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Appalachian Trail Hike to Raven Rocks with Campfire & S’mores

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Date(s) - December 2, 2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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The weather looks great for a 5.8 mile round trip hike to Raven Rocks on the Appalachian Trail this Saturday. Please pack a lunch, dress in layers and bring plenty of water for this moderate to strenuous hike.
We will take our time to allow the benefits of “presence” in nature sink into our mind, body and soul.
http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/explorer/videos/this-is-your-brain-on-nature/

“The view from Raven Rocks is one of the best in the area. At a total distance of 5.8 miles with a vertical gain of 1,530ft there are three strenuous ascents on this out and back hike, as you can see from the elevation profile. Raven Rocks is also a popular area with rock climbers, as the wall can be accessed by a road 0.4 miles from the east. The only consistent complaint from reviewers is that the hike is extremely rocky. Make sure to wear good footwear. A hiking stick or poles are also recommended but not necessary.” Hiking Upward
Check out this link from Hiking Upward for more details on the hike:
https://www.hikingupward.com/OVH/RavenRocks/

When we arrive at the Raven Rock overlook we will enjoy our packed lunch while taking in the view. We will build a fire at an AT campsite beside the overlook and make some S’mores or simply roast a marshmallow.

FIRE ~ Judy Brown
What makes a fire burn
is space between the logs,
a breathing space.
Too much of a good thing,
too many logs
packed in too tight
can douse the flames
almost as surely
as a pail of water would.

So building fires
requires attention
to the spaces in between,
as much as to the wood.

When we are able to build
open spaces
in the same way
we have learned
to pile on the logs,
then we can come to see how
it is fuel, and absence of the fuel
together, that make fire possible.

We only need to lay a log
lightly from time to time.

A fire
grows
simply because the space is there,
with openings
in which the flame
that knows just how it wants to burn
can find its way.

Elaine is a devoted meditator and yoga practitioner finding a center of hope and solace in contemplative activities. She finds hiking and meditating in nature to be very healing restorative to her mind, body and soul and enjoys sharing these experiences with others. She consistently integrates time in nature in her very busy work week during her lunchtime. Elaine believes in the transforming power of intentional community and creates a welcoming presence for all to connect to both the natural world, to meditative presence and to one another as we hike and share story together.

Cathy is a Hatha Integral Yoga instructor (RYT 200) and has studied mindfulness and meditation practices through her yoga training and the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 8 week course and studied with Dr. Susan Carol Stone (UVA Mindfulness Center). She is a certified to teach mindful yoga to children and families (Budding Yogis). She also completed training at the Shalem Institute in leading contemplative small groups and retreats. Cathy is also a Virginia Master Naturalist and includes images from the natural world as part of each yoga practice.

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