First Friday Meditation Group.
"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness". ~ John Muir
Looking for an amazing fun way to start the weekend? Join us at Wind Mountain in Columbia Gorge, on the first and last Friday evening of each month, for a short hike and a meditation session.
Wind Mountain Trailhead at 6.30 p.m. Directions
What to bring?
Bring something warm, a wind-breaker and something to sit on. A hiking pole or stick will be useful on the uneven trail. Bring a headlamp or flashlight and anything you want to eat or drink.
Who is welcome?
You are. The group welcomes men and women. The only requirement is that you can walk up and down the trail. No experience with meditation is required. We welcome people of any religions, or none.
We set off at 7.00 p.m. and walk the mile and a half to the top. The hike involves 1,100 feet of elevation. At an easy pace it takes about 45 minutes up. If you are new to hiking, we'll offer tips. One suggestion is to practice a walking meditation, stepping as softly and lightly as you can - or as Thich Nhat Hanh said, “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”
The trail, mountain and forest are beautiful, the location of Wind Mountain is spectacular, too. It sits right next to the Columbia and is in the transition zone between the dense forests to the west and the drier desert-like terrain of Eastern Washington. Mount St Helens and Mt Adams are visible from the top. The forest is deeply peaceful and according to native people, men and women have been going to wind mountain for centuries, as a place for spiritual connection and questing.
Once we reach the top, we take a short rest and find a good place to sit. We invite you to introduce yourself by your first name. Then we do a silent meditation for thirty minutes. A suggestion is to focus on the meditation technique which works for you. For many people, a focus on breath is a way of becoming grounded. Each meeting will begin with a short nature reading.
We end by inviting you to share anything you would like, with the group; If you would rather not speak, that's fine. There is no judgement and we practice the principle of anonymity - what is shared here - blows away in the wind.
We leave the summit at 9.00 p.m. to arrive back at the parking area at 9.30 p.m.
We practice Leave No Trace wilderness ethics. We carry a first aid kit. We ask that you not bring alcohol or drugs to the meditation group. If you require a ride or want to car pool please contact me.