Wednesday Afternoon Meditation Paddle

  • July 16, 2014 · 11:30 AM
  • Patapsco River - Daniels Dam

Wednesday Afternoon Meditation Paddle

Here's another meditation paddle .

This is a delightful opportunity to enjoy nature or practice mindfulness paddling. The paddle upriver will be mostly in silence to support the meditative process. Paddlers may take the opportunity to quietly enjoy nature or practice paddling techniques. We will paddle about two miles and stop for lunch and a short ten-minute meditation session. Silence will be optional on the downriver paddle.

This part of the Patapsco River is usually an easy flat-water paddle with a gentle current (unless there has been a lot of rain). 

What is mindfulness paddling? It is being aware of one’s environment and how one’s actions affect the movement of the kayak. It is an opportunity to paddle from one’s core (or hara, or belly) keeping the back straight, shoulders relaxed and practice paddling techniques.

You are required to wear a PFD and bring a whistle. Bring water, lunch/snacks, a hat, and sunscreen, comfortable clothes that could get wet and sandals/water shoes. 

There are no rental kayaks available for this event.

Meet at Daniel’s Dam at 11:30 AM to be on the water by Noon.

Kayaking involves known and unanticipated risks including physical injury and death that cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing the essential quality of the sport. Group organizers and leaders and other members cannot pay continuous attention to all participants. Participants must be responsible for their own safety. Don’t overestimate your skills and abilities. Take instructional courses to learn about paddling technique, safety, self rescue and hypothermia. Be aware of the tides, currents and weather conditions that will affect your safety on the days you paddle. Cooperate with group organizers, leaders and other members to insure your own safety as well as the safety of others and make it the fun, enjoyable day on the water it should be.

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  • Ben

    What a beautiful day for a paddle with a group of beautiful people! We stopped for meditation and lunch at "the beach" then paddled upriver past the swimming hole to just before the bridge.

    I think Roshi Philip Kapleau would have been pleased :-)

    July 17

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could make this, Ben (I could use it :-). You have a beautiful morning for the meditation. I'll be with you in spirit, while tending my flock of weeds.

    July 16

  • Cheryl

    I would love to do this paddle on my weekday days off...Mondays, and either Tuesdays or Thursdays.

    July 13

    • Ben

      Cheryl - I'll have to schedule more weekday paddles especially on Mon, Tues or Thurs :-)

      July 14

  • kathy

    Hope you don't mind a slow poke , since i will be using my own kayak which isn't as nice as the groups.
    Anyone coming from my area , Kingsville, Whitemarsh?
    Would it be best to take 695 and get off at Frederick Rd.

    July 14

    • Ben

      Kathy, It looks like it will be a small group so being a slow poke won't be a problem. From 695 take Rt 70 to 29N, take a Right on Rt 99 (Rogers Ave) go < 1 mile and take a Left at the Round-a-Bout onto Old Frederick Road. From there go < 1 mile to Daniels Rd which will take you to Daniel's Dam.

      July 14

  • Dorothy M.

    Hi Ben, this sounds wonderful and it is something that I would like to do since I particularly look for activities during the week and not just the weekends. BUT I have a previous event scheduled. Hope to catch this next time. Enjoy!

    July 13

    • Ben

      I look forward to you joining us on future paddles.

      July 13

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