Embodied Ethics Retreat | Mt. Shasta 2024

Embodied Ethics Retreat | Mt. Shasta 2024

Initiation into culture of wisdom and responsibility 🌎

Wise Innovation Project | Headwaters Outdoor School | HYPE

🗓️ Sept 6 - 11

🗺️ Mt. Shasta, CA

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Inspired by Embodied Ethics in the Age of AI, The Earth Caretaker Way, The Healing Magic of Forest Bathing and global practices of cultivating wisdom through nature immersion: this first-of-its-kind retreat is for those who wish to reconnect with the source of life in order to initiate themselves into a greater state of maturity in how they engage with the world.

Join a curated group of change agents in tech to slow down, practice embodying ethics, take next steps on the journey, and realign with the coming cycles.

Over the course of six days immersed in majestic Mt. Shasta’s abundance of wildlife, creeks, meadows, forests and breath-taking views, you’ll experience:

  • Real Nourishment | Silence and stillness, digital detox and reflection, cold plunge, right hemisphere activities, healthy food, star gazing and tree climbing
  • Deep Learning | Overnight solo, sweat lodge, storytelling and practices with wisdom keepers around tending fire, aligning with natural cycles, and natural intelligence
  • Embodied Ethics Initiation | Clarify and consecrate your path of service to the web of life through self-generated ceremony to commit to embodied, relational, attuned leadership
  • Rich Relationships | Build connections and engage the big Q’s with kindreds on a journey towards greater wholeness: humane founders and funders, responsible AI and trust/safety professionals, Chief Philosophy Officers, wise innovation advocates/practitioners/thinkers, prosocial engineers, bridge-building coaches and healers serving at the intersection of tech & wisdom

Mt. Shasta: sacred to the Shasta, Wintu, Achumawi, Atsugewi and Modoc peoples. Also considered the root chakra of the world.

🪄 Context & Intention

This Moment Asks Us To Come Home

“What if the way we are responding to the crisis is part of the crisis?” - Bayo Akomolafe

How can we know which way is up if we don’t take regular time to decelerate, step away from our screens and goals, and reconnect with our body, soul, north star and the relationships that sustain them?

As the world accelerates and destabilizes, may those of us who seek to create external change come together and practice new and ancient ways of being with ourselves, each other and the natural world. Lest we reproduce the same problems we aim to transcend.

Build a Personal Relationship with Nature

“We are but a strand in the web of life. What we do to the web we do to ourselves.” - Chief Seattle

It’s a long road ahead for those who were educated in a culture that optimizes parts of the web at the expense of the whole. But we can remember what our ancestors and first peoples since time immemorial have intimately known and practiced around interdependence.

May we humbly learn from those devoted to such ways, while embracing the work of integrating them wherever we are positioned to make change.

Initiate and Re-align The Path Forward

“Ceremony focuses attention so that attention becomes intention.” - Robin Wall Kimmerer

As the frenzied harvest season begins anew this September, we’ll gather IRL at Headwaters Nature School to initiate ourselves into greater levels of maturity by enacting our connection with the larger world around us.

We’ll rest, observe, play, study, grieve and celebrate the wonder of life on Earth together, integrating the ever-flowing fountain of wisdom available into our lives, innovations, and organizations.

Join a growing community dedicated to practicing what we preach, so that we may walk our path of service with more care and joy in these mysterious times.


ℹ️ Logistics

High level overview of what the retreat includes:

  • Three delicious organic meals per day
  • Sleeping inside wooden teepees or under the stars
  • Overnight solo fast
  • Two sweat lodges
  • Fire tending workshop
  • Ample unstructured time
  • Pre and post-retreat group Zoom calls
  • Custom Integration Guide with additional inquiries and practices for you to explore on your own time
  • Optional prep or integration days at nearby Hestia retreat center (booked separately)

✅ Enrollment

Limited spots available. We offer a sliding scale payment model in accordance with various levels of financial ability as follows:

  • Supporter Rate: $3,000 for executives, funders, and those of greater financial means; who understand the amount of work that goes into creating an experience like this and want to support the long-term vision of re-imagining innovation education
  • Professional Rate: $2,250 for tech professionals, tapphose with access to leadership development budgets, and who are able to contribute a little more to the vision
  • Practitioner Rate: $1,500 for students and practitioners (coaches, guides, therapists, ethicists, activists) with less expendable income

We have a limited number of scholarships available. Tell us your story!

Sponsors are welcome to get in touch to create additional opportunities. We are prototyping an experience that we hope to expand access to across bioregions and affinity groups. See here for more details on the broader initiative to establish initiation in tech.

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🧑‍💻 Meet Your Retreat Facilitators


Tim Corcoran (Teacher) began a career teaching wildlife conservation, in 1974. His most recent and important wilderness experiences have been greatly enriched by the teachings of Tom Brown Jr. the well known tracker and author. In 1992, with Headwaters Outdoor School, Tim realized his lifelong vision to share what he have learned from the Earth and to inspire people to discover their own connection with the Earth. He recently published The Earth Caretaker Way.

Julia Plevin Oliansky (Teacher) is the author of The Healing Magic of Forest Bathing and the founder of The Forest Bathing Club. In addition to having over a decade of experience working in innovation and brand strategy, she has studied Earth-based healing with elders around the world and is trained in forest therapy, yoga, permaculture, energy healing, and kambo.

Andrew Murray Dunn (Producer) is a student and interstitionary at the intersection of human development and innovation, currently focused on co-activating Wise Innovation Project. Before serving as Innovation Lead at Center for Humane Technology, Andrew spent over 10 years in early stage startup operations experience, most notably with the pioneering Public Benefit Corporation Siempo while they developed an award-winning open source humane smartphone interface.

Leslie Freeman (Guide) is an entrepreneur and consultant for social and cultural transformation, helping thought leaders and organizations create change. Her work aims to bring human-created systems into coherence with living systems. She is a wilderness rites of passage guide and council facilitator, and studies various wisdom traditions and centering practices in service of a more socially and ecosystemically integrated model.

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👀 Primers

Check out the following media artifacts for a taste of the retreat:

🎙️ So You Want to Be a Sorcerer in the Age of Mythic Powers… (The AI Episode)

📖 The Earth Caretaker Way

🎙️ Headwaters Outdoor School Podcast

💻 School of Lost Borders Resources

📖 Right Story Wrong Story

📜 With Great Power

🎙️ Hospicing Modernity

This retreat is brought to you by Wise Innovation Project, an emerging non-profit initiative with a mission to re-imagine innovation education; and HYPE: a climate creative agency for those who place the Planet at the center of their purpose.