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Esalen's 50th

Esalen's 50th

Two of my favorite people - Stephen Mitchell and Byron Katie at Esalen's 50th.

Two of my favorite people - Stephen Mitchell and Byron Katie at Esalen's 50th.

Ceremony at Esalen's 50th celebration

Ceremony at Esalen's 50th celebration

Kitchen workers prepare focaccia bread for the evening dinner, at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Calif., on Tuesday September 11, 2012. The Institute is celebrating it's 50th anniversary this year. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle / SF

Esalen Institute turns 50 this year

Kitchen workers prepare focaccia bread for the evening dinner, at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Calif., on Tuesday September 11, 2012. The Institute is celebrating it's 50th anniversary this year. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle / SF

Monarch butterflies are found throughout the vegetables gardens at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Calif., on Wednesday September 12, 2012.  The Institute is celebrating it's 50th anniversary this year. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle / SF

Esalen Institute turns 50 this year

Monarch butterflies are found throughout the vegetables gardens at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Calif., on Wednesday September 12, 2012. The Institute is celebrating it's 50th anniversary this year. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle / SF

Esalen Institute at Big Sur, CA  This year is its 50th anniversary

Esalen Institute at Big Sur, CA This year is its 50th anniversary

Their goal was to create a space where people could explore and practice what Aldous Huxley called “human potentialities” — or various holistic approaches to wellness and personal transformation that involved the body, mind, and spirit.

Esalen: 50 Years Ago, A 'Crazy Place On A Godforsaken Road' Launched The New Age Movement

Their goal was to create a space where people could explore and practice what Aldous Huxley called “human potentialities” — or various holistic approaches to wellness and personal transformation that involved the body, mind, and spirit.

Guests, volunteers and staff gather during lunch on the outdoor dining deck, at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Calif., on Wednesday September 12, 2012.  The Institute is celebrating it's 50th anniversary this year. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle / SF

Esalen Institute turns 50 this year

Guests, volunteers and staff gather during lunch on the outdoor dining deck, at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Calif., on Wednesday September 12, 2012. The Institute is celebrating it's 50th anniversary this year. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle / SF

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