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Awakening in Nature Meditation Hikes

We have a number of tours devoted to appreciating the natural beauty and aliveness this Universe has to offer, while connecting with the same aliveness that animates our bodies. Whether we are gazing at the mountains, the sun, the moon, the stars, the forest, a waterfall, whether hiking in the woods or sitting on the mountain top, we start each tour by setting an intention to help ground us in the present moment. We provide some guidance on attaining a state of expanded awareness designed to connect us with the rich aliveness of the natural world all around. Our guided meditations are designed to create a sense of oneness with all that is, while Mother Nature provides a beautiful container for Self-exploration and Self-discovery.

Each tour concludes with a sharing circle for those who feel motivated to share their experience and some guidance for further Self-investigation. Each participant will leave feeling a deeper connection to all that is as well as tools to help them connect with inner peace in the midst of everyday life.

"This was one of the best, most memorable experiences that I've ever had on a trip. It was soooo enlightening and refreshing. Trey was so kind and knowledgeable about nature and life, in general. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this. We highly recommend this experience!" ~ Raven, Nashville, TN

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Energetic Healing in Nature

This is a unique meditative journey to a mountain top where you will enjoy a Reiki session while gazing at the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. We combine the healing energy of Reiki with the healing energy of Mother Nature to help people clear energetic blockages and open up to the Life force energy all around. Reiki is a powerful healing modality that can bring about experiences of deep peace and clarity long after the end of a session. It involves a practitioner channeling Life force energy through their hands to the recipient’s body. 

We begin by setting an intention for the journey and become grounded in the present moment. We then set off on a meditative hike into the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Along the hike, there will be two Reiki sessions followed with time to integrate the experience through meditation, journaling and discussion (optional), all while soaking in the sights and sounds of Nature’s own healing energy.

At the conclusion of our journey into energetic healing, we trust that participants will feel more connectedness to the undercurrent of peace in everyday life. Follow up support with Trey is also available. Let the healing power of Nature’s energy transform your experience into one of deepening peace and lightness.

"This was an amazing experience. Exactly what I needed. Reiki and the mountains. Trey is so thoughtful, knowledgeable and very talented. You will really enjoy this. It might even change your life. :)" - Regina, New York, NY

 

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Custom Tours

Sunset & Full Moon Rising Tour

Come enjoy seeing the sunset on one horizon and the moon rising on the other. A beautiful way to see the Blue Ridge Mountains! The moonrise and sunset schedule is always changing, so if you are interested in this tour, please check out the moonrise calendar for the next full moon. Depending on the day of the week, these tours will happen during a three day window - one day before and after the full moon. Join us for a 1.5 hour journey to a mountain top and witness the beauty of the moon floating slowly into view. The amount of hiking involved on this tour is dependent on the participants. We can either take a moderate hike to a mountain top, or park on a mountain and do very little hiking.  Please contact us for rates.

Vehicular Meditation and Sound Healing

If hiking isn't your thing, but you still like to enjoy the outdoor beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we offer scenic car rides. In these excursions, we will play some deeply healing audio tracks from some well-know sound healers in the area. We combine guided meditation techniques, forward motion, beautiful scenery and sound healing to bring about expansive states of awareness. Whether it be the deep bass tones of the didgeridoo or soothing singing bowls, you will experience the energetic healing of the sounds while gazing into the natural beauty of the mountains. It's like a sound healing while forest bathing on wheels! Please contact us for rates.

Meditation and Stargazing Tour

Journey to the top of a mountain for an evening of meditation and contemplative stargazing. First, author and meditation guide, Trey Carland, will lead you through a meditation connecting with the felt sense of aliveness all around.

Once the light gives way to darkness, astronomer and author, Stephan Martin, will help expand our hearts and minds as we explore the constellations, reflect on our place in the Milky Way galaxy, and discuss the origin and nature of the magnificent universe that surrounds us.

Bring a note pad and pen, blanket, or chair for sitting on the ground and dress warmly. Refunds will be given if the event is cancelled due to weather. Please contact us for rates.

Meditation Hike with Intuitive Nature Photography Tour

On this tour we will be using meditation to create a clear channel, as we learn how to listen to and learn from Nature's innate wisdom, using intuitive photography to capture the essence that unites the viewer with what's being viewed. Meditation guide, Trey Carland, will provide instructions on directing attention inward, while remaining aware of the world we inhabit, thereby creating a sense of oneness with all that is. 

Intuitive Nature Photographer and Teacher, Sophia Phillips, provides instructions on how to capture your surroundings in the present moment’s essence and beauty via your intuition and thru the lens of your digital camera or cell phone camera. Sophia’s Perspective… "When we spend time in Nature we become attuned to hear her voice, it's a language like no other. Once connected we gain clarity, support and peace. Drawing from the metaphors in Nature we gain poetic insight of the soul and bring the inherent wisdom of Nature into the mind and heart. Our lives become less fearful, richer and satisfying... even through the dark nights of the soul. We cease giving our power away...realizing that we had the answers all along.” See some of Sophia's work on Instagram and Facebook.

