Timonium, MD - REI
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

Timonium, MD - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Washington, DC - REI
Oct
17
6:30 PM18:30

Washington, DC - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Bailey's Crossroads, VA - REI
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

Bailey's Crossroads, VA - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Raleigh, NC - REI
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Raleigh, NC - REI

NOTE: On Saturday October 26, we will be co-hosting a hike with Women Who Hike!

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Greensboro, NC - REI
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Greensboro, NC - REI

NOTE: On Saturday October 26, we will be co-hosting a hike with Women Who Hike!

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Charlotte, NC - REI
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

Charlotte, NC - REI

NOTE: On Saturday October 26, we will be co-hosting a hike with Women Who Hike!

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Hiking My Feelings + Women Who Hike: North/South Carolina Group Hike
Oct
26
8:00 AM08:00

Hiking My Feelings + Women Who Hike: North/South Carolina Group Hike

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After seeing Sydney speak in Charlotte on Friday evening, join us Saturday morning for a group hike + brunch!

NOTE: Sydney is speaking in/around North and South Carolina on the following dates:

We're excited to be co-hosting this hike with Women Who Hike's North Carolina Ambassador, Katie! 

For those who are WWH members, welcome to the Hiking My Feelings community - excited to hike with you. 

For Hiking My Feelings family members and new hikers alike, we're stoked to introduce you to Women Who Hike, a fantastic organization for women who enjoy spending time on the trail with chapters all over the USA! 

Learn more about Women Who Hike at womenwhohike.com.

Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, bug spray and dress for the weather. Before you arrive, please fill out the waiver: http://bit.ly/HMFwaiver

Check out this trail on AllTrails here

HIKE INFORMATION - Raven Cliff Falls and Dismal Loop Trail

  • 8.8 miles

  • 2,240 ft elevation gain

  • Rated as HARD on AllTrails, please review the information on the URL above to gauge how comfortable you are with this route.

  • Although dogs are allowed on this trail, some users have reported that the trail has ladders and steep rock faces, making it difficult for dogs.

PARKING: Click here for driving directions
CARPOOL: Click here to carpool

WALK + TALK 
After we hike, let's grab coffee/juice/lunch! Depending on who sticks around, we will pick a place and I will post an update with the location in the Facebook group on Saturday morning.

If you have questions, let us know! Email sydney@hikingmyfeelings.com

Image courtesy of AllTrails user Vince Lamonica. See more photos of this hike here

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Greenville, SC - REI
Oct
28
6:00 PM18:00

Greenville, SC - REI

NOTE: On Saturday October 26, we will be co-hosting a hike with Women Who Hike!

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Asheville, NC - REI
Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

Asheville, NC - REI

NOTE: On Saturday October 26, we will be co-hosting a hike with Women Who Hike!

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Nashville, TN - REI
Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

Nashville, TN - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Atlanta, GA - REI
Nov
2
9:30 AM09:30

Atlanta, GA - REI

For our stop in the Atlanta area, we’re switching things up a bit. Join us Saturday morning at the Kennesaw REI store to hear the story, then join us immediately after for a hike!

THE TALK - #HikingMyFeelings: Healing Your Mind + Body on the Trail

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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THE HIKE - Celebrating Harriet Tubman with the Outdoor Journal Tour

After the talk, we’ll caravan over to the trailhead at Kennesaw Mountain. This is a partner hike with Outdoor Journal Tour to celebrate the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman.

Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, a journal, and dress for the weather. Before you arrive, please fill out the waiver: http://bit.ly/HMFwaiver

Check out this trail on Atlanta Trails here

This moderately difficult out-and-back hike summits Kennesaw Mountain, grabbing stunning, extensive views from the mountain’s rocky, open peak. The Kennesaw Mountain Trail climbs a rocky, shaded, steeply-pitched terrain to the summit – a moderately challenging, but relatively short, hike. The summit views make the effort worthwhile, though: from the summit, the Atlanta skyline and Stone Mountain are visible on the distant horizon.

After we get to the summit, we’ll journal, meditate, and reflect on the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman. Anyone and everyone is welcome, RSVP at the link below!

