Esalen is reopening March 1. Book a workshop or A Time to Reflect now.


Art Barn

Please note: The Art Barn will not be open at this time due to limited space and county, state and federal guidelines.

Overlooking the ocean on the north side of our campus is a turquoise art studio adorned with sculpture, mosaic and stained glass. It has served as the residence for many artists over the years and was turned into public space in 1986 under the direction of Gary Politzer, an artist from Oakland.

On any given day, curious seekers inspired by the wild beauty of Esalen gather in the Art Barn to experiment, play, take risks and travel one of the most ancient human paths of transformation: the creative process. Choose how you’d like to tap into creativity while you’re here.

There are many ways to explore.

  • Are you ready for a deep dive into new realms of self-expression? The Art Barn is home to year-round weekend and five-day art workshops ranging from oil and watercolor painting, drawing, mosaic, collage, sculpture and more.
  • Would you like to participate in an art class during your stay at Esalen? Our weekly Experiential Program often includes drawing and painting sessions led by in-house creatives. Check the Experiential Program schedule when you arrive.
  • Spontaneously struck by inspiration? When art workshops aren’t in session, the Art Barn becomes an open studio for anyone at Esalen. Paper, paint, brushes and clay are just the beginning. See what your imagination can dream up.

Below: photo by Jason Moon.


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