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Esalen Institute is a retreat center in Big Sur, California, United States, for humanistic alternative education and a nonprofit organization which describes itself as being devoted to multidisciplinary studies ordinarily neglected or unfavored by traditional academia "in subjects ranging from meditation to massage, Gestalt, yoga, psychology, ecology, spirituality, art, music, and much more." Esalen offers more than 500 public workshops a year in addition to invitational 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 the "Human Potential". It soon became known for its blend of East/West philosophies, experiential/didactic workshops, and had a notable influx of philosophers, psychologists, artists, religious thinkers and others.

Once home to a Native American tribe known as the Esselen , 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 fresh water source along with underground springs. The location is also a Monarch butterfly overwintering site.

Wikipedia, Esalen, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esalen (as of Apr 1, 2010)

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