Meditation Walks & Bush Camps
I enjoy meditating in the bush / mountains / near the sea.
Close to nature, away from the buzzyness & walled-in
feeling of more 'civilised' environments.
Currently these guidelines are part of what we do:
- Walk & camp in the 'spirit of silence'.
- 'Slow camping'. (Jill's phrase)
- Talk if needed to organise things.
- Talk to discuss matters relating to meditation.
- 1.5-2.5 hours easy walking to camp.
- Camp spot in attractive locations away from commonly visited areas.
- We may camp closely together or somewhat dispersed, or maybe a bit of each.
- If it is a multi-nite trip we may camp in the same spot several nites (base camp) or keep moving every day.
- Camp fires if possible.
- Everyone encouraged to do sitting meditation at least 30 minutes at nite
& in the morning.
- Everyone who does sitting meditation starts & finishes is with
'ringing a bell' 7 times. Cooking pots and Trangia bases can
sound very nice :-) ! This lets others know what is
going on, encourages them to do the same, and creates a really nice
- Everyone encouraged to do some reading related to meditation.
- Everyone encouraged to practice 'walking meditation' while we are walking.
- Sharing circle after dinner & breakfast at 8.00 am
and 6.00 pm for readings, poetry, sharing of insights, questions &
- If it rains heavily we do our own thing individually in our tents and wait for it to pass before gathering again.
- If someone wants to do their own thing, for example go off for a
day walk or whatever, that's more than OK ... but only after everyone
else agreed to it at a sharing circle. This makes sure that we're
all kept in the loop & comfortable with what's going on.
- As a weekend walk, aim to start walking late Saturday morning and be back
home by Sunday mid-afternoon.
- Bushwalkers who are newcomers to meditation are welcome :-)
- Meditators who are newcomers to overnite bushwalking are also welcome
Any of the above are up for discussion & should evolve
further over time depending on who is there & how they'd like to do things.
The only 'special' gear needed which your average bushwalker
may not have is a tent with 'sitting headroom' for seated meditation.
Being a tallish fellow, I need an internal tent height of ~110cm. We've got
several light-weight tents like that at home, available for loan
Slide Show: Blue Tiers 10 Day Meditation Bushwalk (Dharma Yatra) February-March 2013
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