Our Community Hikes with Chris McCloskey and Lauren Vint

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Sunday 06/16/2024 8:00 am - 10:00 am
$5.00 Our Community Hikes with Chris McCloskey and Lauren Vint

Tap into the healing power of nature and community! Welcome Spring back into your body, mind, and spirit by joining Chris McCloskey and Lauren Vint for some meditative time in nature.

Chris and Lauren will lead monthly community hikes in Howard County and surrounding areas with the invitation to more fully awaken our senses and connect to the natural world. The hikes will be around 3 miles and will include time for meditative reflection, earthing practices, deep breathing, and silence in the surrounding forest.

No hiking experience necessary. Please bring sturdy walking/hiking shoes or boots and water. Please arrive 15 minutes early to prepare yourself and meet the group.

*Inclement Weather Notice: In the case of severe weather, the hike will move to the next day, Saturday. 

Donations for these monthly hikes go towards the Middle Patuxent Environmental Foundation that works, in partnership, with Howard County’s Recreation and Parks Department, to help maintain and preserve the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) as a “forever protected” natural environmental area.

Friday, March 22:  Middle Patuxent Environmental Area

Meet at Trotter Rd. Trailhead @ 12:15 pm  |  5795 Trotter Rd, Clarksville, MD 21029

Restrooms available at Trotter Road Trailhead.

Friday, April 19: Rockburn Area Trail

Meet at parking lot just past the Pfeiffer's Corner School House (one room schoolhouse) on the left- hand side of Rockburn Branch Park Road @ 11:45 am. No restrooms at trailhead.

Friday, May 17: Wincopin Trail

Meet at the Trailhead @ 11:45 am  |  9299 Vollmerhausen Rd, Jessup, MD 20794

Restrooms available at trailhead.

Sunday, June 16: Catoctin Mountain Park

Meet at the Visitor Center @ 7:45 am  |  14707 Park Central Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788

Restrooms available at the Visitor’s Center.  This hike includes 600 feet in elevation gain over a 3+ mile hike to Chimney Rock, and back to the trailhead.

Chris McCloskey

Chris McCloskey RYT-500, offers students an alignment based yoga practice designed to create spaciousness in the body, mind, and spirit.  Chris has been practicing yoga since 2008, is a graduate of the Yoga Center of Columbia teacher training programs, and has been teaching yoga since 2012.  As a graduate of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, Chris shares with students methods for reducing stress, enhancing well-being, and bringing peace into their daily lives. An avid walker and hiker, Chris is inspired by the awesome beauty of nature and mother earth and is continuously seeking ways to combine the healing practice of yoga with the practices of mindfulness and walking.

Lauren Vint

Lauren teaches from her own deep love of yoga and movement.  She is a former athlete and high school coach.  From years spent on the playing field and sideline, she brings to yoga an appreciation for the strong, complementary connection between body, mind, and spirit.  Lauren's teaching style encourages her students to find the fun of being in our bodies so that our hearts can experience joy.  In addition to practicing yoga for more than 20 years, Lauren is also a long-time meditator. She is a former public school teacher and is a recent graduate of the Yoga Center of Columbia's RYT200 Teacher Training program.  

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