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

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

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

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Oct 13, 2023 11:00 AM to
Oct 15, 2023 01:00 PM
North Cascades Environmental Learning Center
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The crisp colors of autumn combined with the mountain landscape make the North Cascades a unique retreat for reflection, connection and renewal. It’s a perfect time to reconnect with the joy inherent in nature. Re-inhabit your body. Experience the power of deep silence. Explore what it means to be wholly human in a more-than-human world.


Join us for a restorative weekend with Zen meditation teacher and author Kurt Hoelting and writing teacher, editor, and poet Holly J. Hughes. Together we’ll share mindfulness practices to help you reconnect 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.

During free time, you’re invited to soak up the views of Pyramid and Colonial Peaks, linger on the shores of Diablo Lake, walk the local trails, enjoy delicious, organic 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. Tuition includes two nights lodging and six delicious, organic meals.


Take this opportunity to develop practices that will help you reconnect with the earth, your inner resilience, and your creative spirit. All welcome; no meditation or writing experience necessary.

Top photo by Pablo McLoud