Holy Hikes

There is no such thing as ‘human community’ without the earth and the soil and the air and the water and all the living forms. Without these, humans do not exist. In my view, the human community and the natural world will go into the future as a single sacred community or we will both perish in the desert.
– The Rev. Thomas Berry, C.P.

Holy Hikes (www.holyhikes.org) is a national network of hiking ministries founded in 2010 by the Rev. Justin R. Cannon. Holy Hikes is Christian, Contemplative, Sacramental, Liturgical, Diverse, Inclusive, and Beautiful. Visit https://www.facebook.com/holyhikes for more information about Holy Hikes- San Francisco Bay Area and upcoming hikes. You can also subscribe to the local Bay Area email list here: http://eepurl.com/if5MAj

In 2024, Holy Hikes—San Francisco Bay Area will be offering four gatherings aligning with the Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Fall Equinox, and Winter Solstice. In this new structure our local ministry, we will go for a short walk to an old outdoor church site and create ritual and liturgy together amidst the splendor of old redwood trees!

Meet at: Canyon Meadow Staging Area in Redwood Regional Park, Oakland, CA

Walk to: Old Church Picnic Area

When: March 19, June 20, September 22, December 21; meet at 12:30pm

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We will meet at 12:30pm at the parking lot at the end of the road at Canyon Meadow Staging Area in Redwood Regional Park. We will walk together from the parking lot, a 15-min 0.60 mile walk along the flat/paved Stream Trail to the location of the old Church of the Wildwood at what is now named Old Church Picnic Area. There will be seating available during the service.

See the walk here: https://maps.app.goo.gl/Szg8ciAL6vDF7avJ6?g_st=im

We will open with Prayer to the Seven Directions and have space to create ritual together. You will help create this liturgy. If you play an instrument that’s portable, bring your instrument and a song to share. If there is a short reading or poem that is fitting for the solstice/equinox service that you would like to share, please bring it. We will have time for offering intercessions and thanksgivings, and there will be time for silent meditation. All are welcome to attend.


Spring Equinox – Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 12:30pm

Summer Solstice – Thursday, June 20, 2024, 12:30pm

Fall Equinox – Sunday, September 22, 2024, 12:30pm

Winter Solstice – Saturday, December 21, 2024, 12:30pm