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Connecting with the Wild, Connecting with our Heart


Connecting with the Wild, Connecting with our Heart

With Bob Stahl, Jan Landry, and Kurt Hoelting

July 17 - 22, 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 through mindfulness. Hosted by Kurt Hoelting, we are honored to welcome Kurt’s mentor Bob Stahl and his wife and teaching partner Jan Landry as guiding teachers on this adventure of the heart.

The retreat will offer multiple ways to connect more deeply with ourselves, each other, and the natural world. We will explore the elements that connect our senses and our hearts to the wisdom inherent in wild nature. These practices open us to the grace of connection and interconnection, while dissolving feelings of separation and isolation.

The lodge is five miles from the nearest road, and is powered by solar panels. Its location offers easy accessibility by boat from Petersburg in all weather and features beautiful vistas of the surrounding Tongass National Forest, and sheltered islands and channels for exploration by sea kayak. The waters are home to abundant salmon and halibut, seals, sea lions and harbor porpoises. Pods of orcas periodically make passages through the Wrangell Narrows. The surrounding forest is home to black bear, wolf, moose and Sitka blacktail deer.

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Our days will be spent within the balances of silence and speaking from the heart with meditation in both stillness and movement, along with mindful kayaking through the protected waters of the Inside Passage. Joining together the power of Alaska’s iconic wilderness with the power of mindfulness can be a transformative experience, opening new channels for wisdom, joy and wise action in the healing of ourselves and our world.

Retreat Leaders

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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

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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.

Retreat Cost: $1800 (plus dana - or voluntary additional gift for the teachers)

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