Esalen Institute is open! However, Highway 1 to the south is closed — please review the current travel advisory.
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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 current travel advisory.

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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Susan Bauer-Wu

Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN integrates her experience as a clinician, meditation teacher, researcher, and leader in health care and contemplative science. She has journeyed the last phases of life with scores of people, and recently has deepened her work in service to the climate crisis. Her book A Future We Can Love is “medicine for despair and anxiety about climate change,” that draws parallels between grief and love for the planet and facing one’s own mortality. A lifelong seeker, Susan has explored different wisdom and faith traditions, including being a student and practitioner of Buddhism for over three decades. She completed a PhD in psychoneuroimmunology and post-doctoral training in behavioral medicine, and received one of the first NIH grants to study meditation while at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. In 2021, she was recognized as one of “the most powerful women in the mindfulness movement.” For eight years, Susan was the president of the Mind & Life Institute, a non-profit with global reach co-founded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She is also the author of Leaves Falling Gently. Currently with Coming to Life (coming-to-life.com), Susan guides individuals and groups in preparing for death while affirming life.

Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, is a contemplative scientist, a mindfulness teacher, and the author of A Future We Can Love: Effective Approaches to the Climate Crisis that Begin with Us. She is the former president of the Mind & Life Institute.

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Susan Bauer-Wu

Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN integrates her experience as a clinician, meditation teacher, researcher, and leader in health care and contemplative science. She has journeyed the last phases of life with scores of people, and recently has deepened her work in service to the climate crisis. Her book A Future We Can Love is “medicine for despair and anxiety about climate change,” that draws parallels between grief and love for the planet and facing one’s own mortality. A lifelong seeker, Susan has explored different wisdom and faith traditions, including being a student and practitioner of Buddhism for over three decades. She completed a PhD in psychoneuroimmunology and post-doctoral training in behavioral medicine, and received one of the first NIH grants to study meditation while at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. In 2021, she was recognized as one of “the most powerful women in the mindfulness movement.” For eight years, Susan was the president of the Mind & Life Institute, a non-profit with global reach co-founded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She is also the author of Leaves Falling Gently. Currently with Coming to Life (coming-to-life.com), Susan guides individuals and groups in preparing for death while affirming life.

Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, is a contemplative scientist, a mindfulness teacher, and the author of A Future We Can Love: Effective Approaches to the Climate Crisis that Begin with Us. She is the former president of the Mind & Life Institute.

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