Women's Wilderness Meditation, Hiking, Yoga & Creativity Retreat

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

    Women's Wilderness Meditation, Hiking, Yoga & Creativity Retreat

Sep 5th, 2018
Spend five days and four nights in the stunning Trinity Alps of Northern California combining wilderness adventure and contemplative practice. Each day will include periods of silence and mindfulness meditation, hiking, yoga, arts & crafts, creative writing, an evening talk and plenty of time to soak up the beauty of the natural world. 

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.

A Typical Day:
Waking up early, our mornings will be held in silence and begin with yoga and meditation, followed by breakfast and a quiet hike.
With options for either full or half-day hikes, lunch will be on the trail or back at camp. The afternoon choices include arts & crafts, creative writing, meditation, 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 breakfast the next morning.

Retreating into the peace of the wilderness, is precious time to deepen the connection with ourselves, each other and the natural world. 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 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. 

September 5-9, 2018
Wednesday to Sunday

Retreat Fee: $695 - $745
All-inclusive of meals and snacks, art supplies, and support for camp and teaching staff. For those needing camping equipment, Camp Unalayee will provide sleeping bags, pads and rain gear at no additional cost.  

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 walk in. All we'll need to carry is a daypack with water and snacks.   

To Register:
Retreat Fee: $695 - $745
(Fees over $695 include a contribution to the Community Scholarship Fund)

Because of the generosity of many, we are excited that we've been able to offer four partial scholarships for this retreat. At this time, all scholarship funds have been awarded.

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!

To Register by Mail: 
Please mail a check to:
Pacific Mindfulness
P.O. Box 4313, Arcata, CA 95518  

Cancelation Fees:
No refunds after August 4, 2018

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

Getting There:
The closest commuter airports are Redding and 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   

Before you go
, everything you need to know...

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 707.498.5562

Teaching Team: 
Heidi Bourne is the founder of Pacific Mindfulness. She has been teaching mindfulness meditation - guiding groups and individuals - since 2005. With a background in both secular mindfulness and Buddhist Insight Meditation, she especially loves combining practices of mindful awareness with wilderness adventure. Heidi holds certification in mindfulness facilitation from UCLA and is a guest teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California.

Laurie Cousins is a mindfulness meditation teacher with special expertise in mindful self-compassion, addiction and recovery from trauma for children, teens and families. She holds certification in mindfulness facilitation from UCLA and UCSD. Laurie is a lead teacher for Susan Kaiser Greenland's Inner Kids Program and is the Family Programming Advisor at the La Maida Institute in Los Angeles.  

Donna Rudolf  is a teacher, writer, and long-time meditation practitioner. She lived in the Bay Area until retiring with her husband to the Trinity Alps in 2015, where she facilitates a sitting group, writes, teaches poetry and dance, grows things, and walks a lot.

Janine Melzer teaches Forrest Yoga as a way to support and inspire students to become their most genuine selves. She is passionately committed to getting people turned on to embodying spirit in their yoga practice and in their lives. Janine asks her students to bring a willingness to work honestly at their edges without struggling, clearing the way to find delight in every breath.
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