2017 Retreats - Experiences & Testimonials

  • 2017 Retreats - Experiences & Testimonials

What People Are Saying...

Whitewater Rafting & Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
Wild & Scenic Rogue River, Southern Oregon
July 2017

Dan, Eureka, CA 
"The Rogue River Rafting and Meditation Retreat was an incredibly enjoyable and illuminating experience on so many levels. One could not ask for better guides – in both river running and in meditation practice – for this multi-day adventure. I found it extremely meaningful to connect with other participants on this shared journey, gain a better understanding of myself, and connect with such an inspiring land- and water-scape."

Jeanne, Blue Lake, CA
"Silence helps us deeply tune in with our natural rhythm and that which surrounds us. Dharma talks to help direct our minds, yoga to stretch our bodies and great meals to nourish us. Three sweet things: Hearing the guides tell us how restful and peaceful it was for them to be on this retreat. They embraced the silence and our practices wholeheartedly. Kayaking through Solitude Canyon with eagles soaring. Seeing the full moon through the trees as I looked up one evening after dinner."

Maria, Arcata, CA
"I had a peaceful, introspective, relaxing and fun experience. The combination of the dynamic, breathtaking beauty of the environment and the inner work that Heidi provided through dharma talks, meditation and yoga were complimentary to any stage of commitment on the path. The food and organizational skills of Heidi, Stephanie and the OARS staff were excellent, seamless and beautiful!! I will definitely do this type of adventure/journey again. Thank you with all of my (awakening) heart." 


Wilderness Hiking, Meditation and Creativity Retreat
Camp Unalayee, Trinity Alps of Northern California
August, 2017

Kate, Arcata, CA
"Open spaces, filled with open hearts and minds created a uniquely beautiful mindfulness experience in the Trinity Alps. It was a sweet blend of teaching, sharing, contemplation and movement; supported by a topnotch camp staff and delectable food...delightful in every way!"


Gina, McKinleyville, CA 
"The wilderness retreat was a chance to immerse myself in nature and be nourished by its beauty and solitude. I was able to deepen my meditation practice and reflect on self-compassion's role in my well-being while spending early mornings with lakeside yoga, days hiking incredible trails, and evenings listening to teachings by campfire! Having the opportunity to meditate several times a day in the wilderness strengthened my practice profoundly and left me with a sense of calm and understanding I hadn't felt in a long time."

Jen W., Seattle, WA
"Hiking, camping, writing, and crafts blended with yoga, meditation, and hot, delicious meals equaled sheer bliss! By the end of the retreat, my inner being was as refreshed, clear, and spacious as the gorgeous surroundings we occupied. This was my favorite retreat yet! Four sweet things: drinking my coffee on a big rock under the stars with the sun slowly rising behind the trees; alpine lake swims during every hike; navigating noisy tent zippers and logistics in the black of the night; and dharma talks and meditations at the fire pit. 

Sarah P., McKinleyville, CA
"The Trinity Alps are magical – with majestic mountain ranges, clear alpine lakes, meadows of wildflowers, and an endless amount of breathtaking vistas. Focused practice and deep self care, led by Heidi and her team of skillful facilitators, among a safe and supportive community of women, allowed me to connect with an inner sense of freedom and open possibility that is always present in nature. I will never forget jumping in a cold, clear, embracing alpine lake with sounds of soft laughter around me; floating effortlessly on my back, surrounded by white granite peaks and a blue open sky. Enjoying the silence and sense of ease as we dried off on a large sun drenched rock, warmed by its geomorphic heat. It really felt like we were kids again, everything so simple, and so sweet. Each day waking up to the sweet ringing of bells, unzipping your tent, stepping out into the early golden morning light with soft fog rolling over the nearby lake...and then a slow and quiet walk over a wildflower-lined creek to a large open meadow where we would greet the day with yoga, meditation, and a heart full of gratitude."

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