Come join us…

This DayQuest is an invitation to return to nature, slow down, leave routine behind, and reconnect with your true self.  We will venture into the Santa Cruz mountains to find the season of autumn as the warmth and playful energy of summer fades. Join us for a day of journeying into the beauty of fall to seek refuge, reflection, bring deep questions, and return to balance.

On this day you will:

  • Learn ways to deepen your relationship with nature, and see how nature’s rhythms and reflections can bring wisdom and perspective to your own living experience
  • Hike, join in mindfulness activities, and have the opportunity to share and connect with others in council practice
  • Go out on the land alone to experience a ceremonial way of being in nature
  • A DayQuest is a wonderful way to mark a point of change in your life or to seek insight or support with specific questions or difficulties

The Details

Embracing the Fall DayQuest, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022
9:30am – 5pm

Fee: $175 / Early Bird Discount $135 by Saturday, Sept. 10 2022 
Participation is limited to 8

A portion of the proceeds from this program will be donated to the Amah Mutsun Land Trust (

We welcome participants of any gender identity, culture, race, religion, sexual orientation, and economic circumstance.


Erin Carper is a contemporary rites of passage guide deeply informed by the wisdom of the body and is a graduate of the Somatic EcoPsychology and Wilderness Quest Apprentice Program with Wilderness Reflections. Erin completed the Foundations Program at Center for Consciousness Medicine, where she studied Hakomi, Earth-based ritual, and holistic coaching skills to deepen her work as a guide. Erin is trained as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) through the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Erin is following the call to bring others out into the wild to deepen their connection to themselves and the Earth.

Aaron Bartley is a nature-oriented rites of passage guide, UC California Naturalist, and certified Wilderness First Responder. He brings 14+ years experience assisting others through their inner journey, facilitating men’s groups, and supporting both men and women through rites of passage. A graduate of the Wilderness Reflections Somatic Ecopsychology & Wilderness Quest Apprenticeship, Aaron is passionate about helping others embody their authentic voice, strengthen their belonging to nature, and find renewed vision for their lives.