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 in the News


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Women's Health Magazine | June 2023
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Knowledge and Science Bulletin Board System | May 2023
Unlock Your Potential with These Top-Rated Personal Growth Retreats Near Me
The New York Times | May 2023
Want to Fix Your Mind? Let Your Body Talk
The Bay Area Reporter | May 2023
Queer African-centric retreat coming to Big Sur
Observer | March 2023
The Best Hotels in Big Sur
Integral Life – Deep Transformation Podcast | February 2023
Michael Murphy: The Human Potential Movement Then and Now
Walnut Creek Magazine | January 2023
California's Healing Hot Springs


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