At the Mindfulness Backpacking Retreat we blend yoga and meditation with the outdoors. This weekend is an opportunity for women to come together, exchange ideas and experience multiple days in the backcountry.
*NOTE HIKER REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to hike up to 8 miles a day at the speed of 1.5 MPH with 800 feet of elevation gain, while wearing a backpacking weighing 30-40 pounds.
During our Mindfulness Backpacking Retreat we will spend three days and two nights in the backcountry of the Olympic National Park. The purpose of our backpacking program is to create a space for women to enhance their knowledge of backpacking and enjoy the outdoors together. Over the weekend our instructors (Wilderness First Responders and Leave No Trace practitioners) are available to help you learn the basics of backpacking and answer any questions you may have.
Over the weekend you will have the opportunity to participate in meditation practices, mindful walking sessions and daily yoga. Mindfulness practice has been shown to improve one’s ability to manage stress and anxiety. From the high peaks of the Himalayas to the rolling hills of Ireland, people have been hiking as a way to show devotion to the gods. During our Mindfulness Backpacking Retreat, we ask you to show this commitment and belief towards yourself.
Staying energized and nourished on the trail is a top priority, and just because you’re in backcountry doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in tasty food. Over the weekend our instructors will create nutritious plant-based meals for the group and share tips on how to make simple and healthy backcountry meals. And of course, desserts. We strong believe long days of hiking are made easier with treats at the end of the day.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
The majority of women come to our retreats alone - somewhere around 90%. If you are hesitating to join because you would be coming solo, please know that we expect a majority of our participants to be joining by themselves, seeking community.
We generally have a wide range of ages at our retreats. The average tends to fall anywhere between the ages of 26 to 45. But we have had quite a few women in their 60's join as well. It really is up to the attitude and physical ability of the participant.
ABSOLUTELY. We will teach everything from how to pack a backpack to cooking gourmet meals in the back country. However to maintain a positive experience for everyone hikers need to be able to hike up to 8 miles a day at the speed of 1.5 MPH with 800 feet of elevation gain, while wearing a backpacking weighing 30-40 pounds.
Working with industry leaders, She Moves Mountains has developed a detailed COVID response plan in line with CDC recommendations. What this will look like for participants is daily temperature checks, daily covid symptom evaluations, frequent hand washing/sanitizing, and mask wearing anytime we cannot maintain 6 feet of physical distance between each other. We have also decreased the number of participants to a maximum of 4. Further screening may be required prior to the event as protocols evolve.
We do! We require a 50% non-refundable deposit with the remaining payment required 30 days prior to the retreat. If you'd like to use this option apply the discount code DEPOSIT at checkout to make your first payment and reserve your spot
We have a very strict cancellation policy. Please review it before committing to this retreat.