July 27 - August 2, 2018
Led by Kurt Hoelting
All Inside Passages retreats are based out of Keene Channel Lodge south of Petersburg, on the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska. This five-day, six-night retreat will not include camping. It will be based entirely out of Keene Channel Lodge, with daily mindfulness paddles in the vicinity of the lodge. This retreat does not require previous kayaking experience. (Read More about our retreats)
There is no doubt that we are living through a time of wrenching changes, personally, politically, globally, ecologically. Inside Passages mindfulness retreats offer a time of refuge, in the midst of Southeast Alaska's extraordinary natural beauty, from which to cultivate the inner resources we need to meet these challenges with creativity and courage. They offer a nourishing blend of solitude and community, silent practice and shared conversation. Each day will include guided meditation, Qi gong, yoga and daily mindful kayaking. We will share periods of silent practice, spectacular kayaking, and deep conversation about how to transform these challenges into opportunities for growth and service.
There is no doubt that we are living through a time of wrenching changes, personally, politically, globally, ecologically. Many people feel a sense of bewilderment and despair at the scale and pace of these changes. At times like this we need to re-establish our connection to what is most essential and enduring about our lives. We need to reconnect with our own inner depth, vitality and resilience. Our capacity to be agents of healing, for ourselves and others, depends on our ability to navigate these challenges with skill and with heart.
Mindfulness gives us the practical tools for doing this. Alaska's majestic Tongass National Forest gives us a spacious container for rediscovering the vastness of our own inner life. Mindful kayaking gives us access to that wilderness, both inner and outer, in ways that enliven the body and that call forth a necessary spirit of adventure for the work ahead. All these elements together, held in the embrace of practicing community, can be life-changing.
Kurt Hoelting has led over sixty wilderness kayaking retreats in Alaska over the last twenty-three years through Inside Passages, an outfitter-guide company he founded in 1994. He spends winters on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, and leads regular mindfulness retreats through Cascadia Mindfulness Institute. He has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in the Seattle area since 2006. He worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska for thirty years, and is intimately acquainted with the terrain.
Kurt is the author of The Circumference of Home, which was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award in 2011.
Retreat cost: $2450. Includes lodging and all meals for five days and six nights at Keene Channel Lodge, kayak guide services, kayaks and all related gear, and transportation by charter vessel to and from the lodge from Petersburg (14 miles each way).
Cost does not include airfare to Petersburg from the Lower '48, or any meal or lodging costs in Petersburg before or after the trip. (See details about retreat information & schedule, and travel planning here.
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