Women's Wilderness Meditation & Hiking Retreat

  • Deepening our Connection with Ourselves, Each Other & the Natural World

    Women's Wilderness Meditation & Hiking Retreat

Aug 25th, 2020
Spend five days and four nights in the stunning Trinity Alps of Northern California combining wilderness adventure and contemplative practice.  

Tuesday to Saturday 
August 25 - 29, 2020
Camp Unalayee
Trinity Alps, Northern California

At 6,400', we'll be nestled in the beautiful 400-acre alpine lake basin of Camp Unalayee, just six hours north of San Francisco. Surrounded by rugged peaks and saw-tooth ridges, we’ll live outside and camp under the stars. Dozens of jewel-like lakes and clear-flowing streams are within easy hiking distance of the Camp basin, providing destinations for day-hikes, swimming and solitude.

Each day will include extended periods of silence and mindfulness meditation, hiking, gentle movement, an evening talk and plenty of time to soak up the beauty of the natural world. 

Waking up early, our mornings will be held in silence and begin with gentle movement and meditation, followed by breakfast and a hike. We'll keep the silence through lunch, supporting the practice of engaged solitude as we sink into the peace of the wilderness and deepen our inner experience.

With options for either full or half-day hikes, lunch will be on the trail or back at camp. The afternoon choices include, self-guided creative writing, meditation, small group meetings, swimming in the lake or even a taking a nap. The choice is yours!

At the end of the day's adventures, we'll come together for a talk and dinner. After dinner we'll meet around a campfire for the evening meditation and return to silence until after lunch the next day.

Retreating into the refuge of the wilderness is precious time to strengthen the connection with ourselves, each other and the natural world. Drawing on the teachings of the Buddha and secular mindfulness, we'll explore practices that support our innate kindness, compassion, and joy. 

We'll enjoy fresh vegetarian meals with accommodation for those with dietary limitations. In support of our contemplative practice, this retreat will be free of recreational drugs and alcohol. 

This is a wilderness adventure. There is no electricity, cell service or indoor plumbing, but there are pit toilets and solar showers. Our women's retreat will be supported by the Camp Unalayee staff which may include men.

Be prepared for moderate to strenuous hikes. The only easy hike is a beautiful self-paced hike around the lake right at camp. All other hikes may include significant elevation changes, walking through boulder-strewn fields, some tall grasses and muddy trails. Hikes are typically 2 to 5 miles. 

Come join us for this very special women's wilderness retreat!

Tuesday to Saturday
August 25 - 29, 2020
Aug 25 arrive by 1pm, hike 4 miles into Camp
Aug 29 depart Camp by Noon, hike 4 miles back to the cars

Retreat Fees:
Optional Deposit to hold your spot: $250
$895 - $920
Balance Due with Optional Deposit: June 25, 2020
(Higher fees include a $25 contribution to the Pacific Mindfulness Community Scholarship Fund)

Fees include all meals and snacks, hot & cold beverages anytime, and support for camp and teaching staff.

Fees do NOT include transportation to and from Camp. Upon arrival at the Camp’s gated private road, we'll be greeted by the Camp staff who will drive our personal gear into Camp while we enjoy the leisurely 4-mile hike in. All we need to carry is a personal daypack with water and snacks.

In consideration of COVID-19, please plan to bring your own tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad. More information on specific guidelines will be provided closer to the retreat.

As of June 8th, this retreat is on schedule to proceed and we are carefully monitoring the movements of the virus. If Pacific Mindfulness or Camp Unalayee cancels this retreat due to unsafe conditions related to the COVID-19, we will do so no later than August 3rd. In this case a full refund will be provided less a 3% bank processing fee. 

In an effort to keep everyone safe, should you become ill within 3 weeks of the retreat, we ask you to cancel your participation. A full refund will be provided less a 3% bank processing fee.

Cancellations for non-COVID related issues are subject to our regular cancellation policy.

Getting There:

The closest commuter airports are Redding, CA, Arcata/Eureka, CA, and Medford, OR. Camp Unalayee is a 2 - 4 hour drive from these airports. Specific directions are in the Other Details below. Google Map of Scott Mountain Summit Here   

OTHER DETAILS:Everything You Need to Know Before You Go:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 707.498.5562

Pacific Mindfulness is committed to increasing access to the teachings and practices of awareness, generosity, compassion, and wisdom. In this spirit, most of our courses and retreats offer some financial support. We ask you to join us in this effort by making a contribution to our Community Scholarship Fund with your registration. Your generosity supports those who might not otherwise be able to attend. Our heartfelt thanks for your consideration!

Teaching Team: 

Heidi Bourne, RN, CMF is a meditation teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition and is the founder of Pacific Mindfulness. She has been guiding groups and individuals in public and private settings since 2005, and from spring to fall offers wilderness meditation retreats. Heidi 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. She has a background in nursing and has been a small business owner in Arcata, California for 30 years. 

Laurie Cousins, CMF is a mindfulness meditation teacher, trauma-informed nonviolent parent educator, and integrative holistic practitioner. She has extensive education and training through the mindful centers of UCLA & UCSD. Laurie is a lead teacher for Susan Kaiser Greenland’s Inner Kids Program and has a private practice in Los Angeles where specializes in supporting youth, families, and adults healing and transformation in the areas of stress reduction, addictive behaviors, trauma, and building resiliency.

Jen Wallace, CMF is a mindfulness meditation teacher who has specialized in trauma recovery and resiliency in her work with law enforcement, victim advocacy and support agencies, and the recovery community in Seattle. She holds certification in mindfulness facilitation from UCLA and is a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. Jen is a certified trainer for the Trauma Resource Institute’s Community Resiliency Model and has also attended their Trauma Resiliency Model Level 1 and Level 2 courses.
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