HIKE INFORMATION - Kennesaw Mountain: Big Mountain Trail

  • DISTANCE: 2 miles

  • 600+ ft elevation gain

  • Rated as moderately strenuous

  • Dog-friendly

WALK + TALK 
After we hike, let's grab coffee/juice/lunch! Depending on who sticks around, we will pick a place and I will post an update with the location in the Facebook group on Saturday morning.

If you have questions, let us know! Email sydney@hikingmyfeelings.com

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Fort Worth, TX - REI
Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

Fort Worth, TX - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Dallas/Fort Worth Area Group Hike
Nov
9
8:00 AM08:00

Dallas/Fort Worth Area Group Hike

After seeing Sydney speak on Thursday evening, join us Saturday morning for a group hike + brunch!

Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and dress for the weather. Before you arrive, please fill out the waiver: http://bit.ly/HMFwaiver

Check out this trail on AllTrails here.

HIKE INFORMATION - Canyon Ridge Trail
5.9 miles 
590 ft elevation gain
Rated as MODERATE on AllTrails, please review the information on the URL above to gauge how comfortable you are with this route.

WALK + TALK 
After we hike, let's grab coffee/juice/lunch! Depending on who sticks around, we will pick a place and I will post an update with the location in the Facebook group on Saturday morning.

If you have questions, let us know! Email sydney@hikingmyfeelings.com

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Austin, TX - REI
Nov
11
7:00 PM19:00

Austin, TX - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Albuquerque, NM - REI
Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

Albuquerque, NM - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Albuquerque Group Hike
Nov
16
8:00 AM08:00

Albuquerque Group Hike

After seeing Sydney speak at the Albuquerque REI on Wednesday night, join us Saturday morning for a group hike + brunch!

Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and dress for the weather. Before you arrive, please fill out the waiver: http://bit.ly/HMFwaiver

Check out this trail on AllTrails here.

HIKE INFORMATION - South Piedra Lisa Trail

  • 4.4 miles

  • 1,309ft elevation gain

  • Rated as MODERATE on AllTrails, please review the information on the URL above to gauge how comfortable you are with this route.

  • Dog-friendly

WALK + TALK 
After we hike, let's grab coffee/juice/lunch! Depending on who sticks around, we will pick a place and I will post an update with the location in the Facebook group on Saturday morning.

If you have questions, let us know! Email sydney@hikingmyfeelings.com

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Flagstaff, AZ - REI
Nov
19
5:30 PM17:30

Flagstaff, AZ - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Chandler, AZ - REI
Nov
20
6:30 PM18:30

Chandler, AZ - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Phoenix, AZ - REI
Nov
22
6:30 PM18:30

Phoenix, AZ - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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New York, NY - REI
Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

New York, NY - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Cranston, RI - REI
Oct
10
6:30 PM18:30

Cranston, RI - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Framingham, MA - REI
Oct
8
6:30 PM18:30

Framingham, MA - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Reading, MA - REI
Oct
7
6:30 PM18:30

Reading, MA - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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LEAF PEEPING: North Conway Area Group Hike
Oct
5
8:00 AM08:00

LEAF PEEPING: North Conway Area Group Hike

  • Three Sisters & Carter Ledge Trailhead (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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After seeing Sydney speak on Thursday evening, join us Saturday morning for a group hike + brunch!

Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen and dress for the weather. The leaves are changing, so be sure to bring your camera! Before you arrive, please fill out the waiver: http://bit.ly/HMFwaiver

Check out this trail on AllTrails here.

HIKE INFORMATION - Carter Ledge Trail
5.4 miles 
1,696 ft elevation gain
Rated as MODERATE on AllTrails, please review the information on the URL above to gauge how comfortable you are with this route.

WALK + TALK 
After we hike, let's grab coffee/juice/lunch! Depending on who sticks around, we will pick a place and I will post an update with the location in the Facebook group on Saturday morning.

