Saturday, May 03, 2008

Big Sur Wilderness Experience April 2008

BSWE on the path into the wilds of Big Sur

It never ceases to amaze me how each and every group comes together to form its own characteristics and distinct personality. Each an every individual brings some critical thread to the fabric of our group. This last week our group wove some beautiful fabric.

The start of my 2008 Esalen workshop "season" began with Big Sur Wilderness Experience Description and the group came together in a heartfelt and adventurous way. Spring is in full gear here and it is said that, "Big Sur in not so much a place as a state of mind." We entered "Big Sur Mind" and sprang forth into the trails of the inner and outer wilds.

For more photos of our group click here: Big Sur Wilderness Experience Photos

Here are the first lines of he David Whyte poem I read on our last day...
What to Remember When Waking
In that first
hardly noticed
moment
to which you wake,
coming back
to this life
from the other
more secret,
moveable
and frighteningly
honest world
where everything
began,
there is a small
opening
into the new day
which closes
the moment
you begin
your plans.

What you can plan
is too small
for you to live.

What you can live
wholeheartedly
will make plans
enough
for the vitality
hidden in your sleep.
Thanks to each and every one of you... may your transitions into your daily life be full of the aliveness and vitality of our week.

Wildly,
Steven

3 comments:

dnta said...

what a wonderful poem steven! "there is a small
opening into the new day which closes the moment you begin your plans" Wow.

loved the photos. 'felt' like a great group of folks.

Steven Harper said...

dnta... thanks for lookin' in on us and your heartfelt support

Bill611 said...

I like it.