Offering

Highway 1 south of Esalen is now open. Join us this fall for A Time to Reflect.

Hosting a Conference

Due to a full schedule of workshops, Esalen will not be scheduling any private conferences until further notice. Please check this page for updates or inquire by email to programs@esalen.org. Thank you!

 

Hosting Your Own Event or Conference at EsalenEsalen Institute is a leading center for integrative education, soulful exploration, and personal and social evolution. Its extraordinary mission and spectacular location make it the perfect place to hold your independent conference, staff retreat, or training session.

Located in Big Sur, off of California’s famous Highway 1, Esalen’s twenty-seven acres include expansive ocean views, pristine nature to explore, a rocky beach, and of course our renowned geothermal hot springs. Our facilities include a variety of accommodations, dining lodge, and meeting rooms including Huxley (seating up to 160 people), and a variety of smaller meeting spaces for groups from 8 to 50 people.

Group conferences held on property must be related to our mission and vision of personal and social transformation, i.e., no tradeshows, weddings, etc.

Conference Rates are All-Inclusive
Schedule your two-, five-, or seven-day conference with us, and in addition to accommodations and meeting room space, enjoy three organic, lovingly-prepared meals per day and use of the entire Esalen grounds, including:

More Esalen highlights available to conference participants

  • Experiential programs presented by Esalen Workshop Leaders and Guest teachers, including weekly Wednesday Evening Programs
  • Esalen’s organic flower, herb, and vegetable farm and garden (volunteer opportunities available)
  • Bookstore and Gift Shop
  • Heated Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Free Internet Access (in limited locations)
  • Open Studios in the Esalen Art Center, when available
  • Meditation Round House, Accessible 24 hours/day
  • 27 Acres of Lovely Grounds to Explore
  • Local Big Sur Attractions Including: National Parks, Galleries, and Restaurants

Schedule Your Conference 
Esalen offers its facilities to mission-aligned organizations for conferences or group retreats. To apply, please send an email to scheduling@esalen.org that includes the conference title, brief description, desired dates, number of participants, and audio-visual or other facilities needs.

Conferences begin and end on either Fridays or Sundays, to match our other program schedules. Normally, your meeting space is available after 4:30 pm on the first day of your conference, and available until 11:30 am on the last day. If you reserve the entire Esalen property, you may be able to access meeting rooms before 4:30 on the first day.

Standard Conference Rates (all-inclusive)

Accommodations 2-Day 5-Day
Standard (2-3 per room) $735 $1,190
Premium Single $1,395 $2,610
Premium Couple / 2 people $2,090 $3,870
Point House Single $1,915 $3,885
Point House Couple / 2 people $2,670 $5,165
Bunk Bed (4 - 6 per room) $495 $800
Sleeping Bag (4+ per room) $310 $455

Meeting Rooms and Facilities Support

All meeting rooms have pillows and floor-seated back supports (back-jacks). Chairs and tables are available upon request. Esalen can provide basic audio-visual equipment and support as long as your requirements are communicated well in advance of your conference.

Esalen Meeting Rooms
Meeting Room Shape Dimensions (ft.) Size (sq.ft) Max Occupancy (seated) Max Occ. (movement**)
Murphy House Rectangular 28' x 18'  504 34 22 / 15 / 20
Big Yurt Circular 30' diameter 750 36 24 / 26 / 22
Rooftop Room Rectangular 36' x 24' 864 80 / 40 * 40 / 36 / 24
Huxley Rectangular 52' x 32' 1,664 160 / 90 * 80 / 72 / 48
Leonard Pavilion Circular   1,900 140 / 100 * 80 / 65 / 40

* occupancy maximums for floor seating with chairs / backjacks & pillows

** occupancy maximums for Dance / Yoga or Big Movement / Massage table work

Accommodations and Amenities

Esalen can accomodate up to 120 participants with the following housing options:

  • 82 standard beds (2 - 3 beds in a shared room)
  • 19 premium rooms, single or double occupancy
  • 5 premium point houses that accommodate up to 3 people
  • 32 bunk beds
  • up to 12 sleeping bag spaces

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