If you have questions, let us know! Email sydney@hikingmyfeelings.com

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North Conway, NH - REI
Oct
3
6:30 PM18:30

North Conway, NH - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Cleveland, OH - REI
Sep
11
6:00 PM18:00

Cleveland, OH - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Ann Arbor, MI - REI
Sep
10
6:30 PM18:30

Ann Arbor, MI - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Grand Rapids, MI - REI
Sep
9
6:30 PM18:30

Grand Rapids, MI - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Vernon Hills, IL - REI
Sep
7
9:30 AM09:30

Vernon Hills, IL - REI

For our stop in Vernon Hills, we’re switching things up a bit. Join us Saturday morning at the Vernon Hills REI store to hear the story, then join us immediately after for a hike!

The Talk

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

THE HIKE

Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and dress for the weather. Before you arrive, please fill out the waiver: http://bit.ly/HMFwaiver

Check out this trail on AllTrails here

HIKE INFORMATION - Des Plaines River Trail: Old School County Forest to Des Plaines

  • DISTANCE: The trail we’ve chosen is a point-to-point trail, so don’t be alarmed by the 21+ miles listed on the AllTrails link above. We will aim to do 5 miles together, and if we are feeling good and want to keep going, we can!

  • 252 ft elevation gain

  • Rated as EASY on AllTrails, please review the information on the URL above to gauge how comfortable you are with this route.

  • Dog-friendly

WALK + TALK 
After we hike, let's grab coffee/juice/lunch! Depending on who sticks around, we will pick a place and I will post an update with the location in the Facebook group on Saturday morning.

If you have questions, let us know! Email sydney@hikingmyfeelings.com

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Chicago, IL - Wake Up Wired
Sep
5
7:30 AM07:30

Chicago, IL - Wake Up Wired

Wake Up Wired is a morning series presented by 18 Coffees, focused on exploring topics related to design, technology, and social impact from different perspectives, and powered by the talent of the 18 Coffees community.

General admission is $8.00, and free for 18 Coffees Community Partners.

"Hiking My Feelings"

This month's Wake Up Wired welcomes the founder of Hiking My Feelings, Sydney Williams. On Thursday, September 5, Sydney will talk about using the outdoors to process emotional trauma, and building an outdoor community using digital tools.

Sponsored by SmithGroup Chicago and Big Shoulders Coffee, join us for this month's Wake Up Wired to connect with new friends, have some breakfast, and learn from Sydney’s experience.

Featured Voices:

Sydney Williams is Founder, storyteller, hike leader, outdoor advocate, and feeler of feelings. While grappling with unresolved trauma from a decades-old sexual assault and Type 2 diabetes, she set out on a mission: turn her pain into power. Two hikes across Catalina Island and 80 miles later, she founded Hiking My Feelings to help others tap into the mind-body connection and healing power of nature that helped kick her self-limiting beliefs and disease into remission. Having more than 10 years of marketing experience with Fortune 500 companies and emerging brands, Sydney serves up her “truth juice” style of storytelling to break wide open tough conversations with practical, powerful content and experiences. Over the years, she’s been featured on the SXSW stage, as well as in Huffington Post, Psychology Today, US News & World Report, and numerous other publications. Today, she travels across the country empowering others to summit their personal mountains on their way to becoming Well Beings.

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Chicago, IL - REI
Sep
4
7:00 PM19:00

Chicago, IL - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Overland Park, KS - Museum at Prairiefire
Aug
28
6:30 PM18:30

Overland Park, KS - Museum at Prairiefire

UPDATE: We have outgrown the space at the Overland Park REI store. This event will now be held at the Museum at Prairiefire - 5801 W 135th Street, Overland Park, KS 66223.

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Bozeman Group Hike
Aug
18
8:00 AM08:00

Bozeman Group Hike

After hearing Sydney share her story at the Bozeman REI on August 14th, join us for a hike! 

For this stop on the Hiking My Feelings Tour, we're partnering with Outsiety- a Montana-based organization with a mission to get more women outdoors. Whether you've been on the hiking path regularly or want to get your 'hiking groove' back (or started), this is a hike for you! It is fine by us if our hiking pace differs, let's get out and enjoy the day! This hike is co-ed - the more the merrier!

Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and dress for the weather. 

Before you arrive, please fill out the waiver.

