Steven Harper

Steven Harper

Steven Harper
is a wilderness guide, author, artist, and Big Sur resident. He has led both traditional and experimental wilderness expeditions internationally for more than 35 years. He has an MA in psychology and his work focuses on wild nature as a vehicle for awakening.

Big Sur Wilderness Experience: Springtime

Apr 17 - 22, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Steven Harper with Stacy Carlson

Esalen is the trailhead to one of the most spectacular mountainous coastlines in the world. With the Big Sur wilderness as the primary teacher, participants will explore the beauty of this alive and wild coast, from ancient redwood-forested canyons to dramatic coastal beaches, from rugged rocky mountains to the soft grassy slopes of the Big Sur hills. Drawing from nature and various experiential awareness practices, individuals will be encouraged to open both to the natural world and to the landscapes of their inner world. It is said that Big Sur is not just a place but a state of mind.


Simply Wild: Experiencing Nature

Jun 12 - 17, 2016 Begins in 6 months
with Steven Harper with Adam Rumack

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


Fathers and Sons: Celebrating Father’s Day in the Tradition of the Old Ways

Jun 17 - 19, 2016 Begins in 6 months
with Steven Harper, Kes Harper & Kai 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.



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