The wilderness offers us a space to be present with what is happening in our moment-to-moment experience, free from the constant distraction of our technological world. The presence and awareness that is fostered supports a deeper connection with ourselves, each other, and the natural world. On this retreat we will explore mindfulness through silent periods of meditation practice, relational activities, and daily exploration of nature within us and outside of us.
The emerging science of mindfulness suggests that mindfulness can help build emotional resilience, inner strength, and well being. Retreat practice helps us develop the flexibility to be present, kind, and skillful whether we are alone or interacting with others. Please come prepared to participate with curiosity and a willingness to engage with challenge.
This retreat is for any adult interested in an immersive wilderness mindfulness retreat – prior meditation experience is not necessary. Please note, that this is a backpacking retreat and participants will need to be able to carry their own gear over varied terrain for multiple miles.
We will meet at 8am on April 7th at the trail head and will hike into the wilderness from there, returning to our cars on April 14th by mid-afternoon. The entire retreat will take place out of doors in the wilderness. Each day will include formal sitting and walking meditation with instruction, nature awareness and relational mindfulness practices. Mindful hiking will be a regular element of each day. Participants should feel comfortable carrying a 35-45 lb pack for 2-4 miles each day.
For more detailed information regarding the logistics of the retreat please see our Retreat Program Info document down below.
For more info about this retreat:
Fill out the confidential online registration form via the button below. Allow at least 30 minutes for completion of the registration. You can save your progress if needed. If you are unable to complete the registration or payment online, please contact [email protected] or call (978) 254-7082.
If you cancel more than 6 weeks before the start of the retreat, your payment will be refunded minus a $100 administrative fee and the $35 application fee. We cannot offer refunds for cancellations made less than 6 weeks before a retreat. There is no refund if you decide to leave the retreat early.