Yoga Retreat ~ An Inward Journey
Come take a journey inward to Southeast Alaska. We will spend our time kayaking, camping, hiking, watching wildlife and doing yoga surrounded by the beauty of Alaska. We will spend time in the town of Gustavus, do yoga on the beach, go on a whale watching tour, kayak to and around Pleasant Island, camp and hike around the island, and go on an optional tour to Glacier Bay.
Our experienced kayak guides and naturalists will be Spirit Walker Expeditions. Yoga and/or meditation will be offered daily, and students will have the opportunity for discussions on yoga philosophy, journaling, reflection and self-inquiry.
You will find plenty of time to enjoy this trip at your own pace. That may mean taking an after-dinner beach walk, or sitting quietly beside the water as you watch the graceful movements of a humpback whale. This trip is a way to immerse yourself in the spirit of the area, not to see how far and how fast we can go. We want you to return home invigorated and inspired by the beauty and grandeur of Alaska’s wilderness.
Our yoga instructor will be Laura Humpf. Laura lives in Seattle, Washington, and is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist. She has been teaching since 2005, and is trained in YogaFit Level One and Seniors and Samarya Center’s 200 and 500-hour teacher training. Her 500-hour training course certified her as a yoga therapist in the Integrated Movement Therapy model. She has traveled to Alaska for the past 2 summers, and is in love with the untouched wilderness.
Location: Gustavus, Alaska
Duration: Two nights in Gustavus, 4 days/3 nights on Pleasant Island. Optional one-day trip to Glacier Bay.
Paddle Distance: 12-20 miles over four days
Activities: Yoga, kayaking, hiking, wildlife observation, rain forest and river hikes, photography, and whale watching.
Highlights: Daily yoga and meditation, watching and listening to humpback whales from our kayaks and camp, making lasting connections, supportive guides and great meals.
2011 Schedule and Prices
- July 29 – August 3, $2,015.
- July 29 – August 4, $2,410 (Additional day includes boat tour of Glacier Bay)
- Single Supplement: $150
Book Your Trip: go to Trip Reservations to book your trip today, or call 1-800-KAYAKER!
Our Yoga Journey is designed to give you the maximum amount of adventure and fun with the least amount of planning stress. In addition to the four day Wilderness Isles trip, our package includes meals and lodging in one of Gustavus' finest inns, before and after the trip.
Upon arriving in Gustavus, you'll get acquainted with your guides and fellow trip participants over a fine Alaskan dinner. The guides will provide a pre-trip orientation that will cover all the particulars of the kayaking trip, and get you outfitted in raingear and waterproof boots. Spirit Walker Expeditions will supply you with dry bags for your personal clothing, cameras and binoculars. They will also provide all the quality camping gear you'll need to be comfortable. And the guides have earned an outstanding reputation for preparing tasty, healthy meals featuring wild Alaskan seafood, fresh produce and home baked goods.
This intimate (maximum of 8 students) 6-day or 7-day retreat is surrounded by nature, wildlife and beauty. This is a perfect adventure for someone interested in looking inward and slowing down. There will be time for strolls on the beach, hikes, relaxing, bicycling, and getting amazing views of Alaskan wildlife. Meals will be mostly vegetarian with some fish. Be prepared for a real Alaskan adventure! All levels of kayak and yoga experience welcome and encouraged.
Tide pool explorations, rain forest treks, and gourmet dinners among the tumbled boulders at our camp fill our four days and nights at Pleasant Island. It is not uncommon to hear Humpbacks slapping the water or their explosive breath from our tents at night. The impression is a lasting one, but only one of many you'll take home from this great kayaking adventure. The natural beauty, abundant wildlife and connections you'll make on this trip will all surely create the setting for many lasting memories.
Schedule, 2011 Yoga Retreat
Friday, July 29
- Arrive in Gustavus
- Check-in, orientation and Opening Circle
- Stay in lodge
Saturday, July 30 through Monday, August 1
- Kayaking to and around Pleasant Island
- Hike, yoga, meditation, group discussions, journaling, relaxing, wildlife watching
- Camping on Pleasant Island
Tuesday, August 2
- Kayak back to Gustavus
- Stay in lodge
Wednesday, August 3
- Half-day whale watching trip
- Closing Circle
- Depart Gustavus in late afternoon - OR -
- Stay in lodge for an optional day
Thursday, August 4
- Optional Day
- Trip to Glacier Bay
- Depart Gustavus in late afternoon
Included in registration is all yoga, meals, lodging, kayaking, camping gear, airport transfers, whale-watching tour and Glacier Bay tour (if staying for optional 7th day). Rates are based on double occupancy for lodging in Gustavus, and single-room requests can be accommodated based on availability. Participants who wish to have their own tent while camping will be able to do so. Airfare to and from Gustavus is not included.