Calm Mind : Strong Heart
September 14-16, 2018
In this weekend of beginner friendly rock climbing, we will explore shifting out of our brain and fear-based-thinking and moving into our hearts and body-based-living. Designed for women craving deeper self love and acceptance, this experiential workshop offers an introduction to the benefits of rock climbing. One of the reasons we climb is the rare opportunity to focus our attention and passion to one thing, because it's almost impossible to think about anything else while climbing. It is an opportunity to come into our bodies, to learn to listen to our hearts, and to experience a stronger sense of self by connecting with the solid presence of the rock.
Seasoned NOLS climbing instructor and passionate therapist, Sara Hunter, brings her calming nature to what is often an intimidating sport. Sara leads women into accessing their sense of self-love and empowerment from a heart centered place, leaving behind the overthinking and worry that too often govern our day to day lives. She and Sommerville invite you to risk a day of stepping out of your comfort zone to discover greater capacity, love, and connection than you may expect.
- Introduction to rock climbing basics
- Facilitated orientation to heart-centered living: communication, listening to our inner knowing, problem solving, and connecting with our community
- Guided mindfulness activities
- Intention setting to incorporate learnings into life at home with optional follow-up
- Rustic accommodations and healthy meals
- Campfire and meaning making opportunities with a supportive community of women
September 14: Arrive by 6pm to a stunning property in the mountains 1.5 hours Southeast of Asheville, NC. We will open with activities designed to orient you to the weekend and begin getting to know one another, get you set up with gear, and use a climbing wall for some beginner belay practice. A simple but delicious dinner is provided and we will close the evening with intention setting for the weekend.
September 15: Some gentle yoga and stretching before breakfast, and then a hike to the rock for our day of exploration. We will begin with single pitch climbs this day, increasing comfort with climbing techniques and noticing what comes up when we stretch out of our comfort zone. All emotions are encouraged, and depending on weather we may stay with the rock all day or take a hike in the woods if clouds roll in. A picnic lunch is provided and dinner will be deliciuos and nutritious before we gather in circle around the fire to deepen our sharing and the magic of time with women in the wilderness.
September 16: Another beautiful morning in the mountains, we'll be up early to get to the rock and hopefully climb multiple pitches above the ground for spectacular views. We will follow this bigger morning with an opportunity to reflect in quiet solitude before a final shared meal and closing by 3pm.
$350. Includes accomodations, meals, and use of rock climbing gear (shoes, harness, and helmet).
Private property near Cashiers, NC