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 kayaking through Clayoquot Sound, 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 the beautiful Comox Valley. Here you will prepare for the 8-day expedition in Vancouver Island's beautiful wilderness and the clear blue waters of Clayoquot Sound. Your group will learn the skill of sea kayaking, exploring and discovering the coves, natural harbours, and islands in and around Clayoquot Sound. You will also hike through Vancouver Island’s largest intact ancient rainforest, one of the ecological treasures of Clayoquot Sound and the traditional territory of the culturally and historically rich Nuu-chah-nulth, and take time for regular mindfulness practice and yoga each day.
No prior camping, kayaking or mindfulness experience is necessary. Together, the group will learn paddling techniques, ocean navigation using nautical charts and tide tables, and safety and rescue skills, yoga technique, mindfulness meditation practices, hiking skills, packing skills, trail cooking and meal prep and minimal-impact camping. 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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