Thanks to all who participated in our poll regarding your interest in a springtime Walking and Yoga one-day retreat. My partner-in-walking-crime Stephanie Harding and I both got a lot of feedback from you with a fairly even breakdown between May and June preferences. Given that, AND that we found more fabulous walks than we can possibly host this year (hint hint on 2017), we’ve decided to offer two different experiences!
Both offer embodied practice and beautiful forays into nature. I hope you can attend one or both, but do let me know soonest if you wish to attend, because both are limited to 15 participants. (email me: email@example.com)
Herewith, the deets:
May 14 – Yoga on Lake Rippowam/South Salem Wildlife Preserve/Hammond Museum.
We’ll meet at Yoga on Lake Rippowam (aka Stephanie’s house) in South Salem at 9AM for an invigorating morning practice on her dock overlooking the lake. Then we’ll head over to a local wildlife preserve for a morning walk, followed by a picnic lunch (BYO). After lunch, it’s a short drive to the Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden in North Salem. The museum has wonderful exhibits, a gift shop, and of course the beautiful Japanese garden, a perfect setting for our meditative walk. We’ll end with a closing practice on museum grounds.
June 4 – Fred Dill Wildlife Preserve/Chuang Yuen Monastery.
We’ll meet at 9 AM at Carmel High for an invigorating morning practice, then walk the trails at Fred Dill Wildlife Preserve. From there, it’s a short ride to the Chuang Yuen Buddhist Monastery in Kent. We will share a vegetarian lunch prepared by and enjoyed with the community, have a tour of the Great Buddha Hall (features a 4-story tall representation of the Buddha), and walk the Bodhi path lined with statues of enlightened beings. Our afternoon finishes with a meditative walk around the Seven Jewel Lakes and a seated pranayama practice.
The cost of each guided excursion is $40, all inclusive – except lunch on May 14th. Sign up for both for a discounted combined fee of $70.
Both days start at 9 AM and will wind up somewhere between 3 and 4, depending on the rate of our wanderings (and let’s face it—gabbing). Both take place is quaint areas where coffee and ice cream shops offer additional opportunities to socialize and unwind afterwards.
These retreats are limited to 15 participants on a first come first served basis Sign up early if you’d like to attend! (Sign up here)
Steady rain the morning of the event cancels. Bring water, your mat, rain gear (just in case!), sturdy walking shoes, snacks, and, for the May 14 excursion, lunch. You might also want to bring a sunhat (let’s be optimistic!), sunscreen, sunglasses, bug repellent, camera, binoculars (especially for the wildlife sanctuary which has loads of birds!).