A silent day of hiking and nature contemplation.
Joins us for the first Mindfulness Northwest mindful hike at a local treasure in the Chuckanut mountains.
Enter the mountains for a mindful discovery of trees, rocks, moss, birds, and sky. We'll hike silently and stop along the trail for sensory awareness exercises which will support us in deep immersion in nature.
Being in nature can effortlessly bring us into the present moment to feel connected and alive. We spend so much of our lives on autopilot missing the beauty all around us. Nature has the ability to inspire us and provide insight into our lives. Mindfulness, being aware of the present moment with acceptance, heightens awareness of surroundings and enables us to be immersed in the environment without constant chatter and distraction. Give yourself the gift of being present, get grounded and uplifted as you open your mind and heart to the wonder and serenity of the landscape!
We will descend from Cyrus Gates Overlook on the fabulous Rock Trail (trail info), joining the South Lost Lake Trail to come around the north end of Lost Lake and to it's hidden waterfall on the back (east) side. Lunch will be at the waterfall with expected return to the trailhead approximately 3 pm and back to Bellingham at approximately 4 pm.
Our turn-around destination is the tallest waterfall in the Chuckanut Mountains. But it is hidden in such a way that many walk right by it.
The hike is approximately five miles with about 600 feet of elevation loss and gain (mostly on stairs). Dress for the trail and for the weather. Bring lunch and at least two liters of water.
Carpooling: Those interested in carpooling can meet at 9 am at the Old Fairhaven Plaza parking lot (1800 32nd Street) next to I-5 exit 250 (across the street from the Shell Station). Those driving must have a Discover Pass. If you're running late that morning please text Tim at 360-223-0687 so we know to wait for you.
Or Meet at the Trailhead: You can also meet us directly at the Cyrus Gates Overlook of Larabee State Park by 9:30 AM. Directions: on Chuckanut Drive, head just north of Larrabee Park to Highline Road. Take Highline Road to Cleator Road. Follow Cleator Road to the end and arrive at Cyrus Gates Overlook and the trailhead. High clearance vehicle recommended.
Sunday July 1st, 9 am - 4 pm.
This course will be taught by Mindfulness Northwest director and guiding teacher Tim Burnett.
Lost Lake is a jewel within the Chuckanut Mountain Recreation Area / Larrabee State Park. A moderate 5 mile round-trip hike is required.
Cost & Options:
$50 - $90 sliding scale fee (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).
Payment plans are available during registration (4 equal monthly payments; no financing fee).
Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.
Register Online or by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.
Additional Course details:
A day of hiking and contemplation in nature.
1) a lunch and two liters of water
2) warm clothing / layers / rain coat / sun protection as needed.
3) sturdy walking shoes or boots.
Other Classes in the Area: See our full Upcoming Class Schedule.