Big Sur, California
The Esalen Institute has been up and running for decades and doing well. This is a large retreat center nestled between mountains and ocean. It hosts several different workshops every weekend and throughout every week. Some of the accommodations could be considered quite nice but low key and some very basic, so there is a very wide range available. Basically you are paying the premium price for the views and the workshops not for the ultra clean and modern rooms. The atmosphere here is one much like a hippie community or village. Being that this is a large resort, if getting away from crowds is what you’re after you might want to skip this one. Warning: The baths here are clothing optional and most take the option of not wearing any.
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