Root Hiking Series • andrea leigh co



Root is a collaboration between Christian Health + Mindset Coach, Andrea Anderson, and Ruah + Ember, a ministry dedicated to helping women leaders rise.

Not “just a hike,” Root is designed to be an immersive experience that uses the terrain and aspects of creation to draw you deeper into appreciating your body as a gift and your connection with God, along with sharing in the fellowship of other women. The goal of this series is to have you walk away (no pun intended 😉 ) from this experience feeling renewed and refreshed in your body, mind and spirit.

Each hike is around the three-mile mark, with stops planned along the way to engage with the Lord through teachings, journaling prompts, questions and guided Biblical meditations. As part of the experience you also will be given a “goody” bag that includes a hearty, nourishing snack, mini journal and an extra surprise or two.

Hikes will take approximately 2-2.5 hours to complete, which includes the rest + reflect spots) and happen rain or shine apart from heavy thundershowers or threats of lightening. Before each hike, you will receive an email that includes detailed instructions and suggestions for what to pack.

You are responsible for assessing your own physical condition and ability to navigate uneven ground. You also will be asked to sign a waiver the day of the hike indicating that you have not come into contact with anyone who has tested positive with Covid within 14 days of the hike.

You may sign up for a single hike or as many as you like. If you choose to do all five (and we hope you do!), you will receive a special gift as well as a discounted price.

See below for more details on dates and locations. Click the link to sign up.



What is an “immersive” hike?

It’s a unique experience which is designed to engage your body, mind and spirit and refresh your soul through teachings and journaling prompts and questions. Just as each location is fresh, each hike has different content for the rest and reflect sections to engage your mind and spirit in different ways.


Do I have to do all five hikes?

No. You can do one or as many as you like and as your calendar allows. We would love to have you join us for all five and offer a discount if you choose to purchase it as a package.


Do I have to stay for the lunch on the September 11 hike?

No. If you only want to do the immersive hiking portion, simply purchase the ticket for that. However, if you are able to join, we would love to have you! You will just need to make sure you select the “Celebration Lunch” add on in the ticket section. If you have any special dietary concerns, there will be a place for you to make those known.


What happens if it’s raining/high chance of rain? 

The hikes happen rain or shine unless there are thunderstorms/lightening forecasted for the area we are hiking in. We will send you recommended gear/dress in the event of rain. Registrants who provided a phone number that can receive text would be notified via text if a cancellation will occur due to weather.


Are there make up days for any hike that may be cancelled?

At this time, no official make up days are planned. However, we will do our best to make that happen in the event of a cancellation.


Can my family join us?

The hikes are intended for you to be filled and connect with the Lord and other women. Since the rest and reflect spots in the hike involve teaching, questions and exercises to invite you to dive deeper into your faith, we want to be sure you (and the other women) have the space to do this distraction-free.

If you would like your family to experience the location, they are certainly welcome to do so, but not as part of the group experience. Family members need to be aware that the hikes may take 2-2.5 hours depending on pace as well as time for the rest + reflect spots. However, the Hinkley Lake location is a perfect opportunity to invite your family to join you afterwards for a picnic!


Can I invite my female friends to join us? And what if they are nonbelievers?

We would love to have you invite your female friends and encourage you to do so! Nonbelievers are very welcome too, and we think this would be an amazing way to have you share your faith with them. However, they do need to be open about hearing about God/Jesus during the rest and reflect stops. If they feel challenged by what is shared, please know we would love to come alongside you in helping them with their questions – even if just through prayer. <3


How hard are the trails?

It depends on your physical condition. All trails are around the three-mile mark, although some are a little longer. The easiest trail is at Hinkley Lake since it is mostly flat. The remaining trails all have a number of uphill/downhill sections and uneven terrain.


What should I bring with me?

You will receive a full list of recommended items in an email before your scheduled hike. However, a good pair of hiking or running shoes with treads, a water bottle, bag/backpack and clothing appropriate for the weather are the basic essentials.


Do I have to wear a mask?

We recommend following current CDC guidelines at the time of the hike. As these may change over the course of the series, please review them before coming to the hike. You also will complete a waiver form before the hike.