Hiking Yoga

Connecting Your Practice with Nature

How Nature Can Make You Kinder, Happier, and More Creative

Eric Kipp

July 2-7, 2017
Sunday-Friday, 5 nights

$495 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

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Program Description

We live in a world where technology and modern life alienate us from our natural rhythms. We experience nature deficit disorder and are not sure how to reconnect with nature and ourselves. Cars and mass transit isolate us from the connective cadence of movement in hiking. Modern yoga has been boxed in by the hardwood floor studio-class experience.

This week, step away from your usual routine and experience how three fundamental components of nature, yoga, and hiking can enhance one another, fostering deep connection. Explore the incredible beauty and nature of Santa Cruz—from the towering redwood trees to the stunning coastline—while expanding your perception of hiking and yoga.

You will:

  • Embody a spirit of exploration as you hike to beautiful vistas
  • Practice yoga outside, breathing fresh air and becoming more fully in tune with yourself and the world around you
  • Emerge from your safe zone and tap into more creative energies, which can put personal troubles into perspective.

Plant seeds that help you integrate these three practices into your daily life. Being present in our bodies in nature produces heightened states of awareness that allow for healing and greater joy.

Faculty Bio

Why Attend

  • Experience the profound health benefits of combining the heart-pumping adventure of hiking with the diverse movements of yoga.

  • Connect with others during the joyful social interactions that outdoor hikes naturally promote.

  • Release the feeling of isolation that can be a side-effect of modern living, and tap into your innate ability to reconnect with yourself, others, and the living world around you.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    Must be able to hike up to 8 miles at a time on hills.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Recommended Reading

    Walking, by Henry David Thoreau

    The Mindful Hiker, by Stephen Altschuler

    Walking Meditation: Peace is Every Step. It Turns the Endless Path to Joy, by Thich Nhat Hanh

    After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path, by Jack Kornfield


Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.

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