Friday, September 28, 2007

From the Good Earth: Reclaiming Our Relationship with the Land

For more photos of our group click here: Workshop Photos
For photos the Peter took of our group click here: Peter's Photos

What an exceptional week walking in wilderness of Big Sur and working in the Esalen Garden and Hot Springs Farm. Personally, it was good to get my hands and feet back in the soil. The first workshop I offered at Esalen some 29 or 28 years ago was about gardening and took place primarily in the Esalen garden. In 1979, with Bruce Neeb, we started the Hot Springs Farm at the northern end of the Esalen grounds. It was both nostalgic and gratifying to be back working the land at Esalen. Michael Ableman's gift of knowledge, wisdom, and presence with gardening and farming is inspiring. I hope each of you cultivate the abundant seeds of the week and grow them to fruition.
Here is a link to see the workshop description: From the Good Earth
Here is a link to Michael Ableman's site: Fields of Plenty
Love to all,

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Simply Wild: Experiencing Nature Fall 2007

Click here for more photos of our group: Workshop Photos

First rain of the year blessed us with just the right amount of rain. The day cleared and the air sparkled. We could hear the plants saying, "yes." So many simple blessings.

Inspiration from the quote bag:
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler."
Henry David Thoreau
"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple."
Dr. Seuss
From the wilds of the Sur,

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Envisioning Our Lives

Click here for photos of the week: Workshop Photos

This portion of the David Whyte poem "What to Remember Upon Waking" speaks so well to our week and time together...
What you can plan
is too small
for you to live.

What you can live
will make plans
for the vitality
hidden in your sleep.

To be human
is to become visible
while carrying
what is hidden
as a gift to others.

To remember
the other world
in this world
is to live in your
true inheritance.
I feel so grateful to each one of you for our time together as students of nature. Wishing you fluidity and courage as you transition to the "other" world. Two Claps, One Bow, Steven