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

North Cascades Mountains, 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.

Meet the instructors

Stephanie
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Highlights

  • 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
Group size: 4-12 participants
Airport transfer available:
Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (US$69 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
16:00

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.

Program

Day 1 - Welcoming Shakti Ceremony

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

During your first night together 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: Goddess Radha - Sacred Devotion

On our first full day in the mountains, we will enjoy breakfast and practice Devi Yoga flow before panoramic views of Mt. Baker.

Afterward, we will trek through an open landscape with snowfields, ascending up to truly expansive and awe-inspiring views of this Mother mountain with possible sightings of wild mountain goats.

Where we will explore and practice the teachings of Goddess Radha and what she has taught us about divine devotion and its many artistic forms.

You will learn:

  • How to invoke Radha and yogic postures that allow us to enter her field of awareness
  • Her symbolism and mythology and how to align and invoke Her signature energies
  • Color your own sacred art of Radha for your altar and meditation back at home
  • Exploration of Bhakti poetry of female Yoginis

Day 3: Goddess Lalita - Sweet Playfulness

Day three, after morning Devi Yoga flow and a chai masala tea breakfast before a majestic mountain lake. We will play in this mountain wonderland, home of multiple tarn lakes shores where we will meditate, eat, swim, write and sunbathe.

This is a day for pure, relaxed play and introspection. A time to just "be" with free time on your own to explore the magic of the mountains.

You will learn:

  • How to invoke goddess Lalita, She who teaches us about all varied honeyed aspects of life and living
  • About the Shakta Tantric lineage called Sri Vidya
  • Lalita's mythology, symbolism, mantra, and investigative journal inquiry questions

Day 4: Goddess Bhumi - Mother Earth

Manjari Sharma. Day four, we will practice Devi Yoga flow with the rising sun before the calm of a majestic lake supported below our feet by the softness of Mother Earth.

After breakfast, we will hike back, nourished by the abundant beauty of high ridge views and rocky meadows, along with drinking from the many streams of snowfield water along the way.

You will learn:

  • How to invoke goddess Bhumi to access her nourishing qualities
  • How she physically expresses herself in nature
  • Her mythology and teachings
  • Experiencing firsthand what it means to be nourished by the natural elements, beginning our journey back towards home, refreshed, and renewed

Instructors

Stephanie Renee dos Santos

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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Food

Mountain Shakti 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 (US$69 per person) 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 non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Availability

Arrival: Saturday August 7, 2021
Departure: Tuesday August 10, 2021

Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 170 USD per person. To benefit, book or reserve before April 15, 2021.

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