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Residential Study Program

"Amazing, healing, challenging, joyful, lonely, and exciting was my journey at Esalen."
—Michael, Former Residential scholar

Thank you for your interest in Esalen’s Residential Study Program. After careful consideration, Esalen has paused this program through the end of 2020 (read the frequently asked questions). We will no longer be accepting applications. We look forward to providing an update on our offerings in 2021. Until then, we invite you to stay connected with us by subscribing to Esalen News, following us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, and returning to our website for current updates.

Expand Your Possibilities

Imagine giving yourself the gift of time to further explore your potential and expand the possibilities of what is possible for your personal growth. We all have powerful capacities for evolving consciousness through self-inquiry, reflection and relationship. When we take the time to realize and develop these capacities, we can transform our lives, communities and the world.

The Residential Study program is a 28-day immersion in Esalen’s integrative approach to personal and social transformation combined with a specific discipline focus for each month. It combines a rigorous course of study with the opportunity for deep relationship with the Esalen land and community. The Residential Study Program is a complete program in itself — please do not plan to take regularly scheduled catalog workshops during your stay.

Your residential learning experience features two components:

The study component. Cohorts meet together for a rigorous schedule of core teachings in a specific field of transformative practice such as Gestalt, meditation, massage, yoga, permaculture and many more. Residential Study program teachers are world-class leaders in their fields, and programs often include sessions with additional visiting teachers.

The service component. As a complement to coursework, each participant serves 26 hours per week in one of Esalen’s operations departments, usually housekeeping or the kitchen. Please be aware that some work can be physically challenging and may involve lifting, bending, and repetitive movements.

Program Application

This program is by application only. Please note that submitting an application is not registration in the program. Registration is allowed only after approval of your application. The Residential Study program is designed to explore and apply human values and potentials. It is not intended as a substitute for therapy or as a "cure." It is not a rehab program. We ask you not to drink or take recreational substances while in the program.

Program Fees

The fee for the 28-day Residential Study program is $2,000. A non-refundable deposit of $400 in U.S. currency is required after your acceptance into the program (checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank). You may pay in full at the time you are accepted into the program or pay the $400 deposit. Your balance will be automatically charged to your credit card 10 days before your arrival.

Cancellation Policy & Fees

If you choose to cancel, you will be charged as follows:

  • The $400 deposit after acceptance into the program is non-refundable.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours prior to the program start date, you are subject to forfeit the entire cost of the program.
  • If you arrive at Esalen and choose to leave without completing the program, there is no refund.


Housing is mulit-gender dormitory style, located on the Esalen campus.


Visit the Getting Here page for driving directions, information about nearby airports, and shuttle transportation options. Shuttle van reservations for program participants can be made by contacting the Residential Study office by email to

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