Aug 05

Growing a Relationship Through Nature

If we consider what qualities make up a healthy relationship, communication, trust, and respect would certainly be at the top of list. But how many of us would include an appreciation of nature as a vital component in a relationship? Just in time for our Couple’s Quest Canoe Trip later this month, we’re examining why …

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Jul 25

Language of Nature: Eco-Dharma and Silence

What can we learn from the language of nature, and how does our silence facilitate that education? Last week, 35 people journeyed to Marble, Colorado to begin a 10-day meditative retreat led by The River’s Path and Impermanent Sangha Retreats. As an exploration of the eco-dharma—the environmental teachings of the Buddha—participants will engage in silent …

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Jul 16

Be Where Your Feet Are: Mindfulness Made Easy

How much of your life do you spend in the present? For many of us, practicing mindfulness by appreciating the present is a difficult and rarely enjoyed feat. Whether we’re planning tonight’s dinner, coordinating pick up times for the kids’ extracurricular activities throughout the week, or booking a vacation for winter break—our To-Do Lists often …

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Jul 11

Finding a Natural Balance

What is the difference between the adrenaline-stirring adventures that we love—like rock climbing, kayaking, and skiing—and what we call “natural disasters”? How do urban botanic gardens differ from the most remote meadows of Rocky Mountain National Park where wildflowers paint the landscape? Our love for adventure revolves around a subtle distinction between what Timothy Morton …

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Apr 15

Nature-Based Ceremony: Beyond Belief and Non-belief

As wilderness guides who do not promote either belief or non-belief in divine beings, it might be difficult to understand why we include self-initiated ceremony and ritual as an optional therapeutic modality in our work—particularly on our river-based wilderness fasts. What follows is a tiny sliver of why I think ceremonial consciousness matters, even in …

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