Meditation and Yoga Retreat: Yampa River 5 Days


Heidi Bourne is a mindfulness meditation teacher, a dedicated practitioner, and has been guiding groups and individuals since 2005 in both private and professional settings. She holds certification in mindfulness facilitation through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, and is a guest teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. Heidi is an avid wilderness adventurer, has a background in nursing and has been a small business owner in Arcata, California for 30 years.

Heidi Bourne

Join Heidi and a special guest yoga teacher for this beautiful 5-day retreat combining unbeatable wilderness adventure and contemplative practice on the Yampa River.

Each day will begin in peaceful silence with early morning yoga and meditation before breakfast, followed by a day of exciting rafting, quiet hiking and delicious meals. In the evenings we’ll gather beside the river for a talk, meditation and stargazing before we settle into silence for the night.

Meditation on the Yampa River 

The Yampa River is the last undammed tributary of the Colorado River system, and its free-flowing, untamed Class III and IV rapids flow through the heart of Dinosaur National Monument. The Yampa displays sandy beaches, deep, colorful canyons, habitats for native plants and animals, and other splendid features of a river unfettered by man-made obstructions.

Its location adds an intriguing archaeological element, and side hikes along the river reveal ancient fossils, prehistoric Native American ruins, and petroglyphs carved into cliff walls. All these treasures are encased in a strikingly beautiful river corridor where the tall, vertical walls are a canvas of yellow and red, sometimes dramatically streaked with jet-black coloration known as “desert varnish.”

Yampa River

Come experience the freedom of the Yampa, the magnificence of these ancient canyons, and precious time for yourself in the wilderness!

To support contemplative practice, this trip will be free from alcohol and drugs.

Learn more about the Yampa River

Watch our Yampa River rafting video

Things to know: Before You Go

Guests have been saying…

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“I’m still feeling waves of happiness remembering every moment of this phenomenal experience. Being in a such a secluded, natural environment is always spiritual, but this particular trip provided our group with a deeply reverential experience. I highly recommend this life-affirming trip! – N.K.”

“I have done many river trips in the past, but this was my first coupled with yoga and meditation. It was sublime. The trip was carefully crafted with consideration of all aspects – adventure, excitement, exploration and relaxation in equal proportions. – J.B.”

“I would like to give my great appreciation to Heidi and OARS for making this retreat possible. It was superb. – K.M.”

“There are times in your life you say am I really doing this? This rafting adventure is beyond words. I recommend this trip and hope to go again as life is too short to not live the life you love and love the life you live. – J.O.”