Big Creek , Olympic Peninsula
If you are a grieving teen this is a hike for you. It’s teens only so you will be others who get it about grief, have a chance to see how Wild Grief facilitates connecting with nature, your grief and each other. No previous hiking experience needed. We will be in the forests and along the creeks of the Olympia Peninsula, where you will encounter some of the deepest green lush forest in the Pacific Northwest.
What to wear and bring? We will be in the trees, even if it’s not raining they maybe dripping. Rain gear is advised, a good jacket, rain pants, and water proof hat. There is no shelter so we will likely sitting on wet ground for lunch. You will need shoes with good grip as the trail maybe muddy and slick in places. Hiking poles are great if you need a little support. Pack yourself a lunch, water bottles, and any trail snacks you like.
More details: We will be transporting teens from Olympia and will send you details when you register. If you have a medical condition you think we should be aware of please let us know in advance, or if you have any other concerns. Wild Grief hike leaders are trained in leading hikes safely and are certified in wilderness first aid.
What’s a grief hike? Every grief hike begins with an opening circle, an acknowledgement of who is here and who we are carrying in our hearts. Then we walk in silence for 10 minutes. Soon the group morphs and changes, forming small groupings or solitary walkers. Conversations can be deep or light, mixing the here and now with our shut away places. And there are times of walking with another in silence. We acknowledge that each of us is somewhere in our grief journey and are welcome. After our lunch break and there is another invitation to share as a group. We end with a closing circle.