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  • The Esalen Landscape

    The Esalen Landscape

    Esalen is a place of pilgrimage, grounded in a wildly alive environment — the spectacular, unparalleled, convergence of mountains and water that is the Big Sur coastline.

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  • The Baths

    The Baths

    Heated by the molten core of the earth and laden with minerals, the waters of Esalen’s hot springs flow at a rate of 80 gallons per minute and emerge at a temperature of 119 degrees Fahrenheit. These waters possess deeply rejuvenating properties, and the Esalen baths are a place of refuge, reverence, healing, and contemplation.

    Take a soak
  • The Farm

    The Farm

    One of the fundamentals of the agricultural practice at Esalen is the way in which we incorporate the lineage of human relational and individual process work that has been core to Esalen since its inception. Each of us has the opportunity to show up as our whole self, by choosing to share the physical, emotional, and spiritual feelings and sensations that are present for us.

    On the farm
  • The Kitchen

    The Kitchen

    The Esalen Kitchen serves delicious, healthy meals for our workshop participants and teachers as well as our residential community. Our kitchen team, many whom include residential scholars, craft each meal with mindfulness and care featuring fresh produce and herbs from the Esalen Farm and Garden.

    Nourish your body
  • Art Barn

    Art Barn

    The Art Barn was a residence for many well-known artists over the years. Today it serves as a public space for creative expression through both Esalen workshops and unscheduled free time to paint, draw and more.

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  • Community


    Community is at the heart of Esalen, and woven into everything we do and how we do it. The folks you see working on property are far more than mere employees, but heart-centered practitioners living and serving as part of our community.  As a visitor you can feel the difference.


    Meet us
  • Lodging


    Accommodations at Esalen can be rustic and are almost always shared. Couples will be housed privately. Offerings range from point houses to bunk beds and sleeping bags. Some rooms fill more quickly than others, so we recommend registering early to ensure your preference.

    Come inside
  • Conley Bookstore

    Conley Bookstore

    Named after longtime Esalen seminarian and author Chip Conley, our bookstore is just the place to find the perfect book, journal, or gift to remind you of your stay. We’re located in the Esalen Lodge adjacent to the main dining area. Feel free to stop in, browse, pick up a snack or sweatshirt, and enjoy our expanded offerings.

    Nourish your mind


Essentially Esalen


Anchored by the inspiring beauty of Big Sur and an unparalleled intellectual history, Esalen is a worldwide network of seekers who look beyond dogma to explore deeper spiritual possibilities; forge new understandings of self and society; and pioneer new paths for change.

We provide the crucible and catalyst, alongside workshop faculty whose integrity and skills embody the highest standards of practice, to unleash your human potential and discover a re-energized sense of purpose—for yourself and for the world.

Come Explore with Us


We offer a rich and varied integral learning environment devoted to cultivating deep change in self and society.


Experience twenty-seven acres of Pacific coastline paradise.


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A global network of seekers devoted to the belief that we are all capable of the extraordinary.

Campus Renewal

Join us on the journey of Renewal.