Hiking My Feelings: Atlanta Talk + Group Hike

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740 Barrett Parkway Ste 450

Kennesaw, GA 30144-6860

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For our stop in the Atlanta area, we’re switching things up a bit. Join us Saturday morning at the Kennesaw REI store to hear the story, then join us immediately after for a hike!

THE TALK - #HikingMyFeelings: Healing Your Mind + Body on the Trail

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail.

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THE HIKE - Celebrating Harriet Tubman with the Outdoor Journal Tour

After the talk, we’ll caravan over to the trailhead at Kennesaw Mountain. This is a partner hike with Outdoor Journal Tour to celebrate the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman.

Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, a journal, and dress for the weather. Before you arrive, please fill out the waiver: http://bit.ly/HMFwaiver

Check out this trail on Atlanta Trails here.

This moderately difficult out-and-back hike summits Kennesaw Mountain, grabbing stunning, extensive views from the mountain’s rocky, open peak. The Kennesaw Mountain Trail climbs a rocky, shaded, steeply-pitched terrain to the summit – a moderately challenging, but relatively short, hike. The summit views make the effort worthwhile, though: from the summit, the Atlanta skyline and Stone Mountain are visible on the distant horizon.

After we get to the summit, we’ll journal, meditate, and reflect on the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman. Anyone and everyone is welcome!

HIKE INFORMATION - Kennesaw Mountain: Big Mountain Trail

  • 2 miles

  • 600+ ft elevation gain

  • Rated as moderately strenuous

  • Dog-friendly

WALK + TALK
After we hike, let's grab coffee/juice/lunch! Depending on who sticks around, we will pick a place and I will post an update with the location in the Facebook group on Saturday morning.

If you have questions, let us know! Email sydney@hikingmyfeelings.com

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740 Barrett Parkway Ste 450

Kennesaw, GA 30144-6860

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