Esalen is currently closed due to the Dolan Fire. Learn more.

Esalen's Phased Reopening is Underway

For nearly 60 years, Esalen has welcomed guests to the picturesque Big Sur coastline to explore their potential. During these trying times, although our operations will look and feel different, our mission will continue to be the same: to explore and realize human potential through experience, education and research. Delivering on that mission has never been more vital to us and the safety and protection of our guests, faculty and staff is of utmost importance as we all move forward together.

Over the past few months, we have worked meticulously to ensure the health and well-being of our guests. “Our primary concern is the safety and protection of our students, guests, faculty and staff, and we will take all measures to create a healthy environment to find healing and peace,” says Terry Gilbey, General Manager and CEO of Esalen. “We are focused on implementing the latest cleanliness protocols to ensure guests can experience the deeply transformative power of this place.”

To that end, Esalen is closely working with Monterey County officials and monitoring government policy changes, both on a national and local level. We are following the information and guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of California and Monterey County.

As a result, we strive to preserve and enhance the Esalen guest experience by reopening in a special way. This will be a time of calm, far fewer people, private baths overlooking the glorious Pacific Ocean and open grounds to safely enjoy walks, picnics, all manner of games, exercise and relaxation—and the sublime sunsets. We look forward to welcoming you to an even calmer, more relaxed environment for a unique time to disconnect—and to reconnect with yourself and nature.

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