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Mindful Outdoors - Mindful Meditation & 3 Hour Hike, North London
Sun, April 9, 2017, 10:15 AM – 3:00 PM BST
A day of mindfulness meditation and great hiking around North London's lesser known trails. We’ll start the day in the splendid serenity of the Gillespie local nature reserve, a little known green escape located just a few minutes’ walk from Finsbury Park Station.
After a formal group meditation at the Ecology Centre and a bite to eat, we’ll head north on our hike - through the reserve and onto Finsbury Park, continuing along Parkland Nature Walk, the disused rail track that once connected Finsbury Park and Muswell Hill. Closed since 1954, we follow the tracks through leafy, abandoned stations to Highgate where we join the Capital Ring Walk (CRW), part of the 78mile loop that circumnavigates the capital.
The CRW eventually drops us at Hampstead Heath, one of London’s largest and most scenic green spaces and wildlife habitats. We hike through the Heath past Kenwood house and the various public baths before concluding the day at Hampstead Tube Station.
Start Location: Gillespie Ecology Centre 1015
Finish Location: Hampstead Tube
1015 – Meet & Introductions
1030 – Group Meditation
1130 – Snacks / Lunch
1200 – Begin Hike (13KM / 8 Miles – 2-3 hours Total)
1500 – Finish @ Hampstead Station
£19.00 pp includes:
Guided group meditation lead by Guest Mindfulness Guide (45 minutes approximately)
Use of the peaceful and secluded Gillespie Ecology Centre
Delicious, freshly made vegetarian lunch including hot soup
3 hour guided hike by professional trek leader with talks / info en route
The route is undulating and approximately 13KM (8 MIles) long. For a full overview or to download the GPX, please visit the following link: http://www.outdoorsgps.com/route/show/365700_finsbury-park-to-hampstead-heath
Whatever you bring you must be able to carry for the duration of the walk. The walk finishes in a different location from where it starts and there is no facility for leaving personal items behind. Please check the weather prior to attending and apply a healthy amount of common sense to the below.
For the meditation:
• Comfortable clothes that don’t restrict your breathing
For the hike:
• Comfortable hiking clothes suitable for the weather
• Waterproof jacket and over trousers (if rain is forecasted)
• Day bag – 25-35L rucksack to carry water, extra layers, snacks
• Comfortable hiking shoes or boots – we will be on public footpaths & hills that can be muddy
Tell me more about the group meditation?
The group meditation will take place in the Ecology Centre, surrounded by nature and dappled in natural sunlight it’s ideal for connecting with the breath. We have chairs and a limited number of cushions/yoga mats.
What is mindful hiking?
The hiking portion of the day is just like any other type of hiking. We do not walk at snail’s pace as in walking meditation. We merely carry the mindfulness we cultivate in the group sitting meditation with us on the hike, focusing on the present moment as we enjoy the sounds, sights and smells – and as we get to know one another.
How tough is the hiking?
It’s moderate. There are plenty of inclines around this area of London
What is lunch?
Light and simple, lunch will consist of freshly made hot soup, pitta and dips, fresh fruit, salads, nuts and other energy snacks.
What if it’s raining?
‘There is no such thing as bad weather – just bad clothes’ – Please come equipped. Hiking in the rain when properly clad in waterproof clothing can be as relaxing, pleasant and as a mindful as any sunny day. We listen to the rain drops as we hike – step by step, breath by breath.
What's the refund policy?
If you let us know a full 7 days prior to the event that you will no longer be able to attend, then we will refund you in full. If for any reason we cancel the event, we will refund you in full also.