Beauty Walks

Our free community Beauty Walks help to create and hold space for collective deep breaths  in natural environments. We meet at a variety of natural locations to walk, reflect, converse, and then return to our important work in the world. The walks are typically 1-2 hours in length and are a space for the justice-minded to gather and walk together. These Walks help provide restorative inspiration, to help us continue to be compassionate in a changing world.

This practice of the Beauty Walk came to Renewal in the Wilderness from a member of our Board of Directors, Sharon Welch, who has used this practice with her students. Sharon shaped the following with inspiration from Animal, Vegetable, & Mineral: The Sacred Connection, an article by Carol Lee Sanchez.

We do everything from occasional group meditations to reading nature poetry to creating nature art to being mindful about our surroundings. Join us as we gather together for a bit of solidarity and renewal. Follow the links below to see details about local Beauty Walks, including addresses of the walks, on our Facebook or Meetup page. 

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Wellness Hikes

Our free Wellness Hikes are focused on resiliency in our professional work life and the meaning of our vocations. These Hikes are for care providers, broadly defined. Care providers include everyone from social service workers to health care providers to first responders to teachers to faith community leaders to many things in between.

We gather on most Wednesdays from June-October at either 12pm or 6:30pm to hike together as care providers and offer support to one another.

These are Hikes are part of our larger "Wellness for Portland Communities of Care" Program. Click the button below to learn more about this Program and how you can get involved.


If you aren't near enough to join our guided Beauty Walks or Wellness Hikes that's okay, we've got you covered. Follow the link below to get some guidance on how to create your own experience of the natural wisdom in your local area.