Program Details

Drala Hike: Lower Deschutes River

April 20 / 9:00 AM - April 20 / 5:30 PM


(Photo credit: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives (Creative Commons))

"By relaxing the mind, you can reconnect with that primordial, original ground, which is completely pure and simple.  Out of that, through the medium of your perceptions, you can discover magic, or drala."  -Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Join us for a Drala Hike and some spring sunshine just east of The Dalles.

We combine hiking with meditation and will be observing noble silence.

Hiking Difficulty:

Moderate (approx 560 ft elevation gain over 4.4 miles).  The trail goes along the river and then up to a spring over a fairly narrow foot trail with wide open Eastern Oregon scenery - rocks, a bit of Juniper and grasses, occasional birds and maybe deer or sheep.  We’ll loop back over an old railroad bed along the river.

What to Bring:

Appropriate footwear, plenty of water, lunch, a hat, sunscreen, a windbreaker, gas money for the driver, and a kneeling pad or something else to sit on for occasional stops for sitting or meditation. Be prepared for any kind of weather as it can be hot and windy along the exposed trail, or cooler in a strong wind.

Meeting Time: 9:00 AM

Meeting Location: Portland Shambhala Center

Return Time: About 5:30 pm.

Hike leader: Aletha Eastwood

Drala hikes are open to the public. No dogs, please - For questions about this or other things, please contact Liz Howell, Drala Hike Coordinator.



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