Summer Solstice: Awakening to the Light|BR
Time & Location
Two optional yoga classes each day in some of the best outdoor “studios” in the world
Morning meditation instruction and practice
Spontaneous river or alpine lake dips
Hiking and gentle peak climbs in Yosemite’s unparalleled wilderness
Fresh meals include local and organic ingredients
We will meet at the trailhead at 9 am on our first morning. We will take time for introductions and trip orientation. Next we will have thorough instruction on what and how to pack our backpacks and then be on our merry way. This hike may take us the entirety of the day. We will stop for breaks and to enjoy the scenery. We’ll enjoy a delicious dinner after yoga as the Range of Light, bathed in alpenglow, lives up to its reputation. Evenings may include fireside stories, music, or gazing at the Milky Way from the cozy comfort of our sleeping bags.
Friday and Saturday
The next two days will allow us to adapt to the natural rhythms of the planet and flow with the specific needs and desires of the group. We may move our camp or enjoy a day-hike with light packs. We may now feel a settling into our new home among granite domes and peaceful lake waters. In addition to the adventure of backpacking, each day provides opportunities for swimming in alpine lakes, day hikes to sweeping views of the High Sierra or perhaps relaxing creek-side. Evenings are set aside for intentional discussions, wilderness education, creative journaling, music-making, or quiet contemplation around the campfire.
Our last morning, we will enjoy a yoga class and meditation before sharing our final breakfast together in the field. We will then pack our backpacks and begin our hike back to the trailhead. After putting closure on our journey together, we will aim to conclude by 2 p.m.
Note on Itinerary: This schedule is an outline. It is subject to change depending on the needs of the group and allowing for spontaneous inspiration. Almost all of the activities offered are optional. This program operates rain or shine.
Packing list for this trip available here
To get a feel for our backpacking retreats have a look through the photos of past journeys in our gallery!
Early Bird Price: $595 (by April 20, 2019)
Regular Price: $645
Professional instruction and guiding, campground fees, wilderness permit fees, first-aid supplies, and group gear for backpacking and camping. Balanced Rock provides delicious and high-quality meals so you don’t need to worry about a thing!
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