RESTORING EARTH INTIMACY: A WALK WITH WILDTENDER
The wild is always waiting with gifts of beauty and wisdom for those who take the time to slow down and tune in. Come wander the wilderness paths beyond Western Town with Wildtender co-founders Noël Vietor and Fletcher Tucker. Expand your awareness and enliven your senses with deep nature connection practices and explorations of the landscape. Drop into your animal body and make intentional contact with the many beings of the rare Valley Oak savanna habitat. Breathe fragrant chaparral, eavesdrop on cackling acorn woodpeckers, and follow the graceful trails of black-tailed deer back to a state of restored intimacy with the Earth.
Please meet promptly at 1:30, we will have a brief check-in and then begin our wandering. This offering does not have a fee.
Noël and Fletcher invite you to also visit their Mercado Sagrado outpost for the below workshops; Ancient Infusions: Bear Tallow Medicine, Saturday from 12 - 1pm + Coming Home to Oaks & Acorns, Sunday from 2 - 3pm.
ANCIENT INFUSIONS: BEAR TALLOW MEDICINE
Learn the ancient practice and medicinal use of tallow. Together we will craft an infusion of medicinal plants in California bear fat (sourced from Mountain Wintu herbalist Ted Dawson), exploring traditional applications and the modern science of tallow for transdermal nourishment and overall health. Our crafting will be enriched with conversation about the mythological significance of the bear across primary cultures.
COMING HOME TO OAKS & ACORNS
Countless cultures across the Northern Hemisphere have regarded acorns as a staff of life and powerful medicine. The Celts defended their sacred oak forests against the exploitation of Roman invaders. Indigenous Californians have meticulously tended multi-generational oak orchards for millenia. In present day Korea, people consume bitter acorn soba, with an anti-parasitic effect. Human history is deeply interwoven with the great lives of oak trees, and the nutrient dense little acorn. Join us to discuss the pan-ancestral traditions of tending oak groves and processing acorns. Sit in circle and allow your hands to remember how to shell, grind, and leach acorns for food. Come home to the wild, to your ancient self, and to oaks and acorns. Drop-ins ok.
Wildtender offers hands-on experiences and immersive excursions that establish intimacy with place, build earth-based skills, and facilitate healing from the land. Wildtender’s co-founders Noël Vietor and Fletcher Tucker are devoted students and teachers of California natural history, awareness traditions, pan-ancestral skills, and wilderness rites of passage. Having found healing and belonging while stewarding the Esalen Institute Farm & Garden, and hiking and wild-crafting in Big Sur for almost a decade, they are honored to create this opportunity for others through Wildtender’s immersive programs. In addition to Wildtender, Noël and Fletcher run the nature/mysticism-oriented independent record label Gnome Life.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14TH — 1:30 – 3:30PM