tending inner AND outer wilderness
Beautiful spectrums of hues are hidden away in the stems, leaves, and roots of California native plants – waiting to be transformed into vibrant textile dyes and inks. This wild color can only revealed when the mastery of ancient crafts is paired with a deep knowledge of the land. Join Wildtender on a two-day retreat to connect deeply with the Big Sur wilderness and to learn the wildcraft of concocting plant dyes and inks.
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 twelve participants), you will journey from the rugged coast, through the expansive and biodiverse Ventana Wilderness, to the remote and sublime Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.
Immerse in the majestic wild landscape surrounding the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center with four days of hiking, nature connection, and feral Zen practice. Following in the footsteps of the ancient, hermetic Zen masters, we will return to nature in pursuit of a wild Dharma that is subtly transmitted by grasses, creeks, and mountains...