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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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incredible beauty

Esalen is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Absolutely breathtaking views. My workshop was wonderful and so were the participants. I was fortunate that I had a premium... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Jerusalem
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Esalen is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Absolutely breathtaking views. My workshop was wonderful and so were the participants. I was fortunate that I had a premium room which comes at a premium price. The room was rustic, but had a shower, ethernet connection, a phone, and again a spectacular view of the Pacific. I had brought... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The only problem here is choosing...choosing what workshop you would like to take! So much here if offered. And the natural beauty of this place is stunning! Great natural food and thrilling vistas.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Esalen ranks as my Nr 1 getaway in the world - healthy body/mind related workshops, wonderful food, some of the best massages in the world, breath-taking scenery, an interesting, diverse and overall open minded crowd (mostly from the Bay area, it normally seems to me), and the clothing optional policy at the Baths. In fact, throughout my various stays at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I went for a weekend to attend a workshop by a favorite author. I had a great time. Stayed in the bunk rooms with 3 others. Had an amazing massage and loved getting up early to watch the sunrise in the hot pools. Beautiful grounds - I felt like a kid exploring them. The food was wonderful and people were... More 

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Monterey, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

I am very ambivalent about writing this review. I've been going to Esalen regularly for over 20 years and this place has been a sanctuary to me and I've had life changing experiences there. I last went in March. The workshop leader was great (Dorthy Charles) as were the other participants, and that is why I went, but I feel... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Hot tubs wonderful. Massages...even better. You can choose a path of quiet or silence. My cell did not work..blissful. Food clean and nourishing. Picked avocados, took exploring walks, searched my soul, lounged in the pool then climbed a tree with a boy. Did not want to leave. Wore clothes sometimes, well when out of water areas. Heard stories of the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We went for the public hot springs session from 1am-3am… very enjoyable. The hot springs facilities were very clean and recently renovated. The staff was super nice and chill… we actually passed on in a tub and woke up at 3:15am realizing we needed to leave. Will definitely be back!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

My wife and I were driving down to Big Sur for a few days and stopped at Rocky Point restaurant, which is a fantastic place in itself. We had lunch and struck up a conversation with our waitress who asked us some questions of how many time s we have been to Big Sur and general get to know you... More 

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jcm47
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I had zero prior knowledge of Esalen prior to going. I went to Big Sur with a group of friends and one of them booked the 1am hot spring. If you are interested in doing it I would strongly suggest you stop reading about it right now and just go. Seriously I had the best experience because it was completely... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I've been coming to workshops at Esalen for years, and it is possibly my favorite place on earth. The meals are amazing, what with many of the vegetables having come out of the garden that morning. The Big Sur views are incomparable. The hot tubs are not to be missed; I like to go down there every morning around 5... More 

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