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Esalen Scholarships


As part of our mission to work toward the realization of a more just, creative and sustainable world, we are committed to sharing the transformative power of Esalen with others.

Our scholarship program, funded through the generosity of donors, helps us support those individuals seeking knowledge to deepen their purpose and create positive change in their communities and in society. We believe that a diverse mix of perspectives and experiences makes Esalen a more enriching experience for everyone.

Esalen scholarships provide financial support for our public programs, including weekend, five-day and seven-day workshops. Awards range from 25 percent to up to 90 percent of the cost of tuition and accommodations.

Those interested in scholarship for our monthlong Residential Study program, please email for more information.

For Massage Certification scholarship information, see the certification program application.

Scholarship Recipient Criteria

  • You must be at least 18 years old and demonstrate financial need.
  • Your application must be received at least 90 days prior to program start date. Applicants will be notified of acceptance at least six weeks prior to program start date.
  • Your application must include fiscal documentation as well as a personal essay outlining your intentions in participating in an Esalen program.
  • You must be applying for a program other than our Residential Study or Massage Certification programs.

Scholarship Review Process

All scholarship applications will be reviewed by the Esalen Scholarship Committee. The committee’s mission is to increase accessibility to Esalen, regardless of financial capacity, and support individuals to step into their potential.

Scholarship Application

We are not accepting or processing scholarship applications while Esalen is closed, and will resume when we reopen.

Contact Us

Please email with any additional questions, and allow five business days for a response.

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