Men's Nature Immersion June 25-28, 2020 in Sierra Nevada range
190.00 - 349.00
Join us men* for a nature immersion experience amidst Giant Sequoias in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We’re finding our way back to wholeness with a little help from our friends the trees... We’ll combine Nonviolent Communication (NVC), nature-based processes (Animas Valley Institute), Men’s Work (Mankind Project), meditation, yoga, shared responsibility and other soul-craft practices as a support on our personal growth journey.

Ability and equipment to backpack 2 miles is required; some equipment available for loan.
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* We’re open to LGBTQ who identify as male.
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We’re inviting our wild primal connection to nature to remind us of who we are.
Through ritual and ceremony, we’ll leverage authentic relating through council and conversation, where each man’s experience is honored and encouraged. We’re holding space for you to release and let go of that which no longer serves, and connect more deeply to life.
One mile backpack:
You must be able to carry your own gear on a one mile backpack at 7000 ft elevation. The trail is a couple feet wide in most places, mostly flat until the end, where for 100 yards there’s a steep soft slope into the final camp. Please let us know if you require some gear, as we may be able to lend you what you need (
We plan on providing vegetarian meals in an effort to support planetary sustainability, as we strive to live in harmony with nature, and thus request this. However, if you feel strongly about eating animals, bring your own. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions (
Language, Form & Policies:
This event is limited to 10 men (and 2 guides). In order for us to commit a space to you, we need your commitment to showing up by your advance gift of cash or your time, and your agreement to other requirements, such as confidentiality and a liability release (included in welcome letter). In addition, you will need to fill out a health questionnaire to confirm that your health does not create undue risk to you or the program. Therefore, your payment is a deposit and does not guarantee that you can attend. By paying you are agreeing to our policies.
We offer this immersion with joy as we are fed by contributing to others’ growth, connecting with others, and promoting sustainability of our planet. We also desire to sustain our ability to make offerings like this.
Cash gifts to us. We envision that most participants will gift us between $290 and $400. The first $290 reserves your spot and is non-refundable after September 25, 2019. You are welcome to decide during or after our time together how much over $290 you might feel moved to gift. Scholarships are available.
The Guides:
James Prieto has a daily wandering in nature practice. He started his men’s work journey in 1996. He went through his first Men’s Rite of Passage at Julian in 2011 through Illuman. More recently, he completed his Mankind Project New Warrior Training Adventure in 2017, and has been an active participant of a men’s integration group since October 2016. James has been practicing Nonviolent Communication (NVC) since 2001, and has been facilitating NVC since 2005. He received his CNVC trainer certification in 2014. He facilitated NVC for the Momentum Fall Retreat “Going Deeper” in Sept 2018, with over 50 men. James is currently passionate about wholeness through nature immersion processes in the spirit of Animas Valley, founded by the depth psychologist, nature guide and author Bill Plotkin.
Joe “Water Dog” Houska’s earliest memory is camping in Yosemite Valley when he was 2 years old. He continued to camp often, becoming an Eagle Scout along the way. He has led several backpacking trips, climbed the face of Half-Dome and the (snow-covered) Mountaineer’s Route on Mount Whitney, fished commercially in Kodiak, Alaska, lived with his family on a sailboat for over five months in Mexico, and twice served at Standing Rock as a water protector. Joe has journeyed for an 11-day nature-based soul initiation with the Animas Valley Institute, and studied meditation under Shinzen Young (who wrote Science of Enlightenment). Currently, Joe is a River Advocate and training to be a whitewater rafting guide for Friends of the River and working toward becoming a CNVC Certified Trainer for Nonviolent Communication. More importantly, Joe is listening to a call that he hears from time to time while among trees.
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