MOUNTAINS AND MINDFULNESS
Jordie Karlinski tells Purist how she combines her love of nature, fitness, and wisdom from hard-won life lessons into soulful trail-running and hiking retreats for women. Karlinski in the Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness
Hut-Based Trail-Running Retreat, July 16-18, $975. One-Day Retreats: Trail Running, Sept. 8, Hiking, Sept. 29 and Oct. 13, $295 each. To sign up or ask questions, email email@example.com or visit jordiekarlinski.com/events 130
and mindfulness with other women, I created wilderness-based retreats out of Aspen. Some are two nights spent in a cozy backcountry hut, and some are one-day retreats. All of the retreats include mindfulness discussions and practices like meditation, daily hikes or trail runs, and seasonal and local food prepared by my sister Alex, who is a private chef. The goal of the retreats is to have women leave with a deeper connection to themselves and unique mindfulness practices that will support them in their daily lives moving forward. Take away the distractions (cellphone, emails, partner, work) of daily life, truly begin to be in the moment, and connect with yourself on a much deeper level. Build awareness of the body and what it is communicating to you, your thoughts and emotions. When you have this new awareness, you are able to respond more clearly to situations rather than react to them, and are able to manage your thoughts and emotions rather than having them manage you. These intimate retreats will inspire you to live mindfully, engage in conscious conversations, and feel empowered to live your dream life. Get ready to move mindfully, get your heart rate up, eat nutritious food, and spend time in the Colorado backcountry cultivating awareness of your mind, body and spirit!
I found mindfulness indirectly from my 16 years as a competitive snowboard athlete, and directly from ‘failing’ to achieve one of my biggest childhood dreams, making the 2014 US Olympic Team for Snowboarding Slopestyle. My dream was ripped away from me in a split second when I fell on my last opportunity to qualify for the Olympic team, yet the heartbreak took much longer to heal. When I retired from competitive snowboarding that year, I went on a self-discovery journey that helped me uncover who I was outside of my athletic pursuits. On that journey, I was introduced to mindfulness and mindful performance. Instantly these concepts were familiar; I saw how I had already developed certain mindfulness practices to help manage my thoughts and emotions when I was training and competing, so I could perform at my peak, day after day. Over the years, I’ve developed a variety of formal mindfulness practices to help me heal from my ‘failure’ as well as manage stress, anxiety, doubt and fear in my daily life. These experiences led me to become a certified mindful-performance coach, and now I work with athletes and individuals, and host mindfulness-based wilderness retreats. I was fortunate enough to grow up in the beautiful mountain town of Aspen, Colorado. Because of this, I naturally have been drawn to mountain hobbies like backpacking, hiking, fly-fishing, trail-running and rock-climbing. The mountains helped me heal from trauma. They’re where I become inspired, where my creative energy flows, and where I feel the most alive and connected to myself and others. Wishing to share the healing powers of mountains