Joanna Claassen Ferraro
has been an outdoor and early childhood educator since 2000. She runs Early Ecology, an outdoor educational program for children and families in the Bay Area, and is a former director of Esalen Institute’s Gazebo School Park. Joanna is inspired by the natural world, human kindness, and the power of play.
Inspired by Big Sur's wild nature and the heartfelt path of fatherhood, this family workshop will be a weekend of laughter, exploration, and connection. There will be stories around the campfire, games, discussion, and time for all to be nourished by Esalen's healing land and waters. We will use Esalen's Gazebo School Park, designed for children to climb, bike, garden, make music, dance, and care for farm animals, as well as the art barn and Esalen's extraordinary and expansive grounds.