The wilderness calls us to be with life’s messiness, to relinquish our desire to control what is happening, and enter whole-heartedly into life’s unfolding.
What is Nature Bathing? In 1982, the Forest Agency of the Japanese government premiered its shinrin-yoku plan. In Japanese shinrin means forest, and yoku, although it has several meanings, refers here to a “bathing, showering or basking in.” More broadly, it is defined as “taking in, in all of our senses, the forest atmosphere.” The program was established to encourage the populace to get out into nature, to literally bathe the mind and body in greenspace, and take advantage of public owned forest networks as a means of promoting health.* (*Mother Earth News, Your Brain on Nature.)
In her TED Talk, Environmental writer, Emma Marris redefines Nature as "anyplace that is host to more than one species."
In all my wilderness work, I combine the elements of pilgrimage with the elements of Nature to give you a lasting transformational experience and guide you back to wholeness and joy.
The earth is full of thresholds where beauty awaits the wonder of our gaze."
What is a pilgrimage? According to the dictionary, a pilgrimage is "a journey to a holy, special, or unusual place taken as an act of spiritual devotion."
The “holy places” that are the destinations of my pilgrimages are immersion experiences into the Nature and Wilderness of Olympic National Park and the Olympic Peninsula.
The act of spiritual devotion I invite you to explore is the practice of revealing your own Spiritual nature in the midst of ordinary life. In my mind, Spirituality is not reliant on religion, theology, or dogma. Instead, spirituality encompasses an interconnectedness with all of life and a belief in a unifying force greater than us. As you spend time with the Divine in Nature and practice tools that allow you to expand the roots of your spiritual nature you will gain the skills and confidence to walk with courage, strength and an emerging sense of grace into your own best life no matter what is happening around you.
Current Pilgrimage Schedule, Summer 2017:
Mini Pilgrimages (Nature Bathing 101)
Saturdays at 9 am)
Cost: $10 drop in, $30 for 4 sessions or $125 for a summer pass
Women's Backpacking Pilgrimage, July 28th - 31st.
Women's Backpacking Pilgrimage, August 18th - 21st
Cost for 4-day trip: $805 + tax