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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Marques Redd

Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Marques Redd is a multimedia artist, independent scholar, and traditional African cosmologist who has been trained in Afro-Cuban, ancient Egyptian, Yoruba, Dogon, Igbo, and Dagara spiritual systems. His film Obi Mbu (The Primordial House): An Igbo Creation Myth (2021) has been screened in art museums and theaters in New York City, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and North Carolina. With the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, he launched a public art collaboration entitled Playing the Cosmic Strings (2021) that features his image on a 1,200 sq. ft. billboard. As an art curator, he has organized exhibitions in Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Tampa, and Miami. He is currently an artist-in-residence at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, and his collection of glass sculptures will be presented in a solo exhibition called The Myth-Science of the Gatekeepers in 2024. He has published academic essays on the jazz musician Sun Ra and the novelist Ishmael Reed, and he has contributed exhibition essays for art institutions such as the Silver Eye Center for Photography, ClampArt, and Women of Visions. He will soon be opening an online art gallery called The Redd Studio and publishing his book Ancient Origins, Future Destinies: Blackness, World Creativity, and the Word.

Dr. Marques Redd is a traditional African cosmologist, independent scholar, filmmaker, sculptor, and art curator based in Pittsburgh, PA. He has degrees from Harvard and UC-Berkeley and has trained in Afro-Cuban, ancient Egyptian, Yoruba, Dogon, Igbo, and Dagara spiritual systems.

Marques Redd

Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Marques Redd is a multimedia artist, independent scholar, and traditional African cosmologist who has been trained in Afro-Cuban, ancient Egyptian, Yoruba, Dogon, Igbo, and Dagara spiritual systems. His film Obi Mbu (The Primordial House): An Igbo Creation Myth (2021) has been screened in art museums and theaters in New York City, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and North Carolina. With the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, he launched a public art collaboration entitled Playing the Cosmic Strings (2021) that features his image on a 1,200 sq. ft. billboard. As an art curator, he has organized exhibitions in Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Tampa, and Miami. He is currently an artist-in-residence at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, and his collection of glass sculptures will be presented in a solo exhibition called The Myth-Science of the Gatekeepers in 2024. He has published academic essays on the jazz musician Sun Ra and the novelist Ishmael Reed, and he has contributed exhibition essays for art institutions such as the Silver Eye Center for Photography, ClampArt, and Women of Visions. He will soon be opening an online art gallery called The Redd Studio and publishing his book Ancient Origins, Future Destinies: Blackness, World Creativity, and the Word.

Dr. Marques Redd is a traditional African cosmologist, independent scholar, filmmaker, sculptor, and art curator based in Pittsburgh, PA. He has degrees from Harvard and UC-Berkeley and has trained in Afro-Cuban, ancient Egyptian, Yoruba, Dogon, Igbo, and Dagara spiritual systems.

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