In honor of October's Infant and Child Death Awareness Month
Please join the MISS Foundation in a
Barefoot Walkabout™ to Remember
Saturday, October 30
Who: Anyone interested in hiking in memory of a precious child
Time: Check-in and Walk-Up Registration 11:00 am; Hike begins promptly at Noon
Place: Brewer Trail – Park at Wesleyan Church – 580 Brewer Road, Sedona, AZ 86336
Registration: $25 per person * (must be 18 or over) - Please download Barefoot Walkabout ™ Pledge Sheet to invite donations from friends and family.
Registration includes a remembrance t-shirt!
LUNCH PROVIDED BY SPONSOR L'Auberge de Sedona
with our deepest gratitude!
Online Registration Available
Walk-up Registration available day of event, however, walk ups may not
be able to get a free lunch from L'Auberge so please pre-register!
After the hike there will be a Barefoot Gathering discussing the Walkabout ™ experience at
490 Brewer Road, two doors down from the church at the Center for Loss & Trauma
What is the Barefoot Walkabout ™?
Mindful grieving is being fully present, in the moment, with the mourning experience, non-judgmentally with our own emotions and the emotions of others. This mode of being with grief includes unconditional acceptance of where we are in that particular moment.
The Barefoot Walkabout is a mindfulness based, grief coping strategy discovered by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore in 2007. Since then, she's become an avid barefoot walkabouter. She found that along the treacherous path during the barefoot walkabout, many metaphors manifested, and she began to understand her own journey of grief in relationship to the deaths of her daughter, both her parents, and her best friend in very different ways. These metaphors began to take on powerful meaning to her, and each time she went through a barefoot walkabout, she discovered something new about her self and the process of mourning.
For those who are spiritual or religious, the walkabout is an opportunity to be in both silence and solitude with God. Some of Dr. Cacciatore's patients feel they've experienced an encounter with God during their own silent walkabout. Others have merely felt the grounding experience of direct contact with the Earth. For the secular, it's an opportunity to allow nature to teach about the journey of grief. Either way, the Barefoot Walkabout facilitates an encounter with meaning in a profound way for many.
The Barefoot Walkabout is an intentional practice of being fully present, in the moment, with our current state of mind and heart. It's a journey no one will ever forget.
Put off the shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. -- from the book of Exodus
Various spiritual faiths view bare feet as a sign of both humility and respect. According to DeMello (2009), in both Jewish and Christian faiths, tradition valued barefoot mourners, and barefoot pilgrimages were not uncommon. In Buddhism, being barefoot connects people to nature and can lead the people to the path of virtue.
About Brewer Trail:
Brewer Trail is a moderate to difficult hiking trail up to the airport mesa in Sedona, Arizona. It's a fairly steep climb uphill so those with heart conditions or other health ailments should consult their physician prior to the hike. The hike is approximately 2.5 miles.
It's an amazingly beautiful panoramic view from the top.
Those who are feeling ambitious can continue up the trail, around the airport mesa.
The Brewer Trail is located in Sedona, Arizona. Trailhead parking is available right across the street at the Wesleyan Church 580 Brewer Road, Sedona, 86336.
Meet in the parking lot NO LATER THAN 11:00 a.m. for check-in. The hike will begin promptly at noon.
In Preparation and Items to Bring:
- A photo of your beloved child, grandchild, spouse, or other loved one
- Backpack/Fanny Pack/Camelback - for water and snacks
- Wear Comfortable Clothes
- Shoes (just in case)
- Your open, humble heart***Bring a Picnic Lunch for after the hike ***
The Barefoot Walkabout (tm) began with Dr. Joanne Cacciatore in 2007 and has been used therapeutically as a mindfulness practice with many of her patients. There are risks involved with the walkabout including encounters with cacti and sore feet. If you participate in this walkabout, you do so at your own risk. If you are reluctant, please bring along a pair of shoes in a backpack.
When & Where
The MISS Foundation: A Community of HOPE for Grieving Families