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Adventure, joy, relaxation--these are a few words that describe the unique experience awaiting you on a Yoga in the Wild outdoor trip.  Adventure awaits you on the spectacular and unique landscapes of southern Utah, or the rugged and dramatic alpine landscapes of western Washington.  Reconnect with the joy that is already present within you, but forgotten during the hustle and bustle of present day living.  Experience a new level of relaxation when you take your yoga practice to settings that many describe as profoundly spiritual.

We offer two varieties of outdoor yoga trips: (1) a single-day outing that includes a short hike to a spectacular destination where we will practice yoga, enjoy a tasty lunch and take in the awe-inspiring beauty that surrounds us and (2) a multi-day outing in which we greet each day with meditation and an energizing yoga practice.  Then we’re off to explore and discover the beauty and solitude of the new territory that surrounds us.  During the evening, we will unwind with a restorative and relaxing yoga practice.  Come join us for an amazing experience that you will not soon forget!

Red Rock Yoga and Hiking Retreat

Location:  Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

Combining invigorating and restorative yoga practices with canyoneering adventures, the Red Rock Yoga and Hiking Retreat offers an unforgettable experience.  Located in southcentral Utah, Goblin State Valley Park is inhabited by uniquely shaped stone goblins which lure visitors to join them in their desert playground.  We will join the goblins for otherworldly yoga and meditation practices.  The retreat includes guided hikes through canyon country including an all day canyoneering adventure.  Free time will be offered too in a land where one could easily spend days exploring the mysterious valley and its numerous intricately eroded creatures.  In October, the days are typically sunny and warm with clear and cool nights.  Be prepared for spectacular stargazing at night. The retreat is open to all levels.

Sample Day Itinerary:

7:00am – Meditation

8:00am - Breakfast

9:00am – Depart for hike into Goblin Valley

10:30am - Yoga and meditation practice amongst the goblins

12:00pm – Lunch and photos with the goblins

12:45pm – Hike back to camp

2:15pm – Free time

5:00pm – Dinner

7:00pm – Yoga

8:30 - Campfire

Note: Retreat fee includes daily yoga and meditation practices, guided hikes including a canyon excursion and delicious vegetarian meals.  Retreat begins on the evening of the first scheduled day and ends late morning on the last day.  We will be staying at the group campsite in Goblin Valley State Park.  The campground offers refreshing showers (free) and restroom facilities. For those flying into Utah on Sunday, flights should arrive by 11am to allow sufficient time to pick up a rental car and arrive at Goblin Valley State Park by 4pm.  We will help facilitate carpooling from the Salt Lake City airport to the campground for retreat attendees.  Although we recommend flying into SLC, other nearby airports include Moab, Utah, Grand Junction, Colorado and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Yoga Day Hike Series

Join us for this fun three part series that takes you and your yoga practice out of the studio and into the wild.  Each session will build upon the previous and will take you to new heights both on the trail and in your practice.

Note:  Those that attend all three sessions will gain the most benefit from the experience, but you are welcome to join us for one, two, or all three sessions.

Themed Yoga Hikes

Transition:  The seasonal change from spring to summer provides a unique opportunity for transition and growth.  On our hike, you will learn about the ways in which woodland plants and animals welcome summer and be guided on a yoga journey which encourages you to embrace the seasonal transition as well.

Freedom:  In this month when our country celebrates its independence, we invite you to experience the freedom that exists through the practice of yoga in the wild.  Our hiking journey begins with a focus on the increasing independence of woodland critters as they grow from babies to juveniles to adults.  In our yoga practice we will reflect upon how to create a greater sense of freedom in our lives. 

Celebration:  As we hike along in the forest accompanied by the sweet melodies of songbirds, we will learn about fruit bearing plants and how songbirds and other critters benefit from their succulent fruit.  Once we reach our destination, count your blessings with a yoga practice celebrating the abundance in your life.

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Beginner:

This trip is designed for beginners.  It is suitable for people of all ages who enjoy an active, adventurous, and educational outdoor experience.  No previous hiking experience is required. 

Requirements:

  • Ability to carry a pack weighing 10-20 pounds.

Overnight Outings

We invite you to come with us and experience some of the very best backcountry cuisine imaginable.  Backcountry meals are a quintessential part of your wilderness experience and we have taken great strides to ensure you will have an unforgettable dining experience.  For more than a decade, the owners of North American Wilderness Leadership School have worked to perfect wilderness cuisine.  Each adventure is made a dash more savory with delicious food recipes that we have perfected over many years on the trail.  We take pride in serving healthy, flavorful, filling and nutritious gourmet wilderness cuisine rather than the usual camp fare and off-the-shelf backpacking food.  Regardless of the adventure, rest assured that we are committed to serving you the tastiest backcountry meals imaginable.  We trust your wilderness meal experience will be “time deliciously spent”.

