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Evening Sail and Wildlife
We'll set sail from the Santa Cruz Harbor aboard the classic Westsail 42' Nomad, and head out into the Monterey Bay in search of smooth water, fair winds, and wildlife. We'll be in search of gray, humpback whales, and dolphins. Experiencing sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, and myriad sea birds are virtually guaranteed. Later in the evening we'll take leisurely tacks back to the harbor. At this point you are in an ideal location to take a walk on the beach or have dinner at an excellent restaurant. If you select the Private Experience button Nomad is yours for the experience, this is a private charter. This is the price for up to 6 passengers for 2 hours.
Forage Edible Plants & Mushrooms
Find out what you can eat in the woods! We'll hike in the lovely Santa Cruz mountains where I'll guide you on a beautiful, quiet 1-3-mile walk in the unique coastal oak & redwood forest. Together we'll learn the ancient ways of identifying edible and medicinal mushrooms, plants, roots, flowers, nuts and seeds (depending on the season. Mushrooms come out after the rains and fruit through winter, sometimes into spring). Along the way we'll discuss proper harvesting and preparation techniques while connecting to the beauty and abundance of our ecosystem. This experience is a fun, hands-on way to connect to what can feed, heal and harm us in the wild. You'll walk away with a whole new appreciation and understanding of nature! The hike is doable for all skill levels. See you on the trail! Other things to note: Secure your own transportation to The Buttery and we'll caravan to the hike start. Bring: layers (it can get chilly in the redwoods), water bottle and comfortable hiking shoes. Optional: hiking poles, camera, hat, sunglasses. Interested in a private group or offsite for your business team? Get in touch with me at info@MountainSeaAdventures.com
Intimately experience a biodiverse farm
We'll start by foraging through the farm to make a diverse "goat salad." We'll walk through the garden, stop to admire the beehives, meet the pigs, and then feed and pet our silly goats and adorable Babydoll sheep. Once our goats and sheep have had their salads, we’ll hand feed our gentle dairy cow, Harper, some of her favorite treats. After washing off any cow slobber, we'll treat you to a light seasonal farm picnic. You'll then walk off those calories by taking our miniature horses for a stroll, and you'll pet and feed these sweeties. Following our horse experience, we'll step in with the chickens and ducks. We'll feed them organic hen scratch and farm greens, if available. We'll watch them happily scratch around and quack and coo, and you can hold and pet them if you’d like too. While they’re scratching around, we’ll step into the coops to check for eggs. We'll compare the various types, shapes, colors, and sizes. We'll finish our experience with a calm and relaxing visit with our bunnies. We'll pet and feed these sweet and soft fur balls. All along the experience, you will learn fun facts about our diverse plant and animal family, and you’ll leave with a seasonal farm gift. Other things to note: Wear comfortable closed-toed walking shoes and clothes you don't mind possibly getting a bit dirty. Boots and long pants are ideal. *Great for teams and team-building too!
Beginner Surf Lesson - Santa Cruz
Beginner Surfing l is our popular 3-hour group surf clinic. So what will you be learning? This clinic was designed with the beginner in mind – we welcome complete newbies as well as people who have tried surfing on their own for a while and still need help. We will walk you through all the basics to get you started and catching waves! There will be a short land-lesson to start, and after that we'll head out to catch some waves. You'll get approximately 1:45-2 hours of "water time" in the 3-hour class. Maximum ratio of 4 students per instructor. FAQ: Why are some of these class times SOOO early?! Answer: When it comes to surfing, mother nature sets a lot of the rules - that's what makes it such a unique sport. If we don't go on the right tide, we won't get any waves! While those early morning sessions might be hard to wake up for, they are also truly magical. Great surf conditions, no wind, no crowds - it is about as epic as it gets. If you make the commitment go early, we can promise you'll be rewarded with the experience of a lifetime!
