Founded as a spiritual retreat in 1962, Esalen, is an intentional community, educational institute and retreat center that focuses on humanistic and alternative education through activities such as meditation, massage, yoga, psychology, ecology, and spirituality. The 27-acre Institute is built around a set of mineral hot springs on Big Sur’s dramatic and beautiful coastline with its rugged cliffs and cozy coves. Esalen offers comfortable accommodations, home-cooked cuisine, mineral hot springs, a small farm, garden, and an art center.
Located near Lime Creek and the John Little State Natural Reserve, 45 miles south of Monterey, Esalen presents hundreds of workshops every year, as well as residential work-study programs, conferences, internships and research initiatives. The hot springs are only accessible to guests of the resort during the day.
Named after the native tribe that used to inhabit the area, Esalen features native historical sites near the Slate Hot Springs and the creek canyon which can be explored. While the rugged rocky shoreline only offers rock pools and crashing waves, Pfeiffer Beach is 15 miles to the north and Limekiln State Park is 11 miles to the south. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Rooms & Suites at Esalen Institute
2.Amenities & Recreational Activities
3.Things to Do Nearby
Esalen Institute, a Spiritual Retreat in Big Sur, California
- Rooms & Suites at Esalen Institute, Photo: Courtesy of beketoff - Fotolia.com
- Amenities & Recreational Activities, Photo: Courtesy of kanonsky - Fotolia.com
- Things to Do Nearby, Photo: Courtesy of Bill - Fotolia.com
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of Esalen Institute, Photo by Cameron Jordan
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