Contemplative Day-Hike

The second Sunday of the month (normally), meeting at 9am

Each month, we connect with the sacred in the forest, on the mountain, at the water--after all, God is in all places already. 

We walk, we talk, we also walk without talking. And we sit. In silence. And we are grounded.

Would you come with us?


August 15, 2021

(True, normally it's the 2nd Sunday of the month)

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The route - Empress Mountain

Here's a description from AllTrails.com: "Mount Empress from Sooke Potholes via Mary Vine and Todd Creek Trails is a 12.6 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sooke, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash."

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Getting to the Trailhead

We meet at 9am and begin the hike once all confirmed participants have arrived.


What to Bring


  • sturdy footwear

  • appropriate clothing (check the weather forecast and pack accordingly)

  • water (1.5L should do)

  • food (lunch + snacks)

  • sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)

  • whistle


  • camera

  • binoculars

  • map + compass

  • jackknife

  • first aid kit (in addition to the one Greg will bring)

  • blister care

  • change of clothing in case of rain (keep it in a dry bag of sorts)

  • lighter + fire starter

  • something to sit on during the quiet sit