Honoring Connection: 4 days of SEA Kayaking & Mindfulness
in the San Juan Islands, Washington
June 21 - 24, 2019
Join us as we explore the wildness and beauty of the Salish Sea! You will paddle past the unique and numerous islands and wildlife refuges that are part of the 172 islands of the archipelago. We’ll keep a sharp eye out for wildlife including orca whales, eagles, harbor seals and the smallest of the whale family, the harbor porpoise. When we are not on the water, there will be time for slowing down and restoration through guided meditation, yoga and forest bathing. Gain skills in kayaking and camping while nurturing what your spirit is calling for. Build community with other women and honor what is sacred in yourself and all beings. This trip is an opportunity for you to deepen your personal practices, honor your innate gifts and give yourself the time and space to recharge for the demands of your daily life. The interconnectedness of all life surrounds us and helps guide us on this magical journey.
You will have the opportunity to watch the sun dip below the horizon from arguably the best sunset view in the archipelago and camp under the stars at scenic waterfront campsites. There will be an abundance of delicious and nourishing cuisine throughout the adventure. You will have time to explore and hike around Turn and Jones Islands and also sit quietly by the sea or take a plunge. The night paddle with bioluminescence is a rare opportunity to circumnavigate an island under the stars.
The San Juan Islands are a magical archipelago, carved from massive tectonic events, several ice ages, and the daily weathering of wind and water. Their beauty is unsurpassed and leaves one feeling as if they have traveled to a place which exists outside the rules of the rest of the world. The San Juan Islands have a well-deserved reputation as being one of the most spectacular places in the world to sea kayak.
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 help with travel arrangements to and from San Juan Island.
June 21: Friday Harbor Ferry Terminal 8:30 AM
June 24: Friday Harbor Ferry Terminal 2-4 PM
•Kayaking instruction and guiding
•Guided yoga, meditation, forest bathing & deep conversation
•Transportation to and from launch site
•Transportation to and from San Juan Island
•Sunglasses and/or hat
•Headlight or flashlight
•Sleeping bag & pad (rentals available)
A detailed clothing and equipment checklist
will be provided once you register.
+ Day 1
Your guides will pick you up at 8:30 AM to take you to our launch site. We’ll take some time to connect with our intentions for the trip and with each other and share our first lunch together. After packing all camping and personal gear, we’ll have a thorough orientation covering the fitting of the boat, paddling technique, safety and boat handling. We will not get on the water until everybody feels comfortable. Once on the water we will start developing a deeper sense of place and learn about the natural history of the San Juan Islands. Our destination for the night is Turn Island State Park. Once we arrive, you will have time to wander around the island and explore the many beaches. Your guides will prepare dinner while you get to relax with appetizers and company of new friends. Wind down the evening with some guided conversation and meditation under the stars.
+ Day 2
Awaken to the sounds of the sea and welcome the morning with a guided yoga class and then indulge in a warm breakfast cooked by your guide in a dutch oven. There will be plenty of tea and hot coffee from our on-island roaster. We'll paddle north past numerous unique islands and wildlife refuges that help comprise the 172 islands of the archipelago. We’ll keep a sharp eye out for wildlife including orcas, eagles, harbor seals and the smallest of the whale family, the harbor porpoise. As we look to the east, you'll have spectacular views of Mt. Baker. We will offer some time for a silent paddle to awaken all our senses. Our destination for the night is Jones Island, one of the jewels of the San Juan Islands. Jones is entirely state park and ringed with waterfront campsites and a forest of firs, madronas, cedars and Gary oak trees. It is truly a spectacular island and we will spend 2 nights here. We will have a three course dinner and watch the sun dip below the horizon from arguably the best sunset view in the archipelago. Finish your evening by the campfire and under the light of the stars.
+ Day 3
Enjoy guided yoga followed by a delicious breakfast from your waterfront oasis! After a slow morning, we will go on a guided “forest bathing” walk around Jones. This is a unique opportunity to really connect with the island and the more than human world. We will return to camp for lunch and then have the afternoon free to explore, relax, journal or do whatever feels most needed. After dinner, you are invited for a guided bioluminescence paddle to see the “stars in the water” and circumnavigate Jones Island under the stars in the sky. This night time adventure is sure to amaze you and leave you with the magic of the islands deeply rooted.
+ Day 4
The adventure is far from over on the last day. Enjoy a morning yoga session and breakfast before packing up camp and revisiting the waters of San Juan Channel. We’ll dine on one last artfully prepared lunch before completing our paddle and landing back on the eastside of San Juan Island. We’ll load our gear and our paddlers and have you back to Friday Harbor between 2-4 PM to meet your Washington State ferry or continue your time on the islands.