Join us for 6 days and 5 nights on the spectacular Colorado River as it flows through Canyonlands National Park and Cataract Canyon!
Sunday to Friday
September 12 - 17, 2021
Colorado River through Cataract Canyon
Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Begin & End in Moab, Utah
River Rafting & Hiking
Meditation & Movement
Peace & Quiet
Rafting in Utah on the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon has it all: breathtaking scenery, multiple days of relaxing flat water, and one action-packed day of Class III-IV whitewater rafting. Add to that exquisite hiking expeditions in Utah’s dramatic canyon country among multi-million-year-old rock formations, interspersed with daily meditation and gentle movement.
Each day will begin in peaceful silence with early morning movement and meditation before breakfast, followed by a day of exciting rafting, quiet hiking and delicious meals. In the evenings we’ll gather beside the river for a talk, meditation and stargazing before we settle into silence for the night.
Come experience the majesty of the Colorado River, the magnificence of these ancient canyons, and precious time in the wilderness! Be assured that extensive COVID-19 safety guidelines are in place so you can let your mind, body and heart be renewed and replenished.
Everyone is Welcome!
The meditation and movement will be suited for both new and seasoned practitioners. Just bring your curiosity and enthusiasm. In support of our contemplative practice and our time together, this trip will be free from alcohol and drugs as we connect with ourselves, each other and the natural world.
Cost: OARS - $1,799
Optional Sleep Kit - $40
Individual Tent - $15
Pacific Mindfulness - $200
Total Cost: $1,999 - $2,054
Price includes a scenic flight over Canyonlands National Park for our return to Moab
Deposit: $400 to hold your spot
- COVID-19 Mitigation Policies & Guidelines
- Full Mitigation Plan pdf
- CANCELLATION POLICY - amended for COVID-19
- FULL TRIP DETAILS & ITINERARY
- Everything You Need To Know Before You Go!
*Trip begins at 6pm the evening of Saturday, September 11th with a required pre-trip meeting and retreat orientation at The Gonzo Inn in Moab. We'll get on the water Sunday morning, September 12th. Our trip will end on Friday, September 17th, arriving back in Moab between 4 - 6pm. Please make your travel plans accordingly.
To Register Contact Carrie Aronson at OARS [email protected] or 800-346-6277 ext. 4786 or direct, 209-753-4786
For Other Questions contact Heidi Bourne at 707.498.5562
Heidi Bourne is a meditation teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition and is the founder and guiding teacher of Pacific Mindfulness. She has been teaching groups and individuals since 2005 in both public and private settings, offering courses, nature retreats, and professional programs. In addition, she regularly teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where she has been deeply influenced by her long-time mentor and friend, Sylvia Boorstein. Heidi is especially interested in the integration of the common sense, accessible and timeless teachings of awareness, ethics, and love into the complexity of our everyday lives. She is known for her grounded, down-to-earth humor and presence. Heidi has a background in nursing, has been a small business owner since 1988, and lives in northern California with her family.
I have done many river trips in the past, but this was my first coupled with yoga and meditation. It was sublime. The trip was carefully crafted with consideration of all aspects - adventure, excitement, exploration and relaxation in equal proportions. - J.B.
I would like to give my great appreciation to Heidi and OARS for making this retreat possible. It was superb. - K.M.
I'm still feeling waves of happiness remembering every moment of this phenomenal experience. Being in a such a secluded, natural environment is always spiritual, but this particular trip provided our group with a deeply reverential experience. I highly recommend this life-affirming trip! - N.K.
There are times in your life you say am I really doing this? This rafting adventure is beyond words. I recommend this trip and hope to go again as life is too short to not live the life you love and love the life you live. - J.O.