July 18 - 24, 2018
Led by Kurt Hoelting & Gordon Peerman
This five-day, six-night retreat will be based entirely out of Keene Channel Lodge, south of Petersburg, on the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska. It includes daily mindfulness kayak paddles in the vicinity of the lodge. This retreat does not require previous kayaking experience. And does not include camping.(Read More about our retreats)
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 is a wilderness guide, mindfulness teacher and writer. He has led kayaking mindfulness retreats in Alaska for the past twenty-three years through his outfitter/guide company Inside Passages. He worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska for thirty years, and is intimately acquainted with the terrain.
Kurt has practiced Zen for almost 40 years. He leads mindfulness trainings and retreats throughout the Pacific Northwest, and is certified as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine. For the past decade he has taught MBSR to veterans at Seattle's VA Hospital, as well as other venues.
He is the author of The Circumference of Home, which was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award in 2011.
Gordon Peerman is a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher of One River Wisdom School Nashville, and an Episcopal priest. He has been engaged with contemplative practices, including mindfulness meditation, yoga, and Qigong, since 1975. He has taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at Vanderbilt’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, as well as classes in Buddhist Christian Dialogue at Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is the author of Blessed Relief: What Christians Can Learn from Buddhists about Suffering. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
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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