Mindfulness in the Mountain

unEarthed | MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness in the Mountain

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

We are bringing together the serenity of the cave and the healing benefits of meditation for an experience that is sure to resonate with you. Prepare to drop into a blissful state of rest and relaxation surrounded by the raw beauty and timelessness of the mountains.

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Modern + Mindful is Calgary's premier modern meditation company, offering regular classes, workshops, corporate events, team building and retreats, and private group sessions. Modern + Mindful operates in the Calgary and Canmore area, bringing the best options in modern meditation. All meditations are based on mindfulness and breathwork, and open to people of all backgrounds, from the first time beginner, to those who take time to breathe daily.

We live in a busy, connected, 24/7 world, and taking the time to meditate in a cave is ideal for a full brain reset. It is near impossible to find a location with zero distractions, and the cave offers the perfect sanctuary to retreat into, for an ideal balance of adventure and relaxation. Beginning with an invigorating hike, followed by the excitement of making the way into the Grand Gallery in the cave, it sets the tone to then fully relax the body into the soothing stillness and quiet of the cave. Sitting in candlelight, as people have enjoyed doing for centuries, brings an ambience of complete calm and allows the mind to just be, taking in the surroundings. It is an experience that will imprint itself upon your very being, leaving you with the feeling of just what it is to be truly alive.

Tour Details

unEarthed | Mindfulness: Inner-Mountain Meditation

November 17 | 3pm | Canmore Cave Tours | $129pp

Inner-Mountain Meditation combines the challenge, adventure and excitement of a Rats Nest Cave tour with the calm and focus of a guided meditation.

You will meet your guide at the Canmore Cave Tours office in Canmore where you will get a brief overview of the evening, sign the waiver, collect your caving equipment and then drive in convoy to the cave parking lot (approximately 7 minutes away). All of your caving equipment is provided. Please see the FAQ section for more information on what is provided and what to bring.

The hike to the cave will take approximately 30-40 minutes up a moderately steep mountain trail at a leisurely pace. Once you reach the cave, you will don your equipment and head underground for an experience unlike anything else. Our expert guides will share the rich history of the cave and surrounding area along the way, with stops for stories or even an optional squeeze for an additional challenge.

The Grand Gallery is the largest room in Rats Nest Cave and is located over 10 stories underground. Your journey will take you to this incredible cathedral-like space through water-worn passages, past ancient bones, pictographs and millions of years of history. Upon arrival an expert practitioner will lead you through a 30-minute guided meditation and introduce you to the peace and quiet awaiting you within.

The cave is the perfect place to commit yourself to the moment. There are no outside distractions, no interuptions, just you and the mountain.

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Approximate Tour Itinerary

15:00 - 15:45:
Meet guide, sign waiver, pack up equipment for tour
15:45 - 16:00:
Follow guide in convoy to cave parking lot
16:00 - 16:45:
Hike up trail
16:45 - 17:15:
Arrive at cave entrance, safety de-brief and gear up
17:15 - 19:45
Let's go Caving!
19:45 - 20:30:
Pack equipment and hike down the trail
20:30:
Arrive at cave parking lot and depart for office.

It's a little chilly in there!

Just a reminder that while the cave is likely to be warmer than the outside temperature, it is still only 5 degrees celsius so bundle up. We recommend bringing warm layers like fleece jackets or hoodies and long johns, and a winter hat to wear under the helmet. Bring more than seems reasonable - your guide will help you decide what will work and what won't.

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Frequently Asked Questions


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Is there a minimum age?

The minimum age is 10 years.

Is there a maximum size?

Generally speaking, fitness is more of a concern than size. However, all participants must wear a safety harness which has a maximum waist size of 46" (116 cm) and a maximum leg size of 33" (84 cm). If you have any concerns about size please don't hesitate to contact us.

What is included and what should I bring?

We provide all of the necessary caving equipment including coveralls, kneepads, gloves, helmet & headlamp, harness & safety lanyard, and backpack. The backpack will be shared by two people and will not go into the cave. We will also provide you with a Clif Bar energy bar, and a 500mL bottle of water (in a reusable bottle that is yours to keep).

You will need to bring good footwear, warm clothing, a camera (optional) and if you have any dietary restrictions, please bring a snack that you know works for you. Also, if you ill require medication during the tour it is a good idea to bring 2x what you would expect to use, just in case.

Footwear must be closed-toe and should have a sturdy tread. Hiking boots or shoes are best, but a sturdy running shoe will also work. Other options include rubber boots or winter boots (in the winter)

The cave is 5 degrees celsius, so warm clothing is recommended. Imagine what you would wear if you had to spend a few hours in a refrigerator. We recommend long pants, long sleeves, a warm sweater, hoodie or jacket. Synthetic fabrics are best as they will keep you warm even if you get wet.

Any cameras going into the cave will need to fit into your pockets. We do not allow backpacks in the cave. Small point-and-shoot cameras or smart phones are welcome but please keep in mind that the cave environment is not particularly friendly towards electronics. High humidity and dust can damage equipment, and screens can break if you accidentally sit on it. Electronics are brought at your own risk.

Is transportation provided?

No, transportation is not provided. If you do not have your own vehicle we can arrange a taxi to the cave for you at an additional cost. You can use Canmore's public transit to get to our office.

How hard is the tour?

The hike to the cave takes approximately 30-40 minutes and is uphill the whole way on a mountain trail. Most of our guests find this to be the hardest part of the day, but we do take lots of stops along the way to enjoy the scenery.

Once in the cave the pace is quite slow as we maneuver through the passages. This is not a flat walking tour. There are no handrails, walkways or fixed lighting. We climb, crawl, slide and wiggle our way around the cave so it is best to have a moderate level of fitness.Even more important though is your sense of adventure!

Are there rats or bats?

Rat's Nest Cave is named after the nests of Bushy-tailed Wood Rats found in the entrance. This species of super-cute rodents is native to the area and they use the cave as a home due to it's constantly warm temperatures and protection from predators. We rarely see the rats, and if we do there is usually just one.

Bat's are rarely seen at Rat's Nest Cave. The cave is not a hibernaculum (a place where bats hibernate through the winter). We usually only see the occasional bat in the summer as they are passing through the area.

Is this tour suitable for me if I'm pregnant?

Yes, but only up until the end of the first trimester (12 weeks).

It is always advisable to seek advice from your doctor when participating in activities like caving.