In-Person: Fall Hike to Black Rock Forest

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In-Person: Fall Hike to Black Rock Forest
with Lin Wang Gordon
Sunday, November 14th, 2021 | 10:00am – 3:30pm ET

“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.

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

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)


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Registration Fees include Teacher Support

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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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