River Rafting & Meditation Retreat

  • Dinosaur National Monument & the Yampa River

    River Rafting & Meditation Retreat

May 16th, 2019

Join us for this beautiful 5-day retreat on the spectacular Yampa and Green Rivers in Colorado and Utah combining unbeatable wilderness adventure.

May 16 to May 21, 2019
Yampa & Green Rivers, Colorado/Utah
May 16 to May 21, 2019

We’ll partner with OARS, the premier outdoor travel company since 1969, as they guide and support us on one of the most sought-after river trips in the world.

River Rafting & Hiking
Meditation & Yoga
Delicious Meals
Peace & Quiet

Each day will begin in peaceful silence with early morning yoga 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.

The Yampa River is the last undammed tributary of the Colorado River system, and its free-flowing, untamed Class III and IV rapids flow through the heart of Dinosaur National Monument. It displays sandy beaches, deep, colorful canyons, habitats for native plants and animals, and other splendid features of a river unfettered by man-made obstructions.

Its location adds an intriguing archaeological element, and side hikes along the river reveal ancient fossils, prehistoric Native American ruins, and petroglyphs carved into cliff walls. All these treasures are encased in a strikingly beautiful river corridor where the tall, vertical walls are a canvas of yellow and red, sometimes dramatically streaked with jet-black coloration known as “desert varnish.”

Come experience the freedom of the Yampa, the magnificence of these ancient canyons, and precious time for yourself in the wilderness!

OARS - $1,249
Optional Sleep Kit - $40
Individual Tent - $15
National Park Fee - $15 (waived with National Park Pass)
Pacific Mindfulness - $200

Total Cost:   $1,454- $1,519

Group Size:
20 people maximum

*Trip begins the evening of Thursday, May 16th with a required pre-trip meeting and retreat orientation. We'll get on the water Friday morning, May 17th. Our trip will end on Tuesday, May 21st, arriving back in Vernal about 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

In support of our contemplative practice, this trip will be free from alcohol and drugs.

The Teaching Team

Heidi Bourne is a mindfulness meditation teacher who has been guiding groups and individuals since 2005, and from spring to fall offers meditation retreats in the wilderness. She holds certification in mindfulness facilitation from UCLA, is a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association, and is a guest teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Heidi has a background in nursing and has been a small business owner in Arcata, California for 30 years.

Guest Yoga Teacher:
Tamra James loves everything in the name of biomechanics, human movement. As a young girl she played every sport in the book, enjoyed outrunning the boys, and climbing trees with her older brothers. She holds a BS in Kinesiology from Humboldt State University where she played collegiate soccer and discovered Pilates. After college she continued her education with BASI Pilates where she received her certification to teach Pilates, and in 2017 she completed her Yoga Teacher Training. Tamra now teaches Pilates, Yoga, fitness classes and offers private consultation and training. Tamra has developed a holistic approach to increasing awareness and in the body and views movement as a means for medicine for the soul, body, and mind. 

Before you go, Everything you need to know


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.

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