Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

Esalen Institute, 55000 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, is a retreat in Big Sur, California, focusing on humanist alternative education. It is a nonprofit organization devoted to issues such as meditation, massage, Gestalt, yoga, psychology, ecology, and spirituality, offering more than 500 public workshops a year, in addition to conferences, residential work-study programs, research initiatives, and internships. Esalen Institute was founded by Michael Murphy and Dick Price in 1962 with the goal of exploring work in the humanities and sciences that furthers the full realization of what Aldous Huxley called "human potential". It soon became known for its blend of East/West philosophies, experiential/didactic workshops, and had a notable influx of philosophers, physicists, psychologists, artists, and religious thinkers. Once home to a Native American tribe known as the Esselen (from which the institute gets its name), Esalen is situated on 27 acres of the Big Sur region's coast with the Santa Lucia Mountains rising sharply above the Pacific Ocean. A key geological feature of the site are its cliff-side natural hot springs. The grounds are divided by the Hot Springs Canyon, which also serves as a freshwater source along with underground springs. The location is also a Monarch butterfly overwintering site. It is located about 45 miles (72 km) south of the Monterey and Carmel area along scenic State Route 1 (about a three-hour drive south of San Francisco) and nine miles (14 km) north of Lucia.

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Springsteen did 1 performances, excl. rehearsals, at this venue.


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