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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Rachel Nicks

Rachel Nicks was born in Oakland, CA and resides in New York City. Rachel has fully committed her life to her boys and her nonprofit, Birth Queen. Previously, she was a founding Mirror trainer and a lululemon ambassador. Rachel is a certified Hatha yoga, barre, TRX, kettlebell, pilates, and pre/postnatal fitness instructor. She is a doula, lactation counselor, Juilliard Trained actor, and mother of two sons. 

Movement has always been a part of Rachel’s life, and she enjoys dusting off and flexing her skills with her boys. She has appeared in many plays and TV shows, and has a new role in Anthony Mackie’s new film Elevation

As a trainer, Rachel has always had a passion for mothers. She has collected numerous tools to support prenatal and postpartum women and is obsessed with the pelvic floor. She is determined to educate and equip women with the tools for a functioning pelvic floor. In 2021, she founded her nonprofit, Birth Queen, to combat the Black maternal health crisis. Rachel is committed to empowering Black mothers and families to thrive and live a life of joy and abundance. “Choose Joy daily.”

Rachel Nicks was born in Oakland, CA. She is a mother of two beautiful sons and resides in New York City. She is a trainer, doula, lactation counselor, actor, and the founder of Birth Queen, a nonprofit to combat the Black maternal health crisis.

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Rachel Nicks

Rachel Nicks was born in Oakland, CA and resides in New York City. Rachel has fully committed her life to her boys and her nonprofit, Birth Queen. Previously, she was a founding Mirror trainer and a lululemon ambassador. Rachel is a certified Hatha yoga, barre, TRX, kettlebell, pilates, and pre/postnatal fitness instructor. She is a doula, lactation counselor, Juilliard Trained actor, and mother of two sons. 

Movement has always been a part of Rachel’s life, and she enjoys dusting off and flexing her skills with her boys. She has appeared in many plays and TV shows, and has a new role in Anthony Mackie’s new film Elevation

As a trainer, Rachel has always had a passion for mothers. She has collected numerous tools to support prenatal and postpartum women and is obsessed with the pelvic floor. She is determined to educate and equip women with the tools for a functioning pelvic floor. In 2021, she founded her nonprofit, Birth Queen, to combat the Black maternal health crisis. Rachel is committed to empowering Black mothers and families to thrive and live a life of joy and abundance. “Choose Joy daily.”

Rachel Nicks was born in Oakland, CA. She is a mother of two beautiful sons and resides in New York City. She is a trainer, doula, lactation counselor, actor, and the founder of Birth Queen, a nonprofit to combat the Black maternal health crisis.

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