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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Paul Stamets — speaker, author, mycologist, medical researcher and entrepreneur — is considered an intellectual and industry leader in fungi: habitat, medicinal use, and production. He lectures extensively to deepen the understanding and respect for the organisms that literally exist under every footstep taken on this path of life, showing how mushrooms can help the health of people and the planet. His central premise is that habitats have immune systems, just like people, and mushrooms are cellular bridges between the two. He is the author of many books, including Mycelium Running.

Paul Stamets is a speaker, author, mycologist, medical researcher, and entrepreneur. He is considered an intellectual and industry leader in fungi habitat, medicinal use, and production. He lectures extensively to deepen understanding and respect for mushrooms, showing how these organisms can improve the health of both people and the planet.

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Paul Stamets

Paul Stamets — speaker, author, mycologist, medical researcher and entrepreneur — is considered an intellectual and industry leader in fungi: habitat, medicinal use, and production. He lectures extensively to deepen the understanding and respect for the organisms that literally exist under every footstep taken on this path of life, showing how mushrooms can help the health of people and the planet. His central premise is that habitats have immune systems, just like people, and mushrooms are cellular bridges between the two. He is the author of many books, including Mycelium Running.

Paul Stamets is a speaker, author, mycologist, medical researcher, and entrepreneur. He is considered an intellectual and industry leader in fungi habitat, medicinal use, and production. He lectures extensively to deepen understanding and respect for mushrooms, showing how these organisms can improve the health of both people and the planet.

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