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The Esalen Institute

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Address: 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9546
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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... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2017
New York City, New York
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Medellin, Colombia
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32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 website. I made myself aware of time (also settled up an alarm for the time... More 

Thank lina d
New York City, New York
1 review
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 there and left within a few hours.

Thank kizakkriz
San Diego, California
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71 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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 them. I attended two alternative therapy sessions, a Chakra cleaning and a cortical reeducation session.... More 

2 Thank Jackie E
Brooklyn, New York, United States
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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 boundaries. You are left to your own devices, naked, not judged, just at peace with... More 

4 Thank Danielle G
South Jordan, Utah
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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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 was more than enough for me to choose from. The location is jaw dropping gorgeous.... More 

1 Thank yogajesse
Los Angeles, California, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 evening (early am on the 22nd). Words almost can't do justice to the experience of... More 

1 Thank Angela S
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

While the grounds are beautiful and the main buildings appear to be recently constructed or updated the actual place where you will stay is an abomination. While they work to be eco-friendly, I don't know that they are human friendly. For over 1k for 5 days you can stay in a room with 3 people. While I had indicated and... More 

17 Thank brenefollower
Anna Maria, Florida
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127 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016

You should know going in, that this place is like the birthplace of the New Age Movement. If that's not your thing, or you can't tolerate it, you shouldn't go. I was there for a week long workshop, and by the fourth day I had had enough of the place but I stuck it out to the end, and i... More 

4 Thank Craicshack
San Francisco, California
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128 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

My husband and I went to Esalen to attend a 3-day couple’s workshop and opted for the “premium” housing which afforded us private quarters with high ceilings, a large bathroom, and private balcony, with easy access to the main lodge and event centers. Our cabin was perched right on the cliff which gave us amazing ocean views. All meals were... More 

3 Thank XtinaDunham
London, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

I have been coming here for years but now I am over it / it's dead - maybe that's why the place is covered in flies ? Feeding off the bones of what it used to be. cheap food,sub standard workers, multiple sexual harassment lawsuits, and increasing prices... human potential has moved on. A million dollar lodge remodel presumably by... More 

21 Thank Frejacayman

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