Esalen is reopening March 1. Book your stay now.

Campus Features

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.


Our all-inclusive workshop tuition includes accommodations, meals, guided program classes, and use of the baths and other facilities. Workshop pricing may vary and may have additional fees. Please see the workshop description for more information.

During registration, you'll see accommodation options, photos, and specific pricing.

Accommodation Tiers

Standard Room
Premium Room
Premium Plus Room
Point House Suite
Fritz Point House Plus  Suite
South Point House Plus Suite

Accommodation details
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The hot springs let us savor life on the edge, literally and figuratively. Clothing is optional; contemplation is guaranteed.
Hot Springs

The hot springs hang between sea and sky, an awe-inspiring respite for mind and body and a great equalizer. Simultaneously comforting and challenging, the baths nourish conversation, contemplation, and community.

A path down the hill from the Esalen Lodge brings you to the baths’ upper level, with an outdoor massage deck, living roof featuring a crystal and succulent garden, and hot tub with a lift for ADA access. Head to the lower level to find the springs themselves.

In 1869, arthritis sufferer Thomas Slate visited the hot springs in search of relief. It became the first tourist destination in Big Sur, frequented by people seeking relief from similar afflictions.

The Esalen Farm & Garden
Cultivating soil, plants and people

The Esalen Farm & Garden is a holistic model of local food security and sustainability, producing organic food that sustains, heals, and educates the people who live at and visit Esalen. More than just a food source, the farm is a constant education in moving through transition and transformation.

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Land stewardship

We cultivate four acres of rough, dramatic marine terrace. We’re committed to the health and vitality of this land and proudly compost nearly 500 pounds of food and green waste every day to build the fertility of our soil for future generations.

Embodying farm to table

Our produce grows a mere 400 steps from where it is served, and we take advantage of a year-round growing season to produce as much as we can for our kitchen. We specialize in culinary and tea herbs, heirloom root crops, and every variety of kale and lettuce we can find.

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Connecting people with the land

From Esalen guests taking part in a mindful harvest to day volunteers, there is a range of ways for visitors to engage with the earth. We aim to facilitate meaningful, relational experiences that connect people and land.

Kitchen & Dining

Our kitchen staff uses a mix of Esalen-grown produce and products from local purveyors to create delicious, nutritious, and inventive menus. While you’re with us, you’ll enjoy three hearty, healthy meals per day. Choose from vegan and omnivorous options, both gluten-free. (If your diet is stricter — paleo, keto, macrobiotic, etc. —  we will unfortunately not be able to provide a meal under those restrictions.)

To keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re not currently offering communal dining or self-serve options like our famous bread bar. Instead, you’ll stay nourished and safe with fully plated meals in disposable containers made from recycled plastics that can be enjoyed while social distancing. Try a picnic on the lawn or on the patio facing the Pacific!

Meal Times

Coffee and Tea Service:  7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast:  8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Lunch:  12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Dinner:  6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Between Meals
Between Meals

Since we can't provide self-serve options right now, feel free to keep food or drinks that don't require refrigeration in your room.

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Art Barn

Note: Per county and state COVID-19 guidelines, the Art Barn is not open at this time.

Wander to the north side of campus, and you’ll find a turquoise barn adorned with an inspiring riot of sculpture, mosaic, and stained glass. On any given day, curious seekers inspired by the wild beauty of Esalen gather in the Art Barn to experiment, play, take risks, and travel one of the most ancient human paths of transformation: the creative process.

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Are you ready for a deep dive into new realms of self-expression?

The Art Barn is home to year-round weekend and five-day art workshops ranging from oil and watercolor painting, drawing, mosaic, collage, sculpture and more.

Would you like to participate in an art class during your stay at Esalen?

Our weekly Guided Program often includes drawing and painting sessions led by in-house creatives. Check the Guided Program schedule when you arrive.

Spontaneously struck by inspiration?

When art workshops aren’t in session, the Art Barn becomes an open studio for anyone at Esalen. Paper, paint, brushes, and clay are just the beginning. See what your imagination can dream up.

The Bookstore

Adjoining the Lodge at the heart of campus, the Conley Bookstore offers sweatshirts, hats, chocolate, drinks, and more.

Note: While COVID-19 is ongoing, we have new safety protocols in place:

  • The entrance, exit, and path through the bookstore are designated to ensure social distance. Follow the arrows!
  • Testers” and card decks will not be available to sample.
  • We do not accept cash, to reduce points of personal contact.
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The Esalen Landscape

Grounded in the wildly alive Big Sur landscape, Esalen exists in deep relationship with the forces of nature. From the transfiguring force of a wildfire to a glimpse of infinity in the night sky, Esalen honors the myriad ways that nature is our source and greatest teacher. Water flows at our heart, where three sources converge in a trinity of creation, renewal, and destruction.

Fresh Water
In the upper reaches of the canyon, a freshwater spring bubbles to the surface. The source, Porter Springs, is in the Ventana Wilderness and provides about 75% of our water.
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Hot Springs

Heated by the molten core of the earth and laden with minerals, the hot springs flow at a rate of 80 gallons per minute and emerge at a temperature of 119 degrees Fahrenheit.

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The Pacific Ocean

Esalen hovers at the edge of the Pacific. There is nothing like a clear view of the ocean to center ourselves in the unity of all things.

Note: due to dangerous ocean conditions and currents, direct access to the ocean from Esalen is prohibited.

Campus Map

The layout of Esalen’s grounds.

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