“Nature is not a place to visit, it is home.” – Gary Snyder
The wild is always waiting with gifts of beauty and wisdom for those who take the time to slow down and tune in. By walking with curiosity and intention in nature, we can learn a great deal about ourselves and the world around us. Come wander the wilderness paths of Big Sur (Esselen territory) with Wildtender co-founders Noël Vietor and Fletcher Tucker. Expand your awareness and enliven your senses with seasonal explorations of the winter landscape.
This day-long hiking program (up to 6 miles total at a moderate pace) will focus on mindfully connecting with the native plants and animals of Big Sur. We will engage practices essential to land-based living including foraging, native plant medicine, animal tracking, and more.
Workshop Details • February 2, 2019 • 10am - 4pm
Saturday, February 2 | Meet at trailhead for brief orientation and introductions (parking & meeting place will be emailed upon registration). Begin our hike at a gentle pace, pausing for nature connection practices and informal instruction. We will take a break for lunch, and hiking program will conclude by 4 pm.
Bring sun protection, something to sit on damp earth (such as rain jacket or small tarp), water, pack lunch and provisions for a day on the land.
Tuition is $60. Space is limited to 12 participants.
No experience is required, but participants should be physically capable, free of bodily injury or serious health conditions. Participants must be at least 16 years of age. Click below for the registration page.
Meet your guides
Noël has been in an ongoing apprenticeship with sacred gardens and wilds of California. Her work and interests are dedicated to helping people relate more meaningfully with the land, themselves and each other. Noël served as the Program Coordinator for the Esalen Institute Farm & Garden in Big Sur from 2010-2015 – organizing its land-based educational programs and practice of Relational Agriculture, rooted in Esalen’s Gestalt lineage. Noël found a deep sense of belonging in the Big Sur wild while hiking the steep trails, learning the history and stories of the place, and experimenting with wild-crafting and homestead arts. Noël is certified with NOLS Wilderness First Aid.
Fletcher is a California Central Coast native, and a former inhabitant of Big Sur. Having hiked and backpacked throughout the American West, Europe and Japan, Fletcher has become a devotee of trail-craft and minimalist backpacking. Fletcher is an experienced teacher, ancestral skills practitioner, Deep Ecology disciple, and lifelong student of California natural history. Fletcher is a dedicated student of Gestalt practice, learning from Dorothy Charles and Eric Erickson in the lineage of Esalen co-founder Dick Price. Fletcher has also studied and participated ceremonially with teachers within indigenous North and South American spiritual traditions, which have deeply informed his spiritual relationship to nature. Fletcher is a NOLS certified Wilderness First Responder.