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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George Kohlrieser

George Kohlrieser is a Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the Institute of Management Development (IMD) Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is the creator and director of IMD’s High Performance Leadership Program and the Advanced High Performance Leadership Program. He is also known worldwide for his keynotes and workshops on such topics as high performance leadership, conflict management, dialogue and negotiation, coaching, stress management, and personal and professional development. George is a best-selling, award-winning author of two books (Hostage at the Table and Care to Dare), a veteran hostage negotiator, an organizational and clinical psychologist, and a media spokesperson. He has been a workshop leader at Esalen since 1979.

George Kohlrieser is Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the Institute of Management Development (IMD) Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is a best-selling, award-winning author of two leadership books, a veteran hostage negotiator, and an organizational and clinical psychologist. He has been a workshop leader at Esalen since 1979.

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George Kohlrieser

George Kohlrieser is a Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the Institute of Management Development (IMD) Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is the creator and director of IMD’s High Performance Leadership Program and the Advanced High Performance Leadership Program. He is also known worldwide for his keynotes and workshops on such topics as high performance leadership, conflict management, dialogue and negotiation, coaching, stress management, and personal and professional development. George is a best-selling, award-winning author of two books (Hostage at the Table and Care to Dare), a veteran hostage negotiator, an organizational and clinical psychologist, and a media spokesperson. He has been a workshop leader at Esalen since 1979.

George Kohlrieser is Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the Institute of Management Development (IMD) Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is a best-selling, award-winning author of two leadership books, a veteran hostage negotiator, and an organizational and clinical psychologist. He has been a workshop leader at Esalen since 1979.

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