HIKE INFORMATION - Lava Lake Trail
6 miles (hike listed is 2.9 point-to-point, we will return to the trailhead we start at)
1,636 ft elevation gain
Rated as Moderate on the Hiking Project, please review the information at the link to gauge how comfortable you are with this route.

ABOUT THE HIKE (from the Hiking Project App)
This is a popular trail, but for good reason. It is a good solid workout with a wonderful, calm lake at the end to sit, relax, and appreciate the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of the Gallatin Valley. 

The trail tread is wide at many points allowing hikers to move at their own pace without being held up, or holding others up. The trail is popular with all ages and types of people from trail runners to meanderers, to hunters, and even the occasional skier in winter. 

Starting from the trailhead along the Gallatin River make your way into dense coniferous forest on wide tread. The elevation gain for the first 3/4 of the length of the hike is mellow but a good workout. Savor the micro scenery along the way. The last 1/4 of the hike is along switchbacks, but they are worth the workout. Reach the top and find yourself treated to the expansive Lava Lake nestled in among its mountainous surroundings. 

At the lake continue off-trail along the left-hand side to find some solitude or just rest at the foot of the lake with the other hikers who are undoubtedly out enjoying this fine place alongside you.

SPONSORS
We're excited to share products from Hammer Nutrition with you!

WALK + TALK
After we hike, let's grab coffee/juice/lunch! Depending on who sticks around, we will pick a place and I will post an update with the location in the Facebook group in the morning.

If you have questions, let us know! Email sydney@hikingmyfeelings.com.

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Bozeman, MT - REI
Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

Bozeman, MT - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Missoula, MT - Becoming an Outdoors Woman Group Hike
Aug
10
7:00 AM07:00

Missoula, MT - Becoming an Outdoors Woman Group Hike

Sydney is the Friday night speaker and will be leading a hike on Saturday morning. Click the button below to learn more about the BOW Summer Workshop in Missoula, MT and to download the registration packet.

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Missoula, MT - Becoming an Outdoors Woman
Aug
9
5:00 PM17:00

Missoula, MT - Becoming an Outdoors Woman

Sydney is the Friday night speaker and will be leading a hike on Saturday morning. Click the button below to learn more about the BOW Summer Workshop in Missoula, MT and to download the registration packet.

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Missoula, MT - REI
Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

Missoula, MT - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Kalispell Group Hike
Aug
3
8:00 AM08:00

Kalispell Group Hike

After hearing Sydney share her story at the Kalispell REI on August 1st, join us for a hike! 

For this stop on the Hiking My Feelings Tour, we're partnering with Outsiety - a Montana-based organization with a mission to get more women outdoors. Whether you've been on the hiking path regularly or want to get your 'hiking groove' back (or started), this is a hike for you! It is fine by us if our hiking pace differs, let's get out and enjoy the day! This hike is co-ed - the more the merrier!

The hike will be about 7 miles total. This hike begins flat then steadily climbs alongside Bond Creek for the last mile before the waterfall/picnic area. We will stop at the waterfall/picnic area where we'll have time to chat, take more pictures, have snacks, etc. before we head back to the trailhead.

Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and dress for the weather. 

Before you arrive, please fill out the waiver.

HIKE INFORMATION - Bond Creek Trail
7 miles
859 ft elevation gain
Rated as Moderate on the HIking Project, please review the information at the link to gauge how comfortable you are with this route.

SPONSORS
We're excited to share products from Hammer Nutrition with you!

WALK + TALK
After we hike, let's grab coffee/juice/lunch! Depending on who sticks around, we will pick a place and I will post an update with the location in the Facebook group in the morning.

If you have questions, let us know! Email sydney@hikingmyfeelings.com.

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Kalispell, MT - REI
Aug
1
6:30 PM18:30

Kalispell, MT - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Seattle Group Hike - #WeHikeToHeal
Jul
27
8:00 AM08:00

Seattle Group Hike - #WeHikeToHeal

After seeing Sydney speak (see dates below), join us Saturday morning for a group hike + brunch!

