Becoming Of The Land: Right Relationship Without Dominance - Understanding The Terrains We Inhabit
December 17–20, 2021
December 17, 2021
December 20, 2021
with Vivien Sansour
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Have you ever wondered what lives under your feet? Who inhabits the ingredients that make up the very soil, and enriches the vegetables that feed us? Have you wondered about the history witnessed by the diverse cultures of nature within the mountains you hike and the trees whose shade you lay under? Even the Pacific breeze — have you ever contemplated whose lungs it has filled over centuries of love and trauma?

In this workshop, we are going to humble ourselves so we can become one with the ground under our feet, and listen to the world around us. We will ask these questions of ourselves and contemplate the world around us:

  • What can we learn about the past?
  • How can we learn more about who we are through the natural elements surrounding us so we can become better inhabitants?

And through it all, we will strive together to work towards designing a more wholesome future.

In a series of exercises that involve contemplation, walking meditation, and explorations of plants, writing, and storytelling we will engage in a process of learning by spending time with the land, with each other, and with ourselves.

We will unlock the sacred trilogy of bird, soil, and plant in order to develop a deeper understanding of the terrain.

We welcome you to join us in a process that does not have a set outcome. This process is open and exploratory and invites us each to face our pains, embrace them, and welcome new life. In this workshop, you will…

  • Get to know the plant life found on this sacred piece of land.
  • Learn about land witness, and how to bring it into your daily life.
  • Explore your life and this land through the practices of writing, storytelling, and walking.
  • Engage in imagining a new design for our world.

This is an interactive, contemplative workshop that will entail sharing intimate stories while at the same time listening and engaging natural elements. Everyone is welcome. Walking the land will be part of this program, so please come prepared to walk over uneven and sometimes damp terrain throughout the property.

Vivien Sansour

Vivien Sansour

Vivien Sansour is an artist, storyteller, researcher, and conservationist who uses images, sketches, film, soil, seeds, and plants to enliven old cultural tales in contemporary presentations and to advocate for seed conservation and the protection of agrobiodiversity as a cultural/political act. She founded the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library and her art has been showcased internationally.

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Workshop Schedule

Fri 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sat 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Sat 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sun 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Sun 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Mon 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

More activities can be found on our open class schedule.

See general schedule information including arrival, departure and meal times.

Accommodations & Tuition

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COVID Update

Effective November 19, 2021, in accordance with new guidance from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are no longer required to wear masks indoors on campus. Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Starting November 5, 2021, due to substantial levels of COVID-19 transmission in Monterey County, a mask mandate established by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors will go into effect. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

All guests will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival starting September 3, 2021. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Masks are no longer mandated indoors or outdoors, except during massage sessions. Guests are not required to provide testing or vaccination verification before arriving on campus. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

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