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The Esalen Institute

Address: 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9616
Phone Number: 888-837-2536
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Ranked #6 of 11 Activities in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Spas & Wellness, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Dining, Leisure education
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Type: Educational Sites, Spas & Wellness, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Dining, Leisure education
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Santa Monica, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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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55 reviews 55 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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 via mobile

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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Orange County
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Riverhead
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This is the best massage you will ever have in your life. The only catch, everyone is nude, even the therapists at time. Soak in the natural hottubs to loosen up first. We had the added luck of witnessing the seal migration in the waters below the institute

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San Diego, California
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7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Well I read about this place on another website, I read reviews prior to booking a public hot bath night/early morning. I was very hesistant and didn't know what to expect from Esalen. My girlfriend booked the public night hot tubs about 4-5 weeks previous to our trip. We had to call several times before we actually got in touch... More 

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