Tune In to Subtle Realms of Redwoods
Is the Redwood Forest calling you? Would you like to know it in a new way? In this guided experience you will make a personal connection with the Subtle Realms of the Redwood Forest. Because of changing Covid protocols, we are only booking friends, co-workers, and family who come together as a group. Great for groups! We specialize in team bonding and building for work groups. We will tailor our experience to suit your needs. Please message us. If you are by yourself, you are a SOLO adventurer, and you MUST book as a "Private Group" with a price of $154. If you're signing up right now alone, this makes you a Solo Adventurer and the price is $154. We will meet in Santa Cruz, and then caravan to the trailhead in the heart of Redwood country. Going into the Redwood Forest together, we will walk, pause, energize all our senses, and attune with the Subtle Realms of Nature. The gift of music will set the tone, and our loving presence will open the way. We will call on the Elements Earth, Air, Fire and Water to bring us to a new understanding of the aliveness and interconnectedness of the natural world. We will spend a few minutes writing about our experience to help you to recall how to connect with the Subtle Realms back home. As we complete our time in the Forest together, you can choose to stay longer on your own, fully energized with a new vision of our interconnectedness.

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Goat Walk on The Beach
We are hosting a goat walk on the beach with two or more goats in our herd for individuals and groups. A few hours before our meeting time we prepare and transport our trained goats from our herd all the way down to the beach from our sanctuary to walk alongside you for a unique, once in a lifetime experience. Our goats are very special goats nurtured from birth by Billie and her interns to develop a strong trusting relationship with people. Our goats love people and are very interested in getting to know the people they meet. We will meet at the trail head that leads to a very magical and less frequented beach location. When we meet at the trail head location we will talk for about 10 minutes with tips on goat safety. We will also talk about goat companionship, interspecies communication, and the history of humans and goats plus lots more while we walk the trail to the beach guiding the goats along side us stopping to munch a bit. The path to the beach includes a beautiful forested landscape and a few flights of stairs so be prepared to walk some stairs. The walk down to the beach takes about 15 minutes. We will spend about 40 minutes on the beach with the goats. This walk may be canceled if there are less than 4 guests booked. So invite friends! Children are welcome to attend with adult supervision. The whole experience will last no longer than 90 minutes.
Evening Sail and Wildlife
We'll set sail from the Santa Cruz Harbor aboard the classic Westsail 42' Nomad, and head out into the Monterey Bay in search of smooth water, fair winds, and wildlife. We'll be in search of gray, humpback whales, and dolphins. Experiencing sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, and myriad sea birds are virtually guaranteed. Later in the evening we'll take leisurely tacks back to the harbor. At this point you are in an ideal location to take a walk on the beach or have dinner at an excellent restaurant. If you select the Private Experience button Nomad is yours for the experience, this is a private charter. This is the price for up to 6 passengers for 2 hours.
Charcuterie Board Making Class and Picnic in Garden Setting
Learn how to create a professional looking charcuterie board and enjoy your board in a garden picnic setting after! I will teach you how to create a classic charcuterie board from start to finish, including what components to include, what flavors pair well together, and will share design tips on how to arrange each ingredient on the board for maximum aesthetic and flavor. Vegan, vegetarian and GF options are always available. I will provide all of the food, drinks and picnic decor. Feel free to bring any additional drinks (wine/beer/cocktails if over age 21) to pair with your board if you'd like! This experience lasts about 75-90 minutes. The first 5-10 minutes include intros and refreshments. The following 30-40 minutes consist of the charcuterie-making class, where I will dive into each component, share fun design techniques & each guest will make their own board. During the last 30-40 minutes, you get to eat our masterpiece in a backyard picnic setting, try new flavor pairings and enjoy each other's company. I will take pictures throughout the experience and will send to each guest at the end as well! If you cannot finish your board, you will be able to take home the rest on a to-go board. Whether you are celebrating a bachelorette, birthday, anniversary, or just want a fun, memorable experience, I will do my best to make your afternoon as enjoyable as possible.
