“In every walk in Nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” -John Muir, naturalist
Enjoy a summer day in the peaceful beauty of the Hudson Valley with a guided, 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.
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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 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 a picnic table right next to the park 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 a lots of picnic tables and a large building complex.
We aim to start the hike at 10am and will walk to the trailhead together from the parking lot.
What to Bring:
At least three liters of water
Organic tick repellent (optional)
Organic bug repellent (optional)
Sitting props if needed (thermal rest z-seat pad, light yoga block, etc.)
What to Wear
Sturdy hiking boots
Comfortable athletic clothing (cotton is discouraged)
Registration Fees include Teacher Support
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