Around 3 P.M. one Friday, I pulled up to Sibley Volcanic Preserve, a once active volcano and former quarry in Berkeley, California, for a group hike. We’d been asked to prepare for a beginner-level hike—good walking shoes, water, sun protection. At times hiking in the Bay Area seems like a competitive experience, prioritizing fitness itself as self-care. But Raynelle Rino, the organizer, suggested we sit quietly for a few minutes to prepare for what she calls a “healing hike.” We were asked to bring a certain level of openness to the experience. Since I had jitters from an hour of California traffic, one too many cups of coffee, and the anxiety that comes with meeting strangers, I heeded her advice and took a few deep breaths. 


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