An Invitation
to Explore

Esalen is reopening March 1. Book your stay now.

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What is Esalen?

Esalen is more than a retreat center or an educational institute. Anchored by the inspiring beauty of Big Sur and an incomparable 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.

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Join us for The Way Forward

The first summit in the series, The Way Forward: How To Stay Inspired, Reintegrate, and Find Hope in the Shadow of the Pandemic will run from March 13-14 and explore how we heal from the  trauma of the COVID pandemic and make space for grief and loss. Each day will feature tracks of speaker interviews and embodied practices from a range of healing practitioners. Confirmed presenters/speakers for Speaker track: Dorothy Charles, Jeffrey WIlliams and Swirl, Justin Michael Williams, Ken Dychtwald, Shamani Jain, Shelly Tygielski, Ira Israel, Robin Wilner. Confirmed practitioners for  Healing and Embodiment track: Janet Stone, Lucia Horan; Swirl Moore; Mark Coleman; Kirti Srivastava, Christine Chen, Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine.

Featured Event

March 26,27 & 28

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Our goals are to...

Be a leading center for exploring and realizing human potential through experience, education, and research.
 Work toward the realization of a more just, creative, and sustainable world, seeking answers to questions unlikely to be explored by traditional universities and religions.

Sponsor pioneering initiatives and offer personal, spiritual, and social transformation programs for residents, interns and workshop participants.

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We envision a world where...

Esalen is a major catalyst in the transformation of humankind, working with individuals and institutions to integrate body, mind, heart, spirit, and community in a nurturing relationship with the environment.

Our core values are...
At Esalen we value...
  • Transformation

  • Connection

  • Curiosity
  • Service
  • Diversity
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Voices of Esalen Podcast

Interviews with teachers and thinkers from the Esalen universe including Cheryl Strayed and Michael Pollan, innovators Stan Grof and Dr. Mark Hyman, Esalen co-founder Michael Murphy, and many more!

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Esalen Live!

Twice weekly interviews with Esalen faculty and change agents about timely topics — coping with the pandemic, perspectives on racial justice, and overall well-being.

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The Journal

The Esalen Journal is a compendium of posts encompassing everything from inspiring conversations with cultural luminaries and Esalen instructors to timely news announcements, book recommendations, and soul-nurturing recipes.

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Why Esalen?

In addition to unparalleled access to the leading minds of the day and rejuvenating virtual gatherings, we also welcome visitors to our California estate and retreat center, which boasts natural hot springs, an organic farm and garden, serene guest suites, and more, all set on over 100 acres along the gorgeous Big Sur coastline.

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Esalen is reopening March 1. Book your stay now.