The Freedom Trek experience is centered around taking time for our spirits to rest, contemplate, wonder and tune in to what God wants to communicate to each of us when we press pause, venture into His creation, and become observant participants in fellowship with Him and one another.
It is about intentionally stirring our soul to find spiritual understanding of God's truth in God's creation.It is an investment in cultivating the spiritual discipline of contemplation and learning to be present in prayer. Jesus often withdrew to solitary places to pray and seek the Father. It isn't just our modern world that is filled with noise and bustle.Jesus and generations of ancients before Him, more often than not, communed, connected with God, and connected with one another in settings like this.
Castlewood Canyon History In the early morning hours of August 1st, 1933, the Castlewood Canyon dam catastrophically failed sending a wall of water hurling towards downtown Denver. Using the dam and other natural sites in the canyon as a backdrop for discussion and contemplation, we will journey together towards true freedom in Christ.
About The Trail: Castlewood Canyon is a moderate 5 to 6 mile walk/hike with with rocky but normally stable inclines. It will take roughly 3.5 hours including time for 3 designated points for illustration and reflection. The majority of the trail is flat and winding – really nice!
Important Note: Please note that neither AeroNova nor its leaders are providing trail guides or hiking experts. Please do not assume or construe this at any time. All participants assume responsibility for themselves and their minor children who attend, just as they would on any other day they are hiking this trail as an individual or family. Although most people do not consider this a difficult trail, no individuals should endeavor to make this hike nor other hikes without full assurance that they are physically fit for the trail they are hiking. The extent of AeroNova's involvement and role is providing spiritual guides to facilitate spiritual experiences and prayerful reflections on the journey.
What We Will Provide: We will provide a simple journal especially created for this trek that will contain some key themes and scriptures that will be used during the trek. We encourage participants to bring a pen, some snacks and a picnic lunch to enjoy as we conclude and share our observations. You are welcome to use your own journal if preferred.
Who: Adults and mature responsible children over 11 years of age. However, Trek is meant to be a time for you to connect with God in nature. We will fellowship as we walk the trails, but there will also be times specifically designed for you to focus, seek God, listen and write. We trust your judgment to bring kids over 11 that are mature enough to allow you and other participants to get the most out of this experience. Parents are solely responsible for the behavior and safety of their children, as are adults for themselves. Although Castlewood Canyon is a relatively safe place for responsible hikers, it is paramount that children are safely cared for by their parents since there are cliffs and other potential dangers in the park.
What To Bring: Most of all, bring an open and seeking heart. Oh yeah, and bring a minimum of 2 quarts of water, a day pack for water, snacks, a bible, journal, a pen for each participant in your party, etc. Don’t forget sunscreen, and a hat if desired.
When: Sunday 21 October, 2018 – 0800-1300
Place: Castle Wood Canyon State Park 2989 S State Highway 83, Franktown, CO 80116 If coming from Colorado Springs, take Hwy 83 and turn left into the main entrance of Castlewood Canyon State Park. If coming from Denver/Parker/Castle Rock please enter the park at the main entrance off of Hwy 83.
Cost: It costs $7.00 per car to enter the park. You may pay the park directly when you arrive. We recommend bringing exact change just in case we beat the park rangers there and have to do the self-pay option.
Facilities: There is a restroom at the trail head.
Please RSVP by 12 October 2018 if possible. You may RSVP below.