Mountaineering is therapeutic: Behind the outside wellness motion

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Women wander everywhere to heal. For this short film, Merrell teamed up with two women to share what it's about.

For some of us to spend time outside is a group activity. And for some, it's a place to find comfort. For many it is both. “We Hike to Heal” is about channeling this connection with nature and with each other.

In 2018, Kenya and Michelle Jackson-Saulters combined their shared interests (and differences) to create the Outdoor Journal Tour, and in particular an event series called We Hike to Heal.

With We Hike to Heal, they strive to empower women through journaling, meditation and outdoor time. The events are inherently intimate and focus on three essential components: being outside, journaling and meditation.

The series of events combines one of the most common reasons for wanting to go outside (to find peace, inside or outside) with other healing mechanisms. This in turn promotes a community among the participants.

More on the Outdoor Journal Tour

The program started organically. Kenya Jackson-Saulters meditated on a mountain with some friends and noticed that some strangers wanted to join nearby.

Since then, Michelle and Kenya, through their organization, have taken hundreds of women's groups together outdoors.

Last week they hosted a special #wehiketohealweek in honor of black healing for women in their community and across the country. To find out about future events, visit The Outdoor Journal Tour here or on Instagram.

Produced by Merrell, Faith Briggs and Whit Hassett and with art by Latasha Dunston.

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