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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 3, 2015
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calgary, alberta
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Montreal, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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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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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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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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New York City, New York
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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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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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