Greetings. Welcome to the group, "Esalen" -- for people who have lived, worked, and/or studied at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.

For many of us who lived there, the time was rich, full, and extraordinary. For all people who have been touched by the spirit of the place, it is sometimes challenging to keep that spirit alive in the world outside the support of the container of Big Sur and Esalen.

This place is intended to become that supportive ground for people who have been moved by the spirit of the place, but who no longer, possibly, have immediate access to the special and sacred space of Esalen.

Everyone who has been moved by the spirit of Esalen, I believe, becomes, in their own way, an ambassador for a new way of thinking, feeling, and being in the world. May we carry on the torch and help bring truth, authenticity, love, and light for now and future generations.

The latest rumblings around the web from, about, or around Esalen.

Note: We are having monthly global Esalen weather reports in the Big House on the first Sunday of the month at 1:30PM, Pacific Time. All people who have lived, worked or studied at Esalen are welcome to join. Check the events calendar for a full listing of scheduled weather reports, open seats, or visiting teacher programs.

This lovely photograph to the right is courtesy of David Gartner.


Celebrating 50 Years

Welcoming 50 More ~~~~~~~


Been an intriguing evening of writing, self-reflection, contemplation….yes…Hibernation is near…as evening approaches earlier and earlier….fresh perspective is found in the ‘cave’.

mae – October 8, 2012 – 6:50am
John Francis Ca... – October 5, 2012 – 5:47am

      I feel only love for Esalen and Michael Murphy and Richard Price and their son's (the ones I have met) the workshop leaders, the people I have met there, the people I have talked with on IThou, only love for Big Sur, for Earth for all the Kingdom's of Nature.  I feel thankful for you all.  If I could be a "Zero" at Esalen and work and live there I'd be happy (very happy for the beauty and joy of the place alone).  I know it would be challenging.  But I'd still love it.

Rob G – October 3, 2012 – 1:45pm

Below is an email dialog that I had with Esaleaks.  I questioned them because they did not post my birthday wishes to Michael Murphy's 82nd birthday, nor did they post my expression of gratitude to him for having started Esalen. 

Berni – September 23, 2012 – 3:41pm

METAMORPHOmae – September 29, 2012 – 1:19pm


Coastal CowGirl


Another Bright & Beautiful Evening here in the Land Afar….a Land off the Grid…some folks call it the Wild Coast, some the Big SurReal, others the Big SuRene, or the Big SurPrize and me…well today…

The Big SurWonderful!!!

mae – September 21, 2012 – 5:48pm
loves  this says a lot (more than I understand actually!)  Though I got most of it.  Relevant for the world, me, possibly you, Esalen  and even our Governments and institutions.

Rob G – September 8, 2012 – 10:54am

Rob G – August 30, 2012 – 11:43pm

‘A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool’

~ William Shakespeare


mae – August 27, 2012 – 3:09pm
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