The hunger to belong is at the heart of our nature.
– John O’Donohue
These uncertain times have shaken and are shaking our habitual ways of being. Individually and collectively, we are experiencing anxiety, disconnection, and the reality of impermanence even as we begin our journey into the still-forming “new normal.” Now more than ever, we need to let our somatic system know safety by connecting to our somatic intelligence, easing into social connections and the natural world — so we may settle and ground in our organism’s capacity for responsiveness, resilience and co-regulation.
A sense of deep belonging and connection is the natural state of our being. Our nervous system and physiology are wired to feel belonging. We are being called to greet change in manners not previously known to most of us — individually and collectively. To know and feel our belonging in these times asks us to grow awareness — to have courage to feel our vulnerability, cultivate curiosity, and increase our capacity for authentic compassion.
Together, we'll explore using a variety of practices..
Listening deeply, life conspires to let us know our interconnectedness even in the midst of the unknowable. We will draw from various wisdom traditions, contemplative practices, contemporary somatic and neuropsychology to explore ancient, yet new ways of belonging to ourselves, others, and to the other-than-human world to which we are participate. When we embody the birthright of our interconnectedness and the ground of belonging, ever-changing life lives through us.
Please expect to be outdoors, on the Esalen grounds. We will work in group, paired, and solo practices. This workshop will take place on Esalen grounds.
Steven Harper is a wilderness leader, author, personal and organizational facilitator, and Big Sur resident. He has led workshops at venues internationally for 45 years. As a student of meditation since 1972 he has woven Buddhist psychology, mindfulness practices, and neuropsychology into his work. He is a long-time student and facilitator of Gestalt Practice in the tradition of Esalen’s co-founder, Richard Price. Steven continues to explore the inner wilds and wellbeing through an eclectic range of awareness practices, wisdom traditions, and modalities that cultivate aliveness, grow somatic intelligence, and enhance connection with wild nature as vehicles for awakening.