Our Yampa River 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 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 exciting 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 Yampa River Mindfulness Retreat offers plenty of Class III-IV whitewater action, along with leisurely floating, allowing time for quiet reflection from the rafts, inflatable kayaks, or a stand-up paddleboard. We’ll be treated to interpretive talks as we hike up gorgeous slot canyons, view fascinating fossils, 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 Yampa’s unique geology as we make our way downstream and gaze upon famous natural wonders, such as Tiger Wall and Steamboat Rock. 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.