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The Esalen Institute

55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9546
+1 888-837-2536
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Probably one of the best experience in my life. I stayed for 5 nights for a yoga workshop there... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2017
Dim M
Zug, Switzerland
via mobile
A very different kind of experience

Go to the website and choose a workshop - then get ready. There's something about this place. It... read more

Reviewed 16 November 2017
Woodside, California
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55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9546
+1 888-837-2536
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Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

Probably one of the best experience in my life. I stayed for 5 nights for a yoga workshop there. Everything from the food, to the staff is absolutely amazing. The baths are particularly nice, with hot sulfur source springs right on the cliff. It is...More

1  Thank Dim M
Reviewed 16 November 2017

Go to the website and choose a workshop - then get ready. There's something about this place. It clears your head and inspires ideas. It has super healthy food, much grown on prem. You eat amongst strangers, with new friends, all family style. There are...More

1  Thank american_foxhound
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Once driving 'down the hill' to Esalen, one is swooped through a portal to another realm. Named the Land of The Four Waters by the Eseleen Tribe, the awesome majesty of these 27 acres beckons each of us to shed skin, to die and be...More

Thank Ellen W
Reviewed 28 October 2017

I was a first timer, and I loved it so much I felt I had wasted my life prior to my visit. I opted for sleeping bag space in a meeting room which was really decent except for being homeless until late at night. My...More

2  Thank staylonger
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

I decided to write this review because for second time when i have visited the coast from colombia. I tried to book for the night bath at esalen. After call many times i noticed that the only way to get the reservation was on the...More

5  Thank lina d
Reviewed 5 April 2017

I was at Esalen so many decades ago. I was a single woman. Travellng alone. I felt harassed by males every moment. I am an artist, and have no problem with nudity, including my own, but that is NOT an invitation. I was very uncomfortable...More

13  Thank kizakkriz
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

I attended a weeklong singing workshop in December to January. It was a fabulous learning experience. The workshop was well organized and executed. The food was healthy and very tasty leaning heavily towards vegetarian. Many people rave about the baths, but I felt ambivalent about...More

7  Thank Jackie E
Reviewed 30 December 2016

I went for the public night bathing, and while I was excited and thrilled to be doing it even my wildest dreams couldn't have prepared me for the true experience. Imagine feeling like you are transported to a place with no rules, no time, no...More

6  Thank Danielle G
Reviewed 27 December 2016

I was here with my husband for a 5 day yoga intensive workshop the week before Christmas. I LOVED it! I had low expectations for the food. I was surprised to find it plentiful and very tasty! I am on a vegan diet and there...More

3  Thank yogajesse
Reviewed 23 December 2016

This review is for the late-night hot springs experience only. The hot springs at Esalen have been on my to-do list for a long time. I lucked out and was able to make a reservation online the morning of December 21st for 1am late that...More

4  Thank Angela S
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20 August 2017|
Response from Jackie E | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the bathed are clean and open during the day, but they are for folks participating in their programs. You should email or call them to verify that nothing has changed given the winter/spring road closures. I personnally... More
18 April 2017|
Response from yogajesse | Reviewed this property |
Hi Christine, I am not on staff at Esalen, but I did stay there. I booked a higher priced private room and it was mold free from what I could tell. It wasn't fancy but it was comfortable with a beautiful view of the ocean... More
31 October 2016|
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Response from SavvasXen | Reviewed this property |
I stayed in Esalen's property so I don't know of any place nearby.