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Ascend a trail up the Santa Lucia Mountains, stopping along the way to learn the names, stories, and edible and medicinal uses of Big Sur’s native plants. Slow down to connect with yourself and the interdependent community of beings of the Big Sur wilderness. Meditate on the land while enjoying a wild herb tea, absorb the fragrance of summer chaparral, and sit amongst the trees while sampling wild foods. At the crest of the trail, enjoy a picnic overlooking the Pacific with fare from Mercado Sagrado guest chef, Greg Arnold of Darkhorse Organic.

This program involves a moderately strenuous hike on a steep trail, approximately 4 miles out-and-back with 1,500 feet of elevation gain. Please come prepared to hike in the elements, with ample water, snacks, sun protection, appropriate hiking shoes and clothing.

Kelsey Barrett is a western clinical herbalist and nourishing foods enthusiast. A former Director and core faculty member at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, California, Kelsey currently holds a private practice called Heavy Nettle, manages the Wellness Den at Spirit Weavers Gathering, and serves as Herbal Program Director for Wildtender.

Based in California, Wildtender offers immersive wilderness programs that cultivate reciprocal intimacy with the earth, connection with wisdom traditions, and nurturing human wholeness. / @wildtender / @heavynettlegathering

Sunday, June 9th, 11:00 – 3:00pm, We’ll meet on the lawn in the Village, Big Sur

$85 includes picnic lunch

*locals $10 off please email us with your local I.D and we’ll send you a code linked to your name

Cover image by Mikael Kennedy

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