June 11-16, 2017
Simply Wild: Experiencing Nature
Esalen Institute
Steven Harper

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done.

~ Mary Oliver

The week is simple. We stroll through the wilds of Big Sur on hikes, soak in the natural mineral hot springs, eat good wholesome food, commune with ourselves, others, and nature. With the bare attention of awareness and wilderness as our teacher we show up for our life as it unfolds moment to moment. We make inquiry into to the process of getting out of our own way — doing less and being more. Cultivating silence, space, and simplicity we come into intimate contact with the raw beauty of this mysterious world.

The group ventures out each day on hikes 4-8 miles in length, exploring the unique natural diversity at the meeting of mountain and sea. From ocean beach to deep canyon to open ridgeline, Big Sur in summer offers an invitation to be fully alive. Simple practices that encourage awareness and contemplation (“how to be idle and blessed”) are shared with the group as well as the wonders of the rich natural history of Big Sur. No previous experience in simplicity or nature is required. More information and a waiver will be sent upon registration. For an equipment list and frequently asked questions about Steven's workshops, visit FAQs.

($30 permit and park-entrance fees will be added to workshop cost)

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stone ridge in Big Sur
High above the fog the beauty of the Big Sur calls us to aliveness.

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