Best Gender-Specific Hikes (2012)

Moving Men's Group and WoManifestation Circle Hikes

Sometimes a hike is just a hike. Other times it's a way to commune with nature. But other times, it can be a way to commune with yourself and those around you. Such is the case if you join up with either the Moving Men's Group, for you gents, or the WoManifestation Circle Hikes, for the ladies. Each group-oriented, gender-specific, guided hike, led by NextGent and the Women's Wisdom Community, respectively, has its own way of doing things, but in both cases, the goal is to weave self-reflection into collected wisdom and insight as the group moves and grows together. Men's hikes includes two breaks for discussion, at the halfway point and at the end, in which the hikers explore a particular theme — relationships, careers, purpose, balance, community — and uncover ways to develop and improve. The women's hikes begin with a statement of intention, followed by a silent hike to a summit where the hikers circle, with each participant getting 10 minutes of the group's full attention. Neither hike is preachy or meant to be "therapy." They're meant to channel the group's masculine or feminine energy into individual improvement — all while enjoying a spectacular view. MMG "welcome hikes" first Sunday of the month at N. Vermont Ave. near Roosevelt Golf Course at noon. No RSVP required. WCH is first Saturday of the month at Griffith Park, RSVP required. Nextgent.com; Womenswisdomcommunity.com. —Ali Trachta

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