In Case You Missed It: First Full Moon Hike of 2019 Was Literally Lit

The night before a hike, I’m anxious. I worry if the weather will be just right. I worry if the wonderful women who come out will walk away feeling better than how they came in. But time and time again I’ve been blessed with perfect weather and good vibes. This has been the trend since the first retreat in 2018 and I feel like it’s the Universe telling me to stop worrying because it always turns out better than okay. Great, even.

What’s even more important to me: the ladies who come out always walk away energized and grateful.

That was the case yesterday when we all met up at Harriman State Park for our hike in honor of the Full Moon on January 20-21. We talked about spiritual baths, ancestral knowledge we picked up being around our families, God, the Universe, divine timing, being Latinx, the power of prayer, self-worth and being grateful for nature.

But even before we started our hike, I smudged everyone and asked them to take a deep breathe and let go of whatever was holding them back. And, most importantly, to thank themselves for coming out. Because you could have been sleeping. You could have been recovering from a late night out. You could have been anywhere else. But you decided to get up early and make time to take care of your needs and that in itself is so powerful.

Thank you for coming out and sharing space with me, ladies. You do more for me than you know.

Psst: Don’t miss out on the next hike: Sunday, February 17th. Location: TBD.

2019's first Full Moon hike of the year is now open, RSVP ASAP

This is Pen to Paper Retreats’ first Full Moon Hike of 2019!

In honor of the Full Moon on January 21, we'll be putting our cell phones away while hiking so that we can be completely present. We'll be taking breaks to listen to the sounds of nature, stop to take deep breathes, and check-in with ourselves. Bring your own snacks and water. I will be smudging everyone with sage before we start our hike. 

Beginner hike: Long Path trail is short but sweet. Just over 2 miles. With beautiful views at the top. More information here with photos. Enter these coordinates into your Google Map: 41.315548, -74.05004

Directions: Take the Palisades Parkway north to exit 18. At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Route 6 west. Drive for about half a mile, and then take the right-hand turn onto a paved park road. This is the parking area for the Long Path trailhead. Pull up to the kiosk (on the right) and park.

Don't worry about getting photos of yourself out there, I will pack my camera in case you want a nice photo of yourself out in nature.

This is event is FREE. But, please RSVP, so I know how many are coming. Limited spots available.

In case it rains/snows, I will send an email from Eventbrite and will be updating the Pen to Paper Retreats Instagram account to let everyone know if we have to reschedule.

Ready for 2019? Check out what our retreats are like and get ready!

In honor of the Buck Moon in July 2018, Pen to Paper Retreats hosted their first outdoor writing retreat for women seeking a spiritual connection in collaboration with Julie Rodriguez of Heal with Sole—an educational outreach program that encourages individuals to nurture their soul in nature.

We hiked, meditated, ate together and then ended with spiritual writing workshop.

In 2019, Pen to Paper Retreats will be collaborating with different women and groups. We will have full moon hikes, one-day retreats as well as weekend retreats – so be on the lookout!

As always, I’m taking suggestions on where to go in the New York metro-area but some hikes and/or retreats can be anywhere!

Try new things, step out of your comfort zone, take risks, do things in ways you’ve never done them before, ask for help, surround yourself with self-actualized people, become obsessed with the fact that you have one go-round on this planet as the you that is you, and realize how precious and important it is not to squander that.
— Jen Sincero

Want a sneak peek into what our newsletters are like?

Photo by Samer Daboul from Pexels

Photo by Samer Daboul from Pexels

Every month I send out two newsletters, one for the New Moon and the other for the Full Moon. I’ll share stories, lessons learned, news about upcoming full moon hikes and/or retreats, and downloadable writing exercises pegged to the New and Full Moon.

The Full Moon is the time to release anything that is not serving you any longer. Gracefully thank it for it’s purpose and let it go. Reflecting is necessary in order to move on to bigger and better things.

Clean your space. Light a candle. Get your palo santo, sage or incense even. Take a few deep breaths until you feel centered. Make sure your pieces of paper are handy. You may notice that you’re a bit emotional and that’s okay. The full moon’s energy has a way of bringing everything up to surface. Honor that. Move forward and write.

The last days of the year are among us and everything under the sun is asking us to plan 2019, set those goals and plan to succeed in all areas of your life. But I’m encouraging you to take a pause and reflect on the wild rides this year has taken you on before looking ahead to the new year. The last twelve months have inevitably come with hard lessons, setbacks, and uncelebrated accomplishments. You need to know where you have been in order to know where you’re going.

Here is December’s Full Moon Release I created for those already signed up for the newsletter:

December Full Moon Release

Thank you for a magical 2018!

Pen to Paper Retreats Full Moon HIke

I’m uploading all of the photos and videos taken during each retreat, mindful and full moon hike this year and it’s only now that it’s hit me that I launched Pen to Paper Retreats. It’s only now that I see how wild it was to create this retreat company amongst other things happening in my life this year. But I felt compelled to do it and I am so grateful that I did.

I got to teach spiritual writing workshops, meet other powerful women, and start to build a community who want to get in touch with themselves out in nature. I got to create what I wish existed when I was younger.

Thank you sharing space with me this year. I cannot wait to share what I have in store for 2019.

In the meantime, here are photos of our last Full Moon Hike in Ramapo Valley on the Ramapo Ramble Trail. Shout out to all the ladies who came out on what could have been a super cold day. We got to talk, laugh, and come out of that hike riding a serious nature high.