Monday, July 9, 2012

Esalen's Fiftieth Fourth

Steve called and invited us to Esalen's Fiftieth Fourth. Jim has been there to the baths, but I had never been. It was in the middle of the week, so we decided to go hear music (three bands), eat a picnic lunch, explore the site, and take a bath. For a holiday outing along Highway 1 in Big Sur, California, we had a really fine day.

Esalen Institute is not open to just drop by for a class or a bath. I have driven by it frequently in my life but have never been inside until this last Fourth of July. We have friends who have conducted classes and taken classes here as well as partook of the baths in the very early mornings. This was a big treat for me.

The music was great. Jocelyn led hula hoop yoga between band changes. A pelican decided to join in causing much amusement. S/he waddled out right by us.

After walking through the beautiful and extensive vegetable gardens, we took a bath.  The lovely bath structure has both a quiet area and a silent area.  Even though there were a lot of folks today in the baths, we had a most enjoyable and relaxing time in both places.

The mineral baths are warm and inviting. The view is spectacular.   I will return someday to experience more of Esalen.


  1. Oh Becky, as usual when you post it is always like being on a tour. I admire you for going to all the places some never get to. Thanks for your post, and I am going to keep checking.

  2. Nice pics,have ben by Esalen many times over the years,have never seen inside!

  3. Oh, I can almost smell the salt air and feel the mineral water. I've also driven past many times but have never visited. Thanks for sharing the great photos and narrative.

  4. Becky, it's Leslie...if you're wondering who James is :-)

  5. Sounds like you had such a great day. How cool are those baths overlooking the water. Also love your past posts I am catching up on your travels. The places your visit are always so interesting and sometimes out of the ordinary. Happy Travels to you both.