Connecting Your Practice with Nature
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.
- 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.
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
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Must be able to hike up to 8 miles at a time on hills.
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
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Standard double: from $800
Traditional: from $950
Suite: from $1,650
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