August 3, 2021 Mariah

A Self-Guided Mindfulness Hike at the Charcoal Trail

BNRC and Shire Quests Present: A Self-Guided Mindfulness Hike at the Charcoal Trail

 Friday, August 13 – Sunday, September 26 (extended) at the Yokun Ridge South Reserve, Stockbridge 

Begin with an audio meditation to ground in your breath and body, then turn off your phone and walk the 1.6-mile loop in serenity and awareness with periodic invitations to practice presence, gratitude, and forest bathing. Take your time! 

The Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC) and Micah Mortali – the founder of the Kripalu School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership and Shire Quests – will be presenting a self-guided mindfulness hike at the Charcoal Trail from Olivia’s Overlook in Stockbridge from August 13 through September 26. 

This installation will feature two opening audio meditations you can download and listen to before your hike (either at home or from a QR code at the trailhead) to remember the original history of the land and cultivate a practice of present-moment awareness and gratitude while out in the woods. Along the trail, there will be a series of four signs serving as invitations to breathe, relax, and center yourself in a mindful outdoor experience. Give yourself a reset and take some time to connect to the land. 

Click here for the audio meditations to listen to before your hike.


Directions to Olivia’s Overlook:

Google Maps Link 

From Lenox: Take Route 183 west for 1.5 miles, passing Tanglewood. When Route 183 curves left, bear right onto Richmond Mountain Road (sign says to Rt. 41/Richmond). Drive 1.5 miles and the parking lot will be on your left. 

From West Stockbridge: Head north on Swamp Road and make an immediate right onto Lenox Road. At 2.0 miles, turn right and continue another 0.1 mile to Olivia’s Overlook on the right. 

From Pittsfield: Take Rt. 20 west 0.8 miles. Make a left onto Barker Road and drive 6.6 miles. Make a left onto Lenox Road and drive 1.8 miles to Olivia’s Overlook, on the right. 

42.3519, -73.3377 (Olivia’s Overlook – Charcoal trailhead parking)