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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 19 - 24 Begins in 1 month
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.


Walk on the Wild Side: Hiking the Big Sur Country

May 17 - 22 Begins in 2 months
with Steven Harper with Adam Rumack

"What’s the quickest way out of the city?" John Muir is reported to have asked a stranger on the street of the metropolis in which Muir had just arrived. "Where do you want to go?" the man asked. "Anywhere that is wild," Muir replied.

This week is straightforward. You day-hike the mountainous paths into the wilds of Big Sur, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and soak in Esalen’s natural hot springs overlooking the waves of the Pacific—in short, you let yourself touch and be touched by Nature.


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

Jun 19 - 21 Begins in 3 months
with 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.


Simply Wild: Experiencing Nature

Jun 21 - 26 Begins in 3 months
with 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 Nature of Movement

Jul 26 - 31 Begins in 4 months
with Steven Harper

Throughout the ages and across cultural traditions, nature has inspired the human spirit. The wilderness of Big Sur allows us to imprint the collective wisdom of this alive and wild coast in our bodies. The ancient redwood-forested canyons, dramatic meeting of earth and sea, and soft grassy hills remind us of the presence, wisdom, and deep sense of belonging that live in each of us.



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