Waking Up in the Wilds of Big Sur, at Esalen


  • Esalen Institute 55000 California 1 Big Sur, CA, 93920 United States

You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.
Give up all the other worlds
Except the one in which you belong.
-David Whyte

Just as a redwood emerges from and within the rich ecology of a forest, so humans emerge from the world around them, and through relationships with one another and with self. To awaken again and again to the truth of our interconnectedness and shared destiny is a practice of belonging to the world in all its beauty and wildness.

This five-day workshop will weave mindful awareness practices with time hiking on the trails of Big Sur. The week will include days out on the trails mixed with body-based awareness techniques, storytelling, and community building through the practice of council. The Way of Council, as developed by the Ojai Foundation, is a blend of listening and communication practices that empower and support community building, trust, healing, and a sense of common purpose. You also will have ample time to relax at the Esalen baths and enjoy all the place has to offer. The week is aimed at evoking a sensed experience of connection with ourselves, one another, and the more-than-human world.

Participants should be prepared for some vigorous physical activity with hikes ranging from 3-7 miles. Previous hiking is recommended, but not necessary.

More information, including an equipment list and a waiver will be sent upon registration.

($30 materials fee will be added to the workshop cost)

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