Wilderness Trips

The Touching Earth Sangha would like to invite any interested way-farers to join us for a series of meditation and contemplative wilderness trips. Inspired by the tradition of the Aranyaka (forest yogin) of ancient India, we will enter the wilderness to receive the inspiration of the natural world as it guides us in returning to the natural mind.

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For each trip we will be riding bikes and staying between five and ten days. Not using cars is an important part of our practice and our chosen mode of transport is an integral part of these retreats. Please only consider joining if you are willing to bike (or walk) to the forest.

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Our first trip of 2015 left on June 28th, and headed out to our usual and beloved destination of Wy’east (commonly known as Mt. Hood).  Nine of us spent a week on the mountain, spending most of our time at a stunning base camp above timberline on Yocum Ridge.  Some pictures of this trip are below.

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Some other trips:

walking from Portland to the Rainbow Gathering in southern Washington - 2011

walking from Portland to the Rainbow Gathering in southern Washington – 2011

The Goat Rocks, with Tahoma behind

The Goat Rocks, with Tahoma behind

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summitting Wy'east (Mt. Hood)

Summiting Wy’east (Mt. Hood)

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We hope to continue our contemplative adventure tradition in the future – if you’re interested in joining let us know at Sunday group, or drop us an e-mail: touchingearth(at)riseup(dot)net.  If you’d like to be on the mailing list and get the latest updates, let us know in your e-mail.

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