The Esalen Institute, Big Sur

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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
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Educational Site, Entertainment, Spa, Family And Kids, Nature
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About The Esalen Institute, Big Sur

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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Things to Know Before Visiting The Esalen Institute

  • 91.04% of people who visit Big Sur include The Esalen Institute in their plan

  • 78.78% 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, Friday and Saturday

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

  • 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.

  • For a group that supposedly "honors" the Esselen people, they sure seem happy to dismiss the concerns of the actual Esselen descendants. If they took spiritual enlightenment seriously they would be honest with themselves to see that they are acting entitled to, and taking something, that does not belong to them. If they actually cared about the Esselen people, or took their own "spirituality" seriously, they would have humility. They would step up and be serious about reflecting on their own actions. They wouldn't play fast and loose with the tribes traditions; and they would be serious about wholeheartedly respecting the wishes and concerns of the Esselen Nation.

  • It would be very, very hard to describe in words this place. For one thing, it's one of the most staggeringly beautiful places on Earth. For another, it's made of its wonderful, crazy, delightful people. Clothing-optional hot springs and the broad range of workshops make this one of the most special places anywhere. Go if you have any way to do so!

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