Silverton New Moon Hike August 18-19, 2023


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We are calling YOU to the heart of high country – Silverton, Colorado!

August 18-19, 2023

Back by popular demand, Our Annual New Moon Hike Day Trip will take you up into the beautiful San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Beyond breathtaking views of jagged mountains, we will come together in celebration of sisterhood, feel the powerful energy of the new moon cycle, and experience spiritual transformation together in the wilderness.

*This is an overnight  plan with day hike trip. You will meet at RYS retreat house, day hike, return for dinner, and slumber party at the retreat house.

Friday – check in, dinner on your own
Saturday – New Moon Hike, dinner at Christine’s
Sunday – Brunch (not included), goodbyes

This trip design is inspired by Sharon Blackie’s book, If Women Rose Rooted.” 

We are on a quest to find our place in this world, drawing inspiration from the wild landscape of the San Juan Mountains in Silverton, Colorado while drawing from the wise and powerful women in our ancestry, mythology, and community. 

We will start with a New Moon Intention Ceremony where we lay our hopes, fears, and dreams out vulnerably for all of us to see and support. The darkness of the new moon is a time for reflection and exploring the unseen. New Moon energy is all about new beginnings. It is a spiritual calling to be fully present so you can explore your deepest desires and heartfelt wishes that sometimes get lost in the flurry of so much doing. August is the Sturgeon Moon and symbolizes gratitude for the bounties of nature, and asks us to step into the flow and appreciate the fruits of all seasons and the unique beauties of the cycles of life.

As we hike up the mountain and into the wilderness, we will guide you in connecting with nature, yourself, and in being present. At the top, we will look out at the land before us and be reminded that we are significant and powerful and we will tap into our female energy in a Transformational Celebration. On the way back down, you will learn about local history, landscapes, and tundra while bonding with each other in physical adventure. The day will end with reflection, discussion, and in learning how to bring this experience forward into your daily life.

The Experience Includes:

  • Your own copy of the book, If Women Rose Rooted
  • Snacks (we love snacks!)
  • Lunch on the mountain
  • Dinner at Christine’s House
  • Wine and Refreshments
  • Experts trained in keeping you safe while stretching you to experience, grow, and transform
  • Overnight slumber party at RYS retreat house (bring your sleeping bag and pillow!)

* You will be responsible for your own transportation and travel costs to and from the start location.

*Is your heart saying “yes” but your back saying “no” to a sleepover? There are several affordable hotel and Airbnb options we can suggest!

Your Guides:

Christine Fonner

Transformational Leader, Strengths Coach, and Adventure-Based Learning Expert


Sarah Moore

Bad Ass Certified Guide, Adventurer, and Mountaineer Expert



About Silverton and the San Juan Mountains:

Silverton is a National Historic Landmark, part of the San Juan Skyway (with the Million Dollar Highway connecting Silverton to Ouray), home to Animas Forks and the Alpine Loop, and the summer destination for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train ride. With a rich mining history and rugged mountains out the back door, Silverton is a busy summer and winter destination and is home to over 700 resilient year-round residents.

Nestled as the only town in the San Juan Mountains and with the Weminuche Wilderness close by, Silverton is a natural recreational paradise.

Questions? Contact us!