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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Esalen Institute Summer Series

July 19–21, 2024

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July 22–26, 2024

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Week of July 22–26, 2024
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Welcome to Summer Groove, an exhilarating celebration of sound, creativity, and movement nestled amidst the breathtaking beauty of Esalen Institute. Immerse yourself in a transformative experience that transcends the boundaries of conventional festivals, inviting you to explore the depths of your inner self while connecting with a vibrant, intimate community of like-minded seekers.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Esalen, perched on the rugged cliffs of Big Sur, California, Summer Groove unfolds as a harmonious blend of nature's splendor and artistic expression. The festival is a testament to the belief that the synthesis of sound, creativity, and movement has the power to awaken the spirit and foster a sense of unity among participants.

The heartbeat of Summer Groove is its diverse and eclectic lineup of musicians, artists, and movement facilitators, each carefully curated to provide a multisensory experience that resonates.

Music

Expect an array of musical genres, from soul-stirring live performances to pulsating electronic beats, ensuring that every festival-goer finds their own unique rhythm. The stages, strategically placed to capture the magic of the surroundings, become portals to otherworldly dimensions, where the music becomes a conduit for self-discovery and communal celebration.

Creativity

Interactive art installations, workshops, and collaborative projects dot the festival grounds and add to the musical tapestry. Engage your senses in a kaleidoscope of colors, textures, and mediums as you wander through the artistic wonderland that awaits. Whether you're a seasoned artist or someone looking to unlock their creative potential, the festival provides a space where inspiration flows freely, and the boundaries between artist and observer blur.

Movement

Explore the physicality through yoga, dance, and somatic practices. Guided by experienced facilitators, these movement sessions serve as a gateway to self-discovery, allowing festival-goers to tap into the innate wisdom of their bodies. Whether you find yourself in a sunrise yoga session overlooking the Pacific or engaging in a spontaneous dance under the starlit sky, movement at Summer Groove is a celebration of the body's capacity for expression and joy.

Get playfull and joyfull.

During Esalen's signature summer series, our own faculty will be joined by very special guests to add amazing and delightful programming to each week and weekend.

Feed mind and body.

Savor three hearty, healthy meals per day. Our kitchen draws on global culinary traditions, using the fruits of the Esalen Farm & Garden and other local Big Sur providers to create delicious meals that support holistic health — for you and for the earth.

Create space for reflection.

Esalen’s beloved mineral hot springs perch dramatically over the Pacific Ocean, a juxtaposition of intimate and infinite. A core part of Esalen from its inception, the baths and tubs are an ideal place to reflect, find clarity, and set new intentions.

A man dances facing the Pacific Ocean on the pool deck at Esalen.

Imagine if you pressed pause
on your life for four weeks to
give yourself time and space
to transform.

Featured Special Guest July 22–26

Secular Sabbath

Secular Sabbath is an ambient music centered experience that brings people together in community through the sensory self. Based on our founder's upbringing at Esalen Institute, Secular Sabbath incorporates sensory experiences such as bodywork, breathwork, tea ceremony, and more to bring our whole body/mind/spirit online.

At the heart of Secular Sabbath are the healing properties of ambient music. Music is proven to have deep psychological and subliminal effects on human beings. At Secular Sabbath, we believe that ambient music can help to relax you into your sensory body: the way you hear, smell, taste, touch, and see. Ambient music can inspire you into a state of organic and passive meditation. Thus, ambient music improvised by musical artists in our community is the nexus of our event experience. We incorporate artists who have worldwide success with artists who should have worldwide success and invite them to play ambient music which can vary from instrumental to vocal to modular sets.

Taking inspiration from our wildly popular Summer Groove programming, that featured Sanga of the Valley, Go Within will feature Esalen’s own signature faculty in collaboration with piano, zither, and mbira musician, Laraaji in December Snow Raven (Suor) who will all provide unique experiences that complement the season.

Laraaji | Guest Musician

Laraaji is a visionary musician, composer, and mystic. Having emerged as a pioneering figure in ambient and new age music after a chance encounter with producer Brian Eno in the 70s, his music transcends conventional boundaries, seamlessly merging ambient textures with cosmic vibrations, creating an immersive and deeply introspective sonic journey.

Laraaji joins us for Go Within in December.

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Taking inspiration from our wildly popular Summer Groove programming, that featured Sanga of the Valley, Go Within will feature Esalen’s own signature faculty in collaboration with piano, zither, and mbira musician, Laraaji in December Snow Raven (Suor) who will all provide unique experiences that complement the season.

Laraaji | Guest Musician

December 22–24 & December 25–29

Laraaji is a visionary musician, composer, and mystic. Having emerged as a pioneering figure in ambient and new age music after a chance encounter with producer Brian Eno in the 70s, his music transcends conventional boundaries, seamlessly merging ambient textures with cosmic vibrations, creating an immersive and deeply introspective sonic journey.

Read more.

