Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd August – Postponed due to high creek levels
There will be a day’s walk into Yengo National park from our bush zendo, Kodoji on Saturday, led by Will Moon. This is a wonderful way to learn about the land surrounding our property and connect with sangha members. All Covid 19 hygiene and social distancing measures will be observed.
We will walk in a bit of a loop. Firstly crossing the little creek where the waterfall is and the Buddha and David’s memorial. Climb the ridge to the top, then follow the ridge along. If we have a reasonably fit party maybe continue to the firetrail and drop into the valley on the other side for a look. Otherwise continue in a loop around to the ridge that comes down at the back of the buildings.
Given that the days are pretty short at this time of year, if we have a reasonably fit group and want to do the extended version, we would need an early start. Maybe 8.00 am and preferably not later than 8.30am. So best to arrive on Friday night if possible. With a not so fit crew we could get away at 9.00 for the shorter loop.
Driving up to Gorricks for the Friday night also means you can have a relaxing evening with friends before the walk. We will leave on Sunday after lunch. Please bring enough food to share for 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches. There are a limited number of beds upstairs in the cottage, and mattresses to put on the verandah or in the dojo. Bring a tent if you want your own sleeping space.
If you are interested in joining us please contact Will: email@example.com or 0400 106 163. Please let him know if you’re coming on Friday or early on Saturday morning, so we can await your arrival.
Walking around the valley has its challenges. However, the hard work is often worth the effort. There are great views, and we get to explore the mysterious country that is beyond the trees and ridges that we look upon when sitting mindfully gazing up during our sesshins. A chance to become intimate with the Turpentines, Bloodwoods, Angophoras and the ancient sandstone laid down more than 200 million years ago. So a few things to think about for those who might want explore some of the wilderness around Kodoji with its little hidden treasures.
Your walking gear should include sturdy footwear, long sleeves and long pants, hat, small backpack, wet weather gear, spare warm clothes, sufficient water to keep you going throughout the day. Aim for 2 litres. Some high energy goodies to eat and share. Chocolate brownies are always welcome. And we’ll each take a packed lunch – sandwich and fruit, or whatever you like to eat. It’s important to bring a sense of humour for when you find yourself entangled in a lawyer vine, or have become best buddies with a leech, or slipped over on your bum for the tenth time. You may want to bring a camera, or a pad to write or sketch.