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May 22 2022


9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elemental Contemplative Walk for Women in Portola Valley

The winds of grace
are always blowing
but it is you
that must raise your sails.
— Rabindranath Tagore

Join me for an elemental contemplative walk in a beautiful landscape to sense into your connection with the Earth!

On this walk during the month of May, we’ll concentrate on our connection with the Air Element and how it connects us to all beings on this planet. (Later in August and November, we’ll focus on the Fire and Earth elements. Stay tuned for dates announcements.)

We will walk trails traversing an area with diverse ecosystems including forest, chaparral, streams and ponds. With a distance of about 6 miles, it’s a walk of moderate difficulty with some elevation – an evocative path for a journey through the four elements. As we sit and walk, we will explore the elements of fire, water, earth, and air. You will experience how indivisibly intertwined we are with the natural world around us. The walk will be conducted in silence.

This half-day event will also include a guided meditation, a contemplative nature practice, the reading of poetry and sharing circles.

Leave your phone behind and be ready to slow down, to fully engage your senses and to be amazed by the beauty that exists in the natural world and the interconnectedness of all beings. Come home refreshed and reconnected to yourself, others and the natural world, ready to fully be in the flow of your life.

This event is open to self-identified women of all ages and backgrounds. The only requirement is that you are able to walk the distance and stay with the group. Bring a lunch, plenty of water and hiking poles if you need them.
No prior meditation experience required.
To ensure the safety of all participants, we request that you be fully vaccinated and boosted to participate in this event.

Any questions, please contact Anne-Marie.

Date: May 22
Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm
Level of Difficulty:
Group Size: 3 to 12
Location: Portola Valley or Woodside, CA (exact location provided a week before the event for registrants)
Cost: sliding scale (suggested participation of $10 to $40).
No one will be turned away for lack of funds as I offer these is in the spirit of the gift economy.

Cancellation: No refunds for cancellations made 2 days before the walk.

Register here for the event.


Anne-Marie Brest


  • Anne-Marie Brest
    Anne-Marie Brest

    Anne-Marie Brest is a certified Integral Life Coach (New Ventures West, San Francisco) who believes in the powerful and magical practice of mindful walking in nature to reconnect to self, others and the bigger world.

    She has taken her varied learnings and life experiences, her love of walking in nature, her awe for the beautiful California landscapes, and for the sacred paths of Japan into unique offerings of inner and outer pilgrimages: from walking while coaching sessions, to mindful hikes in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas, and all the way to pilgrimages in Japan, she integrates walking, silence, and the natural world with poetry and inquiry for the purpose of self-discovery and development of her fellow pilgrims. She is also dedicated to acting for decarbonization and climate resilience and offers programs to move people from eco-anxiety to climate action. To join her on your path of self-discovery, near or far, to engage in your action for the climate, or to learn more about her offerings and background, you can visit her website www.designingyourlife.coach.