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Steven Harper

Steven Harper

Steven Harper
is a wilderness leader, author, consultant, and Big Sur resident. He has led both traditional and experimental wilderness expeditions internationally for more than 40 years. He has an MA in psychology and his work focuses on mindfulness, Gestalt and somatic practices, and wild nature as a vehicle for awakening.

Big Sur Wilderness Experience: Springtime

Apr 29 - May 04, 2018 Begins in 5 months
with Steven Harper

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.

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Nature and Contemplation: Cultivating Wild Mindfulness

May 13 - 18, 2018 Begins in 5 months
with Steven Harper

The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.
—Henry Miller
Authentic contemplation brings genuine heart and meaning into daily life. From time immemorial, wild nature has called humans to deep introspection. With Big Sur’s awe-inspiring wilderness as our primary teacher we will directly experience both nature and the realms of contemplation.

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Simply Wild: Experiencing Nature

Jun 10 - 15, 2018 Begins in 6 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

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

Jun 15 - 17, 2018 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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