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.