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Waking up to the Wild: Hiking as Meditation

Kay Peterson
  • Dates: : 6/20 – 6/23
  • Presenter: : Kay Peterson
  • Program: : P2-13
  • Program Fee: : $100

Discover ease of movement, stillness of mind, and the healing power of nature by integrating mindfulness awareness practices with hiking in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Learn techniques for synchronizing mind and body that restore balance, clarity and an overall sense of well-being.

While daily navigating the busy, high-tech world, we can often find ourselves distracted by past events and future planning that leaves us feeling stressed and overwhelmed. We may miss the simple joy of the present moment that creates the foundation for sustainable happiness. When we begin to take notice of
the simplicity of our breath, the sharpness of our senses and the subtle movements of our bodies, we can begin to train our minds to experience the mundane in our lives as if it were a spectacular sunset or a cool mountain breeze.

This weekend will include guided sitting and hiking meditation, restorative yoga, and time for solo reflection in nature.

Kay Peterson, M.A. is a psychotherapist, wilderness guide, and Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Instructor. She has been facilitating nature-inspired programs focused on individual transformation, creative group process, and mindfulness for over fifteen years. Kay is adjunct faculty at Naropa University in the graduate program for Contemplative Psychotherapy. She also teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses throughout the Bay Area. She is adjunct faculty in the Masters Program for Contemplative Psychotherapy at Naropa University

For more information on Kay, visit her website at Kaypeterson.com

*Please plan to bring comfortable shoes for hiking, two water bottles, clothing layers for changing temperatures, a rain jacket, sun hat and sunscreen, and a small daypack to carry these things in for the day. Also, please consult the Visitors Guide on the Far Horizons website for more info on what else to bring for your stay, and directions.

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off you like falling leaves.”
–John Muir



  • 8:00 – 9:00 – Orientation


  • 8:00 – 9:00 – Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 12:00 – Intro/guided meditation (cultivating mindfulness and awareness)
  • 12:00 – 1:30 – Lunch
  • 1:30 – 2:30 – Guided meditation
  • 2:30 – 5:00 – Guided contemplative hike (walking meditation – cultivating mindfulness and awareness)
  • 5:00 – 5:30 – Tea
  • 5:30 – 6:30 – Guided meditation (gentle, restorative movement and lying down meditation)
  • 6:30 – 7:30 – Dinner
  • 7:30 – 9:00 – Optional group activity (campfire)


  • 8:00 – 10:00 – Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 11:00 – Guided meditation
  • 11:00 – 5:00 – Guided contemplative day hike (bring lunch) – will include “solo” time
  • 5:00 – 5:30 – Return to FH for tea
  • 5:30 – 6:30 – Guided meditation (gentle, restorative movement and lying down meditation)
  • 6:30 – 7:30 – Dinner
  • 7:30 – 9:00 – Optional group activity


  • 8:00 – 9:00 – Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 11:30 – Guided contemplative hike
  • 11:30 – 12:00 – Closing activity
  • 12:00 – 1:30 – Lunch
  • 1:30 – 2:00 – Goodbye

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