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A variety of accommodation options is possible with workshop registration. Since some of these fill more quickly than others, it is advisable to sign up as early as possible.

Standard Rooms accommodate either two or three people. If you are booking as a single participant, you will be housed with others of the same gender. Couples or friends booking standard accommodations together will be housed privately, without a stranger in the room. Most of our standard accommodations have an in-room bathroom with shower, although in a few cases there is a shared bathroom in the hall. Most beds are either double or twin-size, with very few queen-size beds available. You may request a particular bed configuration or location on property, and we do our best to honor these requests but cannot guarantee that your preferences can be accommodated. Towels, bath soap and bed linens are provided, though you will need to make your bed upon arrival. There are no hair dryers or other toiletries in the rooms, but most necessities can be purchased in the bookstore. Single housing in a standard room (i.e. a private standard) may be requested at the time of workshop reservation, but is not guaranteed unless confirmed by the reservations office. Often this does not occur until 5 days before the start of a workshop, so please be prepared to share the room in the event we cannot confirm the private standard. If available, the cost for a single standard accommodation is an additional $150 per night.

Esalen Premium Room Bathroom

Premium Rooms offer greater privacy, upgraded bathrooms, enhanced sound and climate insulation, and in-floor heating. You can request either ocean views or internet (ethernet cable), and we do our best to honor these requests, although not all rooms offer both. Please call 888-837-2536 for details about premium room accommodations and availability.

Point Houses are private suites nestled behind the Esalen Garden and perched at the cliff's edge with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Each of the three Point Houses offers a living room with wood stove, a master bedroom, a sleeping loft with double-size mattress, full kitchen and dining area, private redwood deck overlooking the Pacific with outdoor clawfoot tub, Internet connections, and in-room telephone. Please call 888-837-2536 for details about Point House accommodations and availability.

Bunk Bed accommodations are available to participants willing to share a room and bathroom with four to six people of the same gender. Bath towels and bed linens are provided, although you will need to make your bed upon arrival. There are no hair dryers or other toiletries in the rooms, but most necessities can be purchased in the bookstore.

Off-site Accommodations: If you are staying outside Esalen, meals and unlimited use of the property’s facilities are included while you are registered for your workshop. A helpful guide to lodging in Big Sur can be found here:

Sleeping bags: Certain meeting rooms are used as shared sleeping bag space and may be available for workshop participants with limited financial means. There is a 7-day limit on sleeping bag stays. Should you choose sleeping bag accommodations, you are responsible for your own sleeping bag, blankets, pads, pillows, etc. Esalen provides towels and face cloths. Some rooms do not include a shower, though shower facilities are available at the baths. The room is inaccessible as personal space between 9am and 11pm. During these hours the meeting room is a public space where Esalen activities, scheduled and unscheduled, take place. Access to the room is not permitted while these activities are in process. Sleeping bag accommodations are coed, and several people may share a relatively small space. You may want to bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper or bothered by the sleep sounds of others.

All camping or sleeping on the grounds, either in tents, campers, or vehicles of any type is strictly prohibited. We do not have parking space to accommodate RVs.

Click here for all-inclusive workshop pricing for the various accommodation types.

Accommodation Types at Esalen Institute--from sleeping bag to premium rooms


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