Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th May
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.
Feel free to drive up to Gorricks for the Friday night so you can have a relaxing time with friends before the walk. We will start the walk on Saturday at 9am, meeting at Jacks Track. We will do a car shuffle in order to get to the start of Jacks Track, leaving a car at Gorricks to transport drivers back to pick up their cars. Please make sure you let Will know your plans.
If you’re driving up on Saturday morning it’s best to go straight to the beginning of Jacks Track – basically it’s not far past St Albans on way to Kodoji. Please arrive at 9.00am at the latest. There is a little track heads up the hill on the left. It has a locked gate. It comes in at a funny angle so is easy to drive past so you need to be alert to it. You can park on the opposite side of the road just down a little bit under some poplars and mulberry.
Here is the map:
If you are interested in joining us please email Will on: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0400 106 163 to let him know if you’re coming on Friday or Saturday, so we can await your arrival.
There may be a short and easy walk led by Will on the Sunday to cater for the less agile, or you can just chill at Kodoji before we return home.
We will start our walk by climbing up to Jacks Track from where we park on Wollombi Road, follow it to the Womera Track then descend into Gorricks. This walk will take all day. Along the way the more adventurous walkers could come on a side trip into one of the gullies to see if we can find some rock art. While others might wish to hang about in a nice spot and do something artistic, meditate or whatever. We will then rejoin and continue on to descend into Gorricks.
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.