June 15-17, 2018
Fathers and Sons: Celebrating Father's Day in the Tradition of the Old Ways
Esalen Institute
Steven Harper, Kai Harper, & Kes Harper

It is a wise child that knows his own father. ~ Homer

It is a wise father that knows his own child. ~ William Shakespeare

Over the ages, fathers and sons have journeyed together into the wilds of nature, traveling light, living simply, and stepping together on the path of what is known and what is unknown as students and teachers for one another. This weekend is a time for fathers and sons to come together as individuals, family, and community to explore the natural wild areas of Big Sur and the relationship of father and son in a community of men.

“Our time together is simple,” says Steven. “Participants will be introduced to basic contemplative and awareness practices from various wisdom traditions. Our time outdoors during the weekend will be spent on a day hike (4 to 6 miles in length) into the rugged beauty of Big Sur and on the Esalen grounds. Much of our time will be in silence, quiet dialog, and reflective exercises that invite participants to pay attention to that which has heart and meaning. During indoor sessions, we will share experience, stories of the path, and poems of inspiration…with a touch of creative humor to add balance.”

Longtime Esalen leader, Steven Harper and his two sons, Kai and Kes, will lead the weekend. This father-and-son team, along with the group, will weave together an eclectic mix that draws from collective life experience and training. All levels of experience are welcome; however, the group is limited to participants fourteen years and older. More information and a waiver will be sent upon registration. For an equipment list and frequently asked questions about Steven's workshops, visit FAQs.

($20 permit and park-entrance fees will be added to workshop cost)

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Secret swimming hole
Deep in a redwood canyon the creek calls out for a dip.

Group photo on father's day
Fathers and sons at Esalen

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