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Mindfulness As Survival Equipment: An All-Comers Wilderness Retreat - July 14 - 21, 2017


Kurt Hoelting and Bruce Davis will again be teaming up to host this week-long pilgrimage to Alaska's Inside Passage.  This mindfulness kayaking retreat will explore the inner channels of Southeast Alaska in more ways than one.

These seven days will introduce you to the wild coastal ecosystems of the Tongass National Forest. Each day will find us in kayaks, and a two night camping trip will bring us into the deep heart of the Tongass. Adventure, yes, but spiritual retreat, as well. We will encounter the silence here in three parts. Meditation and other mindful practices will open us to the silence within. Conversations and silence together will reveal the silent souls of those with whom we travel. And the wild beauty of this place will confer the peace of its silence upon us. Poet David Whyte invites us to an apprenticeship with the silence because within that silence and emerging from that silence is the depth of our life.

This retreat is organized and co-led by Bruce Davis and Kurt Hoelting

Bruce Davis has been a student of meditation and the Vedic tradition of India for fifty years. He is a family physician and Unitarian Universalist minister. Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, the wilderness has been an essential element of his own personal and spiritual growth. Bruce practices spiritual direction in Seattle, WA. 


Kurt Hoelting is a founder and Senior Teacher with both Inside Passages and Cascade Mindfulness Institute (CMI). He has been a practicing Zen Buddhist for forty years, and has worked as a commercial fisherman and wilderness guide in Alaska for several decades When not in Alaska, Kurt is a mindfulness teacher in the Seattle area. He is the author of The Circumference of Home.  See more about Kurt Hoelting here.

**Email us to inquire about and open spot on this trip**