Places of Power, Places of Heart
On Mt. Tamalpais
The Spirit and Guardians of the Meadow
Saturday, July 28
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Contact Steve to register.
There is one large meadow on Mt. Tamalpais, and it is a unique place.
This wide, open space is bounded by a forested ridge on one hand, and more forest on the other, that drops away steeply to the distant Lakes that we visited on another hike in 2016.
A lone remarkable tree grows in the meadow, surrounded by a near-ring of stones that reside along a line of earth energy that seems to flow to and around the tree, then off through another cluster of stones near the drop-off point of the meadow.
Were these stones once placed there? Was it once a complete ring and are there more stones buried? Did this four-branched oak, with a raised hollow between the trunks, grow there because of the power that flows around this spot? Is the tree integral to the power of the meadow itself?
In the meadow, at this tree, you will have the opportunity to meet the guardians of the meadow, since they have given their permission for the right people to visit, and perhaps the spirit of the meadow itself. If you are drawn here, you will be welcome!
During this ceremonial hike, you will:
-Enter the world of the mountain's drying season
-Move among the late season wildflowers (21 this week, down from almost 50 at Spring's height) that dot the tall, dry grasses
-Breathe in the pungent scent of pale resin flower and dry fir that swirls in the light breeze around your shoulders
-Pass through a small, focused energy spot or vortex along the trail that is kind and uplifting
-Cross over the woodpecker-populated ridge, possibly enjoy their raucous laughter, and drop down out of the green trees to the edge of the wide golden meadow itself
-Rest in the shade under the four-branched oak within the partial stone ring
-Have the opportunity to place your back against the mossy trunk and journey or go inside to see what the guardians of the meadow have to tell you
-Place your hand within the oak's magical hollow to see what the meadow conducts to you
-Encircle the meadow among the scattered yellow mariposa lilies and orange tiger lilies to pass the spring that keeps part of the open space green all year
-Return to the car by a different route through the north slope's rocks, rare cypress stands, bays, firs and oaks.
I have long been fascinated with this meadow in all seasons, and have been drawn to this particular tree each time I visit. I have only just discovered the energy flow among the stones, and only just met the guardian presences centered around the tree. After introductions and exchanges were made, they have given their permission and approval for us to visit as a group. If you feel the magic and attraction, please join us on our short journey to the Spirit of the Meadow.
This is about a 2.5 mile round-trip hike, with about a 250 foot change in elevation over the course of the walk.
We would love to have you with us on this hike on July 28th. Click here to register or for more information.
Registration is $40 ($35 if registered and paid by Wednesday, July 25th.)
Details on logistics will be sent upon registration.
For forty years, Steve has been doing ceremony and hiking around the shoulders of our local mother-mountain.
On these visits to Mt. Tam, we will hike with mindfulness to key power spots, many secret or hidden from casual view. There, we will bond with the presence of the mountain, perform ceremony, make offerings and honor the local spirits. We will connect with the power and heart of the land, and with each other, heart to heart.
Steve Orsary is a shamanic practitioner, healer and poet who has hiked thousands of miles, many of them around Mt. Tam where he has walked every trail on the map and many that aren't. He and his wife, MaryAnn, work in Corte Madera where they practice Bioenergy Balancing, shamanic healing and body-centered psychotherapy. Read more about Steve.
Click to contact Steve. Limited to 10 participants. Feel free to send info about this hike to friends who might be interested.
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