Weathering Life’s Storms: Mindful Hiking

Kay Peterson

June 25–28, 2020

Tuition $225 + 3 nights

Note: This program has been cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see updates about SMC’s response to the pandemic here.

A passing rainstorm doesn’t have to ruin a hike if we remember to bring a raincoat, or don’t mind getting a little wet. The clouds will eventually pass. Regardless, we could be left feeling stronger and more rejuvenated than we expected. Our emotional landscape is much like the weather – it may be intense at times, but we can become more confident in our ability to ride the turbulence. Join us for a weekend practice in riding the waves of intensity and tuning into the indestructible calm within. With our experience of mindfulness and awareness, we’ll explore movement through hiking and yoga, and stillness through sitting meditation and silent contemplation. Solo and supportive group practice will leave you feeling empowered for the weather ahead. (Hiking is moderate to difficult at 7,000’- 9,000′ elevation)

Kay Peterson

Kay Peterson, MA, LMFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as a seasoned wilderness guide who has been facilitating nature-inspired programs that integrate meditation, self-reflection, and creative group process since 1996. Kay also teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and is adjunct faculty at Naropa University.

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check-in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.