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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Nora Matten

Nora is passionate about teaching people to come more deeply into contact with themselves and others through the art of touching with presence, sensitivity and listening hands. Her journey into the healing arts began at age fourteen when she took her first Reiki class and continued when she first found her way to Esalen in 1999. Since then, Nora devoted her life to the exploration of body, mind, heart and spirit that lead her into studying many forms of bodywork, Gestalt awareness practice, yoga, dance, movement-based expressive arts therapy at the Tamalpa Institute, prenatal and birth therapy training with Ray Castellino, as well as becoming a TRE tension/trauma releasing exercise provider. All of her work is supported by her studies of the Diamond Approach for self-realization.​

She teaches Esalen massage at Esalen Institute, Bali, Australia and Spain. After being a long term Esalen® Massage Crew member she is now in the San Francisco Bay Area in private practice.

Nora is passionate about teaching people to come more deeply into contact with themselves and others through the art of touching with presence, sensitivity and listening hands. She draws on twenty-three years of exploring body, mind, heart and soul as an Esalen® Massage practitioner and international teacher with focus on massage and embodiment.

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Nora Matten

Nora is passionate about teaching people to come more deeply into contact with themselves and others through the art of touching with presence, sensitivity and listening hands. Her journey into the healing arts began at age fourteen when she took her first Reiki class and continued when she first found her way to Esalen in 1999. Since then, Nora devoted her life to the exploration of body, mind, heart and spirit that lead her into studying many forms of bodywork, Gestalt awareness practice, yoga, dance, movement-based expressive arts therapy at the Tamalpa Institute, prenatal and birth therapy training with Ray Castellino, as well as becoming a TRE tension/trauma releasing exercise provider. All of her work is supported by her studies of the Diamond Approach for self-realization.​

She teaches Esalen massage at Esalen Institute, Bali, Australia and Spain. After being a long term Esalen® Massage Crew member she is now in the San Francisco Bay Area in private practice.

Nora is passionate about teaching people to come more deeply into contact with themselves and others through the art of touching with presence, sensitivity and listening hands. She draws on twenty-three years of exploring body, mind, heart and soul as an Esalen® Massage practitioner and international teacher with focus on massage and embodiment.

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