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The Esalen Institute

55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9546
+1 888-837-2536
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Amazing massage in Amazing Setting

This place is magical and transformative, but that review will come later! Wanted to take a moment... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
skinmd
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scottsdale
As ever

Lovely heart-opening week with extraordinary friends and colleagues. Wether was foggy some days... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
gingerthomson
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Mill Valley, California
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good14%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“hot springs” (36 reviews)
“sleeping bag” (7 reviews)
LOCATION
55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9546
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+1 888-837-2536
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"hot springs"
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"interesting people"
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"overlooking the ocean"
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"dining hall"
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"bring a flashlight"
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"buffet style"
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"summer camp"
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"bring a water bottle"
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"an incredible experience"
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"claw foot"
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"meal times"
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"life changing experience"
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"spa area"
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"gluten free"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is magical and transformative, but that review will come later! Wanted to take a moment and comment on the massages we had which were exceptional. To start with, massages take place at the Hot Baths which are a special experience unto themselves. To...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely heart-opening week with extraordinary friends and colleagues. Wether was foggy some days, not others and it did not matter a bit. We were graced with whale visitations, barking elephant seals and a wonderful array of birds. Flowers were in full bloom and the place...More

1  Thank gingerthomson
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My first visit Back after 2years , the landslides, fires, and the Bridge that fell off into the canyon kept me away. But... I’m so glad it’s workshops & people are Back! The Buildings have been remodeled, the cabins and yurts updated; better sheets -wheelchair...More

Thank gina D
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

Life changing experience, can't wait to go back. I done a workshop on awareness of the heart with Susan. She was great and the group dynamic was intense and beautiful.

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Reviewed 16 March 2018

Normally this is a very private and exquisite place for Self Improvement, only catering to organized groups, yet while staying in Carmel by the Sea just north on the coast, we discovered that their hot springs, which are absolutely awesome, happen to be open to...More

1  Thank Nia V
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

If you come for a resort experience, you will most likely be disappointed. If you come for a communal, spiritual experience, you will be delighted. 1) Re: "1k for 5 days you can stay in a room with 3 people" - uh, that comes with...More

2  Thank geraanderson
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Reviewed 27 February 2018

I signed up for one of the professional trainings that Esalen is famous for, but the weather was so perfect, that the thought of being inside, made me nutty. So I ditched the training and just let myself hike the paths, and enjoy the hot...More

3  Thank Stephanie R
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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
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Reviewed 15 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

2  Thank Diane S
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Reviewed 9 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

2  Thank Ellen W
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Foodiekat_12
August 20, 2017|
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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
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cdkunz88
April 18, 2017|
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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
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Sinam123
October 30, 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.
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