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Mountain Walking Retreat

11 September @ 6:00 pm - 14 September @ 2:00 pm

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Mountain Walking Retreat

This three-day retreat is based in the spectacular Scottish Highlands and will combine traditional Zen practices with mountain walking. Saturday to Tuesday will involve spending most of each day hiking into high mountain areas (weather permitting) with a shorter low-level walk on the last day. No previous experience of hillwalking or retreats is required but a reasonable level of fitness is recommended.

Our days will begin and end with meditation, led by Daizan. After breakfast and making up our packed lunches, most of our time will be devoted to walking in the mountains together as a group. Various mountain meditation practices and ceremonies will be led by Daizan. Each of the day’s walks will be led by a Penny Clay, a Zenways mindfulness teacher and qualified Mountain Leader, who will hold the final decision for route choice on the day, dependent on the weather conditions. Walks may last for up to six hours. All walks will be on established paths but they are rocky and rough at times with steep drops. Ascent (and descent) may be up to 800 metres in a day – the equivalent of climbing up and down the London Eye six times.

The Scottish Highlands are famous for being able to produce ‘four seasons in one day’ and participants must be suitably equipped for a full day in the hills. Minimum essentials include: waterproof jacket with a hood, waterproof trousers, thermal layers, a sturdy pair of walking boots, hat, gloves, water-bottle or flask and rucksack. You’ll be sent a full kit list when you register. All meals will be vegetarian/vegan. We will have a shared work rota to help with food preparation and washing up and we will make up our own packed lunches each day. There will also be a period of silence each evening and overnight. The retreat is limited to 13 places.

Arrival time is from 6pm on the Saturday evening for supper at 7.30pm where we will discuss the weekend’s plans.

Please note: Participants who may find the mountain walks too challenging are still welcome to attend the retreat and we can offer advice on short local walks in the area but these will not be guided. You will need your own map for this.

If you are an experienced hill walker you are equally welcome but be aware that the hill walking is in the context of a retreat experience so you may have to modify your expectations of a ‘big day out’ to fully enjoy the retreat.

We ask participants to unplug from social media and messaging for the duration of the retreat, although you are welcome to use your mobile phone as a camera.


Our group will have sole use of the Glencoe Independent Hostel for the length of the retreat. Please note that this is basic/communal accommodation. Sleeping is in three, single-sex, shared dorms with bunk beds and shared shower rooms. All bed linen is provided but you need to bring your own towel. There are no en-suite facilities. There is a comfy lounge with an open fire, the hostel is fully heated and there is a drying room for wet clothes and boots. Camping is not available.


We do not charge a fixed amount for retreats. Instead we would suggest a donation of £100 – £250 payable to Zenways at the time of booking. Accommodation, all meals & guiding costs £255 per person and can be booked with Penny at Mountain Yoga Kinlochleven once you have confirmed your booking with Zenways.

Mountain Walking retreat Glencoe

A glimpse from last year’s retreat.


11 September @ 6:00 pm
14 September @ 2:00 pm
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Daizan Skinner (zen)


£250 (includes accommodation, meals and guiding)


Glencoe Independent Hostel
Glencoe Independent Hostel
Glencoe, Scotland PH49 4HX United Kingdom
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