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Registration, Payment and Cancellation Policies

The following applies to 2019 reservations booked after October 29, 2018.

View policies for 2018 reservations and 2019 reservations booked before October 29, 2018.

Registrations

How to Register

Online: click here.

By phone: Dial 888-8-ESALEN (888-837-2536). Phone reservation hours are 9:00 am-5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time, every day.

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.

  • For online reservations: please select the Optional Item “Senior Discount” to receive your discount and select the check box noting Senior in your personal information.
  • If calling Esalen Guest Services: please ask our staff about this discount at the time of registration.

Accommodations for Families

Please speak directly to our Guest Services 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 applicable workshop rate in the case of a family workshop.

Children may only attend workshops designed for families and with their caregiver. Please see the individual family programs for pricing.

Payments

Deposits for Workshops and A Time to Reflect

To reserve your space, we require a minimum deposit of 30% of the total reservation balance.

Final Payment

The full payment of your total balance is due 10 days before your arrival date and is automatically charged to your credit card. You will receive an email confirming the final payment.

If we encounter issues processing your credit card, we will email you a link to make your final payment. If the final payment is not made within 48 hours of the notification, your reservation will be cancelled and your entire deposit will be forfeited.

Payment for Personal Retreat

To reserve a personal retreat, full payment is required at the time of booking and is non-refundable.

Payment for Healing Arts Sessions

To reserve a massage or other healing arts session, full payment is required at the time of booking.

Payment Type Options

All fees are payable in U.S. currency only. Overseas residents can pay by credit card, by wire, or with a check drawn on a U.S. bank.

Workshop Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be made directly with a Guest Services staff member. Please call 888-837-2536 to make a cancellation.

A cancellation fee applies to all workshop reservations.

  • If you change or cancel your reservation more than 14 days before your arrival date, you will be charged a processing fee of half the deposit. Any remaining amount will be refunded to you.
  • If you change or cancel your reservation more than seven but less than 14 days before your arrival date, you will forfeit your entire deposit (30% of your reservation).
  • Changes or cancellations made less than seven days before your arrival date are subject to forfeit the entire cost of the reservation (deposit and final payment).

Other Cancellation Policies

Personal Retreat Cancellation

Personal retreat is non-refundable.

Massage Session Cancellation

Please visit Esalen Healing Arts to see the cancellation policy for massages.

If Esalen Cancels a Workshop

Esalen 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, experiential classes, healing hot springs and nourishing, farm-to-table meals.

If You Have Applied for a Scholarship

If you have applied for a scholarship and did not receive one, Esalen 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 You Donated to Friends of Esalen

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

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