Sit, Walk, Write: Nature and the Practice of Presence

Sit, Walk, Write: Nature and the Practice of Presence
Program Series Learning Center classes and retreats
When Oct 23, 2015 03:00 PM to Oct 25, 2015 01:00 PM
Where North Cascades Environmental Learning Center
Single Accommodations $510.00
Double Accommodations $340.00
Triple Accommodations $255.00
Clock hours 18.0
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The crisp colors of autumn combined with the mountain landscape make Cascadia a unique retreat for reflection, connection and renewal.


This fall, meditation teacher and author Kurt Hoelting and writing teacher and poet Holly Hughes return to the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center to share mindfulness practices to help you re-connect with both your inner and outer landscapes.


Starting each day with sitting meditation, we’ll share poems and nature essays by well-known poets and writers, then explore transforming our own thoughts into inspired words. Outdoors, we’ll enjoy walking meditation, hiking and observations with Institute naturalists to deepen our connection with the natural world. In between, we’ll practice Qigong movement and yoga postures.


No meditation or writing experience is necessary. Tuition includes two nights lodging and six delicious, organic meals.


When you’re not painting, feel free to soak up the views of Pyramid and Colonial Peaks, linger on the shores of Diablo Lake, dine on healthful, organic, delicious meals prepared in our historic dining hall, find a book to curl up with in the Wild Ginger Library and rest in comfort at night in our guest lodges.


Kurt Hoelting is the author of The Circumference of Home: One Man's Yearlong Quest for a Radically Local Life.


Holly Hughes is the author of Sailing by Ravens, co-author (with Brenda Miller) of The Pen & The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World and editor of Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer's Disease.

LEARNING CENTER ACCOMMODATIONS: Triple Accommodations is the tuition for sharing a room with two other people (this may require use of an upper bunk, accessible by an easy-to-climb ladder). Double Accommodations is the tuition for sharing a room with one other person. Single Accommodations is the tuition for a room for one person.

The Learning Center campus features classrooms, a dining hall, a library, outdoor learning shelters, trails, a canoe dock and an amphitheater. Our three guest lodges have shared gender-specific bathrooms with showers and each room contains two sets of twin bunk beds, desks, wardrobes and wireless internet connectivity. Facilities and local trails are all ADA accessible and a personal mobility vehicle is available. Delicious, healthy meals incorporating local and organic foods are provided in our dining hall. If you have special dietary requirements or food allergies, we will gladly attempt to accommodate them with advance notice. Sorry, but we cannot accommodate pets.

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