No previous meditation or photography experience required. Only an openness to explore the inner and outer dimensions of existence. The end result is an overall sense of connectedness and well-being, as well as some meaningful photographs to serve as a reminder that you and Nature are in fact one and the same. Please contact us for rates.

Seasonal Offerings

Native and Medicinal Plant Hikes

Join us for a 2 hour exploration of the native and medicinal plants that grow in the mountains of WNC. Learn about the various plants and what they are used for, while sipping Ginseng infused tea. Depending on the season you will learn about Ginseng, Bloodroot, Cohosh and Goldenseal, just to name a few. Please contact us for rates.

 

 

Fall Color Tour

The Fall is a beautiful time to visit Western NC as the leaves transition from their rich green color, to yellows, oranges, reds and browns. Join us for a 2 hour journey into the mountains to see Mother Nature's beautiful display of colors. We will pick you up and take you on a scenic drive to a mountain trail near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hikes begin with setting an intention and some guidance on making the most of your time in nature, followed by a sharing circle. There is no shortage of scenic destinations for any skill level, so let us know if you have any special requests. Please contact us for rates.

 

"Trey was very inspiring from the start of our interactions and adventure! He recommended some very helpful meditation techniques to use according to what we needed during our drive to the mountain. He took us to a beautiful mountain with a variety of nature elements and scenic spots. He assured us we could take our time at any of the stops and go at our own pace. During our hike and while overlooking the mountain he gave us meditative tid bits to help us to stay present, which was so awesome! Over all we had a very nice hike that was both meditative and informative. We would highly recommend it!" ~ Melissa, NC

“My son and I had a truly magical adventure up the mountain with Trey. The hike was beautiful and Trey’s reiki sessions were powerful. This has been our favorite adventure in Asheville so far!” – Valley, VA

“I enjoyed & highly recommend the "awakening in nature" tour with Trey! Trey is kind, full of patience and led us in simple yet powerful meditations during our hike. It was a magical time!” – Joy, NC

“Trey was the perfect hiking guide. He was patient and really shared a lot of local history during the hike. He also was great at making sure we had moments to take breaks and capture some amazing photos and views. Southern hospitality and super pleasant. Would highly recommend.” – Daniel, FL

“Hiking in WNC is plentiful and extraordinary. My hiking experience with Trey was elevated to GRAND and SURREAL. The place, the company, the vibe - all together - is impossible to forget, delightful to remember! I highly recommend this experience.” – Sandy, NC

“Myself and two friends went on this hike with Trey and all enjoyed the experience very much. Trey was very accommodating and responsive with the booking. During the experience itself we had great conversations and a reiki session that left us all feeling very peaceful, while learning helpful meditation tips as well. Would definitely recommend!” – Kate, NJ

“We had a great time on Trey’s energetic healing hike. It was a very scenic trail with lots of huge rocks and a surprise view at the top! I enjoyed Trey’s comments as we hiked and the Reiki was a very cool experience. Extremely calming and meditative way to experience the mountains. Would recommend!” – Alicia, NC

“Trey was a wonderful host on the hike. I wanted a safe experience as a solo female hiker and that is exactly what I got. He advised me on the best directions to use to get there and then our hike was fabulous! Perfect weather and very comfortable atmosphere to enjoy nature. We took our time and even meditated for a bit. It was a great experience!” – Madison, SC

“We found a great spot near a creek bend for our reiki sessions. Trey was very thoughtful, knowledgeable, and kind. We appreciated his observations after the session and left feeling open and energized.” – Taylor, CA

“My hike with Trey was incredible and he had a lot of thoughtful wisdoms and insights to share. I left feeling happy and peaceful. As a solo female traveler, I was not worried for my safety. Great experience!” – Sarah, NC

“I highly recommend this experience! I loved the integration of mindfulness. It absolutely enhanced the beauty of the trail Trey took our group on. Trey also provided some helpful meditation techniques as part of the experience, and was incredibly kind and communicative.” – Hannah, MA

“Had a great time hiking with Trey! Even with the cold and rain, he made it an enjoyable experience. The time he takes for quiet pauses gave us the chance to be still and reflect on the beauty around us. I appreciated that the directions he gave led us right to the trail head and he was there on time. We’ll def look Trey up next time we’re in Asheville.” – Devin, OH

“Booking the experience with Trey made our hike much more relaxing. He chose a beautiful hike, that was timed perfectly and reminded us we were there to enjoy an experience. We stopped along the trail to appreciate the beauty and the moment and we lingered at the top while the sun set. Had I gone on my own, I would likely have rushed through the hike missing out on so much. Trey created a calming, peaceful experience to be remembered. I will definitely plan to hike with him again when we return.” – Kim, IN