Forage Edible Plants & Mushrooms
Find out what you can eat in the woods! We'll hike in the lovely Santa Cruz mountains where I'll guide you on a beautiful, quiet 1-3-mile walk in the unique coastal oak & redwood forest. Together we'll learn the ancient ways of identifying edible and medicinal mushrooms, plants, roots, flowers, nuts and seeds (depending on the season. Mushrooms come out after the rains and fruit through winter, sometimes into spring). Along the way we'll discuss proper harvesting and preparation techniques while connecting to the beauty and abundance of our ecosystem. This experience is a fun, hands-on way to connect to what can feed, heal and harm us in the wild. You'll walk away with a whole new appreciation and understanding of nature! The hike is doable for all skill levels. See you on the trail! Other things to note: Secure your own transportation to The Buttery and we'll caravan to the hike start. Bring: layers (it can get chilly in the redwoods), water bottle and comfortable hiking shoes. Optional: hiking poles, camera, hat, sunglasses. Interested in a private group or offsite for your business team? Get in touch with me at info@MountainSeaAdventures.com
Create a Great Smelling Candle
Our Candle Making Class will guide you through the process of making a great-smelling soy wax candle! Grab your friends and spend some time with us creating your own! The class usually takes 30 minutes - 1 hour, during which time you will choose your 12 oz. candle vessel & fragrance to blend and create your own custom scent. Our friendly Candle Instructors will lead you throughout the process to ensure your candle sets perfectly. Your candle will need to dry before you are able to take it home with you, drying time is approximately 1- 1 1/2 hours. During the wait, you can walk to historic downtown Mountain View, which is about 3 - 4 short blocks away, to enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner. When you return, we'll have your candle waiting for you. We will hold your items for 30 days if you choose to pick it up another day.
Back-to-Eden Farm & Animal Experience
We have chicks, calves, kittens, baby rabbits and a super adorable puppy. A.Book a tour: We will meet at the drive-way and proceed to: 1. Visit and feed our beautiful variety chickens and collect eggs. (chicks-yes!) 2. Visit and feed the ducks, watch them swim and frolic play 3.. Visit with our talkative geese and photoshoot with "Good Boy" our handsome male goose (depending on his mood) 5. Visit with goats, pet, let them nibble from your hand and take them on a little walk. Meet baby Tiger, and baby Thunder- our gorgeous blue eye kids. 6. Visit and feed the cows, be surprised by how their tongue feels when they take the hay off your hand and perhaps watch their calves nurse (new born calves-yes!) 7. Visit with our gorgeous rabbits and cuddle them. 8. Visit with our adorable young and gentle alpacas 9. Shop for delightful home-made soap, fresh fruits, fresh veggies and fresh eggs, adorable succulents-great gifts for the person who has everything 10. Bring a snack to enjoy right after the tour. For stay at our guest houses after the tour: https://airbnb.com/h/back-to-eden-guest-house https://airbnb.com/h/havilahland-guest-house
Party with the animals at Bluebird Farm
At Bluebird Farm we offer an intimate family-friendly experience for all ages. When you arrive we will say hello, go over the farm rules, give a quick tour of the property and amenities then the fun begins. There's no strict timeline, you can enjoy the 3 hours at your own pace. You can meet all the animals like our alpaca, Scottish Highland cows and calf, horses, goats, mini horses and mini donkeys. We have a small critter corner where you can hang with a bunny, ducks, a tortoise, guinea pigs and chickens. Mini horse rides are available for kids (80lb weight limit). Kids can roam and use their imagination at the outdoor play area. There's a mini farmers market, play house, flower shop, garage with power wheels, mini garden, mud kitchen, sandbox and swings. Make sure to bring your own lunch and snacks. Between the activities you can sit down at the picnic tables and enjoy your lunch under the oak trees. There's an outdoor hand washing station and bathroom available. We ask you please wash your hands before and after petting and feeding the animals.
