Stillwater & Cataract Canyon River Rafting, Hiking & Meditation Retreat


A meditation teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition, Heidi Bourne is the founder and guiding instructor of Pacific Mindfulness. She has been teaching since 2005, offering courses, nature retreats, and resiliency-focused professional programs. Heidi is especially interested in the integration of the common sense, accessible and timeless teachings of awareness, ethics, and compassion into the complexities of our everyday lives.

Heidi Bourne
Heidi Bourne
This adventure combines tranquil floating and whitewater rafting on the Green and Colorado Rivers with contemplative meditation and ample hiking in hard-to-reach regions of Canyonlands National Park.

Beginning in Stillwater Canyon along a scenic stretch of the Green River, we wind our way into the remote Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park where we’ll explore the remarkable terrain on foot.

Eventually, the Green and the Colorado Rivers merge and provide a day of challenging whitewater in Cataract Canyon before we delve into the hidden side canyons that beckon from the river’s edge.

Each day will begin in peaceful silence with early morning movement 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.

The meditation and movement will be suited for both new and seasoned practitioners—Just bring your curiosity and enthusiasm. Also, in support of our contemplative practice and our time together, this trip will be free from alcohol and drugs as we connect with ourselves, each other and the natural world.

Things to know: