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Cataract Canyon Mindfulness Retreat – 7 Days

Cataract Canyon is the stunning backdrop for rafting, meditation, and movement with mindfulness meditation teacher Heidi Bourne




September 20, 2024 - September 26, 2024



Our Cataract Canyon rafting and mindfulness retreat with meditation teacher Heidi Bourne offers the perfect opportunity for personal reflection and to take pause from daily life while experiencing the rejuvenating power of the river.


Heidi Bourne, founder of Pacific Mindfulness

Heidi Bourne is a meditation teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition and the founder of Pacific Mindfulness. She has been teaching 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.

About This Trip

After a peaceful morning of movement, meditation, and mindfulness instruction, each day includes fun rafting, contemplative hikes, and delicious meals. At camp in the evenings, we’ll gather beside the river for a talk on mindfulness and then a period of meditation before settling into silence for the night. Experiencing intentional silence in the wilderness is a rare and special opportunity that supports letting go of the natural stresses of everyday life. Suitable for both new and seasoned practitioners, just bring your curiosity and enthusiasm.

The Cataract Canyon Mindfulness Retreat starts with leisurely floating through the peaceful waters of Meander Canyon to the confluence of the Green River, allowing plenty of time for quiet reflection from the rafts, inflatable kayaks, or a stand-up paddleboard, before tackling the famous rapids of Cataract Canyon further downstream. We’ll be treated to interpretive talks as we hike up gorgeous slot canyons and visit archeological sites along the way, offering the perfect opportunity to connect with yourself, each other, and the natural world.

We’ll marvel at the geological wonders that await us as we make our way downstream, with magnificent scenery comparable to Grand Canyon. We’ll camp on pristine beaches, enjoy delicious meals, have time for contemplative practice, and connect with fellow passengers, sharing an incredible experience in the wilderness.

Please note that there will be no red meat on the menu for this trip. In support of our contemplative practice and our time together, this trip will be free from alcohol and drugs and includes extended periods of silence from the end of the evening through breakfast the next day.


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