute. All workshops and programming will continue this week as scheduled.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we manage through these weather challenges, and look forward to welcoming you to Esalen!
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 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 four weeks. 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 $2900 for the four week program. 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. Once your application has been accepted, a non-refundable deposit of $870 will hold your space in the program.Apply Now
May 6 – June 2, 2023
Join Devarshi Steven Hartman for this deep dive into the art and science of transformative change, and discover how to build a most remarkable future. We’ll have a luxurious month together in the safe and beautiful container of Esalen to laugh deeply, relate authentically, unwind, and reset.
This four-week workshop will explore potent ways to grow toward our most noble selves. Devarshi’s yoga- and philosophy-based program offers the opportunity to view life in new ways — and to transform. We’ll explore tools for healing the past and feeling more comfortable and alive in our bodies. Through guided experiences, we’ll break free of limitations and cultivate energy to feel and experience life fully, with less fear and more joy!
Be prepared to create a loving relationship with your animal body through play and a variety of movement therapies. Be willing to try on all ranges of emotion as we wake up and turn on our ability to feel everything deeply. Be ready to listen sincerely and share with others, both one-on-one and in groups. Be open to powerful release experiences through psychodrama, breathwork, pranayama, meditation, and movement.
Devarshi has devoted his life to uncovering, studying, practicing, and teaching tools for transformation. He is respected for his gift of synthesizing traditional and modern wisdom to inspire, support, and awaken. Devarshi will help you systematically uncover the habitual, unconscious, unhelpful limiting patterns Indian philosophy calls samskaras. The art and science of yoga offer time-tested practices and remedies to overcome samskaras and achieve true freedom.
Devarshi Steven Hartman, ERYT, is the founder of the Pranotthan Yoga School and the former dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga. He is the author of two best-selling audio series, The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita and Satori – Simple Secrets to Inner Peace, produced by Nightingale-Conant.
June 3 – July 1, 2023
July 29 – August 26, 2023
September 23 – October 21, 2023