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, and 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 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 www.stevenkharper.com/faqs.html.
($30 permit and park entrance fees paid directly to the leader)