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Drala Meditation Hike: Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge

Drala Meditation Hike: Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, June 8th, 2024  

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Join us for a Drala Hike where we will quiet the mind in order to open ourselves to the wisdom of nature and the Drala energies of the Pacific Northwest.  We hike in noble silence while contemplatively attuning and engaging the senses in the phenomenal world around us. 

Here’s a slow and flat hike to enjoy! The Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a 1,049-acre riverine flood plain habitat, semi-permanent wetland on the Columbia River, 10 miles east of Vancouver, Washington, with cottonwood-dominated riparian corridors, pastures, and remnant stands of Oregon white oak. We will be combining hiking with meditation and observing noble silence.



Hiking Difficulty (moderate):

• Distance: 6 miles out and back

• Elevation gain: no elevation gain

What to Bring: Appropriate footwear, plenty of water, lunch, a hat, sunscreen, rain gear, gas money for the driver, and a kneeling pad or something else to sit on for occasional stops for sitting meditation. There are no shaded areas or wind protected areas on this trail.

Meeting Time: 10 AM

Meeting Location: Concordia New Seasons, NE 33rd Ave and Emerson. Meet by the mailbox and sitting area.

Return Time: About 4:00 pm

Hike leader: Anandi Gefroh

Car Pool: Contact Liz Howell, Drala Hike Coordinator., in advance to see if

car pool options are available for this hike.



Registration online helps avoid the pen and paper contact involved in filling out emergency contact and release forms in person. When you register (below), you will be asked to list an emergency contact’s name and number and to check a box indicating that you consent to this release form (releasing Shambhala from liability). Please register by the end of the day on Thursday, Jun 6.


“By relaxing the mind, you can reconnect with that primordial, original ground, which is completely pure and simple. Out of that, through the medium of your perceptions, you can discover magic, or drala.”   ~Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche


Drala hikes are open to the public. No dogs, please – For questions about this or other things, please contact Liz Howell, Drala Hike Coordinator.


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