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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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an exceptional learning environment and place to chill

i loved the gorgeous grounds, the healthy clean food, and the hot tubs!!!! if you would like to have a blissful retreat experience, this is the place. the view of the cliffs and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
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Boulder, Colorado
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Boulder, Colorado
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

i loved the gorgeous grounds, the healthy clean food, and the hot tubs!!!! if you would like to have a blissful retreat experience, this is the place. the view of the cliffs and the ocean are almost enuf to take you there. however, the flowers and the night sky from the hot tubs will remain with me. the room was... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Whether you come for a workshop or a personal retreat, Esalen is a special place where you will let go of your hectic life and rediscover light and awe in the breathtaking vistas and the very nice, genuine people who come here. The mineral baths are not to be missed - overlooking the craggy cliffs and powerful ocean. Despite my... More 

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San Francisco, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This was my first experience with the Esalen Institute and I am not impressed. I booked a 5-day workshop with a front desk staff member weeks ago and requested a standard single room. Later, I found out rooms are on a “first-time, first-come” basis and room requests are not guaranteed. I put down a $300 deposit to secure my workshop... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This is a beautiful place that has been a crucial part of beat generation culture that has expanded across generations. It's located in a prime and sacred lication, it it worth taking a class or reserving a retreat at least once a year. I recommend the personal retreats that involve you deciding what you do instead of being on a... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I was at Esalen for a weekend workshop in the Summer of 2013. At first, I didn't know what to expect. A friend of mine had told me to get and a massage or something. I didn't really felt like I wanted a massage so I went for a gestalt workshop called: "Arrive already loved". I felt like a tourist... More 

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calgary, alberta
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

It's already here. You have everything you need - especially when you are at Esalen. And if you choose to challenge yourself - physically, mentally, emotionally you will not be disappointed. From the quality of the teachers, leaders and programs that are offered to the exquisite surroundings - Esalen is truly one of the great wonders of the world -... More 

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sebastopol, ca
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I thought (according to their web site) I was going the week before renovations were starting-- the week of March 22. Sadly, they were doing what must have been 'pre-renovations' and it was pretty unfortunate. This was my 3rd visit to Esalen and I have always given them perfect ratings and overlooked any little problems. This time, it was impossible... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
14 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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
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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
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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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