When I first moved from San Diego to Mount Shasta, I spent much of the winter traveling to Hawaii and other warm places. Over the past several years, I’ve embraced the changing seasons here and discovered the profound gifts offered in Mount Shasta winter.
The mountain is much less crowded in the winter and most of the visitors are at the ski park or Bunny Flat, quite a ways from my favorite Mount Shasta sacred sites. I’ve been going to Ascension Rock, Telos Portal, Serenity Vortex, and some of my other most beloved spots a lot lately and have been greatly enjoying the solitude and silence.
Snowshoeing into these spots is quite easy and fun. The beauty is breathtaking with lots of snow on the trees as well as on the ground.
The stillness seems to be amplified in the winter. When I sit down at one of the sacred sites, I’m immediately drawn into deep meditation. My normally active mind fades into the distance and I drink in the nectar of the Presence.
The key to enjoying the mountain in the winter is to dress properly. If I put enough layers on, I can be comfortable no matter what the temperature is. For visitors, inexpensive rentals of boots, ski jackets, and other warm clothing are available at a couple of stores in town.
The energy of the mountain in winter is perfect for deep retreat. So, if you’re hearing the call to come here, you don’t need to wait until the weather gets warmer. Just pack all your warmies and come on up!
For tips on planning a Mount Shasta winter retreat, please contact me. I’m happy to answer all of your questions about transportation, lodging, weather, etc., as well as the retreat guiding services I offer.
Andrew Oser has been offering guided spiritual retreats on Mount Shasta since 1982. Through hikes to little-known sacred sites, guided meditations, spiritual life coaching, and time drinking in the silence of the mountain, he helps clients to deeply renew themselves in body, mind, and spirit and receive clear vision for their lives. Andrew also offers spiritual life coaching by phone and Skype.