The view is from Stanwell Tops looking south toward Wollongong.
A familiar sight to all SLF groups, with Stanwell Park home to retreats for the past 25 years.
Last Saturday however, with two experienced bushwalkers, I turned north.
And hiked the Royal National Park coast.
An early train delivered us to shadowed tall timber at Otford.
Steep steps climbed to a well maintained track, descended the escarpment, passed palm groves and isolated shacks.
Crossed hidden beaches, up and over sandstone heads, traversed burnt and regrown wildflower heath.
Witness to spectacular Australian coastal landscapes.
Where the Dharawal people camped and thrived for millenia.
Walking is my favourite daily exercise, often with our dog.
I prefer to ponder and tune in to local nature, more contemplative than cardiovascular.
On this track, our steady pace over eight hours brought us to Bundeena.
A much anticipated cold beer beside the beach.
Weary bodies, vitalised spirits.
Sydney Leadership Formation
A new group is coming together, with an intent for a February 2022 start.
The course is well suited to those at a mid-career or mid-life inflection point.
Expressions of interest and referrals are welcomed.