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A Silent Walk in the Woods

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Hello, friends!

We will be getting together on Sunday 3/3/19 at 1:00 pm to go for a silent walk in the woods.

We will begin and end our walk at the Mukilteo Community Garden. Rayla and Cameron will guide you through the woods, so there is no need to have knowledge of the area.

We will do a brief verbal introduction at the Community Garden. After that, we ask that everybody stay in a space of silence until the ceremony at Ithaca (a special place in the woods) is complete. Our hope is to create a closed container in which we can discover the woods together, without being drawn into the verbal parts of our minds. We invite everybody to generally avoid even nonverbal communication for the nonverbal portion of the event. This will be a time of listening.

The second half of the walk will be a more verbal time where everyone is welcome and encouraged to discuss their experiences if they please.

We understand that people may have urgent safety concerns while on the walk, and understand that verbalization may be necessary to deal with those concerns. It is good to remember that, outside of complex emergencies, verbal communication is not necessary. For all concerns that are not entirely urgent but still must be communicated, we invite people to use a quiet snap to get attention and pointing to direct attention to any issues.

We ask that people come with their own physical safety in mind, and remember that no one is responsible for their physical safety but themselves. Please read our liability waiver.

Please contact us with questions.

Accessibility:

This event will take place mostly in Japanese Gulch in Mukilteo Washington.

  • 3(ish) mile round trip, 150 ft. elevation gain

  • It is a hike on fairly well-maintained trails.

  • There will most likely be a lot of mud, and you should wear shoes that can get dirty (preferably ones that are waterproof).

  • This event will happen rain or shine, so you should wear enough clothes to stay comfortably warm and dry.

  • Please bring water.

Directions:

If you are in Seattle and busing, the journey is usually a little more than an hour long. You will get onto the 512 heading north and ride the bus until the Lynnwood Transit Center. You will the get on the 113 North and stay on that bus until reaching 76th st sw in Mukilteo. At that point, walk up the hill on 76th until you reach the end and turn left. You have arrived at the Community Garden!

Parking:

There is ample parking at the Mukilteo Community Garden.

Guidelines:

We invite you to read our beliefs page before coming to get a general idea of how we operate.

We also have some more event specific guidelines that aren’t covered there:

  • Be mindful of the people around you and the fact that we are all triggered by different things. This doesn’t mean you should tiptoe around sensitive topics but does mean that you should walk into those topics with intention and care.

  • We are looking to create an environment that is loving and supportive for all people. That said, we do not tolerate violent and oppressive words or actions.

  • We ask that you keep your phone on silent for the duration of the event.

  • We ask that you show up on time and stay for the duration of the walk, as coming and going will disrupt the container we are attempting to create.

  • Please come well fed. Perhaps bring a bar or banana or some other easy to carry snack that starts with the letter “b”. ;)

  • Once again, please bring water. Nothing works well (especially not walking) when you are thirsty. :)

  • Please read and acknowledge our liability waiver.

Earlier Event: February 10
A Silent Walk in the Woods