An Invitation to Inspiration
For centuries, the stunning beauty and powerful geography of Big Sur have beckoned artists, authors, musicians, thinkers and spiritual leaders seeking creative inspiration, personal transformation and inner well-being. Now, the Alila Experience Program extends a similar invitation to you, with workshops and activities designed to help you develop a deeper connection to yourself, your partner and the natural world
We invite you to explore the following menu of workshops and discover which experiences most resonate with you. All workshops are focused on couples, but can be adapted to group and/or single participants. For reservations or more information, please contact The Glass House Gallery at Ventana at
844.363.2096 or email . [email protected] PHOTOGRAPHY HIKE WORKSHOP
The topography of Big Sur has fueled the dreams of seekers and nature lovers for hundreds of years. Learn how to capture it on film in this photography workshop and guided hike around Ventana’s wilderness. You’ll hike some of the most beautiful trails in California and learn powerful image-making techniques to improve composition, light exposure and visual language — regardless of your skill level, camera or previous experience.
Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours Price: $180 per person / $300 per couple For reservations and availability, please email . [email protected] FALCONRY EXPERIENCE
Join Master Falconer Antonio Balestreri for an exciting introduction to hawks and falcons, where you’ll learn about the role of raptors in the Big Sur environment, see a flight demonstration, have a meet-and-greet with the birds, enjoy photo opportunities and more. Private and group experiences include a “hawk walk,” a short hike where you’ll be accompanied by a special flying guest, and even a special engagement package where a hawk will fly the proposal to your intended recipient!
Duration: 1.5 hours Price: $175 per person For reservations and availability, please email . [email protected] flora & fauna of big sur
Join our naturalist and Big Sur resident Jamie for a hike of your choosing, an outdoor adventure that inspires your spirit. Climb up to the ridge, stroll along one of our beautiful beaches or meander through the majestic redwood forest — whatever you choose, local flora and fauna await at every turn. See brush rabbits. Bats. Even humpback whales and dolphins. And don’t forget to look up for raptors and condors!
Duration: 2 hours Price: $100 per person / $180 per couple For reservations and availability, please email . [email protected] coastal cuisine with chef paul
Cook a seasonal feast with ingredients harvested from our organic garden as you learn about Central Coast cuisine. This demonstration and lunch with Ventana Big Sur Executive Chef Paul Corsentino is an experience, an adventure, a conversation that ultimately leads to an opportunity to create and inspire. You’ll share your creations with others, too, as you enjoy a family-style meal around our communal table and celebrate a special afternoon.
Duration: 3 hours Price: $185 per person / $350 per couple For reservations and availability, please email . [email protected] Sip Like A Sommelier
Learn about wine — and the special stories of this rich and fertile region — with Thomas McKay, Ventana Big Sur’s resident wine expert. We’ll focus on the Santa Lucia Highlands (SLH), a neighbor to us and one of the state’s premier winemaking districts, featuring exceptional (and highly rated) pinot noirs and chardonnays. Paired with delicacies from the delicious coastal cuisine of Executive Chef Paul Corsentino, this truly is a food and wine experience to remember.
Duration: 1 hour Price: $125 per person For reservations and availability, please email . [email protected] slip into sleep wellness
The impact of stress extends beyond waking hours — it can interrupt your sleep, compromising your ability to perform at your best. This innovative and gentle hypnotherapy treatment will allow you to de-stress in minutes, leaving you relaxed, calm and free of tension. Soon, you'll be on your way to deeper, sounder sleep! A recording of the session will be yours to take home, and the self-hypnosis techniques you learn will prove beneficial long after your visit to Ventana. Duration: 80 minutes Price: $500 per person
Duration: 80 minutes Price: $500 per person For reservations and availability, please email . [email protected]