Sunday, October 21, 2012

IMAGINE - Esalen and Joan Baez

Esalen Institute just celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a Concert by Joan Baez.
 In Big Sur, California, Esalen, with its hot baths, is a magical spot. A spiritual retreat since the time of the region's Native Americans.  Joan Baez is just one of the famous, and non-famous longtime visitors.  She has been performing in Big Sur since the sixties.

 The swimming pool and massage tables balanced on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. 

 Mosaic Garden Designs of Succulents & Stones

Esslen's Organic Food Garden
Pathway Entrance to the (Clothing Optional) Baths
Ms. Baez performed many of her iconic songs from the sixties, and a new song by Dylan. A family affair, she was accompanied by her son Gabe, joined by her niece Pearl, and sitting in the audience was her 99 year old mother.

Her touching finale was the John Lennon song "Imagine". 

Peace and Love,

(Credits: Photo showing Judy Collins, Mimi Farina (sister of Baez) and Joan Baez from Esalen, 1960's; Photo of Joan wearing a Kiyote of Big Sur jacket.)


  1. As a child of the 60's & a true fan of Joan Baez, I really love & appreciate this post. Thanks!

  2. Loved this too!
    Have heard often of Esalen and the Big Sur. Joan Baez... used to strum guitar and sing some of her songs in the 70's.. many memories!.
    But this is the best... you were there. Wow!