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Scholarships & Financial Aid

A vital part of Esalen's mission is to help those seeking to acquire skills and knowledge to transform their lives and the world at large.

Our scholarship funds are limited, so awards will be made to those who will take what they have learned back to their homes, workplaces and communities.

Although personal growth is an essential step towards social transformation, almost all of our workshop scholarships are reserved for individuals who will use the information they gain to impact social change.

Limited financial assistance may be possible for applicants who plan to participate in qualifying workshops. Below is a list of qualifying workshops for December 2017– June 2018.

Scholarship inquiries for workshops may be directed to scholarships@esalen.org. If you are applying a massage certification course, please complete an application for the course prior to submitting your scholarship application. For more information ant to apply click here.

For Residential Education Program (formally known as Work Study Program) scholarship requests, please email workstudy@esalen.org

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Qualifying Workshops*

December 3-22, 2017                                                                                                                                           100-Hour Esalen Massage Certification Program

January 5-7, 2018                                                                                                                                                The Art of Connection: 7 Relationship-Building Skills Every Leader Needs

January 7-12, 2018
Overcoming Addictive Thinking and Behavior: A Path to Inner Freedom

January 26 – March 9, 2018
250-hour Esalen® Massage Certification Program

January 26-28, 2018
WisdomWomen Visionary Gathering

February 2-4, 2018
Renewal for Sober Moms
Digital Detox: Unplug and Reimagine Your Life
Psychedelic Medicines and the Mind

February 4-9, 2018
Trauma, Memory and the Restoration of One’s Self
The I in the Storm: Bringing Self Leadership to Everyday Life

February 9-11, 2018
Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy: A Training for Health Professionals

February 11-16, 2018
Women's Sexual Stories: Healing the Wounds, Celebrating the Joy

February 25-March 2, 2018
Relational Gestalt Practice: The Transformative Power of Emotion

March 2-4, 2018
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

March 4-9, 2018
Heart of Awareness: Joining Embodiment and Meditation, Discovering Healing and Compassion

March 9-11, 2018
Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life

March 18-23, 2018
Shakti Leadership: Leverage Feminine and Masculine Power for Conscious Capitalism
Open Your Heart, Develop Your Mind, Awaken Your Spirit

March 23-25, 2018
Grace Under Pressure: Sacred Feminine Wisdom for Thriving and Staying Strong

March 25-30, 2018
Unstuck: Play Bigger, Play Bolder

March 30-April 1, 2018
Awakening Joy for Families

April 15-20, 2018
Mind, Mood and Food: Optimal Nutrition for Body and Brain

April 20-22, 2018
What’s Next: Reviewing and Revisioning Our Lives

April 22-27, 2018
The Bregman Leadership Coach Training

April 29-May 4, 2018
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Cultivating Psychological Wellness

May 6-11, 2018
Embodied Love and Lovemaking: A Full-Spectrum Gestalt Training in Relational Sex Therapy

May 11-13, 2018
Surrendered Leadership Circling: Self-Realization through Relationship
How We Change and Why We Don't: The Art and Science of Transformation

May 13-18, 2018
EMDR Basic Training: Part 3 – Advanced Clinical Workshop and Refresher Course

May 20-25, 2018
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Tools

May 27-June 1, 2018
Healing the Divide: Men, Women and Spiritual Reconciliation

June 1-3, 2018
Mindful Communication: Truth Without Blame

June 22-24, 2018
Changes and Transitions in Your 30s and 40s: How to Stay True to Yourself

*Workshops other than those listed here may qualify. Please tell us, in your application’s personal essay section how and why the impact of participating in your requested workshop would effect social change. Applicant must also meet other criteria.

Work Exchange

Esalen occasionally offers financial assistance to workshop participants in exchange for a work commitment in the kitchen or lodging departments.

  • 5 day workshop - reduced fee of $100 for 8 hours of work 
  • Weekend workshop - reduced fee of $50 for 4 hours of work.

Please request work exchange when making your reservation. Approved work exchange recipients will receive their work schedule upon arrival. We allow one work exchange opportunity per person per year.

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