Saturday, July 24, 2010

Big Sur Wilderness Experience

Timber Top high above the fog...

"Stand still... The forest breathes... Listen."

As I sit in my office here in Big Sur breathing and reflect on this last week an easy smile comes to my face. I feel blessed, tired, satisfied, and full of rich experiences (just to name a few things). I am appreciating our collective willingness to soak up and take in so many of the places we journeyed to in such a time-less manner. I am also impressed by how we stopped time in the Little House... the present moment is timeless.

Here are some links:
Photo set of our group
Photo slide show
Warm Springs video

I wish every one an easy transition into the big workshop... may you touch others with a bit of the fresh wildness of the lovely Sur mountains...

Gratefully,
Steven

P.S. Special thanks to Anna and Michael.

Friday, July 09, 2010

The Nature of Zen: Tassajara, July 2010

On the Horse Pasture Trail

What an honor be with you all... walking the mountains around Tassajara, sitting in the Kaisando, hot springs, cold streams, good food, heartfelt conversation, authentic curiosity, and the intimacy of not knowing.

For photos of our group: The Nature of Zen Photos
For the same photos as a slideshow: The Nature of Zen Slideshow
Ron has some photos he took up on Flikr also: Ron's Nature of Zen 
Matt took some short videos also on Flikr: Matt's Nature of Zen Videos 
Julie sent a link to her photos on Picasa: Julie's Nature of Zen 

Special thanks to Abbot Steve St├╝cky, Michael, Tassajara staff, and everyone else that showed up so wonderfully.

Some of you asked about the online meditation site we have been experimenting with... Click on the link and take a look around. There is a meditation timer, virtual candle site, lectures, instructions, a group that sits daily together at 7:00am, and more: iThou Meditation House

Two claps, One bow,
Steven

Friday, July 02, 2010

Fathers & Sons: Esalen June 2010

Fathers & Sons over the Father's Day weekend in Big Sur

Over the years I have led a number of workshops at Esalen and other venues. Once again I was surprise by how deeply moved I was by this particular workshop.

The power of having a group of all men with life time relationships in the wilds and at Esalen was and continues to be inspiring. Having three generations in our group added a dimension of both depth and breadth. Seeing so many young men stepping into themselves so passionately and so many of our older members gracefully taking the path of being true "elders" touched us all. The collective heart and wisdom of our group was exceptional and gives me hope.

For fathers and sons everywhere... may we continue to grow our relationships—alive.

Click here for photos of our group: Fathers & Sons
Click here to view photos as a slideshow: Fathers & Sons

From the Wilds of the Big Sur with Love,
Steven