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Thank you for being a Friend.

Like every community, the Friends of Esalen portal thrives from your presence and participation, and for that reason the basic membership is free.

If you would like to help Esalen increase its impact in the world, you can increase your contribution and receive some very special benefits.


Benefits include:

  • The Friends Dispatch: regular updates from the Community and Advancement Team at Esalen
  • Community Discussions
  • Virtual Gatherings
  • Connect with fellow Friends of Esalen


Benefits include:

  • Advance tickets to special Esalen events like the Midsummer Festival

  • Friends of Esalen Retreats (see FAQ below)

  • Members Property Tour (a personal tour of the property when you visit)


Benefits include:

  • Everything within the $120 Friends of Esalen Membership
  • Conley Bookstore Discount
  • Get added to the Priority Wait List for filled workshops


Benefits include: 

  • Everything within the $500 Friends of Esalen Membership
  • Day Pass for you and a guest
  • Personal email booking support with the Community and Advancement Team

Membership FAQ

What is a Friends of Esalen membership?

When you choose to become a monthly or annual donor you join a community of people who believe in our mission and want to help us expand our reach. In return, you have access to special member pricing, exclusive access to Esalen archives and events, and perks that demonstrate our gratitude for your support.

How do Friends of Esalen Retreats work?

You may request an unstructured visit to Esalen for two nights and up to five consecutive nights’ stay, as space allows. This benefit is currently suspended but we are making discount codes available in the Friends Dispatch in the meantime, and we will send out an update when it is available again.

How does becoming a member help Esalen?

Esalen is a 501(c)(3) educational institution and membership support to our general fund helps us keep things steady. Chopping wood, carrying water, and the other humble tasks that keep the Esalen community alive and thriving.

How do I become a member?

Stay engaged here; you are already a member. Make a donation on this page to become a contributing member.

I already donate to Friends of Esalen, am I a member?

If you have joined or renewed your Friends of Esalen membership in the last 12 months, you are a Friend.

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Friends of Esalen is a community of individuals seeking a more active role in advancing Esalen’s mission of personal and social transformation.This portal is for you to connect to other Friends and Esalen alike

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Esalen is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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