July 17 – July 23 PDT
Golden Trout Wilderness
This one week backpacking trip in the Sierra Mountains will entail approximately 7-9 miles of walking with a fully-loaded backpack per day. Participants are required to bring their own backpacking gear, including a shelter, sleeping system, and personal cooking stove and meals for backpacking. In addition to daily mindful backpacking in the backcountry, we will follow a full schedule including sitting meditation, short Dharma talks, Dharma sharing, and deep relaxation
Gear: Temperatures average in the 70s during the day and 40s at night, but can dip as low as the 30s, so please ensure you have a warm enough sleep system. Helpful suggestions for gear can be found here.
Water: You should be prepared to carry enough water to last a full day (minimum 4 liters), along with all of your camping and cooking gear. Water will be available at the end of most days. Please bring your own filtration system if you own one, otherwise we will be providing chlorine drops for the group.
Meals: You will also need to bring your own vegan/vegetarian meals (here are some suggestions.); Sunday dinner we will be at a group campsite (car camping). Monday lunch through Friday lunch we will be out backpacking. Friday dinner and Saturday lunch we will be back at our group campsite (car camping).
Proposed Daily Schedule
- 6:00am Wake up
- 6:30am Sitting Meditation (30mins)
- 7:30am Breakfast
- 8:00am Break Camp
- 9:00am Short Dharma Talk (20-30mins) and reading from Touching the Earth
- 9:30am-1:00pm Mindful Hiking
- 1:00pm Lunch
- 1:30pm Deep Relaxation/Rest
- 2:00pm-5:00pm Mindful Hiking (impromptu Dharma sharing if there is an appropriate spot)
- 5:00pm Set Up Camp and Cook Dinner
- 6:00pm Dinner
- 7:30pm Sitting Meditation or other Dharma-related activity
Schedule subject to change based on weather conditions, etc.
We plan to be backpacking in the Golden Trout Wilderness area near Sequoia National Park. We will begin and end the retreat at a private group campsite near Havilah, CA. Sunday we will meet at the group site, then Monday we will head out to the trailhead and begin backpacking. We will be out backpacking through Friday evening, and then return to the group campsite. Backpacking locations and days are subject to change.
Registration is via application and the number of participants is limited. For this trip we will be fully in the backcountry, so we are requesting that applicants have prior backpacking experience.
A short telephone interview may be conducted to assure that you have the necessary level of backpacking experience. All participants must have received full vaccination and booster shot against Covid-19, and a certificate of vaccination will be required. The registration fee for this retreat is $300.
Lay Dharma Teacher and long-distance hiker Bruce Nichols, who helped us with the Path of Happiness hikes on the Appalachian trail in 2018, put together this helpful video describing how to pack for a backpacking trip.
The retreat is currently full, but we are accepting applications on our waiting list. Kindly fill out an application for each person who would like to apply.