In support of Emerging Centers
8 – 10 May, 2020
Hosted by Esalen Institute, California

Each year, retreat centers from around the world gather at a conference known as the Center’s Gathering.
Esalen is hosting the 2020 Gathering and a public workshop afterwards.

Connect with representatives from established retreat centers
and learn from their wisdom and experience

Rather than a step by step process on how to create a center,
this is an opportunity to share your vision and ask in depth practical questions

Discuss the origins of centers and explore practical aspects
such as programming, marketing, leadership and business models

If you are dreaming of starting a retreat center, in the early stages of developing your center
or are simply curious about how centers do what they do, join us and tap into this rich resource.

Count me in

Nestled between mountain and ocean, blessed by a cascading canyon stream and hot mineral springs gushing out of a seaside cliff, Esalen is more than a retreat center or an educational institute.

A place of transformational energy, an exhilarating adventure and a place of pilgrimage,
Esalen also travels the world as an inextinguishable, animating spirit—healing lives and history,
sweeping away tired paradigms, and igniting change.

Grounded in the wildly alive Big Sur landscape, Esalen exists in deep relationship with the forces of nature and honors the myriad ways that nature is our source and greatest teacher.

Anchored by the inspiring natural beauty and an unparalleled intellectual history, Esalen is a worldwide network of seekers who forge new understandings of self and society; and pioneer new paths.


Two nights accommodation
Three nourishing meals a day

Full schedule of themed sessions
Conversations with leadership from pioneering centers
Morning yoga, meditation or dance
Experiential program classes
Bathing in the healing waters


Dorm Room

$605 per person
Bunk bed (up to four or six people per room)
Each dorm room has private bath

Standard Room

$845 shared per person (two or three people per room)
$1345 single (private room)
$1690 shared per couple

Most standard rooms have private bath

Premium Room

$1505 per person single
$2310 per person couple
Each premium room has private bath

Count me in

Booking & Travel

Request your place by completing the form below.
If available, you will receive a link to book and pay via the Esalen website.

To reserve your space, Esalen requires a minimum deposit of 30% of the total reservation balance.

Full payment is due one month prior, 08 April, 2020.
Esalen’s cancellation policy will apply to any change of booking.

Please plan to arrive Friday May 8 between 4 and 6pm
and depart Sunday 10 May after 3pm.

Travel Information

Faculty Includes

Peter Moore came to Breitenbush in 1978 and has been closely involved for forty years as the co-founder. Peter serves as the current Business Director and provides mediation, facilitation and leadership to the community.

Business Director, Breitenbush Hot Springs

Carol Donahoe has worked in the retreat center business for over 20 years, originally as a consultant, for three years as the Director of a Women’s Spirituality Center, and for the past 11 years at the Omega Institute. Her passion is creating programs that have the ability to transform people’s lives within holistic centers.

Program Director, Omega Institute

Ralph White currently directs the Art of Dying and Esoteric Quest conferences. He is a world traveler, speaker, writer, and organizer of multiple events to do with consciousness, spirituality, ecology and social change over the last four decades.

Co-Founder, New York Open Center

Christine Lines has organised retreats and facilitated a range of programs and gatherings around the world over the last 18 years. She has been involved in the Foundation Foundation since 2010 and held key roles within marketing and education. She frequently visits other holistic centers learning about their culture and organisation.

Executive Director, HCN