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Wild Dharma Practice
Southern Rockies

Sangre de Cristo Mountains, CO
August 29 - September 2, 2016
featuring Zenki Dillo Senei
of Crestone Mountain Zen Center

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  For millennia, human beings have entered wild landscapes to study the self in relation to mountains, canyons and rivers. This practice of pilgrimage — common from Asia to the Americas — has proven fundamentally transformative.

Wild places preserve a timeless wisdom that, like a diamond, cuts through layers of distraction subconsciously accumulated through our habituated, and often frantic, daily lives.

Fully unplugged from a competitive culture and completely in tune with the spaciousness of wild nature, the open trail awaits.

Wilderness Meditation Expeditions integrate wilderness travel, meditation practices and ecological literacy.

Explore the true meaning of freedom.

The Expedition
Integrating Zen Buddhist meditation with wilderness travel awakens inherent connections with the natural world and fosters a sense of peace, purpose and authenticity. Wilderness meditation expeditions are physically challenging. Expeditions travel several miles daily over uneven terain, both on and off trail. Participants carry full packs (containing personal equipment, shared group gear, food, and water). Our intention is to keep the body active while the mind settles into the natural rhythms of the wild.

All expeditions involve daily wilderness travel, set-up and clean-up of camp, and meditation practice. Participants learn best practices for wilderness travel, including orienting with topographical maps, food preparation and storage, safety precautions, and Leave No Trace ethics.

Experience with Buddhist meditation practice is required.

Daily Schedule
Wake Up Bell at Dawn
Morning Sitting Meditation
Walking Meditation
Backcountry Meditation
Camp Pack-Up
Wilderness Travel
Lunch on Route
Camp Set-Up
Afternoon Yoga Practice
Personal Time
Evening Sitting Meditation
Camp Fire Discussion
Quite Time

Wilderness Expedition Safety and Preparedness
Wilderness travel comes with inherent risks and AI is serious about safety. AI guides are certified as Wilderness First Responders. WFR certification is acquired through the most current and cutting edge course of any first response medical training (urban or remote) in the world.

AI guides have experience teaching and implementing risk management and decision making in wilderness settings. We prioritize safety in adventure.

Physical Preparedness
Most injuries acquired during strenuous physical activity can be prevented with physical training and adequate equipment. AI recommends expedition participants begin and maintain a training program at least three months in advance of the expedition. Ideally this training will include cardiovascular workout and strength building, as well as flexibility training (i.e. yoga). Advance training will not only help prevent injury while on an expedition, but will also help you enjoy the rigor of the experience. As for equipment, it is essential to break in your boots before heading out on a multi-day expedition. We also recommend you try on your weighted pack to get the best adjusted fit.

Mental Preparedness
Meditation comes with its own unique mental challenges. There is often discomfort (at least initially) when we turn our focus on the mind. AI participants need not have prior experience with meditation, but we do recommend you spend time quieting your mind in advance of an AI expedition. This quieting can be as simple as turning off technology and sitting with eyes closed on your couch for five to ten minutes before bed and upon awakening in the morning. In this stillness, you can pay attention to sounds you aren’t usually aware of, including the sound of your breath.

Click meditation and yoga practices for more information about techniques you will learn while on an expedition.

Wild Dharma Practice
Southern Rockies

Sangre de Cristo Mountains, CO
August 29 - September 2, 2016
featuring Zenki Dillo Senei
of Crestone Mountain Zen Center

Details & Register
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