Fall Foliage Meditative Hike

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Fall Foliage Meditative Hike
with Lin Wang Gordon
Sunday, September 27th, 2020 | 8:15am – 3:00pm, ET
Enjoy a Fall day in the peaceful beauty of the Hudson Valley with a guided, socially-distanced meditative hike to connect with nature and ourselves.

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.

The hike takes the scenic route along the Long Path—into the Rockland Lake State Park and up Hook Mountain (698 ft). Enjoy expansive vistas only 1.5 hours outside of the city, and an extraordinary space designated by the New York Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area.

No prior meditation experience needed.


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Registration Fees include Teacher Support

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More Details

The hike will be approximately from 10am – 3pm, with stops for meditation practices and an hour long lunch break. It’s a relatively moderate hike, but there are sections where you need to go up and down, so hiking shoes and a pair of hiking poles will be handy.

Where: Rockland Lake State Park, South Entrance on Route 9W and Lake Road (parking lot #4). Valley Cottage, NY. (299 Lake Rd. Valley Cottage, NY, 10989). There is a picnic table under a big tree near the toll booth of the parking lot.

Public Transportation: Coachusa.com (Weekend schedule) From 42nd St., Port Authority: Leave on the 8:15 am bus going to Rockland Lake

From George Washington Bridge Terminal: Leave on the 8:40 bus going to Rockland Lake

Destination: Rockland Lake (Lake Road and Route 9W) in Valley Cottage, NY

Please make sure that you leave ample time to get to the bus gate. You can get a ticket on the bus or from the window on the ground floor.

Arrival Time: Bus arrives approximately at 9:35 a.m. After arriving, walk across the street (Route 9W) and walk into Rockland Lake State Park, South Entrance. Keep walking along the path for 2 minutes, we’ll meet at a picnic table right next to the parking lot. Restrooms will be available.

Return Trip: The bus runs hourly and arrives at pickup at approximately 25 minutes past each hour. Bus station is right across where they drop off in the morning.

Drivers: Expect an $8 parking fee. Arrive by 9:45 a.m. and drive into the Rockland Lake State Park, South Entrance on Route 9W and Lake Road, Valley Cottage, NY. (299 Lake Rd. Valley Cottage, NY, 10989). There is another parking lot about a mile further north on Route 9W (parking lot #2). Please make sure you’re at parking lot #4. South Entrance parking lot is an open space with many picnic tables and a large building complex.

We will remain 6 feet apart when hiking. Please cancel and request a refund if you have any symptoms listed by the CDC as COVID symptoms.

What to Bring:
Hiking poles
Your lunch
Ample snacks
At least three liters of water
A backpack
Organic tick repellent (optional)
Organic bug repellent (optional)
Sitting props if needed (thermarest z-seat pad, light yoga block, etc.)

What to Wear
Sturdy hiking boots
Comfortable athletic clothing (cotton is discouraged)


Lin Wang Gordon

Lin has studied insight meditation under the guidance of Jonathan Foust and Mark Coleman in the past decade. In stillness and silence, she discovers the transformative power of mindfulness practices to help live a life of flow, joy, grace and gratitude.

In the last few years, Lin was particularly moved by the power of nature meditation to connect with a deep sense of well-being, love, wonder, resilience, and interconnection with all beings. Our human-centric worldview dissolves, and we realize we are but a small part of a greater intelligence. Lin was inspired to share nature meditation as a doorway for personal transformation as well as a form of environmental activism.

She graduated from Mark Coleman’s Awake in the Wild Nature Meditation Teacher Training in 2017 and has taught at New York Insight Meditation Center and around the country. She is enrolled in the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Program (CDL6).

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