The Esalen Institute

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  • Address: 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, California 93920, United States
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8888372536
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Educational Site, Entertainment, Spa, Family And Kids, Nature

The Esalen Institute - Review

Covering around 25 acres of land, the Esalen Institute is a popular non-profitable organization that aims at educating tourists on spiritual studies, martial arts, yoga and various aspects of dance. If you are not interested in taking part in any of these programs, you can at least stop by to see the breathtaking view of Santa Lucia Mountains from this location. Else, you can enjoy a nice healthy lunch or can pamper yourself with a relaxing spa session or get yourself soaked in the hot tub, filled with water collected from natural hot spring, which is located nearby. 

The Esalen Institute Ticket Prices

  • Workshops has different price quote. Visit their official website for details.

How To reach The Esalen Institute by Public Transport

  • By Car.

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  • The Esalen Institute Address: 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, California 93920, United States
  • The Esalen Institute Contact Number: +1-8888372536
  • The Esalen Institute Timing: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm
  • The Esalen Institute Price: Free
  • Time required to visit The Esalen Institute: 01:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting The Esalen Institute

  • 95% of people who visit Big Sur include The Esalen Institute in their plan

  • 78.93% of people start their The Esalen Institute visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see The Esalen Institute

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting The Esalen Institute

People normally club together Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Andrew Molera State Park while planning their visit to The Esalen Institute.

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The Esalen Institute, Big Sur Reviews

  • Signed up to take a week-long program here, was put on the waiting list for sleeping bag quarters, and if nothing opened up, was told I would have a bunk bed reserved. Called to confirm prior to the course and was told they had lost my reservation and that there were no longer any (affordable) accommodations left. I was told the Director would call me to figure something out, but was never called back. The woman taking the reservations is extremely rude, seemed not to care one bit about what had happened. I looked in to staying off-site, but you still have to pay almost $600 in "facility fees" even if you stay off-site, so I had to cancel my trip to Esalen and the training course I was registered in (I was coming from Canada).Will never register for a course here again or visit the site. For the "birthplace of the human potential movement" I was expecting a lot more. Would not recommend!

  • We tried the public bathing from 1am-3am on a weekday, definitely an unusual experience but worth trying if you have an open mind. The facilities are basic but clean. The best baths are those on the cliffside, overlooking the ocean!

  • One of the most special corners of the world. Insane views, the sulphur baths are magical and gentle, the staff and grounds are all exactly what one needs at some point in the year. Highly recommend.

  • Went with friends several times doing a "personal retreat". Extremely unique beautiful place to do that and only about 90 minutes from my house. The one friend had done full workshops in the past and so led us to do personal retreats along with him. The site takes your breath away with its beauty. The food was copious and delicious though definitely not conventional. Esalen has a half-century history as the arguable starting point of the human potential movement. You can do a personal retreat for however many desired days without doing workshops. A whole mix of people. Clothing optional hot springs.

  • very beautiful place, but if you go there, don't think you are learning anything. lots of sun, trees and music, but the staff there are so stuffed full of vapid thoughts about 'spirituality' that they are starting to believe the intellectual con they are selling you. instead, approach it the same way that you would when you go to the movies, a fantastic but fictional ride that you set aside when you get back to the real world.

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