At the beginning of summer, when the weather in the mountains has calmed down and it is the perfect season for beginners to experience mountaineering, a retreat was held to familiarize themselves with the beautiful forests of the Yatsugatake Mountains.
Separating them creates bias.
As MIKA mentioned in the last issue of HERENESS MAGAZINE, I think that nowadays there is a separation between "me and the rest of us," "spirit and body," and "nature and humans" for reasons that are easy to understand. However, I feel that if we separate them in this way, one of them will be biased, and I wanted to create content that would connect all of them.
This idea took shape in the form of a retreat combining mountain climbing, yoga, and journaling, also known as "writing meditation.
The route took us from Mugikusa-toge (Mt. Yatsugatake) to Shirakoma Pond, up the Nyuu (mountain range) to the popular mountain lodge Kuroyuri Hütte (Black Lily Hut) for one night, and back down the next day to Shibu-no-yu (hot spring) after climbing up Mt. Mugikusa Pass, which can be approached by bus to an elevation of 2,000 meters, is a fairly high point for a trailhead, making it easy even for beginners. The course is well thought out, yet still allows visitors to enjoy the moss-covered forests around Shirakoma Pond and the magnificent scenery of Mt.
At Shirakoma Pond just after the start of the walk. On the right is the organizer, Sawako-san.
"Climbing mountains and walking in nature, it serves to connect man to the natural world. Yoga serves to connect the body to the spirit. Journaling is an opportunity to focus on oneself, but it actually leads to the realization that the individual is formed in the relationship between oneself and others. I assembled this content in the hope that it would connect each of the three."
MIKA, who has a lot of climbing experience, supports everyone.