Steven Harper is an independent facilitator, educator, and consultant. His work focuses on organizational strategy and development, leadership and team development, collaborative change efforts and interventions with businesses nonprofit organizations, and community groups. He has worked with diverse groups and organizations for 40 years in a variety of settings on a wide range of challenges and goals. A life-long learner he received his B.S. from Northern Arizona University, and an M.A. from Sonoma State University in psychology.

He teaches at the Esalen Institute where he has developed and presented over three hundred workshops to several thousand participants on a variety of subjects. Themes and subject matter include leadership development, group dynamics, human-wilderness relationship, ecopsychology, Gestalt Practice, and other somatic and humanistic approaches to psychology, education, and spirituality.

As a student of Buddhism since 1972 he has woven Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practices into much of his work. He has led retreats at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, Green Gulch Zen Center, and other retreat venues for four decades.

He participated in development and delivery of graduate courses in leadership development and teambuilding for the Professional Development Program, the management training arm of Colorado Outward Bound.

He has led both traditional and experimental wilderness expeditions internationally. He has taught for numerous wilderness organizations and was a senior instructor and course leader for the National Outdoor Leadership School. As an amateur naturalist and avid explorer, he has experienced many of the wild areas of world and lived with several indigenous native peoples.

A longtime resident of Big Sur, Steven designed and built his home and studio where he divides his time between leading workshops, facilitating for groups and organizations, painting, writing, and family.

Client Services


  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Retreats
  • Collaborative Change
  • Collaborative Design
  • Community Building
  • Executive Facilitation

Educational Training

  • Teambuilding
  • Facilitating Meetings
  • Board Development
  • Custom Workshops & Retreats
  • Mindfulness Practices
  • Individual & Organizational Wellbeing
  • Wilderness Based Off-Site Events


  • Organizational Assessments

Individual Facilitation


In collaboration we design customized processes and programs to meet your unique challenges and goals. Working together we create and then deliver programs for your organization, team, or group. Please contact me to discuss how we can effectively meet the dynamic challenges your organization or community faces.