Posted by: Stan Russell | February 26, 2010

HWY 1 CARMEL TO CAMBRIA PROJECT UPDATE/Esalen Workshops Discount to Big Sur Residents/Chanterelle Festival & Cook-Off Tonight

Hello Big Sur!

We’ve got a Highway 1 update from Caltrans, a generous offering from Esalen Institute, and a quick reminder that the Big Sur Chanterelle Festival & Cook-Off begins tonight at Big Sur Lodge.

Date: Friday, February 26, 2010
District: 5 – Santa Barbara, SLO, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties
Contact: Susana Z. Cruz (Bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3189


Roadwork continues on a retaining wall project near Gamboa Point, three miles north of Lucia. A temporary signal is in place with work expected to be complete in June. Work hours are Mondays through Fridays from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Traffic is also down to one lane just south of Lucia utilizing stop signs as a new temporary signal will be installed in the coming weeks to perform slide stabilization and exploratory drilling with temporary slope stabilization. Work hours are Mondays through Fridays from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The temporary signal about two miles south of Lucia at Pitkins Curve/Rain Rocks for the bridge/rockshed project remains in operation 24/7 and the project is expected to be complete in 2013.

Rock slope protection continues on Hwy. 1 at Shale Point, nine miles north of Ragged Point or three miles south of Gorda, which are both about seven miles into the Monterey County Line from San Luis Obispo. This segment of Hwy. 1 will continue with roadwork during daytime hours (7:30 am to 5 pm) with reverse one-way traffic control through Mid-April.

Construction continues with the installation of several horizontal drains on Highway 1, one mile north of Ragged Point during the daytime only, with one-way traffic control with flaggers continuing from 7:00 am until 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday and until 2 pm on Fridays. Work is expected to be complete by mid-March, weather permitting.

Caltrans reminds motorists that “we’re here to get you there.”

For more information on you can call the toll-free project hotline at (888) 836-0866 or visit


Big Sur residents (those in the 93920 area code + Palo Colorado) are invited to attend the following upcoming Esalen workshops at a discount when you stay off-property. The local rate for a weekend workshop is $200 and a week-long workshop is $500. This includes all meals, movement classes and the baths. For details and to register, please call 831-667-3005.

March 7-12, 2010 – Alchemy in Art: Glass Fusing with Dana Zed
Art is a happy kind of magic and glass is a particularly magical medium. Clear as water, strong like stone, transparent yet solid, glass can be invisible and yet act as a barrier. Being a synthesis of opposites, it is an ideal medium for us to express our spiritual nature. Participants learn a variety of glass sculpture techniques to give their ideas form. The workshop begins with making individual glass charms and talismans.
Read more here:

March 12-14 – White Lotus Poetry Workshop with Ellen Bass
“In this workshop,” writes Ellen Bass, “we will allow ourselves to extend our roots deeply into the mud of our experience in order to give voice to our poems. This is an opportunity to meet the poems that gestate within us and to engage our greatest resources—attention, courage, precision—in bringing them into being. We will strive for language that is accurate, fresh, and interesting in itself and we will work to create poems whose form, rhythm, language, and meaning work as an effective whole.
Read more here:

March 14-19 – A Yogic Model for Personal Development and Leadership in Challenging Times with Thomas Michael Fortel & Ulrich Schwalb

We are living in exponential times: life around us is not only changing quickly, but also in unexpected directions and unusual ways. This is commonly perceived as a crisis, yet it also is an opportunity to see where we are and to move forward with vision and hope. We may realize that what has brought us to this moment in time will not necessarily bring us to the next place. New orientation, attitude, and awareness are required to bring individuals, managers, and their organizations closer to their goals. We must successfully deal with change without losing sight of what is fundamental to our organizations, people, and to personal development.

Read more here:
For details and to register, please call 831-667-3005.


A quick reminder that the Big Sur Chanterelle Festival and Cook-Off is this weekend, beginning Friday evening with a reception at the Big Sur Lodge. Entertainment supplied by Paige Two Trio and Big SurCus, our very own fire dancers!

You can get your tickets and view the weekend schedule at

That’s all for now.
Stan Russell


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