What we're about
We're a group of gay men interested in hiking, mindfulness practice and socializing. The Bay Area is so rich with incredible natural beauty, and this is a chance for gay men to come together to hike and explore the many hiking trails here while practicing mindfulness and meeting others with similar interests. Hiking meditation is just like walking meditation, only it's done while surrounded by the inspiring beauty and natural splendor of a wilderness hike. This is mindfulness and presence in motion, where one totally focuses on the moment, the movements of the body, the step that is presently being taken, our breath and our awareness of the stimuli coming into the senses via looking, listening, sensing and smell. This group is for gay men interested consciousness studies or in developing presence, mindfulness, meditation practice or self inquiry. Perfect for beginner meditators or those with plenty of experience with meditation (though the hikes themselves are more for intermediate or experienced hikers). Hikes are $5 to attend, paid in cash at the start of the hike when I pass my hat around. Generally, hikes are scheduled once a month.
The monthly format is as follows:
1. Meet at the designated trail head in the very early afternoon
2. The organizer will give a brief introduction to the practice of walking/hiking meditation
3. Hike in meditative silence
4. Stop and break for snacks and socializing.
5. Have a brief sharing circle.
6. Hike back to the trail head while continuing to talk/socialize.
Physically, this group is best suited for those in medium to excellent condition who have some hiking experience and agility, as some of the hikes involve mountainous or steep grades. By joining this group you hereby acknowledge that you have read and understand section 6.2 of the Meetup Terms of Service Agreement that releases Organizers and Creators or Hosts of this group from all liabilities and claims. http://www.meetup.com/terms/
As on any hike, always bring your own water and sturdy hiking shoes/boots. If you want to bring snacks to share, that's great. You don't need to bring anything else, unless you want to and can carry it with you (such as sun block, hats, jackets, sunglasses, etc). And though pets are adorable, this probably isn't the type of hike on which to bring them along. Look forward to seeing you on the trail!