Intimately experience a biodiverse farm
We'll start by foraging through the farm to make a diverse "goat salad." We'll walk through the garden, stop to admire the beehives, meet the pigs, and then feed and pet our silly goats and adorable Babydoll sheep. Once our goats and sheep have had their salads, we’ll hand feed our gentle dairy cow, Harper, some of her favorite treats. After washing off any cow slobber, we'll treat you to a light seasonal farm picnic. You'll then walk off those calories by taking our miniature horses for a stroll, and you'll pet and feed these sweeties. Following our horse experience, we'll step in with the chickens and ducks. We'll feed them organic hen scratch and farm greens, if available. We'll watch them happily scratch around and quack and coo, and you can hold and pet them if you’d like too. While they’re scratching around, we’ll step into the coops to check for eggs. We'll compare the various types, shapes, colors, and sizes. We'll finish our experience with a calm and relaxing visit with our bunnies. We'll pet and feed these sweet and soft fur balls. All along the experience, you will learn fun facts about our diverse plant and animal family, and you’ll leave with a seasonal farm gift. Other things to note: Wear comfortable closed-toed walking shoes and clothes you don't mind possibly getting a bit dirty. Boots and long pants are ideal. *Great for teams and team-building too!
Beginner Surf Lesson - Santa Cruz
Beginner Surfing l is our popular 3-hour group surf clinic. So what will you be learning? This clinic was designed with the beginner in mind – we welcome complete newbies as well as people who have tried surfing on their own for a while and still need help. We will walk you through all the basics to get you started and catching waves! There will be a short land-lesson to start, and after that we'll head out to catch some waves. You'll get approximately 1:45-2 hours of "water time" in the 3-hour class. Maximum ratio of 4 students per instructor. FAQ: Why are some of these class times SOOO early?! Answer: When it comes to surfing, mother nature sets a lot of the rules - that's what makes it such a unique sport. If we don't go on the right tide, we won't get any waves! While those early morning sessions might be hard to wake up for, they are also truly magical. Great surf conditions, no wind, no crowds - it is about as epic as it gets. If you make the commitment go early, we can promise you'll be rewarded with the experience of a lifetime!
Hiking the Gem of Santa Cruz
We'll begin with an introduction to each other and the map of the park, then begin hiking on a well-used dirt road in the open sunshine. I'll stop frequently to point out various interesting flora and fauna; maybe we'll even see a banana slug! We'll take time to silently listen to the sounds of the forest and leave a hope, wish or prayer in a rock garden. Along the way you will learn how this redwood forest re-grew after being clear-cut in the mid 1800's to fuel lime kilns to extract lime out of limestone, and you'll get to see a historical lime kiln. We’ll cross two small spring-fed stream beds. We'll visit a year-round natural spring where we can sit and appreciate the beauty of the forest. All during the hike I'll point out the different types of terrain and the types of plants that grow in each and I promise a few surprises along the way! Other things to note: Dress in layers because the temperatures often fluctuate. Wear sturdy hiking boots or walking shoes and long pants with socks. There are no restrooms anywhere in the park. Dogs on leash are welcome, but please be prepared to clean up after your dog. If my dates/times do not work for you and you want a tour, please feel free to contact me and I'll work with you.
Murder Mystery/Ghostly History Walking Tour
Ever stay awake till 2:00 am reading a good murder mystery that you couldn’t put down or watch a scary movie that sends shivers down your spine? Are you interested in history, paranormal activity, and the unexplained? If you answer yes to these questions then my Murder Mystery/Ghostly History tour is perfect for you. Your tour will begin on the footpath next to the 100-year-old trestle bridge at the end of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. From there, you will walk along the train tracks next to the Boardwalk. You will be passing by the world-famous Giant Dipper, the Looff carousel, and then stroll into Neptunes Kingdom. After a visit to the Historian and Laughing Sal, you will be heading down to the enchanting Coconut Grove. Then the tour takes a turn venturing into one of Santa Cruz’s oldest neighborhoods. This historic neighborhood has a large collection of Victorian's with ghostly tales. Tales of hauntings, murders, serial killers, and even a smattering of cannibals. You will end the tour by stopping at two of Santa Cruz's most haunted Victorians. I design my tours around an assortment of secret, local history, mystery, and ghostly intrigue. My delivery is scary-fun, sprinkled with lighthearted humor and jokes. So, if you dear- Come along with me.
