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/ Coastal Sunset Meditation
Baker Beach / August 21, 2022
Photo by Polina Kuzovkova
Breathing with the Tide
More mysterious than the moon, the ocean is a largely unexplored body of water that can be a metaphor for understanding our own vast consciousness. When we look at the ocean, research shows that the frequency of our brains changes, moving us into meditative, introspective, and creative states.
In this immersive experience, we will dissolve the boundaries between self and the sea, redefining the Japanese practice of forest bathing (森林浴) as ocean bathing. Come breathe the salty air, feel the eons-long erosion of rocks into sand beneath our feet, and reset your heartbeats with the symphony of waves crashing upon the shore.
Through journaling, walking, and multisensory meditation, we collectively pondered:
our relationship, kinship, and reciprocity with ocean tides and algae through breath & sound
the deep calm at the center of the ocean below a turbulent, ever-evolving surface
how to practice living as the medium of water, instead of by the peaks and troughs of waves
About our Guide
Sophie Haruna Klimcak (she/her) is a learning experience designer, community-builder, and Bay Area naturalist. As Co-founder and Program Director at Wild Awake, Sophie draws upon her ecstatic wonder for the outdoors and her Japanese & Eastern European roots to design experiences that nurture a deep care for people and the planet. She holds a M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Sophie is an avid stargazer and backpacker with 300+ miles of trails logged, with a newly emerging passion for birding, poetry, and taiko drumming.