Day Outings

All day outings include a healthy and delicious lunch and snacks.  We provide great tasting smoked turkey or vegetarian sandwiches, chips and granola bars.  Condiments and handi-wipes are also included.

Note:  We are happy to accommodate vegetarian, vegan, kosher and non-gluten diets on request.  Please feel free to contact us to for additional information.

Clothing:

Wear your “play” clothes.  We recommend that you wear clothes that provide flexibility, comfort and won’t rip or tear easily.  We will send you a recommended clothing list following receipt of your application and deposit.

Footwear:

Comfortable, medium weight hiking shoes or boots generally work the best.  Shoes must enclose the entire foot and toes (no open-toe sandals, or water shoes).  Whatever footwear you chose, make sure you have worn them in advance of your trip to ensure they fit well and are comfortable.

Gear:

Travel light!  Recommended items include two to three 1-liter water bottles, headlamp, sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm and camera.  Unnecessary gear is often a hindrance—let the guides do the work for you.  Your guides will have all the necessary equipment to keep the group safe and comfortable.

General:

North American Wilderness Leadership School (NAWLS) is committed to providing you with an extraordinary wilderness adventure.  Our number one priority on all trips and courses is safety.  We never compromise safety and do everything possible to ensure you have the safest and most enjoyable trip possible.  Our experienced guides manage a variety of significant weather and route related hazards, but they cannot eliminate them.  They draw from their wealth of experience and training to make sure you have the safest trip possible.

Trip Plans & Itinerary:

NAWLS’s trip plans and itineraries are subject to change based on weather, terrain, route conditions and a variety of additional factors.  While we strive to maintain all listed plans and itineraries, we reserve the right to change plans as necessary to ensure that all guests receive the safest and highest quality trip possible.

Should any trip be cancelled due to weather, route conditions, or insufficient signups, a full trip refund will be provided.

Age Requirements:

To ensure the safest and highest quality trip for all participants, NAWLS adheres to the following age-specific requirements:

  • Ages 4 & Under:  No participants age 4 & under.
  • Ages 5 to 14:  May participate in all Family Adventure trips.  Must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Ages 15-17:  May participate in all trips and courses.  Must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Ages 18 & above:  No restrictions.

Note:  Under-aged participants on private trips and courses are assessed on an individual basis.

Guest Responsibilities:

Wilderness adventures require both individual commitment and team unification.  To ensure the strength and success of the team we ask that each participant:

  • be physically and mentally fit and properly attired and equipped.
  • be honest and accurate in describing their fitness, health, skills and equipment to their guides to ensure that everyone on their team has the opportunity for a safe, fun and successful wilderness adventure.

Payments:

A 50% deposit is required to secure your reservation. Payments may be made via personal U.S. check (preferred), or by Paypal.  Please note that Paypal payments require a 3% additional fee for U.S. residents and a 4% additional fee for international residents.  Send payments by check to North American Wilderness Leadership School, 13110 NE 177th Place, Woodinville, Washington 98072, or by Paypal to:  .  Full payment is due 30 days prior to the start of your trip.

Cancellation:

If you need to cancel your reservation please let us know as soon as possible.  Cancellation policies are as follows:

  • 90 days or more prior to trip start date: full refund of deposit.
  • 60-90 days prior to trip start date:  guest will be charged 50% of the deposit.
  • 30-60 days prior to trip start date:  guest will be charged 100% of the deposit.
  • 30 days or less prior to trip start date:  guest will be charged 100% of trip cost.

Note:  We highly encourage you to consider the purchase of travel insurance.  Typical policies provide coverage for trip cancellation, delay and medical expenses.  Travel insurance provides the best possible protection for travel related illness, injury, or delay.

Please follow these steps to make a reservation:

  1. Give us a call, or fill out our Contact Form to discuss dates and set up a trip.  Please have the following information available when you contact us: (1) trip or course type, (2) preferred and alternate dates, (3) size of group and (4) name, age, height and weight for all group members.

  2. Submit a trip/course application with a 50% deposit, or payment in full.  Note:  A deposit is required to process the application and reserve the date.  Full payment is due 30 days prior to the start of the trip.

Payment Methods:

  1. Personal U.S. Check (preferred).  Send to:  North American Wilderness Leadership School, 13110 NE 177th Place, #342, Woodinville, Washington 98072.

  2. Paypal.  Requires a 3% additional fee for U.S. residents and a 4% additional fee for international residents.  Send to:  .

As you prepare for your upcoming wilderness adventure, please feel free to contact us to with any questions including trip details, itinerary, qualifications, conditioning, equipment, etc.  Our experienced guides are happy to assist you with all of your pre-trip planning needs.  We are available Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PST at (818) 381-WILD (9453), or .

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