When Nicole DeMeo first stepped on the land, she felt a powerful connection. Monterey greeted her with a bright blue sky, cooling breeze and calming view of the ocean. As she walked the trails among the old growth coastal oaks, she began to feel the business of the city fall away. Her focus turned to her passions and the inspiring people with whom she would be spending the day discussing them. “I felt immediately connected with the group,” she said. “Being in nature let me slow down and listen to everyone there.”
Minutes after we stepped out of the car, my daughters ran off, and I suddenly lost the urge to grab their hands and pull them towards me. The city buzz and traffic began to slip away, and the toys they were playing with in the car got tucked into the trunk. Crane flies now danced around the lighted tents as the warm spring day faded to a cooling dusk. The kids started to gather twigs and mint-colored lichen to create impromptu foraged art.
"We need the tonic of wildness.” — Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Imagine a place where you can completely unplug and gather together with a diverse group of thinkers in nature for the chance to make a change in the world. Wouldn’t it be exciting to become part of a modern community that embraces curiosity and dares to ask unexpected questions? Imagine if the answers had the potential to create a real legacy of new solutions.