All good things are wild, and free.
Henry David Thoreau
Photo by Ellen Tynan

Sugarloaf Mountain Walk (Autumn)

autumnlandscapeWhat would it be like to enter the landscape and walk the land in a sacred way? What might we discover about ourselves and this living system we call home, if we were to slow down and mindfully explore both our inner and outer landscape? Hindus and Buddhists circumambulating Tibet’s Mount Kailash. Pilgrims trekking the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Indigenous Australians following the Songlines of their land. Hiei-zan monks in Japan practicing 1000-day walking meditations. For thousands of years and in almost every culture and spiritual tradition, people have walked the land as a way of connecting with the sacred nature of the life within and around them.

Our  walk will be interspersed with stops for meditation, readings, and qi gong (with James Foulkes) to bring a greater awareness to our experience of being with and on the earth. As Gary Snyder said about his and others’ circumnambulation of Mt. Tamalpais in the early ‘60s – “The main thing is to pay your regards, to play, to engage, to stop and pay attention. It’s just a way of stopping and looking — at yourself, too.

We’ll walk amidst the fall colors and tap into this season of harvest.  What is coming into fruition in your life right now? Come and celebrate the season with us on the mountain and allow nature and the land to help you awaken more fully to your life!

  • The walk will be about 5-6 miles, with some uphill portions (Moderate difficulty)
  • We will meet at the East View parking lot at Sugarloaf Mt, Dickerson, MD at 9 am.  The day will finish about 3 pm.
  • Maximum number of participants: 20

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October 4, 2015 9:00 AM - October 4, 2015 3:00 PM
Sugarloaf Mountain Park
Dickerson, bbMD