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Gary Marcoccia

Wilderness expedition leader, science educator

Gary Marcoccia is a wilderness expedition leader and tenured professor of natural and applied sciences from Santa Cruz, California. He has led expeditions around the globe for more than two decades: from deep jungle treks and volcano climbs to traversing the Pyrenees and making first-descent, white-water kayak runs.

Having taught for wilderness outfitters, retreat venues, and institutions of higher education, Gary has made significant curriculum contributions to the field of wilderness education. His teaching highlights practices from a variety of wisdom traditions and cultures, with an emphasis on how they connect to the natural world.

A keen naturalist, ultra-runner, adventurer, kite surfer, and mountaineer, Gary’s biggest passion in life is teaching people how they can nourish their mind, body, and spirit through time spent in the wilds.


Upcoming Programs

The Wilds Are Waiting

The Wilds Are Waiting

July 29 - August 3, 2018

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

What do tribal people from around the globe know about moving through nature that others don’t? How does the natural world inform the flow of our daily lives? How might we commune with nature so that she is our primary teacher? Find the answers over five days with wilderness buff and expedition leader Gary Marcoccia,...