TRUE YOGA'S CATARACT CANYON RIVER YOGA RETREAT
It has been said that the mind is like water. When agitated and disturbed, it remains clouded. When allowed to slow down, it becomes much clearer.
Yoga is as much about challenging the body as it is about satisfying the mind. Sometimes in our practice, we push our physical and mental limits. Other times, we nourish our bodies and minds. This expedition will intentionally focus on both the challenges that push us and the opportunities we have for personal and spiritual nourishment...all within the walls of the iconic Cataract Canyon of the Colorado River.
What makes this a specialty trip?
1. UNIQUE Programming
- Morning and evening yoga sessions will be led by Beth and Sarah, inviting all participants to join them for as many or as few of the sessions as they'd like.
- Guided meditation to connects us to the earth and to those around us will be facilitated within the GOALS growth continuum - offering opportunities to draw comparisons between the challenges and changes we experience within the canyon to those in our "normal lives" beyond the take-out.
- The search - navigate - reflect - believe growth process that forms the backbone of GOALS trips will increase awareness, create a sense of connection to self and others, and build strong group camaraderie through the sharing of insights, ideas, and wisdom.
2. EXPERIENCED FACILITATORS
Beth, Sarah, and Brett bring a unique blend of knowledge and experience to this program, and are excited to share their passions with the crew.
Beth Pearlman. Beth took her first yoga class in 1995 when she was in college and The Naropa Institute was offering a donation based women’s yoga class. She began a regular practice in 2000 when pregnant with her first child and wanted to continue movement in a gentle way. Beth always enjoyed yoga, but didn’t make the time for regular practice until 2004 when a studio opened locally. It was then that she began to fall in love. Several years later, when looking for career /life change and direction/guidance, yoga entered her life with new meaning and she began finding her heart felt path. Beth couldn’t get enough information about the yoga world, incorporating more and more yoga education, meditation and a regular practice, whether in a studio or on her own at home. It gave her a much needed grounding force filled with self-reflection and inspiration, as well as balancing the outdoor lifestyle she loves. While going through teacher training the idea of True Yoga began to evolve. She is so excited to share with you her love for a practice that entails alignment, heart opening, healing and inspiration!
Sarah Kottke. I discovered the world of hot yoga after having my little ones. Summer was born in 2001 and Rocco in 2003. It began as just another way to become fit, and somewhere along the path it became so much more. Hot yoga challenges you physically, mentally, and spiritually. What a beautiful way to become happy and healthy.
I became a certified Hot Yoga instructor in the fall of 2008. I have studied and practiced these 26 poses consistently since then and have noticed significant positive changes in my physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. I cherish the continuing work on creating a strong body and calm mind. I’m so grateful to share this peaceful, healing, and rejuvenating practice with everyone.
Brett Hochmuth. Brett has been a professional river guide and educator for his entire adult life (even through he tries hard to avoid that "adult" label). His teaching has been carried out in a variety of arenas ranging from ski and snowboard instruction to more traditional middle and high school mathematics and science classrooms. While Brett loves to teach, his real passion comes from sharing his knowledge and love of rivers with people through GOALS programs.
Brett has explored rivers in Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Idaho, Maine, and Alaska, logging well over 10,000 miles with paddles and oars in his hands. He goes out of his way to make fellow explorers feel inspired, curious, and empowered by guiding them toward new knowledge and skill sets on moving water - and is excited to contribute to this program.
The group will meet on the afternoon of Monday, September 12 in Moab, Utah. We will camp together in the area that night, and begin the progress of establishing our group objectives, expectations, and goals.
On the morning of Tuesday, September 13th, we'll meet our professional river guides at the Canyonlands Air Field, leaving our vehicles there. A ground shuttle will transport us to our put-in boat ramp on the Colorado River, and we'll begin our journey downstream. The next 5 days will be spent exploring 112 miles of the Colorado River - enjoying calm stretches and being challenged by whitewater rapids; practicing yoga on large sand beaches as the sunrise and sunset cause canyon shadows to crawl up or down the red sandstone walls on the opposite bank; sharing stories and great conversation around campfires as we marvel at the blanket of desert stars after a healthy and delicious meal prepared by our guides; taking the time to journal about our experience and the insights it has provided; searching, navigating, reflecting, and believing.
Late in the afternoon on Saturday, September 17th, we'll reach the end of our river journey. A group of small (4-10 passenger) planes will be awaiting us at the take-out ramp, and will fly us directly over some of the most remote and beautiful regions of Canyonlands National Park back to the Canyonlands Air Field, where our vehicles are awaiting and our "real lives" begin again - with a rejuvenated sense of purpose. Most participants will choose to stay in Moab on the night of September 17th, returning home the following morning.
COST AND INCLUSIONS
Cost to participate is $2100. This includes:
- River Permit and Special Use Fees implied by the United States National Park Park Service.
- Professional, licensed river guides.
- All meals on river (4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners).
- All necessary river and camping gear with the exception of a sleeping bag (includes tent, sleeping pad, large/small personal dry bags).
- Morning and evening yoga classes lead by Beth and Sarah.
- Intensive facilitation of personal growth centered around the GOALS search-navigate-reflect-believe growth process.
- Beer and wine during the expedition.
- Guide gratuity.
- Scenic flight at the end of the expedition from Lake Powell back to Moab over some of the most remote areas of Canyonlands National Park.
- Celebration dinner and lodging upon return to Moab.
This cost excludes:
- Transportation costs to/from Moab, UT.
- Dinner on the first night while camping before our expedition launch (Sept 12).
*Note: Please click here to review the GOALS suggested packing list.
An informational meeting will be held on Sunday, February 28th and 12:00pm at True Yoga - 1240 Bergen Parkway #170 in Evergreen, CO.
Additional information will be detailed there, and questions will be answered. If you are unable to attend this informational meeting, please feel free to contact GOALS via email or call our office at (720) 560 - 8056.
Space is limited to 12 participants, so if you're certain this is something you want to be involved in, you can also enroll immediately using the button below.
Thank you for your interest!