Simple ways to celebrate winter solstice
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Discover new insights through mindful hiking
Discover new ways of thinking and develop deeper insight through mindful hiking, journaling and meditation in a group setting. Reduce mental exhaustion and find new solutions in areas you may feel stuck.
Hikes are led by a Licensed Expressive Art Therapist at multiple Bay Area locations.
We lead mild to moderate hikes that are approximately 2 to 3 hours in length with time for snacks, journaling, and group discussions. Hikes may be 3 to 5 miles in length with an average elevation gain of 200 to 600 feet.
Guided meditation allows for a greater openness and awareness of natural sights, sounds and sensations integral to shifting old thought patterns. By bringing our attention to the present moment and the details of our environment, we are actually allowing for a deeper wisdom to replace routine worries, fears and anxieties.
Journaling is a key aspect of the Soul Hikes process. Through reflective writing participants can collect their new insights and concretize their experience.
We incorporate simple group stretches at the beginning and end of each hike. Stretching promotes blood circulation, helping your mind and body stay alert and reduces the risk of soreness and injury.
I’ve always appreciated the wisdom and clarity that comes from getting out in nature. Many of us enjoy walking in a natural setting but we may continue to run through the same old thinking patterns and still feel stuck in our day to day problems. If we can begin to direct our focus outward and observe the living and moving world around us, our thoughts and feelings will naturally shift and become more flexible.
I created SoulHikes out of a creative process that I use. We start with an open ended question at the beginning of the hike, then the challenge is to completely let the question go as we move gently through a process of meditation and hiking during which we may notice new ideas. We concretize our experience through journaling and a short group discussion, eventually bringing our attention back to our original question.
My career as a Licensed Expressive Art Therapist and Horticulture Therapist has provided me with years of experience supporting adults through creative and healing processes in nature. I hold a Level one certificate in Ecotherapy through the EarthBody Institute in Berkeley, California.
I want to acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Ohlone, Karkin, Chochenyo, Ramaytush, Coast Miwok and Yokut native peoples. To support reclaimation of indigenous land for stewardship, community and ceremony, donate to Sogorea Te' Land Trust.
Saturday, August 27th
Castle Rock Recreation Area
1700 Castle Rock Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Stage Road & Castle Rock Loop
Elevation gain 823 ft
Moderate Level Difficulty
445 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610