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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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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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.
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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' passion is empowering people to fully embody and heal body and soul through non-dual Tantric goddess wisdom and aligning with natural cycles. She is certified in integrative yoga and Kum Nye (Tibetan yoga) and also a follower of Sally Kempton’s non-dual Shakti / Shiva teachings, with a focus in the divine feminine and Kundalini. She also practices and studies Shaktism with yogini Tantric scholars Laura Amazzone and Madhu Khanna, founder of the Tantra Foundation in India. Stephanie holds a BA in Studio Arts from Whitman College.
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.
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.
Please book your flight to arrive at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Carpools and transport to pilgrimage starting point, Ashram of Arts will help you arrange if you are coming from afar. 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.
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