Careers at Esalen

At Esalen, we believe in the power of potential — both on the part of our staff and also in the global community of students and faculty who turn to us for transformative learning experiences. 

Since 1962, Esalen co-founders imagined a place inspired by Abraham Maslow’s psychology of peak experiences and Aldous Huxley’s belief in “human potentialities,” the unrealized capacities of our mind and body. Today we build on this legacy by creating deep connections in a world challenged by disconnection and isolation; reigniting awe and wonder to spark greater curiosity about ourselves and others; and asking the questions that can lead to transformative change both for an individual and society.  

Esalen isn’t just a place to work, it’s an invitation to help change the world.

We offer generous benefits packages including competitive pay commensurate with experience; medical and dental insurance; and paid time off. In alignment with Esalen’s mission in advancing human potential, staff are encouraged to engage in a wide range of  personal and professional development programs designed by Esalen faculty and staff. 

Esalen is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. 

International Applicants: We appreciate your interest in working at Esalen. Both H1-B and J1 visas are outside of the scope of what we currently administer for our listed positions due to the requirements and associated expenses. Our month-long Live Extended Education Program (LEEP) allows you to join us for a four-week stay, and entails both a learning and a service component. If you are traveling through the Big Sur area and are unable to spend a month, we have a volunteer program that welcomes those interested in supporting us for the day.

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