Outward Bound Canada Mindfulness programs take traditional mindfulness practices and blend them with the classic elements of an Outward Bound course. Mindfulness, an ancient tradition and the core practice of meditation, is simply the ability to be deeply present in the here and now. The Outward Bound experience of hiking through the mountains, taking on physical challenges and pushing you to do your best will give you a new perspective and allow you to see aspects of yourself that you may not have realized were there. It will reconnect you with your true self, giving you more confidence and motivation than ever before. The course is designed to help adults who are seeking greater clarity – perhaps in times of challenge and transition – who need space to reflect on their lives or who want to learn or deepen a meditation practice – or who simply want to walk their own path more deeply. This course will leave you more present, relaxed and aware of who you are and what unique gifts you have to offer the world – and help you feel ready to take on new paths or challenges at home.
Your journey will begin when you meet your group in picturesque downtown Canmore, Alberta. From there, you will be shuttled to the Cross River Wilderness Reserve on the British Columbia side of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, where you will spend the night in a tee-pee or yurt preparing for the trip ahead. Then, you will be taken deep into the Canadian Rockies, setting up camp near Marvel Pass, close to Aurora Lake for swimming and providing the opportunity for the group to hike into Banff National Park in the days to come.
In addition to the personal journey that you will undergo, you will also learn techniques for travelling safely and effectively in the mountains, packing skills, trail cooking and meal prep, minimal-impact, navigation, map reading, compass work, route-finding skills, how to assess and avoid hazards, and how to move across scree and snow-slopes, as well as yoga technique and meditation. This course also includes a 24-hour solo experience where you will prove your skills while being supervised (from a distance!) by our experienced instructional team. Often described as the most transformative part of the experience, your solo will give you the chance to reflect on earlier conversations from the week, absorb important realizations about yourself, and leave behind anything that will no longer serve you going forward.
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THIS COURSE IS SUBJECT TO AN $95 APPLICATION FEE.
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