The Nature of Movement: Embodiment and the Wilds


Thu, 06/02/2016 - 5:00pm to Sun, 06/05/2016 - 2:00pm

With Steven Harper & Adam Rumack

Throughout the ages and across cultural traditions, nature has inspired the human spirit. The wilderness of Ojai allows us to imprint the collective wisdom of this alive and wild land in our bodies. The ancient chaparral forests, dramatic mountain ranges, and cool seasonal pools remind us of the presence, wisdom, and deep sense of belonging that live in each of us.

This workshop will present simple yet profound practices designed to access our capacity to innovate and participate with the essential movement processes of life. Through physical practices, work in pairs, group discussions, and direct experience of nature, we draw on ancient movement traditions of tai chi, aikido, and contemporary somatic practices that offer ways of centering, grounding, and knowing our belonging to the greater community of being.

During our time together, we will venture out on hikes 3-8 miles in length. During this time in the wild we can literally come to our senses. We will experience increasingly refined awareness and perceptual practices to enhance our sensitivity to all that wilderness can offer, and reawaken the elements of wilderness within. With awakened senses we can receive nature's richness and beauty, inspiring our deepening relationship with ground, center, and embodiment.

Council practice will help weave our personal and collective experiences at the end of each day.

All evenings and most meals will be at Ojai. All levels of experience are welcome. More information and a waiver will be sent upon registration. For an equipment list and frequently asked questions about Steven's workshops, visit FAQs.

Steven Harper is a wilderness guide, author, consultant, and artist. He has led both traditional and experimental wilderness expeditions and workshops internationally for over 35 years. A frequent long-time leader at Esalen Institute he has an MA in psychology and his work focuses on wild nature as a vehicle for awakening. Visit

Adam Rumack is the Executive Director of The Ojai Foundation, a lover of human and more-than-human wilderness, a trainer in The Way of Council actively working in prisons and organizations, a youth rites-of-passage guide, and a dedicated practitioner and teacher of the Ashtanga Yoga tradition. 

$675 includes workshop and 9 delicious vegetarian meals, both onsite and on the trail.  

Local discount (staying off-site) may be available, though we highly encourage staying on-site. Call us.