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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 #9 of 14 Attractions in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Spas, Cultural
Activities: Dining, Leisure education
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Type: Educational Sites, Spas, Cultural
Activities: Dining, Leisure education
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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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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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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Orange County, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Esalen has a grand cult following, and many of the glowing reviews are from that group. I arrived as neither a Kool-Aid drinking devote, nor as a critical luxury traveler expecting top-notch service. But Esalen has difficulty providing an average option in the middle. The good: The hot spring baths are stunning! The real estate, views, sea life, gardens, and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

I visited Esalen in June of this year - on the strength of its reputation and the experiences of colleagues who had visited there over the years.I am a trainer, coach and author based in Ireland and working mainly in Europe. While the setting is stunning, the baths met expectations, and the workshop was satisfactory the rest of my Esalen... More 

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

My wife and I spent a weekend at Esalen doing a workshop (our 5th such visit) in late August. We both really enjoy going there, as the place seems to have this wonderful kind of medicinal effect on us both. It usually begins right after we pass thru the check in gate at the entrance. We're both high energy accomplished... More 

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