2005 Highlight Events

Big Sur to Tassajara Hot Springs:
Wilderness Journeys of Cleansing and Renewal

Monday June 13 through Sunday June 18, 2005 and Monday July 4 through Sunday July 10, 2005
with Marion Nason and John "Polomo" Brennan

The focus of this journey is to create a time for simplicity, purification,and renewal. The trips begin at the Esselen Tribe's Ventana Wilderness Ranch and travels by vehicle to Bottcher's Gap in Big Sur where we begin our hike and journey. From here we travel to the interior of the Santa Lucia Mountains, taking three days to arrive in Pine Valley where we'll stay until we depart for Tassajara on the fifth day of our journey. At Tassajara you will relax and enjoy the hot springs, swimming pool, or creek, and the serenity of the monastery."

To stay additional nights at Tassajara, or to reserve a private room, call Tassajara San Francisco Zen Center directly at: 415/865.1896

Cost: $999.00.

Customized Pack-In's:

These are trips where you select a camp destination and date of departure and we guide and transport (by horse and mule) your gear and supplies. At this point we drop-off your gear and return to pack it out at an agreed specified date.

Cost: $100.00 a day per mule --$175.00 a day per guide

Marion Nason is an Esselen descendant of Big Sur and Carmel Valley. She grew up exploring the Ventana Wilderness Area and learning of her ancestory from her father and brother Fred. She will be one of your wilderness guides and will share with you the beauty of the Santa Lucia Mountains.

Grandfather Fred Nason and Marion Nason are father and daughter wilderness guides. Their family has been bringing people into the heart of the Ventana Wilderness for a hundred years. They will share many tales and seldom seen sights such as caves with petroglyphs, waterfalls, and sacred sites along the path to Tassajara.

John "Polomo" Brennan is a retired engineer and adopted member of the Esselen Tribe. He has a reverence for the natural world and is a seeker of spiritual truth. He is knowledgeable of the Esselen culture and will be assisting you on the trail as well as in the ceremonial purification lodge.

Byington Cordrey is a life-time Carmel Valley resident and a member of the Nason family. He began exploring the river's and valley's within the Los Padres Forest at an early age. As a result, he is very knowledgeable about the geography, flora and fauna, and history of the area. He is also an expert horseman, fisherman, and story-teller.

Gary S. Breschini and Trudy Haversat are archaeologist's whose primary study has been the Esselen Tribe and their surrounding natural habitat. They are authors of several texts relating to the Esselen Tribe and will be joining us on the latter leg of our journey.

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