Esalen is open!

Starting Friday May 17 at 6:30 a.m., Highway 1 north of Esalen will reopen with the use of a 24/7 signalized traffic control, providing unrestricted public access with one-way alternating traffic in both the north and southbound directions. Please plan travel accordingly to accommodate a brief delay of up to 10-15 minutes at the traffic control site.

Highway 1 south of Esalen remains closed. Guests traveling from points south of us, please take the alternate route through Monterey.

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Due to road closures along Highway 1 to our north and south, Esalen is closed through April 11.
Esalen Institute is open! However, Highway 1 to the south is closed — please review the alternate route directions.

Esalen opens May 3, 2024

Visitors are now able to access Esalen as well as other businesses and trails in northern Big Sur via twice-daily convoys on Highway 1 operated by Caltrans.

Convoys run only at 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. each day. These are the only opportunities to travel into and out of Big Sur, so visitors must plan accordingly.

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Dr. Claudia J. Ford has had a career in women’s health and international development spanning four decades and all continents. Claudia is an ethnobotanist and midwife, who studies traditional ecological knowledge, women’s reproductive health, and agricultural and food justice. Dr. Ford is on faculty at State University of New York, Potsdam and also serves on the boards of The Biodynamic Association and the Soul Fire Farm Institute. Claudia is also a writer, poet, and visual artist, and a single mother who has shared the delights and adventures of her global travel with her four children.

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Dr. Claudia J. Ford has had a career in women’s health and international development spanning four decades and all continents. Claudia is an ethnobotanist and midwife, who studies traditional ecological knowledge, women’s reproductive health, and agricultural and food justice. Dr. Ford is on faculty at State University of New York, Potsdam and also serves on the boards of The Biodynamic Association and the Soul Fire Farm Institute. Claudia is also a writer, poet, and visual artist, and a single mother who has shared the delights and adventures of her global travel with her four children.

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