Reclaiming Stillness, Joy & Inspiration: 6 days of backpacking & mindfulness in Olympic National Park, Washington
July 17 - 22, 2019
Join us as we journey through the enchanted temperate rainforest of Olympic National Park on the 23 mile, 7 Lakes Basin Loop. This park encompasses nearly a million acres of some of the most pristine natural beauty in the world and is situated in one of the the wildest and most isolated regions of the lower 48.
Our time in the backcountry will allow us to slow down and rejuvenate in the company of community, both human and non-human. This trip will weave together the joyful and hard work of backpacking with the healing elements of yoga, meditation, forest bathing and reflection. We will engage in various practices of mindfulness and guided conversation along the way. Our time together will embody the sacred connection between women and the natural world, while honoring our gifts and curiosity. There will be free time to just be on the trip and do what your heart desires. Our intention is to return to our lives feeling rejuvenated, re-connected, and re-inspired, with our best self once again reclaimed.
Our route will take us past beautiful lakes, stunning snow-capped peaks, old-growth trees and close enough to see elk, deer, bear, and mountain goats. Fall into the heart of this magical landscape as we power ourselves and a backpack from one campsite to the next. Delicious and nourishing food will be lovingly prepared along the trail, next to lakes and amongst the trees. Our guides will share place-based natural science knowledge and wisdom. The first evening will include a final gear sort and community building at the trailhead campsite before we head out the following morning.
No experience necessary; just an open heart and willingness to connect with the sacred relationships of our deepest selves, other women, and Mother Earth. We are happy to offer pre-trip advice on gear and how to best prepare.
July 17: Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort Campground
Between 1:00 - 4:00 pm
July 22: Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort Campground
Before 2:00 pm
•Backpacking instruction and
•Guided yoga, meditation, forest
bathing and deep conversation
•Wilderness Camping Permit
•All food (except for snacks and
•Transportation to and from trailhead in Olympic National Park
•Sleeping bag & pad
•All necessary clothing and layers.
•National Parks Pass
•Admission to Hot Springs
•Bowl, spoon, and cup.
•Snacks and drinks.
•Sunglasses and/or hat
•Headlight or flashlight
A detailed clothing and equipment checklist will be provided once you register.
Payment Plans Available
+ Day 1
Plan to arrive anytime between 1:00 and 4:00 pm to the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort Campground. Upon arrival, you can set up your tent at our riverfront campsite and start to relax into the regenerative week ahead. If time allows and you want to move your body, take the short hike to Sol Duc Falls. We will meet as a group at 5pm to sort gear and then have our first dinner together. After dinner, we will have some time to get to know everyone in the group and go over the schedule. Campsite: Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort Campground
+ Day 2
We will start the morning with yoga and an amazing breakfast by the Sol Duc River. After taking down camp and properly packing our packs (with instruction as needed), we will head out on the trail. Our destination for the day is Deer Lake, just below 3,400 feet. We will have ample time to really connect to the place, find our personal and group hiking groove, and get to know all of our gear. There will be free time to explore the emerald shores of Deer Lake, once we arrive to camp, followed by a guided meditation. We will take time on our first full day together to set intentions for the week. In the evening, we will learn how to cook in the backcountry and go over maps and route. Distance: ~4.6 miles Campsite: Deer Lake
+ Day 3
We will start our day with yoga and breakfast and then head towards the High Divide! After walking under the cover of the forest and traversing a few meadows, we will climb our way up to some breathtaking views. A clear day on the High Divide offers views of Mount Olympus, the Pacific Ocean, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the shores of Vancouver Island. We will have lunch at the spectacular Lunch Lake and recharge with some solo time to explore and an optional swim. We will arrive in the late afternoon to our campsite, where we will camp for the next two nights. After setting up camp, we will have a well deserved meal together and share our reflections from the day. Distance: ~7 miles Camp: CB Flats
+ Day 4
Today is a layover day so we will keep our camp at the same spot. We will explore nearby Hoh Lake, take time for a facilitated forest bathing activity and offer an optional hike to the top of Bogachiel Peak. The view of Mount Olympus and the Bailey Range from the peak are incredible. There will be time for contemplation, self-guided exploration and swimming. We believe having a layover day in the backcountry is pretty dreamy and offers a unique opportunity to be truly present and awake in the abundance of the place. The design of the day will be informed by the group and individual desires. Distance: TBD Camp: CB Flats
+ Day 5
After yoga and breakfast, we will take down camp and head back to the High Divide Trail. As we make our way to the gorgeous, and appropriately named, Heart Lake we will take time to quietly reflect on the journey so far with some guided questions. We will have lunch at Heart Lake and offer a guided meditation before we make our way to our campsite. With this being our last full day in the backcountry, we will move slowly and deeply immerse ourselves in the exquisiteness of the natural world that has been our guide on this journey. There will be time to walk mindfully, journal, be still, and swim. We will have our final dinner together and take the evening to share from our hearts and think about how we can support ourselves and the each other as we move forward in our lives. Distance: ~4 miles Camp: Sol Duck Park
+ Day 6
After yoga and breakfast, we will take down camp and make our way back to the trailhead. The mostly flat trail takes us through the thick and lush forest, along the Sol Duc River. Huge hemlock and firs will accompany us in our final miles. We plan to arrive to the trailhead by 2pm to sort gear and then have an optional soak at the nearby hot springs. Distance: ~7.5 miles
+ EQUIPMENT INFO
Pain-free feet and a well-fitted backpack are the keys to an enjoyable trip. Bring sturdy hiking boots, already broken in, to protect your feet on the rough trail. Temperatures will probably be hot to cool - cool nights and hot days but due to the unpredictable nature of the weather, be prepared for wind and rain. Shorts may be worn for hiking, but beware of sunburned legs. Hat and sunglasses are strongly recommended.
You will need to bring your own camping equipment, including a tent with a rainfly (or a waterproof bivouac sac) and a sleeping bag. Try to keep your total personal equipment weight to 25 pounds. You must carry up to two quarts of water, which adds 4 pounds, plus up to 10-12 pounds of group food and equipment. Your pack needs to be large enough to accommodate all of this. You may bring more, but remember--you will be carrying it! Total pack weight will be somewhere between 30 and 40 pounds. The leaders will be happy to inspect your pack at the trailhead, to help you eliminate unneeded items. Every pound is felt with every step!
Please bring a water treatment system for your personal use: iodine tablets (Potable Aqua), chlorine dioxide drops (Aquamira), UV treatment (Steri-pen), or a filter pump. You will need to purify stream water along the trail for drinking water.
+ MEALS INFO
Our menu is vegetarian, lightweight, and simple. Please tell us in advance of any dietary restrictions. To accommodate your personal preference, we ask that you bring your own hot and cold drink mixes (coffee, tea, Gatorade, etc.) and trail snacks. Stoves and cooking equipment are provided; all you need to bring are your own cup, bowl and spoon. Cooking and cleanup duties are to be shared on a voluntary/sign-up schedule. The first meal provided is dinner on Wednesday, July 17. The last meal provided is lunch on Monday, July 22.