“It is not talking but walking that will bring us to heaven.” — Matthew Henry
A meditative walk in the woods
Once a quarter (every three months, on or about the solstice or equinox), I lead a group Silent Hike on one of the Upstate’s beautiful forest trails. This unique experience offers you the chance to join with others who want to experience nature fully and deeply, in a meditative format. By choosing to forgo friendly chit-chat and instead explore what it’s like to walk in the woods without speaking, we have a chance to engage our senses more fully – to truly connect with the living environment around us.
This practice is called Noble Silence, and it’s taken from the tradition of meditation retreats, during which participants voluntarily remain silent so they can direct their attention to their inner experience.
After a brief orientation, the first leg of the hike will be silent. When we reach the halfway point, we will stop and do a guided meditation designed to open your senses and sharpen your awareness of the many life forms around you in the forest. During the return leg, you can either maintain Noble Silence or talk quietly – your choice.
There is no fee for the Silent Hikes.
Here is the schedule for this year:
- March 20, 2021 – Oconee Bells Trail at Devils Fork State Park, Oconee County
- June 19, 2021 – Natural Bridge Trail at Keowee-Toxaway State Park, Pickens County
- September 25, 2021 – Issaqueena Lake Recreation Area, Pickens County
- December 18, 2021 – Station Cove Falls Trail, Oconee County
Each hike is limited to 15 people, so pre-registration is necessary. Please call me at (864) 784-1077 or e-mail me using the form below, to reserve your space and find out when/where to meet the group.
Comments from previous participants:
“I was in a good place all day (after the hike). Thank you!”
“Beautiful hour and a half in a magical place. I’m holding on to the peace.”
“So reverent…thank you for making this possible, and gifting us with your inspiration and love for nature.”
“Somehow this activity re-frames my view of the world … a wonderful experience.”