Women's Outdoor Adventure Pilgrimage
Blending Science & Nature with Spirituality & the Expressive Arts
Some of my most wondrous moments of connection with the "whole" of life have come from kayaking, hiking and camping adventures. I love waking up to gorgeous views and fresh scents, feeling the ground under my bare feet, hearing bird song and wind blowing through the trees ... whether I'm alone, with one of my dogs, or with friends or loved ones. There is an additional layer of camaraderie and companionship present when you're camping with others who share your journey ... maybe this comes from sharing a tent, relying on one another to take care of camp "chores", or tuning in to your companions' needs for food, rest, silence, or shared laughter and deep conversation. This shared experience can provide a deeper connection to yourself, to others, and through those connections, to the Divine.
On top of this, the experience of exploring new places and trying new activities connects me to my wild nature, and fills me with a sense of freedom and possibility ... each time I stretch out of my comfort zone by trying something new I walk away with a deeper level of authentic confidence, more ready to tackle life's opportunities.
It is for these reasons that I am excited to invite a lucky six of you to join me on my inaugural Women's Outdoor Adventure Pilgrimage.
What to expect:
(Details may change slightly.)
Outdoor Activities: We will convene at Crescent Beach & RV Park at 4 pm on Friday afternoon. We'll set up camp and gather around for introductions, start the Pilgrimage process with a guided meditation and exploratory writing or other creative activity, and then share a meal. After dinner, you'll be free to walk the beach, write more in your journal, read a book or simply relax at the campsite.
Saturday morning will be a leisurely morning filled with Nature's beauty, beach art, and creative expression. In the afternoon, we'll choose between a contemplative and slow 5 mile hike from our campsite to the top of Striped Peak, or a leisurely stroll on the beach, exploring the tide pools at Tongue Point.
Early Sunday morning we will head to Freshwater Bay where we will meet Adventures Through Kayaking for a 1/2 Day Kayaking adventure along the Marine Life Sanctuary. ATK will treat us to basic paddling lessons and kayak safety, and take us to see some of the most outstanding scenery and wildlife that Mother Nature has to offer. (No prior kayaking experience required.)
One of the fun things I've learned while playing in the wilderness is the joy of yummy whole fresh food after a long day's activities. Although breakfast will likely be oatmeal or dried cereal and fresh brewed french pressed or drip coffee, there will be no pre-packaged dinners on this trip, and plenty of good wholesome food. You'll want to bring your own snacks, but we'll supply all the major meals.
Each day we'll have specific time for journaling and creative writing, (with and without specific prompts) as well as an opportunity for creative expression, encompassing the things we find around us. (*No prior creative experience is necessary. One of my big soap box platforms is the belief that ALL OF US are born creative, just that some of us weren't encouraged to express it in our own way.)
In the days between your decision to join and the start date, I'll send some pre-adventure exploratory questions and activities to help you choose a question to explore during our time together. In my role as Pilgrimage Guide, I'll be leading you to explore how your Wise Self communicates with the Divine and then back to you. I'll provide activities as guideposts for your internal journey; but simply being in the beauty of Nature provides its own answers to life's questions, and my goal is to have Nature's Voice be louder than mine. Keep in mind that sometimes it is the mystery itself that holds the answers if we simply have the patience to wait. Regardless, it is my hope that you will leave this weekend feeling more at ease with your question ... whether or not you got the answer you hoped for.
Note: This is NOT the kind of event where we will share deep dark secrets, participate in secret ceremonies and howl naked at the moon (although if any of that occurs spontaneously we won't get in your way). However, I encourage you to go a little deep with the questions I ask you, and the meditations are designed to help clear old stuff and move you forward. It's important to me that you know that nobody will force you to share anything you're not comfortable sharing, and if sharing is an integral part of a creative or expressive activity, I'll be sure to warn you in advance so you can craft an answer you feel comfortable with.
A few more things: If you are new to the Pacific Northwest, we will be camping at sea level, and we have no poisonous snakes or spiders here. If you have other questions about safety, please feel free to ask them in the form below.
**No pets. Although I am a huge believer in adventuring with dogs, this trip is about YOU.
*A note on cell phones. We strongly encourage you to keep your phone off for the duration of the trip, or leave it behind entirely. The Divine is unlikely to speak to you through your cell phone service provider. :) You may bring your phone along for pictures, but please save your social media posting and checking until we return to civilization.
One last thing .. this trip is meant for women over 35 ... there is no "upper" age limit as long as you are healthy enough to cavort in the wilderness. In fact, I hope there is a wide diversity of ages and backgrounds so we can all learn from one another's vast life experience.)
Dates: August 19th - 21st
Location: Port Angeles area.
Camping: Crescent Beach Campground.
Kayaking: With Adventures Through Kayaking, in the Marine Life Sanctuary
Hiking: Striped Peak, Crescent Beach, Tongue Point
Cost: $ 325 (Includes 1/2 day guided kayaking trip, all camping fees, and main meals, (breakfast, lunch & dinner).
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About Adventures through Kayaking:
Founded in 2000, Adventures Through Kayaking is a woman-owned business that started as a sea kayak guide service, sharing the immense beauty of the Olympic Peninsula through fun and educational outdoor experiences. As world class mountain bike trails were being built just outside Olympic National Park, the company “had” to incorporate sharing the lush fern filled forests through guided mountain bike trips as well. Now you will find Adventures Through Kayaking to be your one stop resource for kayaking, mountain biking and stand up paddle-boarding, the fastest growing water sport in the world!
A quick note on Spirituality: I do not belong to a specific religious dogma. I do believe we each can have direct experience with the Divine, and that the experience (although there may be similarities) is as different as we are. I believe that the Divine speaks to you in the language most meaningful to you. This could be through sight, sound, touch, taste, smell, a sense of "knowing", through symbols, a kinesthetic or somatic experience in the body, or maybe all of the above. My work reflects this belief, and all the guidance I provide seeks to connect you with your own experience. So although I will be leading guided meditations, I (we) will not be "praying" together. You are welcome to pray if that is meaningful to you, but that type of activity is not part of this process.
For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it is always ourself we find in the sea."
I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.”
― John Masefield, Sea Fever: Selected Poems
What to bring:
(Check back often, as this list is not yet complete)