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Registration & Cancellation Policies

Registration Policies

Deposits

Since some workshops and accommodation types fill quickly, it is advisable to sign up as early as possible. In order to reserve a space in any workshop, we require full payment or the deposit amounts detailed below.

To help Esalen fulfill its mission and to lower costs, we ask all who are capable of doing so to please pay the full amount of their workshop or Personal Retreat at the time they make their reservation, rather than making a deposit. Balance of payment is due fourteen days before arrival.

Deposits are payable in U.S. currency only. Overseas residents must pay by wire, by check drawn on a U.S. bank, or by credit card. Please indicate your second choice for a workshop in case your first choice is canceled and we are unable to reach you.

Esalen Deposits Schedule
Weekend $150
5-7 Days $300
12-14 Days $400
21+ Days $600

How to Register

Online:

In most cases, workshops and accommodations can be reserved via our online reservations system. You can browse upcoming workshops by clicking here. Click on the workshop you wish to attend and select "Add to Cart" to begin the registration process.

By phone:

Dial 888-8-ESALEN (888-837-2536). Phone reservation hours are 9:00 am-5:00 pm Pacific Time, every day. The most opportune time to call is typically after 2:00 pm.

By fax or mail:

If you cannot register online or on the phone, our reservation form (in Adobe PDF format) can be used to reserve a space in Esalen workshops. If you wish to make reservations for more than one person using this form, please print a copy of the form for each registrant, unless you are registering as a couple with the same address and phone number. A non-refundable deposit for each person registering and each workshop applied for must accompany this form.

Fax the completed reservation form to 831-667-2724. All fax reservations must include credit card information and a signature. Our fax line is exclusively for reservations. No personal correspondence, please.

Mailed reservation forms and deposits are payable in U.S. currency only, and overseas residents must pay by checks drawn on U.S. banks or provide complete credit card information.

Mail completed reservation forms to:

Esalen Institute
Attn: Reservations
55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920

Reduced Rate Options and Discounts

Senior Citizen Discount: Esalen offers a special discount to individuals over 65 years of age. The discount for a weekend workshop is $25; a five-day or longer workshop is $50. Please request this discount at the time of registration. (Please note: Senior discounts are not available for the Residential Study Program.)

Accommodations for Families

Please speak directly to our reservations staff to register your children. Guests staying in Premium or Point House accommodations or two full-paying adults housed together in standard accommodations may have their children in the room for a meal fee of $25 per child per day ($10/day for children under six), or the workshop rate in the case of a family workshop.

Children may only attend workshops with their care-givers that are specifically designated as family workshops. The fee for children 10 and under is $150 for a weekend family workshop, or $300 for a 5-day family workshop. Fees for youth 11-17 enrolled in Family workshops are $420 for weekend workshops and $675 for five-day workshops. Parents/Guardians pay regular rates.

Cancellation Policies

If You Cancel a Workshop

If you cancel or change your reservation with less than 14 days notice before the start of your workshop, you will forfeit your entire deposit.

If you cancel or change your workshop reservation with at least 14 full days notice, you will pay a processing fee of $75 for a weekend workshop and $150 for a weeklong, and the rest of your deposit or full payment will be refunded to you.

If You Donated to Friends of Esalen

Donations made to the Friends of Esalen fund are non-refundable.

If You Cancel a Personal Retreat

If you cancel a personal retreat reservation with less than 14 days notice, you will forfeit the price of one night's lodging (per person) and any remaining balance will be refunded.

If you cancel your personal retreat reservation at least 14 full days before your date of arrival, a $75-per-person processing fee will be charged and the remaining balance will be refunded.

If You Have Applied for a Scholarship

If you have applied for a scholarship and we are unable to give you any assistance, we will, at your request, refund your deposit in full if you cancel your reservation at least five full days prior to the start of your workshop.

If Esalen Cancels a Workshop

Esalen Institute reserves the right to cancel any program at any time. If your workshop is canceled, we will notify you and offer you the following options:

  • You may receive a full refund.
  • Subject to availability, you may transfer into another workshop taking place in the same time period as the canceled workshop.
  • You may come to Esalen and stay for the duration of the canceled workshop to enjoy our beautiful campus, movement classes, healing hot springs and nourishing, farm-to-table meals.

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