Amazing, healing, challenging, joyful, lonely, and exciting was my journey at Esalen.
Michael, work scholar 2011
Transformative Learning: Work 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 Work 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 Work Study Program begins on 4 pm of the first Sunday to 7:30 pm of the final Sunday. The Work Study Program is a complete program in itself — please do not plan to take regularly scheduled catalog workshops during your stay.
Work 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.
Work 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 work scholar volunteers 24 hours per week in one of Esalen’s operations departments, usually housekeeping or the kitchen.
This program focuses on core teachings and provides a rigorous schedule of classes.
- Cohorts meet together for core teachings
- Work scholars complement their course of study with volunteering in select departments
Housing is co-ed dorm style housing on property.
Housing and meals are included with your work study fee of $1,500. Applicants must be prepared to make a deposit of $400 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 work-study participants can be made by contacting the Work-Study office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staying Longer than 28 Days
It is often possible to stay for a second 28-day program after you complete your first Work Study program.
- Click here to learn how to apply and to download an application.
- Click here to see a listing of all the upcoming Work Study programs.