Opening to Change: Mindful Hiking

Kay Peterson

August 7–9, 2020

Tuition $195 + 2 nights

Note: This program is being rescheduled for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see updates about SMC’s response to the pandemic here.

Change catches us by surprise at times. Sometimes it may feel like our life adventure has unexpectedly brought us to the banks of a swollen river and we’re not sure how to proceed – do we turn back or take a leap of faith? When we are mindful and aware in nature, we deeply connect with ourselves. We notice the subtle interplay of thoughts, feelings, and sense perceptions and rediscover our innate ability to ride the waves of impermanence in our lives with grace and strength. Join us for a weekend of mindful movement through hiking meditation and restorative yoga, and wakeful stillness through sitting meditation and silent contemplation. Rediscover your innate confidence in community with nature. (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.