Gates of Lodore Mindfulness Retreat

Our mindfulness retreat with meditation teacher Heidi Bourne offers the perfect opportunity to take pause from daily life and develop a deep connection to yourself and the natural world.


Heidi Bourne is a meditation instructor in the Insight Meditation tradition and the founder of Pacific Mindfulness. She has taught since 2005, offering mindfulness courses, nature retreats and resiliency-focused professional programs. Heidi is especially interested in the integration of the teachings of awareness, ethics and compassion into the complexities of our everyday lives.


After a peaceful morning of meditation and mindfulness instruction, each day of the retreat includes exciting rafting, contemplative hikes, and delicious meals. At camp in the evenings, you’ll gather beside the river for a talk on mindfulness and a meditation session before setting into silence for the night. Suitable for both new and seasoned practitioners, you’ll just need your curiosity and enthusiasm to enjoy this retreat.

Ideal for first-time rafters, the Green River twists its way through three distinct canyons within majestic Dinosaur National Monument. You’ll experience incredible views of magnificent slot canyons and verdant valleys as you travel the Green by raft, inflatable kayak, and SUP. You’ll be treated to interpretive talks as you take in prehistoric fossils, ancient Native American cultural sites and Wild West hangouts.

Fun, splashy Class II and Class III rapids will take you through Lodore, Whirlpool, and Split Mountain Canyons, each of which contain geological curiosities, rich human histories, and spectacular hiking opportunities. Pristine beaches provide the perfect setting for the delicious meals you’ll enjoy at camp, and Heidi’s talks and instruction will help you connect with your fellow passengers as you share an incredible experience in the wilderness and deepen your connection with the natural space you’ll find yourself in.