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:
Bonnie Weeks is a yoga instructor from Portland, Oregon. Her teaching is rooted in anatomy and biomechanics of the body, but also encourages mindful curiosity. She loves teaching flow yoga with attention to detail and playfulness. Bonnie believes finding freedom and strength through movement on the mat directly correlates to our lives off the mat. She sees yoga as an opportunity to build grace with strength. When she's not doing yoga things, Bonnie is hanging out with her three kids, chasing the sun, and writing poetry.
Bonnie has 240 hours of yoga training, is NASM personal training certified, and is a voracious learner of all movement disciplines.