Tune In to Subtle Realms of Redwoods
Is the Redwood Forest calling you? Would you like to know it in a new way? In this guided experience you will make a personal connection with the Subtle Realms of the Redwood Forest. Because of changing Covid protocols, we are only booking friends, co-workers, and family who come together as a group. Great for groups! We specialize in team bonding and building for work groups. We will tailor our experience to suit your needs. Please message us. If you are by yourself, you are a SOLO adventurer, and you MUST book as a "Private Group" with a price of $154. If you're signing up right now alone, this makes you a Solo Adventurer and the price is $154. We will meet in Santa Cruz, and then caravan to the trailhead in the heart of Redwood country. Going into the Redwood Forest together, we will walk, pause, energize all our senses, and attune with the Subtle Realms of Nature. The gift of music will set the tone, and our loving presence will open the way. We will call on the Elements Earth, Air, Fire and Water to bring us to a new understanding of the aliveness and interconnectedness of the natural world. We will spend a few minutes writing about our experience to help you to recall how to connect with the Subtle Realms back home. As we complete our time in the Forest together, you can choose to stay longer on your own, fully energized with a new vision of our interconnectedness.
Be A Beekeeper
*** WEEKEND TOURS ARE MARCH 1st to OCTOBER 15th *** Weekday tours are by request. Hives are closed in cold weather to help the bees survive, then reopen in warmer months (Our "Make Honey Wine" class will hopefully be available soon. Give us a buzz @ 925-852-9900 with any questions. Only one 2-hr bee tour is held daily. Times are based on when bees are the happiest (when the field bees are out gathering nectar & pollen). We visit happy bees when it's above 60 deg with little wind. If forecast shows rain or high winds, we'll need to reschedule to a warmer day. Due to changes with Covid, we only do one tour a day. Our base rate is $210 regardless if it’s just one or two people. To receive a lower rate, bring friends or family, and your individual ticket price drops. Since we’re a 501c3 non-profit your ticket is tax write off. All funds help grow the local bee population :) DETAILS: This is a fun opportunity to get to inspect a busy beehive! First, we’ll suit up in protective gear. Then we’ll head to the Apiary where you'll learn about the art of beekeeping & the various tools used. Now it's time to inspect a hive. Hold a frame covered with 100's of bees ... a great photo opp! Press your finger into the comb and taste the freshest honey ever! When all done it's now time to be a "Chef" and do a honey & food pairing. This is such a sweet experience for all :)
Santa Cruz Redwoods Forest Bathing
**Presently world traveling - back and accepting bookings for August & September** Forest Bathing is a meditative experience that calms the mind while increasing your connection to the natural world. Embrace the present moment in the majestic, ancient Redwoods. The Santa Cruz Redwood Forest is world renown and is part of one the most delicate biospheres on earth. Walk among the worlds tallest trees and allow nature to bring you to a state of peace and equanimity. We will meet at a safe parking lot in one of Santa Cruz County's beautiful state parks and will immediately enter the ancient redwood forest. The experience includes a guided meditation and short sequence of yoga immersed in the beautiful redwoods. We have all experienced the profound feeling of being truly absorbed in nature and the sense of calm that washes over the mind. The echoing bird song, the aroma of the trees natural oils, the cool soft touch of a mossy tree trunk - as we let the daily rush slip away, we feel relaxed and supported by the forest. Forest Bathing has been shown to reduce stress and worry, strengthen the immune system, enhance positive moods, and increase energy & vitality. Great for families, teams, couples and solo travelers alike. An opportunity to lower your screen time while enjoying the natural world. **Covid safe and greatly distanced**
Get Japanese calligraphy
First, I ask you your favorite 1-2 words in English. Then I write them in Japanese kanji on a paper as a model. Next, You try calligraphy on a paper with reference to the model, although You can write as you think. Of course, I teach you how to write them. After that, I process it with plastic paper, Japanese pattern paper, Lace. And I make a bookmark. You can get the only one bookmark, because It is showed the character you write. I wish that It will be special souvenir for you instead of Japanese trip. Basically I held this experience outdoor though, If it’s chilly, raining or if you prefer inside, I can arrange the place to inside. If you want experience on Weekends, don’t hesitate to ask. I can try to arrange the schedule.