Cairn Making – A Meditative Activity That Can Bring You Closer to the Earth and Your Community

Cairn building is a surprisingly meditative experience that can bring you closer with the earth and community. It’s a great way for you to get your mind off of the everyday and focus more on balance and permanence.

Cairns have been used by many cultures throughout history for a variety of purposes. They could have been built to mark a path, indicate a food supply, or warn of danger. Cairns are also used as burial sites by Native Americans in North America. This practice is known as inukshuk.

The word “cairn” comes from the Gaelic for “heap of stone”. They are usually constructed in the form a hill. They range from small rock sculptures up to large manmade hills of stones. Some are similar to kistvaens, dolmens and earthworks but built with stone instead.

Cairns have many uses, especially for hikers. Cairns can be used by hikers to return to the trailhead at the end of a long day of hiking or to help them find their way in remote wilderness areas.

A well-placed trail cairn is a lifesaver and can guide stranded hikers or those who have difficulty finding their way. Some people claim that cairns do not belong in the environment and violate Leave No Trace principles.


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