Taking inspiration from our wildly popular Summer Groove programming, that featured Sanga of the Valley, Go Within will feature Esalen’s own signature faculty in collaboration with piano, zither, and mbira musician, Laraaji in December Snow Raven (Suor) who will all provide unique experiences that complement the season.

Snow Raven (Suor) | Guest Musician

January 8–12

Born in the Republic of Sakha in Arctic Siberia, Snow Raven was three years old when she started to learn the language of birds and animals. An initiate in the shamanic lore of her homeland, she fuses the traditional Sakha sound with electronic expression, her voice and presence true instruments of healing and wonder.

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Meet Our Teachers in Residence

Sadia Bruce

Combining her expertise in breath-centered, therapeutic yoga, her reverence for ecology, her energetic gifts and an understanding of practice as ritual and portal, Sadia guides you to and through a quietly electrifying experience of your own embodiment that frees your energy and ignites your spirit.

Jovinna Chan

Jovinna Chan, E-RYT 500, YACEP, is a trained personal transformational facilitator, yoga teacher trainer, conscious dance teacher, and performing artist. Through an alchemical combination of movement, spiritual inquiry, nature, and sound healing, she leads transformational programs around the world.

Cara Chandler

Cara is a Hatha Yoga RYT certified yoga teacher, Yoga Nidra certified, has a bachelor's in Film & Television studies and a master's in Psychology. She spent over a decade working in the TV industry, helping storytellers find their voice and share authentic stories. Her unique teaching style blends storytelling, movement, and connection with the intuitive voice.

JJ Jeffries

JJ Jeffries is an elder at Esalen — Mentor, Gestalt and Embodied Awareness practitioner, musician, and memory-keeper.  Though being is his preferred state, he is intensely curious about all things doing leading to being.

Micha Merrick

Micha shares vibrational ritual and embodied herbalism as a heartfelt communion with our living ecosystem. Through personal mentorship with shamanic Lahu medicine women of Thailand and spiritual midwives in Bali, Micha currently facilitates the Herbal Clearing Ritual at Esalen, an energetic healing practice combining sound, touch, herbs, and intention. Micha offers sanctuary and grounding in connection with the earth.

Meet Our Teachers in Residence

Sadia Bruce

Sadia Bruce

Ongoing
@breathisalanguage

Sadia Bruce (E-RYT 500, YACEP) combines her expertise in breath-based movement, her reverence for the human experience and her energetic gifts to guide you to an electrifying sense of your own embodiment. With over 20 years of teaching experience across disciplines and contexts, and over 15 years of dedicated yoga practice, Sadia endeavors to create energized, radically inclusive learning environments that are guided by breath and driven by inquiry.

Megan Cassamas

Megan Cassamas

Ongoing
@moja.yoga

For nearly a decade Megan has provided a somatic-based approach to yoga. Her passion is to serve as a guide to support others in bridging meditation and motion in empowering embodiment classes. She is the founder of Moja Yoga.

Jovinna Chan

Jovinna Chan

Ongoing
jovinna.com

Jovinna Chan, E-RYT 500, YACEP, is co-founder of Shakti Initiation Yoga Leadership School and A Wild Life Sanctuary™. She is a certified Soul Motion™ and LetYourYogaDance Teacher, and co-founder of Pranotthan School of Yoga. She leads transformational programs around the world.

Cara Chandler

Cara Chandler

Ongoing
www.lanamaste.com

While at Esalen, Cara realized her path of holistic healing. Using her background in Entertainment paired with yoga, meditation, and psychology, Cara has crafted a practice to support self-expression, self-discovery and cultivate a mind-body connection.

JJ Jeffries

JJ Jeffries

Ongoing

JJ Jeffries resides at the Esalen Institute, and has been offering movement classes here for almost two decades. Though BEING is his preferred state, he is intensely curious about all things DOING leading to BEING. He is a devotee of play and laughter, and welcomes your company.

Micha Merrick

Micha Merrick

Ongoing

Micha shares vibrational ritual and embodied herbalism as a heartfelt communion with our living ecosystem. Through personal mentorship with shamanic Lahu medicine women of Thailand and spiritual midwives in Bali, Micha currently facilitates the Herbal Clearing Ritual at Esalen, an energetic healing practice combining sound, touch, herbs, and intention. Micha offers sanctuary and grounding in connection with the earth.

Deva Munay

Deva Munay

Ongoing
sacredsound.love

Deva is passionate about the transformational power of sacred sound. She has a certificate in Sound Healing from the Globe Institute of Sound & Consciousness in San Francisco, and lives in Big Sur where she leads sound journeys and teaches yoga, meditation, and her signature class The Hive and the Hum, about honeybees and frequency.

Sam Stern

Sam Stern

Ongoing

Sam is the host of the Voices of Esalen podcast, a deep-dive interview program focused on Human Potential, with over 1 million downloads to date. He is a graduate of Brown University and received an MFA in Critical Studies and Integrated Media from CalArts. His greatest pleasure is spending time with his wife Candice and daughter Roxy.

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July 19–21, 2024

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July 22–26, 2024

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