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Apply for Esalen® Massage Certification

Esalen Massage Certification Process & Forms

Thank you for your interest in immersing yourself in the 50 year tradition of Esalen Massage. At this time, we are not planning to offer a 28 day training. We are varying the formats of our trainings to better serve our students and the massage community.

Program Dates

We are now offering a 100 hour massage training from November 30 - December 16, 2018 for those who already have a massage certification from another school and wish to obtain an Esalen certification. This allows graduates to call themselves an Esalen Massage Practitioner.

The next 250 Hour Esalen Massage Certification Program will be held February 8 - March 22, 2019.

Program Cost

Cost for the 100 hour training is $3690 in shared bunk bed* accommodations and $5110 in standard shared accommodations.

Cost for the 250 hour training is $8010 in shared bunk bed* accommodations $11,100 in standard shared accommodations.

* Please note that bunk bed accommodation is considered a scholarship price and requires completion of a scholarship application.

A $600 deposit will be required to complete the registration process if you are accepted into the program.

The costs above include meals, accommodation and the training.

Additional fees may be required for:

  • Course materials
  • State approved Certificate of Completion for those students who meet the requirements 

Application Forms

  • An application for the 100 hour training program will be posted here shortly.
  • We are not currently accepting applications for the 250 hour program.

Completing Your Applications

You can complete the application form/s with your computer word processing program, then print and return (preferable), or print the form/s first and write in the required information. We do not currently offer an online application process.

Returning Your Applications

Be prepared to put a $600 refundable deposit toward your reservation. If you are accepted, you will receive a letter of confirmation. At that time, your $600 deposit and payment information will be needed to complete the registration process. If you are mailing a check, please do so when you apply.

100 Hour applicants, please note that your application must include A COPY OF YOUR CURRENT MASSAGE CERTIFICATION FROM AN ACCREDITED SCHOOL.

You may return the completed application by:

  • Email: (please type "250 Hour Massage" or "100 Hour Massage" in the subject, depending on the program you are applying for); or
  • Mail: Esalen Institute 55000 Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA 93920 
  • Fax: 831-667-2724.

For further registration information, please e-mail Application is through the liaison only. The Esalen reservations office does not process massage certification program applications.

Scholarship assistance may be available, however, scholarship funds are limited. To apply for scholarship you will need to complete the certification program application form below in addition to the scholarship application found here.

Other Esalen Massage Trainings and Workshops

In addition the the certification programs, Esalen offers many excellent 2-day and 5-day massage workshops at the institute. Massage continuing education units are offered for these workshops. Please check our website to find other massage workshops and book online or call the Esalen reservations office at 888-837-2536.
You may additionally wish to check Esalen's website for Esalen massage trainings
outside of Esalen at Contact the
appropriate center listed on the website for registration.




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