AVAILABLE TALKS: 
Tuesday 7/23 @ Tacoma REI
Wednesday 7/24 @ Olympia REI
Thursday 7/25 @ Seattle REI

PARTNER HIKE
This hike is a partner event with The Outdoor Journal Tour, creators of the #WeHikeToHeal movement. Join us for a gorgeous hike through Tiger Mountain State Forest and learn more about how mindful movement can help enhance your experience on and off the trail! Be sure to tag your photos with #hikingmyfeelings and #wehiketoheal!

GIVEAWAY
We will be giving away one FREE Lifetime PRO membership to AllTrails for folks who attend this hike.

HIKE INFORMATION - Poo Poo Point Trail

  • 7.2 miles 

  • 2,007 ft elevation gain

  • Rated as MODERATE on AllTrails, please review the information available to gauge how comfortable you are with this route.

WHAT TO BRING: Please bring a journal, plenty of water, sunscreen, and dress for the weather. Before you arrive, please fill out the waiver.

PARKING: We will park at Issaquah High School and walk to the trailhead together. Please click below to RSVP and receive specific meeting information the day before the hike.

WALK + TALK
After we hike, let's grab coffee/juice/lunch! Depending on who sticks around, we will pick a place and I will post an update with the location in the Facebook group in the morning.

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Seattle, WA - REI
Jul
25
6:30 PM18:30

Seattle, WA - REI

HEAR THE TALK
After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

JOIN THE WALK: On the weekends after most of our tour stops, we pick a hike in the local area and invite you to come along with us. Click here to learn more about the hike for this tour stop.

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Olympia, WA - REI
Jul
24
6:30 PM18:30

Olympia, WA - REI

HEAR THE TALK
After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

JOIN THE WALK: On the weekends after most of our tour stops, we pick a hike in the local area and invite you to come along with us. Click here to learn more about the hike for this tour stop.

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Tacoma, WA - REI
Jul
23
6:30 PM18:30

Tacoma, WA - REI

HEAR THE TALK
After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

JOIN THE WALK: On the weekends after most of our tour stops, we pick a hike in the local area and invite you to come along with us. Click here to learn more about the hike for this tour stop.

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Hillsboro, OR - REI
Jul
18
6:30 PM18:30

Hillsboro, OR - REI

HEAR THE TALK
After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

JOIN THE WALK: On the weekends after most of our tour stops, we pick a hike in the local area and invite you to come along with us. In Portland, we are on a bit of a tighter schedule so the hike will be happening before this talk. Click here to learn more about the hike for this tour stop.

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Portland, OR - REI
Jul
17
6:30 PM18:30

Portland, OR - REI

HEAR THE TALK
After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

JOIN THE WALK: On the weekends after most of our tour stops, we pick a hike in the local area and invite you to come along with us. In Portland, we are on a bit of a tighter schedule so the hike will be happening before this talk. Click here to learn more about the hike for this tour stop.

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Portland Group Hike
Jul
13
8:00 AM08:00

Portland Group Hike

  • Silver Falls State Park - Trail of Ten Falls (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

After seeing Sydney speak (see dates below), join us Saturday morning for a group hike + brunch!

AVAILABLE TALKS: 
Monday 7/8 @ Salem REI
Wednesday 7/10 @ Tualatin REI
Thursday 7/11 @ Clackamas REI

Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and dress for the weather. Before you arrive, please fill out the waiver.

HIKE INFORMATION - Trail of Ten Falls

  • 7.1 miles 

  • 1,095 ft elevation gain

  • Rated as MODERATE on AllTrails, please review the information available to gauge how comfortable you are with this route.

  • PARKING: $5

WALK + TALK
After we hike, let's grab coffee/juice/lunch! Depending on who sticks around, we will pick a place and I will post an update with the location in the Facebook group in the morning.

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Clackamas, OR - REI
Jul
11
6:30 PM18:30

Clackamas, OR - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

JOIN THE WALK: On the weekends after most of our tour stops, we pick a hike in the local area and invite you to come along with us. Click here to learn more about the hike for this tour stop.

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Tigard, OR - REI
Jul
10
6:30 PM18:30

Tigard, OR - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

JOIN THE WALK: On the weekends after most of our tour stops, we pick a hike in the local area and invite you to come along with us. Click here to learn more about the hike for this tour stop.

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