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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 800.628.6500 or email

Daily Group Hike

Sip Like a Sommelier

Slip Into Sleep Wellness (COMING SOON)

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

Flora and Fauna of Big Sur

Join one of our naturalists and Big Sur residents 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

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.

Duration: 90 minutes
Price: $200 per person

Organic Garden Tour

Circle of Life Meditation Experience

Glass House Art Classes

Expand your creative boundaries by joining us at the Glass House Gallery for a class featuring a local artist. You’ll learn new skills, find new inspiration and create a new piece of artwork to take home.

Duration: 2.5 hours
Price: $395 per person/$475 per couple

Photography Hike Workshop

The Jack Kerouac Experience

This driving tour by Big Sur Guides and Hiking is a photographer's dream come true! Traverse the Old Coast Road — the original coastal highway stretching from Andrew Molera State Park to Bixby Bridge — in your own car, following your guide along a well-maintained dirt road offering vistas of the Ventana Wilderness. We’ll picnic along the Little Sur River, saying hello along the way to old-growth redwoods and a variety of wildlife.

Duration: 2 hours
Price: $225

The Big Sur Galleries Tour

Join Big Sur Guides and Hiking on a tour of area galleries — a rare opportunity to see the art of Big Sur and meet some of the artists as well. Discover treasures at the Hawthorne Gallery, the Coast Gallery, The Big Sur Arts Initiative Gallery, The Phoenix Shop at Nepenthe and The Heartbeat Gallery, before finishing with a Champagne toast at Ventana’s Glass House Gallery. There will be surprises along the way, including a picnic lunch on the Big Sur River.

Duration:2 to 3 hours

Spiritual Hiking Excursion and Hermitage Tour

This excursion provides a special focus on the intense spirituality one can experience here in Big Sur. Your senses will awaken among the cathedral-like redwoods, cascading waterfalls, wildlife, flora and fauna. You will learn about forest bathing and the powerful connections that nature can provide. Your spirit will soar as you take in the breathtaking beauty of the untamed Pacific Ocean, rugged coastline and rock formations. The experience culminates in a picnic lunch and tour of the New Camaldoli Hermitage property, which features unsurpassed ocean views and a serene chapel where you can pause to pray, reflect or simply admire the peaceful setting.

Duration:4 hours
Price:$250 per person

Wild Foraging Hike

This seasonal hiking excursion in the wet months of autumn/winter takes us to the forest in search of some of the most sought-after wild foods — mushrooms. You’ll learn how to look for wild mushrooms with a specialist guide who will teach you how to identify edible and nonedible varieties, along with medicinal plants such as Redwood Sorrel, California Sagebrush and Bay Laurel. A picnic lunch is included.

Duration:3 hours
Price:$225 per person

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