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Art Center

The Art Center, commonly known as the Art Barn, is a two-story structure with a covered patio on the ocean cliffs next to the Leonard Pavilion and the Farm. It has served as the residence for many artists over the years as well as being the birthplace for latent creativity and the source of many stories.

The Barn’s history as an Art Center began in 1986 under the direction of Gary Politzer, an artist from Oakland. In May 2012, the Art Barn hosted young artists from Vladivostok and San Francisco involved in Esalen’s ongoing citizen diplomacy efforts with Russia.


The Art Barn serves as a venue for a broad spectrum of workshops including: painting, drawing, ceramics, metal working, wood turning, stone carving, and textile arts.

See all of our upcoming art workshops.


When not reserved as a venue for workshops or other events, the Art Barn is available for use as an open studio space. The Barn has a variety of arts and craft supplies: paint, brushes, paper, drawing materials, collage materials, and a miscellany of craft materials and tools. Feel free to bring your own art supplies and enjoy!


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