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Residential Study

Amazing, healing, challenging, joyful, lonely, and exciting was my journey at Esalen.
Michael, Former Residential scholar

Transformative Learning:
Residential Study at Esalen

Live, Work, Seek, Practice, Lead.

We all have powerful capacities for evolving consciousness through self-inquiry, reflection, and relationship. When we take the time to realize and develop these capacities, we can transform our lives, communities, and the world.

The Residential Study program is a 28-day immersion in Esalen’s integrative approach to personal and social transformation. It combines a rigorous course of study with the opportunity for deep relationship with the Esalen land and community. Participants must apply and be selected for the program.

Commitment to the Residential Study Program begins on 4 pm of the first Sunday to 7:30 pm of the final Sunday. The Residential Study Program is a complete program in itself — please do not plan to take regularly scheduled catalog workshops during your stay.


Residential Study is an extraordinary way to embody the idea that mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and social dimensions of the self are inextricably connected.  

The study component. Each program includes coursework in a specific field of transformative practice. Subject areas include Gestalt, massage, yoga, permaculture, and many more.

Residential Study program teachers are world-class leaders in their fields, and programs often include sessions with additional visiting teachers.

The work component. As a complement to this work, each participants volunteers 26 hours per week in one of Esalen’s operations departments, usually housekeeping or the kitchen. 

Residential Study

This program focuses on core teachings and provides a rigorous schedule of classes.

  • Cohorts meet together for core teachings 
  • Participants complement their course of study with volunteering in select departments


Housing is mulit-gender dorm style housing on property.  


Housing and meals are included with your work study fee of $2,000. Once applicants have been accepted into the program, a non-refundable deposit of $400 is required to hold their space in the program.


When making travel plans, note that the closest airport to Esalen is in Monterey. With at least 48-hour advance reservations, van service to Esalen is available from San Francisco International Airport (SFO), San Jose International Airport (SJC) and Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY). Please click here for shuttle schedule and pricing. Van reservations for program participants can be made by contacting the Residential Study office at

Month-long Esalen Residential Study Program


We offer a rich and varied integral learning environment devoted to cultivating deep change in self and society.


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