Deeper, Richer, More Enduring

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Founded in 1962, Esalen Institute is a leading center for exploring and realizing human potential through experience, education, and research. Esalen works toward the realization of a more humane and all-embracing world, seeking answers to questions unlikely to be explored by traditional universities and religions.

Esalen holds over 500 workshops annually offering personal, spiritual, and social transformation for workshop participants, residents and work scholars. Esalen’s Center for Theory and Research sponsors pioneering initiatives in citizen diplomacy and conscious business, as well as philosophical and scientific inquiry.

Located amidst the rugged beauty of Big Sur, the Esalen campus includes the Farm & Garden, a model of sustainable growing, teaching and healing for the Esalen Institute’s staff and 13,000 guests every year. The Farm and Garden seeks to offer people experiences and tools that bring them into deeper relationship with their food, themselves, other people and the natural world.

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