This past weekend was our 2nd annual Be Here Now Sangha camp out on the Flathead Lake in western Montana (it would’ve been our 3rd annual but we cancelled our trip last year at the last minute on account of the weather). Our sangha (based in the mindfulness tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh) meets every Monday night from 7:30-8:45pm and our format includes: sitting and walking meditation, a reading, sharing circle, and a closing circle for gratitude and healing. Outside of our regular weekly gatherings we like to get together for social events that allow us to build our relationships with one another and have fun – potlucks and open mic nights are our favorites :) And our newest favorite is our summer camp out!
Only having done two camp outs so far we’re still honing in the art of group camping. Logistics and feeding 12-15 people on camp stoves in the woods (in bear country) with no electricity and running water takes some planning. Every year we learn a little more about how to improve on our set up for the next camp out. It’s a great adventure!
We had wonderful company, great food, a beautiful setting right on the lake, laughter, fun, and various ways to be on and in the water – what more could we ask for? (we even told a collective scary story around the campfire and a few of us went skinny dipping under the stars!)
And we took a bunch of jumping pics too:
Gratitude for nature, for abundance and beauty, for my sangha Be Here Now, and for cultivating friendship (with our animal friends too!):