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The Esalen Institute

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Address: 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9616
Phone Number: 888-837-2536
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Activities: Dining, Leisure education

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We were very happy to go. The Esalen Institute made us feel very welcome and comfortable. It is definitely unique to bathe in hot springs looking out over the ocean. It is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
maddiekey
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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84 reviews 84 reviews
14 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We were very happy to go. The Esalen Institute made us feel very welcome and comfortable. It is definitely unique to bathe in hot springs looking out over the ocean. It is clothing optional so some may not enjoy it.

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Big Sur, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Esalen is a beautiful place to visit for a personal retreat or workshop. The views, gardens, mineral baths and grounds are all spectacular. The variety of workshops available is diverse and world class. The staff is accommodating, friendly and very knowledgable about the grounds and the area of Big Sur. The communal meals served in the Lodge are outstanding, prepared... More 

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Santa Monica, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I came here with my husband the first night of our honeymoon & it was the perfect way to start the trip. We came during public hours (1am-3am) to use the hot springs and it was life changing. We got a great bath on the edge of the cliff and watch the starts for hours. Being that I'm from LA,... More 

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New York City, New York
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58 reviews 58 reviews
11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

While this was a really old experience I thought it would be of interest to today's travelers if only for perspective. My visit was in 1967 with several of my fellow graduate students from the University of California at Berkeley. We were engaged by currently practicing Esalen members and were both treated and challenged with Esalen style exercises including sensory... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This is so nice. Peace, good food, intresting people to talk too, and nice baths. Nice to stay there for a few days.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Shocked at the previous negative reviews. I was in Esalen last month at a workshop and was so overwhelmed by the positive energy of the place I extended my stay for another 2 days. Great surroundings, beautiful and compassionate people, and touched by some of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century. Will most definitely be back.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I loved my stay at Esalen. I went for a yoga retreat and genuinely enjoyed my stay. You are spoiled rotten with a delicious spread of food 3 times a day, much of which is grown in their organic garden on the property. They have scheduled activities throughout the day such as yoga, qi gong or dance. The spa is... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I have been to Esalen once before last year and had recommended it to several over the past year up to this last visit a few weeks ago. Starting with the good first. The grounds are lovely, I have had a memorable experience both times I have gone. The first time I came back very rejuvenated, have had one of... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Tried to make reservations here at Esalen for Noah Levines "Against The Stream" retreat. The woman on the phone was so void of compassion, listening skills, and kindness that I finally ceased any attempt to book the retreat. Especially after she tried maneuvering me to pay far more than I was willing, yet not disclosing all of the extra charges,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This is the place where all can be achieve when you come to this heaven on earthly place. The healing abounds with all modalities of great food, company, and course work. This time I attended the CFR course, by Harriet Goslin, and I have more so than the past have now found even lasting healing for my hands and fingers... More 

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