Arrival and Departure
You are welcome to arrive at Esalen any time after 2:00 p.m. on the day your stay begins. You may pick up your room key at the Gate or in our Lodge at the front desk after 3:00 p.m. On your departure day, we ask that you remove all belongings from your room prior to your final workshop session or by 10:00 a.m. You are welcome to stay for lunch or brunch and remain on the Esalen property until 2:00 p.m.
Workshop Meeting Hours
While there are some exceptions, workshops typically meet on the first evening from 8:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and on the last day from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., with about six hours of class time scheduled over multiple sessions on the intervening days. Our weekend workshops generally consist of 10 hours of class time, while five-day workshops usually offer 26 hours.
A detailed schedule of all workshop sessions will be available upon arrival for the workshop, or may be posted in advance on the workshop description page on our website. Use the Workshop Finder to locate your workshop, or look for the link in the pre-arrival email that we send about three weeks before your stay begins.
If it's your first time at Esalen, or if it's been a while since your last visit, we welcome you to attend an orientation presentation held on Friday and Sunday evenings. Inquire when you arrive as to the specific time and location.
All meals are provided in the Esalen Lodge and are included as part of your stay with us. You are welcome to stay for lunch or brunch on the day of your departure. We also offer a 24-hour tea and bread bar for snacks between meals.
- Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
- Lunch: 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. (on Fridays and Sundays, service begins at 12:15 p.m.)
- Dinner: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
We are pleased to offer fresh-pressed juice, nut milk, espresso and a small selection of wine, saki and beer at our McQuowns’ Bar located in the Esalen Lodge. The bar is open from 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and again from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. We accept cash, credit card and Apple Pay for your convenience.