Connecting with the World, Connecting with our Heart

With Bob Stahl, Jan Landry, and Kurt Hoelting

July 17 - 22, 2020

new for 2020
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Join us at Keene Channel Lodge, in the heart of Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, to cultivate a deeper embodied presence with ourselves, each other, and the natural world. We will explore the elements that connect our senses to the mysteries and wisdom of a more-than-human world. Alaska’s Inside Passage evokes a wider, more ancient and visceral sen.  These practices open us to the grace connection and interconnection and dissolve the feelings of separation and isolation.

Our days will be spent within the balances of silence and speaking from the heart, with meditation in both stillness and movement, as well as mindful kayaking through the wild temperate rain forest ecosystems of the Inside Passage.


Bob Stahl, PhD, has founded eight Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs in medical centers in the SF Bay Area.  He serves as a Senior Teacher for Brown University Mindfulness Center and the Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Bob teachers MBSR Teacher Trainings and Insight Meditation retreats worldwide and is the guiding teacher at Insight Santa Cruz and a visiting teacher at Spirit Rock. He is coauthor of 5 books:  A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Living With Your Heart Wide OpenCalming the Rush of Panic, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety, and MBSR Everyday


Jan Landry, BSN MA has worked in the field of hospice care both as a nurse and as a chaplain, for over 30 years. Her work in the field of death and dying, serves as an ongoing reminder of how precious each and every moment of life is, and informs her meditation practice which has developed and deepened over many years. She is a yoga practitioner, a student of the Ridhwan School and of life. As a teacher of mindfulness meditation, she hopes to support others in cultivating a practice of mindfulness that fosters awareness and deep listening to the inner wisdom of one's own heart.


Kurt Hoelting brings twenty-five years experience as a wilderness guide and meditation teacher. The founder of Inside Passages in 1994, he draws upon a deep local knowledge built over three decades as a commercial salmon and halibut fisherman and wilderness guide in Southeast Alaska. He is certified as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, and has taught MBSR to veterans at Seattle’s VA Hospital since 2007. Kurt has an M.Div. degree from Harvard Divinity School, is an ordained UCC minister, and has co-led Inside Passages retreats in Alaska with noted teachers from secular, Buddhist, and Western teaching lineages, including MBSR founder Jon Kabat-Zinn, poet Gary Snyder, Zen teacher Norman Fischer, Fr. Gordon Peerman, and Rabbi Rachel Cowan, among others. He is the author of The Circumference of Home, which was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award in 2011.