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The Esalen Institute, Big Sur

3.6
#10 of 171 in Spas in California
The Esalen Institute is an alternative educational center devoted to the exploration of the human potential and personal and social transformation. It offers about 550 workshops each year covering a wide variety of subjects, including visual arts, bodywork and massage, psychology, relationships, spirituality workshops, health, and integral practices. Full descriptions of these are available in the Esalen catalog at www.esalen.org.

Early in its existence, Esalen became known for its blend of East/West philosophies, its experiential/didactic workshops, the steady influx of philosophers, psychologists, artists, and religious thinkers, and its breathtaking grounds blessed with natural hot springs.

Once home to a Native American tribe known as the Essalen, Esalen is situated on 27 acres of spectacular Big Sur coastline with the Santa Lucia Mountains rising sharply behind.
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  • I discovered Esalen 6 years ago when I was going through tremendous challenges. A friend of mine had gone and could not stop talking to me. I couldn’t wait to go. I went by myself and took a class cal...  more »
  • My new, wonderful, spouse and I went there for massages on what started out to be a cold and hazy day. It is a little confusing to find the spa area but when you do, the view is amazing. To be clear, ...  more »

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