Mindful Mountains, Lake District (UK) 16th June 2018
a guided all-day mindful hike in the Central Fells - mountains as you've never walked them before
You've probably hiked in the mountains. You might have tried mindfulness. But have you combined the two? This is your chance to join me and experience the mountains my favourite way - an invitation to move your body whilst cultivating inner stillness and space. A chance to enjoy solitude among a supportive group, and with all of the logistics sorted for you so that you're free to relax and enjoy the present.
Location: Great Langdale, Cumbria. Meeting at the National Trust Campsite. Parking is available down the valley, with the campsite at the end. Free for National Trust Members at Sticklebarn Tavern. Once you have booked I will email you specific details!
Time/Date: 10am 16th June 2018 (with optional camping on Saturday night at the campsite.)
Schedule: After meeting, introductions, safety, we will talk about mindful hiking before leaving the campsite at 10am. We will take a route from the Langdale Valley into the surrounding fells. Weather permitting we will be out all day and you should bring enough supplies accordingly. The campsite shop (or pub down the road has snacks) should you forget them!
We will spend some time walking quietly and mindfully on the chosen route, taking chances to stop and discuss your experiences. You are invited to bring a notebook if you wish, and to take photos as we go. Later in the walk, we can walk and talk together whilst staying mindful of nature and maintaining a focus on the present experience; letting our worries go for a while, and enjoying the here and now.
We will aim to be out in the hills until 4-5pm, when we will arrive back in camp and you can leave to continue your weekend, or camp overnight in Langdale (you should book your own camping, which is currently £7.50 pp/per night - contact me to discuss your camping plans as I will also be camping!)
What you'll learn/get out of the trip:
- Introduction to, and experience of, mindfulness and walking.
- Learn more about the breath as an anchor to the present and a sense of 'home' - inspired by vietnamese Buddhist practice as taught by Thich Nhat Hanh
- Spectacular views of the central fells (hopefully!) and the local nature sights and sounds you might otherwise overlook in a hurry.
- A quiet, reflective trip out in the supportive company of others - hiking like you might not have experienced in a group before!
- Hassle free route guiding - takes the pressure off you; you can just soak up the mindful experience.
- A chance to be in the mountains and gain confidence if you haven't spent much time in the hills before - inclusive and accessible approach to pace.
- Hints and tips for outdoor wellbeing
- Make new friends/contacts or book as a group and do it together
We will be a group of max. 8 Places are bookable on a first come, first served basis. That means you can book as an individual, or book a number of places for yourself and others. For example, you may wish to attend as a couple/pair, or book as a small group of friends.
Please bear in mind, that if you don't book all 6 spaces then there will be individuals who need welcoming into the group. The aim is to be inclusive and welcoming to all.
You are welcome to contact me to arrange a separate day for a full group.
(BUT please note it's adults only - not because of the nature of the content (!) but because I am not insured to take children outdoors at this time.)
About your coach:
Ruth is a passionate and experienced mountain walker/trekker (and new hill runner!) with particular interests in stillness, solitude and mindful awareness of nature and the outdoors. She is a counsellor/therapist, personal and organisational coach with a growing expertise in the outdoor therapies for wellbeing and the maintenance of good mental health. Before going freelance Ruth worked for over a decade in Higher Education in teaching and learning; most latterly specialising in small-group training. As a bonus, Ruth used to be a geologist so if you ask then you might get some local rock knowledge thrown in!
Really Important Information - please read before booking:
- Whilst I will be offering route guidance, every individual is responsible for their own safety and should bring appropriate clothing, footwear, food and hydration for the trip out.
- You should be of reasonable fitness - this is not a fitness hike, but a mindful one. The pace will be slower as a result, but ideally you will have been hiking in hilly terrain before.
- Your contribution is towards my time as a facilitator, coach and mindful guide. I am not 'mountain guiding' on this occasion, though I am experienced on the route and will take responsibility for navigation.
- Your reservation/contribution is non-refundable, but you are welcome to sell on your ticket to someone you know - just let me know who is attending in your place:-)
- The trip will only be cancelled and refunded if the weather is dangerous (i.e. lightening storms) - if it rains and you decide not to attend, then your ticket is not refundable. We will proceed in rain.
- Please note that the ethos of this walk is reflective and peaceful, and supportive of other people in that. It will not suit you if you are boisterous and looking for non-stop chatter. We will chat plenty - but there will be designated periods of quietness that you will be invited to participate in.
For any further questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org