“In every walk in Nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir, naturalist
Enjoy a fall day in the peaceful beauty of the Hudson Valley with a guided, meditative hike to connect with nature and ourselves. This hike takes the scenic route along the Long Path—into the Rockland Lake State Park and up Hook Mountain. Enjoy expansive vistas only 1.5 hours outside of the city, and an extraordinary space designated by the New York Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area.
Much of the hike will be observed in silence but we will integrate meditation practices throughout the day — allowing our senses to come alive and our sense of separateness fall away. Turning our attention inward allows us to become receptive to both of our outer and inner experiences. The dynamic outdoor conditions will be a perfect container for mindfulness practices.
The hike will be approximately from 10am – 3pm.
Who: Lin Gordon
When: 8:15am-3pm, Sunday, September 27, 2020
Where: Rockland Lake State Park, South Entrance on Route 9W and Lake Road, Valley Cottage, NY, 10989. (Use “753 Route 9W” for Rockland Roots GPS. The park entrance should be one block ahead). It’s parking field #4. There is a picnic table under a big tree near the toll booth of the parking lot.
Length and Elevation: Approximately 5.8 miles, 698 ft elevation – Relatively moderate hike, but there are sections of ups and downs, pls bring hiking poles and wear proper hiking shoes.
Public Transportation: Coachusa.com (Weekend schedule)
From 42nd St., Port Authority: Leave on the 8:15 am bus going to Rockland Lake. Gate 220. You can buy tickets on the bus if you ran out of time to buy it at the ticket window.
From George Washington Bridge Terminal: Leave on the 8:40 bus going to Rockland Lake.
Destination: Rockland Lake (Lake Road and Route 9W) in Valley Cottage, NY
Please make sure that you leave ample time to get to the bus gate. You can get ticket on the bus or from the window on the ground floor.
Arrival Time: Bus arrives approximately at 9:35 a.m. After arriving, walk across the street (Route 9W) and walk into Rockland Lake State Park, South Entrance. Keep walking along the path for 2 minutes, we’ll meet a picnic table right next to the park lot. Restrooms will be available.
Return Trip: Aim to take the 3:30pm bus back to NYC. The bus runs hourly and arrives at pickup at approximately 25 minutes past each hour. Bus station is right across where they drop off in the morning.
Drivers: Expect an $8 parking fee. Arrive by 9:45 a.m. and drive into the Rockland Lake State Park, South Entrance on Route 9W and Lake Road, Valley Cottage, NY. (299 Lake Rd. Valley Cottage, NY, 10989). There is another parking lot about a mile further north on Route 9W (parking lot #2). Please make sure you’re at parking lot #4. South Entrance parking lot is an open space with a lots of picnic tables and a large building complex.
Carpool: We will send out a carpooling sign up sheet 7 days before the hike. Please register by 9/20 to be on the carpool list.
We aim to start the hike at 10am and will walk to the trailhead together from the parking lot.
COVID-19 Protocols: We will remain 6 feet apart when hiking. When we gather for discussion, we will wear a mask. Please cancel and request a refund if you have any symptoms listed by the CDC as Covid symptoms. You will be requested to sign a health declaration form and a waiver.
Maximum enrollment: 18 people
Registration Fee: Sliding scale from $30 – $80. Registration opens soon through New York Insight.
No prior meditation experience needed.
- Hiking poles (pls bring them if you have them)
- Your lunch
- Ample snacks
- At least 3 liters of water
- A backpack
- Organic tick repellent (optional)
- Organic bug repellent (optional)
- Sitting props if needed (thermal rest z-seat pad, light yoga block, etc.)
- Sturdy hiking boots
- Comfortable athletic clothing in layers so you can adjust accordingly – (cottons are discouraged)
- Wool socks (if possible)