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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Shauna Shapiro

Shauna Shapiro, PhD is a best-selling author, and psychologist. She is an internationally recognized expert in mindfulness and self-compassion. She is a professor at Santa Clara University, publishing over 150 papers and three critically-acclaimed books translated into 16 languages.

Dr. Shapiro has presented her research to the King of Thailand, the Danish Government, Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Summit, the World Council for Psychotherapy, and to Fortune 100 Companies including Google, Cisco Systems, and LinkedIn. Her work is featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Oprah, NPR, and the American Psychologist. Dr. Shapiro is a summa cum laude graduate of Duke University and a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, co-founded by the Dalai Lama. Her TEDx Talk, The Power of Mindfulness, has been viewed over 3 million times.

Shauna Shapiro, PhD is a best-selling author, professor, and clinical psychologist. She is an internationally recognized expert in mindfulness and self-compassion. Dr. Shapiro has published over 150 papers and three critically-acclaimed books. Her TEDx Talk, What You Practice Grows Stronger, has been viewed over 2.5 million times.

Shauna Shapiro

Shauna Shapiro, PhD is a best-selling author, and psychologist. She is an internationally recognized expert in mindfulness and self-compassion. She is a professor at Santa Clara University, publishing over 150 papers and three critically-acclaimed books translated into 16 languages.

Dr. Shapiro has presented her research to the King of Thailand, the Danish Government, Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Summit, the World Council for Psychotherapy, and to Fortune 100 Companies including Google, Cisco Systems, and LinkedIn. Her work is featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Oprah, NPR, and the American Psychologist. Dr. Shapiro is a summa cum laude graduate of Duke University and a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, co-founded by the Dalai Lama. Her TEDx Talk, The Power of Mindfulness, has been viewed over 3 million times.

Shauna Shapiro, PhD is a best-selling author, professor, and clinical psychologist. She is an internationally recognized expert in mindfulness and self-compassion. Dr. Shapiro has published over 150 papers and three critically-acclaimed books. Her TEDx Talk, What You Practice Grows Stronger, has been viewed over 2.5 million times.

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