tending inner AND outer wilderness
In search of balance, the ancient sages of China walked into the woods to attune themselves with nature in its sublime integrity. The timeless wisdom uncovered in their wild wanderings was called simply Tao, “The Way.” Join us to learn an accessible form of Qi Gong – the practice at the heart of Taoism – while immersing in the majestic landscape of Big Sur.
Join Wildtender for a two day intensive exploring the pan-ancestral traditions of tending oak groves and processing acorns. Sit in circle and allow your hands to remember how to shell, grind, and leach acorns for food. Learn to make ink, dyes, and medicines from these mighty and generous trees. Come home to the wild, to your ancient self, and to oaks and acorns.
Embark on a transformational journey through the majestic and seldom-traveled backcountry of Big Sur, concluding at the coastal grounds 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, practice awareness and community, and learn fundamental skills to feel at home on the earth.
We are pleased to offer you a rare opportunity to expand your awareness of self and nature on a guided, Zen centered, multi-day backpacking trip through the sacred and majestic backcountry of Big Sur, California. Together with an intimate group (three guides and up to nine participants), you will journey from the rugged coast, through the expansive and biodiverse Ventana Wilderness, to the remote and sublime Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.