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Wildtender Pilgrimage: Big Sur Backpacking Journey to Esalen April 1-7, 2019

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Embark on a rare and transformational journey through the majestic and seldom-traveled backcountry of Big Sur, ending at the sacred coastal grounds and healing waters of Esalen. Among the fleeting gifts of Spring – free-flowing creeks, boundless wildflower fields, and vibrant wildlife – immerse in nature with an intimate wandering village, practicing awareness and community, and learning fundamental skills to feel at home on the earth.
During this workshop, you'll spend April 1-4 hiking and camping in Big Sur's Ventana wilderness. On Friday April 5, you'll arrive at Esalen and spend the weekend there. We will embody the ancient and culturally universal practice of pilgrimage on this journey of body, heart, mind, and soul. Inspired by Esalen’s co-founder Dick Price, who found healing and transformation wandering the Big Sur wild, we will carry only what we need, walk with presence and curiosity, awaken our senses, and gather meaning from our inner and outer landscapes.
We will rise with the sun, hike on historic pioneer and native trails, ascend windswept peaks, and rest and meditate in tranquil valleys. As the sun sets behind the mountains, we will share stories and meals by the fire, and sleep beneath a blanket of stars during April’s new moon.
As we wander, we will respond to what the Big Sur landscape reveals and our souls call for, engaging awareness-expanding and nature-connecting practices. Our wild pilgrimage will unfold over four days/nights on the trail, and complete with a weekend at Esalen to connect with its powerful land, community, and psycho-spiritual offerings.
Note: This program is through the Wildtender organization, with Esalen sponsoring the weekend portion only. Registration for this program is through Wildtender. Please visit for complete trip details and to register. Only after you have completed this process will you be able to reserve a room with Esalen for the weekend gathering (see
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