Effective October 29, 2021 in accordance with new guidance from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are required to wear masks in all public indoor spaces on campus if the county is still in high or substantial levels of transmission. This guidance includes people who are vaccinated. Please review our updated COVID safety guidelines.

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We believe that a diverse mix of perspectives and experiences makes Esalen a more enriching experience for all involved. Our scholarship program, funded through the generosity of donors, lets us make Esalen accessible to anyone seeking to deepen their purpose, regardless of finances. Money should never stand in the way of human potential.

Esalen scholarships provide financial support for our public weekend programs. Awards range from 25 to 90 percent of the cost of tuition and accommodations.

For Massage Certification scholarship information, see the certification program application.

Scholarship recipient criteria
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old and demonstrate financial need.

  • Applications must be received at least 60 days prior to program start date. Applicants will be notified of acceptance at least six weeks prior to program start date.

  • Applications must include fiscal documentation as well as a personal essay outlining your intentions in participating in an Esalen program.

Scholarship review process

All scholarship applications will be reviewed by the Esalen Scholarship Committee. The committee’s mission is to increase accessibility to Esalen, regardless of financial capacity, and support individuals seeking to step into their potential.

Please email scholarships@esalen.org with any additional questions, and allow five business days for a response.

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