is one of the most fundamental forces in the universe, pulling together the building blocks of stars, planets, and galaxies. We believe that this same loving force can also bring people together to create powerful connections and a sense of belonging. This co-living experiment offers an immersive opportunity to explore the many facets of human connection, from vulnerability and authenticity to compassion and empathy. Together, we'll explore what it means to truly be part of the human family.
This Experience is for you if...
We consider this experience a "Co-Laboratory" in which we come together to study, research, and re-enact the patterns of gathering which have most beneficially impacted humans across time.
During this 3-month GRAVITY pod, we'll explore the many facets of human connection, from shared hopes and intentions to deepening our understanding of one another through relational meditation and embodiment practices.
This intimate group is being highly vetted and curated by the organizers, allowing for a truly peer-to-peer experience for those devoted to the relational arts, community building, and evolutionary group dynamics and practices.
Led by: Kaela Atleework
and Stephen Torrence
This regenerative co-living space is designed to facilitate community living experiences. This is a space of true togetherness, where we learn to yield to the field and dance in the rhythms of life's ups and downs, weaving a tapestry of human connection.
Together, we focus on developing healthy relationships with self, with community, and with the wilderness around us.
Montaia Basecamp is nestled in the heart of the Eastern Sierra. Our back door opens into millions of acres of the Inyo National Forest, one of the most beautiful and wildest wilderness expanses in the country. There are hundreds of trails and world-class rock climbing within an hour’s drive. The closest towns are Mammoth Lakes and Bishop, California.
At the heart of the GRAVITY experience lies a dynamic and ever-evolving ecology of reciprocity, a web of shared context and meaning that we weave. We break bread together. We sing together. We venture together into the surrounding wilderness. As we explore the many facets of human connection, we learn how to alchemize conflict into deeper trust and understanding.
Stephen Torrence is a geeky wizard from Austin, Texas. He has worn many hats over the last decade and a half, accumulating a wide range of skills and experience. His areas of exploration include technical systems design & integration, sustainable community building, interpersonal facilitation (including Authentic Relating and Circling), and classical Buddhist meditation training. Stephen now lives as a digital nomad in Canada and the USA, facilitating relational meditation and working as a technical consultant for multiple conscious businesses.
Kaela Atleework is an experience designer, a human connection researcher, and an international community builder. She is the founder of Montaia Basecamp, a regenerative co-living space in the Eastern Sierra, California. When she is not facilitating co-living experiments and guiding group wilderness expeditions, Kaela travels the world studying intersubjective that range all the way from somatics to synergy practices (focused on intimacy and/or group cohesion dynamics).
We recognize and honor that the land that we live upon is the traditional territory of the Numa (Paiute) people. It was first known as Payahǖǖnadǖ, land of flowing water.
We are coming together to practice being the human family. This is an experimental container and will likely evoke the full spectrum of human experience all the way from messy and chaotic to clarifying and transformational. We are here to re-learn the way we connect and cohabitate with others as we co-create a lifestyle experience that supports the thriving of both the individual and the collective.
The price per person from $4,000-7,000 for the full 3 months (depending on size, window views, and degree of privacy). Scholarships available for LGBTQ+ and BIPOC individuals.
Bring personal items and clothing appropriate for Fall in the High Desert of California (7,000ft elevation). Temperatures and conditions can vary significantly, so bring a range of clothing suitable for warm-and-sunny days all the way to cold-sub-zero nights. Bring any required medications/prescriptions. Bedding and towels will be provided by Montaia Basecamp. Bring personal camping gear if desired.
Although this will be a deeply immersive community experience, you will also have time to focus on your remote work or personal projects. There will be space to work solo (private desks in each room) or co-work and collaborate in one of our shared work areas. We have high-speed fiber-optic wifi that reaches both indoor and outdoor zones of the space. Cell reception is decent.