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4 Days Sacred Yoga Backpacking Retreat in North Cascades Range of Washington State, USA

Exhilarating Women's Yoga Retreat USA

Do you long for a deep connection with yourself, nature, the divine feminine, and a break from your everyday life? If so, this epic journey is for you! This is a journey of a lifetime, one that invites you into deep positive change and opens you to a reverence for all that is. Come with Ashram of Arts to discover a place with the power to heal and open energy pathways like no other place can, as you explore yogic practices in the setting of their origin - in Mother Nature.

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  • Daily Wisdom Goddess yoga
  • Meditation, mudras, and mantra
  • Guided investigative journaling and goddess art
  • Learn backpacking and backcountry camping skills
  • Sacred women's circle practices with glacier vistas
  • Yogic goddess studies in nature
  • Daily breakfasts and dinners
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 9
Airport transfer available: Seattle Tacoma International Airport
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During this backpacking yoga retreat, you will be staying in a tent on Mother Earth throughout your stay in the mountains for three nights. Please let Ashram of Arts know if you are fine with sharing a tent or otherwise. Solo tent option is also possible.


Day 1 - Thursday, July 26, 2018 (Welcoming ceremony)

You will meet up at a designated spot and caravan to the trailhead. Beforehand, by email you will receive a "Backpacking Gear Check List", "Wilderness Safety Guidelines", and "Leave-No-Trace Backpacking" information. Also, before the pilgrimage, you will connect with each person in-person, by Skype or phone to go over your gear and to field any questions. On your first night, you will:

  • Come together in a "Welcome Shakti Ceremony"
  • Go over and get your gear together
  • Enjoy dinner in the wilds
  • Moon and stargaze
  • Celebrate the full moon on a high mountain ridge! A time to rejoice, coming together in sisterhood!

Day 2 - Friday, July 27, 2018 (Goddess Lalita - Sweet Play)

On your first full-day in the mountains, you will practice morning Wisdom Goddess yoga with views out across the expanse of the North Cascades, trekking through one of the most beautiful sections of the Pacific Crest Trail, living what it is to be Goddess Lalita, tasting, and inhaling the pure sweetness of life with every step. Soaking in the full moon elixir of this goddess of full liberation, play, the juiciness of life. Today, you will learn:

  • How to invoke Lalita and Her playful and harmonizing energies
  • Indian dance to experience Her sweet play and awaken and liberate energy
  • To experience Her divine will and soul fulfillment
  • A walking meditation to be with the juiciness and peace of life and inner beloved

Day 3 - Saturday, July 28, 2018 (Goddess Yakshi - Forest Fulfillment)

After morning Wisdom Goddess Yoga and a Chai masala tea breakfast in lush evergreen forest, you will play in back country camp exploring one of the most ancient forms of goddess as Yakshi, tree spirit. You will then venture back along the trail with views that expand into Canada, looking upon a literal valley sea of forest, through a scree field then the trail lined by blueberries, fully immersed in liberating and rejuvenating power of Devi in Her many forms as you trek to your third magical camp.

Today, you will learn:

  • How to commune with Yakshis and the healing and sustenance power of tree spirits
  • How Yakshis are related to yoginis and Goddess Lakshmi
  • Grounding and connecting yogic practices to allow you to embody the qualities of Yakshis

Day 4 - Sunday, July 29, 2018 (Goddess Annapurna - Nourishment)

Today, you will practice Wisdom Goddess yoga with the rising sun before a skyline of endless mountain peaks. After breakfast, you will hike back, nourished by abundant beauty of high ridge views, and meadows of wildflowers, along with drinking from the many streams of snowfield water along the way. Experiencing firsthand what it means to be nourished by the natural elements, beginning your journey back towards home, refreshed, and renewed.

Today, you will learn:

  • How to invoke Annapurna to access Her nourishing qualities
  • How She physically expresses herself in nature
  • An Annapurna food blessing to give thanks and bless your food in the wilds and back home
  • Color your own sacred art of Annapurna for meditation back at home

You will culminate with a group sacred circle of exchange to share insights, shifts, revelations, inspirations, and sacred activism and "Artivism" ideas for your health, the community, and well-being of the planet.


Stephanie Renee dos Santos
Stephanie Renee dos Santos passion is empowering people to fully embody your best-self through nondual Tantric wisdom and aligning with natural cycles. She is known as an inspiring, loving, creative, and compassionate teacher with the Hindu goddess Bhuvaneshwari-like quality to create sacred healing, creative-expressive, and meditative spaces. Certified in Integrative yoga and she is been given permission by loved teacher Sally Kempton to share the teachings of the nondual Shiva or Shakti tradition. She holds a B.A in Studio Arts from Whitman College and is a working artist.

Retreat location

This sacred yoga pilgrimage will take you into the heart of the North Cascades Range of Washington State in the Pacific Northwest. You will be backpacking one of the most beautiful sections of the Pacific Crest Trail. Rosy-golden rays of summer sunlight warm your face as you bask in Goddess Lalita's late afternoon glow below a coin-like full moon. A sea of ancient forest spreads as far as the eye can see, the mystical realm of wise Yakshis, female tree spirits.

Your whole being nourished by breath-enhancing beauty before you, glacial peaks extending out into space, the roof of the world, sharing nutrient rich stream water, the domain of Goddess Annapurna. She, Your Divine Mother, IS, this sacred geography.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Ashram of Arts will provide vegetarian and gluten free backwoods fare. Daily breakfasts and dinners are included. Meals will be prepared by trip leader with the flexibility to prepare your own coffee or tea, snacks, and hot soups as you please. Lunches you will provide, so you can have exactly what you like to eat of this meal each day. Also to gain experience in how to buy and pack your food for future backpacking journeys you'd like to take on your own.

Personal empowerment and developing self-sufficiency skills is an important aspect and gift of backpacking that directly relates and supports the Tantric Goddess studies you are exploring and practicing on this sacred journey.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Backpacking
  • Earthing
  • Contemplative free time
  • Sacred art making
  • Investigative journaling

What's included

  • Daily Wisdom Goddess yoga
  • Guidance into magical goddess-infused natural places
  • 1.5-hour pre-pilgrimage consultation
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts and dinners
  • Instruction on leave-no-trace backpacking
  • Intimate healing and expanding goddess-based non-dual Shakti/Shiva and Shakta Tantra
  • Sacred activism / artivism support
  • Sacred art making for meditation
  • Supportive sisterhood
  • Yogini circle practices
  • Devotional dance movement

What's not included

  • Lunch
  • Airfare
  • Airport bus or car rental
  • Pre- and post-pilgrimage accommodations

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. For carpools and transport to pilgrimage starting point, Ashram of Arts will help you arrange if you are coming from afar. On the first day of the trip, you will meet up at a designated spot and caravan to the trailhead together with the option to also meet Ashram of Arts at the trailhead.

Airport: Seattle Tacoma International Airport Airport transfer available: Seattle Tacoma International Airport Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
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