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Fly Casting for the Soul

June 24 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am

Join us as we use the process of fly casting as a tool for mindfulness. Fly casting is to fly fishing as archery is to bow hunting. It is a veritable art form whose cadence and repetitive nature has been likened to similar rhythmic processes used in therapy to promote positivity, calm and focus. Conducted on dryland, or a pond, without a hook, fly casting can become a form of meditation. 

In fact, each session begins and ends with a short 3-5 minute meditation on acceptance and letting go; a focus of this course is on the reduction of stress and frustration by seeing that there are no mistakes, only learning, and there is no perfection––only progress. We call it fishing for a reason because we are always fishing whether we catch or not: we consider nature and waters as a means of healing.

Two sessions available:

Session 1: 9:00AM – 10:15AM

Session 2: 10:30AM – 11:45AM

No previous experience required.  Four students per instructor.  All equipment provided.  Please bring warm clothing, a rain jacket and sunglasses or other eye protection.


John Dietsch, your casting instructor, has been guiding in Aspen for almost four decades. He is also the founder of Fish for Wellness, an organization dedicated to exploring the connection between fishing, immersion in nature, and wellness. He is a master fly-fisherman and teacher who helps his clients and students follow their passion by connecting with nature. John is committed to helping accomplished anglers and never-ever beginners alike to look inward using the sport and waters as a powerful conduit for stress reduction, inward reflection and change. John may have been seen in the movie ‘A River Runs Through It’, as he was the instructor on this magnificent film!


June 24
9:00 am - 10:15 am
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