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Esalen is a holistic educational institute offering comfort and space for emergent transformation and internal exploration within the wild of Big Sur’s majestic mountainscape and glittering coastline. The non profit was established in 1962, operating as a refuge for exploration while taking risks and healing vulnerabilities.

Anchored by the inspiring beauty of Mother Nature and an incomparable intellectual history, Esalen is a place to negotiate nuance, tangle with complexity, and sit inside contradiction. Here, we embrace the messy, imperfect practice of moving toward our highest humanity.

The Garden overlooks the main lawn, a popular gathering spot.
Accommodations at Esalen are rustic.
Esalen's hot springs, aka the Baths, are perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Esalen's Farm & Garden grows organic produce year-round.
The Pacific ocean at sunset makes for a dramatic view from two of the large, communal tubs at the Esalen Baths.
Esalen's Meditation Hut is available 24 hours for silent contemplation.
Yoga workshop participants in seated meditation.
The deck outside the Huxley meeting room at sunset.
A Teacher in Residence leads a socially-distanced class on the Oval.

To explore transformation and experience healing is to enjoy unparalleled access to leading minds of the day, both on campus and virtually. It would make sense to say something about workshops and who those leading minds are.

We welcome visitors with reservations to our California campus and retreat center, which boasts cliffside natural hot springs, an organic farm and garden, serene, rustic guest suites, and more, all set on over 100 acres along the gorgeous Big Sur coastline.

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What is Esalen?

Esalen is a not-for-profit holistic educational center offering wild comfort and space for emergent transformation and internal exploration since 1962. Anchored by the inspiring beauty of Big Sur and an incomparable intellectual history, we are always negotiating nuance, tangling with complexity, and sitting inside contradiction. All the while, we embrace the messy, imperfect practice of moving toward our highest humanity. Enter where you are.

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Join us for a free webinar on May 10:
Tap Into Your Unshakeable Trust with Alchemic Yoga Practices

Learn more