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information for your visit Location and Transportation


Esalen is located 45 miles south of Monterey and 11 miles south of Nepenthe restaurant on Coast Route 1. This isolation and tranquility can deepen your experience, yet it can also be a significant change in environment.


Ridesharing:We encourage ridesharing to reduce the number of cars on the road and at Esalen. See the reservation form online at www.esalen.org for ridesharing options.


Van Service: A van service is available between Monterey Airport/Monterey Transit Plaza/ Monterey Airbus Station and Esalen on Fridays and Sundays. The incoming service departs Monterey Airport at approximately 4 pm, arrives at Monterey Transit Plaza at 4:15 pm, and Monterey Airbus Station at 4:20 pm. Return service departs Esalen at approximately 5:30 pm. The drive is approximately 1 1/4 hours to Monterey Airport, so please plan plane flights accordingly. Van service reservations must be made with Esalen at least 24 hours prior to arrival. The $65 one-way fee (subject to change) is payable to Esalen upon arrival.


Public Bathing in the Hot Springs


In addition to round-the-clock availability for Esalen guests, the hot springs are open to the general public, by reservation only, 1 am–3 am, for a cost of $20 per person, payable by credit card only upon reservation. Reservations can be made 8 am–8 pm (except Friday and Sunday: lines close at noon), at 831-667-3047.


Private Conferences


As part of its dedication to the humanities and sciences, Esalen offers its facilities to organi- zations and individuals for mission-aligned private conferences, meetings, courses, and trainings. Esalen can accommodate groups up to 124 people.


Conferences can be two, five, or seven days and include meals, movement classes, and use of the hot springs and Art Center when available. Most conferences are scheduled at least one year in advance. For more information and to schedule, contact the conference coordinator at 831-620-6244.


Phone and Internet:There is no cell phone service at Esalen. There are two shared Internet stations available and the Lodge has free WiFi access, except during meal times. Due to Esalen’s remote location, all connectiv- ity (phones and Internet) is provided on a best-effort basis; we can’t guarantee service.


Age Restrictions:Workshop participants must be 18 years or older unless otherwise noted. See page 111 for family options at Esalen.


Snoring: If you are staying in shared accom- modations and you snore, please be prepared to do everything possible to minimize the dis- comfort this may cause a roommate. Consider taking a private room. If you do not snore, please come prepared with earplugs for the possibility of sharing a room with a snorer.


Flashlights: Esalen paths are very dimly lit at night. Please bring a flashlight.


Health Services: Esalen has no medical services or pharmaceutical supplies on site. Please come prepared to administer to your own needs. Esalen is 45 miles from a medical facility and pharmacy.


Accessibility:Many Esalen paths, though paved, are very steep. Access to some parts of the property may be difficult depending on your level of mobility. Please discuss your needs with an Esalen representative at the time of registration (at least 72 hours prior to arrival) and we may be able to assist.


Personal Guests: Seminarians may not have guests on property.


Nudity: In the hot springs, massage area, and pool, swimsuits are optional and nudity is common. We encourage each individual to choose what is most comfortable for him or her. The environment we strive for at Esalen is one of personal sanctuary and respect for the human body.


Illegal Drugs: In accordance with state and federal laws, the possession or use of illegal drugs on Esalen grounds is strictly prohibited.


Lost and Found:To inquire about items lost during your stay, call 831-667-3019.


Pets:Other than service animals, pets are not allowed.


Smoking: Smoking is permitted in designat- ed outdoor areas only. Not permitted in accommodations or meeting areas.


Valuables:The Esalen office has no facilities to store guest valuables.


Volunteering:Guests are welcome to con- tribute time during their stay to work with Esalen staff, usually in the kitchen or in cab- ins. This help enables us to meet the pressures of peak working times and provides an oppor- tunity for guests to experience Esalen from the inside.


Recommended Reading and Mail Order Merchandise: All recommended reading is available online through www.esalen.org. All other bookstore merchandise is available via mail order. For more information, see www.esalen.org/bookstore.


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