“In every walk in Nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir, naturalist
Enjoy the magnificent fall foliage in the peaceful beauty of the Hudson Valley with a guided, meditative hike to connect with nature and ourselves. This hike takes us to the Old Mineral Springs trail of the Black Rock Forest. Located west of Route 9W in the town of Cornwall, NY on the west side of the Hudson River, we will explore a forest that has been extensively preserved and researched for a century. In a short 4-mile hike, we will get to explore a varied landscape where waterfalls, streams, ponds, wooded areas intertwined, resulting in a highly diversified and rich habitat for plants and animals.
Much of the hike will be observed in silence but we will integrate meditation practices throughout the day — allowing our senses to come alive and our sense of separateness fall away. Turning our attention inward allows us to become receptive to both of our outer and inner experiences. The dynamic outdoor conditions will be a perfect container for mindfulness practices. We will have lunch by a pond.
The hike will be approximately from 10am – 3:30pm.
After the hike we will also stop by the nearby Jones Farm to pick up farm fresh bakery goods and produce, as well as visit the animals.
Who: Lin Gordon
When: 9:45am-3:30pm, Sunday, September 27, 2020
Where: Black Rock Forest – Mineral Springs Trail
Length and Elevation: Approximately 3.9 miles, 725 ft elevation – Relatively moderate hike featuring a waterfall. There are sections of ups and downs, please bring hiking poles and wear proper hiking shoes.
Meeting Time: We’ll meet at the trail head at 9:45am.
Meeting Location: 2-16 Old Mineral Springs Rd, Highland Mills, NY 10930
Carpool: We will send out a carpooling sign up sheet 7 days before the hike. Please register by 10/15 to get on the carpool list.
We aim to start the hike at 10am.
COVID-19 Protocols: We will remain 6 feet apart when hiking. When we gather for discussion, we will wear a mask. Please cancel and request a refund if you have any symptoms listed by the CDC as Covid symptoms. You will be requested to sign a health declaration form and a waiver.
Maximum enrollment: 18 people
Registration Fee: Sliding scale from $30 – $80. Registration opens soon through New York Insight.
No prior meditation experience needed.
- Hiking poles (pls bring them if you have them)
- Your lunch
- Ample snacks
- At least 3 liters of water
- A backpack
- Organic tick repellent (optional)
- Organic bug repellent (optional)
- Sitting props if needed (thermal rest z-seat pad, light yoga block, etc.)
- Sturdy hiking boots
- Comfortable athletic clothing in layers so you can adjust accordingly – (cottons are discouraged)
- Wool socks (if possible)