Kurt Hoelting

Kurt Hoelting has been a student of Zen for over forty years, working with a number of teachers, including Shodo Harada Roshi since 1995. From 1994-2021 he was Head Guide and Founding Teacher with Inside Passages, guiding over 75 week-long kayaking meditation retreats in Southeast Alaska. Kurt is certified as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, and has taught MBSR in a wide variety of settings. Since concluding his work as a wilderness guide in Alaska, he has continued to teach mindfulness both online and in-person.

Kurt has lifelong roots in the Pacific NW. growing up by the shores of Puget Sound. He worked summers as a commercial fisherman and wilderness guide in Alaska for fifty years, including twenty-five years with Inside Passages, blending wilderness exploration with his deep love of mindfulness practice. 


He is the author of The Circumference of Home: One Man’s Yearlong Quest for a Radically Local Life

Events with Kurt Hoelting

Wilderness Backpacking Sesshin: Resting in Wild Spaces
September 24, 2023

Previous meditation retreat and backpacking experience is highly recommended. Immerse yourself in the silent wisdom of the forest, mountains, and sky. Allow these wild places to awaken within you and inform how you experience and embody this life. This retreat is an invitation to dive deep into present moment experience, supported by the spacious clarity, enduring stability, and flowing life energy of the wilderness. This 2nd Wilderness Sesshin will be at a lower elevation. It is intended to be a little less physically demanding than our other retreats and therefore may be more appropriate for older or less athletic bodies. The…