By Anne Douglas
I had the most extraordinary peak experience last summer during the Yoga and Heli Hiking
retreat in July at CMH’s Bugaboo Lodge. There were so many highlights to the trip, but none compared to the breath taking scenery that caused the usual busyness of my mind to drop into an enduring stillness and a profound joy to explode from my heart, even tears to swell as I was deeply struck by the beauty I was immersed in. It seemed as though the inherent joy that was alive in this place was expressing itself through me.
There were several places of significance that we walked through each day in which I felt the thickness of nature’s vitality, potency and mystery. We seemed to be entering mystical realms of unseen forces and nature spirits. I became aware of a heightened electric charge out in the remote depths of these mountains. It was as if the richness of this wilderness, unperturbed by human use, held a higher frequency of energy than I had ever felt before.
I have lived in the Rocky Mountains for over 30 years and explored many a hiking trail in the front and backcountry, but none of my experiences have compared to this. Expansive meadows of rich flowery variety…small, pristine, crystalline mountain lakes spilling into each other, lake upon lake…snow capped granite sentinels towering over us as massive protectors…all of nature seemed to open her arms to us in a great welcoming embrace as if to say “welcome home”.
The daily yoga and meditation practices kept us limber and ready, centered and sensitized to our surroundings. Each practice built upon the last to open us more and more fully to each moment. The gourmet meals nourished us to utter satisfaction while the lodge amenities and staff accommodated our every need (hiking boots and poles, outdoor wear, backpacks, water bottles and more, all provided for you). The luxury of helicopter transportation offered rapid access to what would otherwise be inaccessible for most.
This extraordinary combination of experiences and service is sure to evoke your own peak experience, as it did mine. I hope you can join us!