Join us for 5 days and 4 nights on the majestic Yampa River as it flows through Dinosaur National Monument from Colorado to Utah. As one of the most sought-after whitewater adventures in the world, the Yampa River trip is an unforgettable Colorado rafting adventure. We’ll partner with OARS, the premier outdoor travel company since 1969, as they guide and support us for an unbeatable wilderness adventure.
June 3 - 7, 2024
Dinosaur National Monument
Begin & End in Vernal, Utah
River Rafting & Hiking
Meditation & Movement
Peace & Quiet
Set aside as an American treasure in 1915 under the National Park Service, Dinosaur National Monument is an open-air archive of ancient Native American sites and far-out fossils unearthed by wind, water and time.
The Yampa River is the one major tributary in the Colorado River system that runs wild and free, straight to the heart of Dinosaur National Monument. It flows free with fresh, surging run-off from miles above—waters originating from the melting snows and glaciers of the world-famous Colorado Rockies.
Easily manageable Class III and IV whitewater rafting flows carry paddlers through colorful canyons of red, yellow, and orange and on into Dinosaur National Monument. A billion years are captured in these canyon walls, along with the remnants of various life forms that existed long before humans. Our pathway through time showcases some of the oldest exposed rocks in the world, ones that have been folded, lifted, and split by eons of geological forces.
Drawing on the perspectives of contemplative practice, secular mindfulness, and the wisdom of the natural world, each day begins 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 and meditation before we settle back into silence for the night. Experiencing intentional silence in the wilderness is a rare and special opportunity that supports the letting go of the natural stresses of everyday life.
Check out this OARS interview with Heidi for a little more about this special trip: There's Power in Silence on the River
Come experience the beauty of the Yampa River, the magnificence of this ancient land, and extended time in the wilderness!
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 and includes extended periods of silence from the end of the evening through breakfast the next day. It's a precious opportunity to connect with ourselves, each other, and the natural world.
Trip Fee: - $1,849
$1,889 with Optional Sleep Kit
Deposit: $400 to hold your spot
Before You Go! - including the full trip details & itinerary, complete packing list, cancelation policy and much more.
Trip begins at 6pm the evening of Sunday, June 2nd with a required pre-trip meeting and retreat orientation at OARS Warehouse in Vernal, Utah. We'll get on the water Monday morning and our trip ends on Friday, June 8th arriving back in Vernal mid afternoon. Please make your travel plans accordingly.
To Register: Contact Caitlin Levitz at OARS or 209.753.4800
For Other Questions: contact Heidi Bourne at 707.498.5562
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.