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7 Days Sacred Backpacking and Yoga Retreat in Washington State, USA
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North Cascades Range, Cascade Range, Washington State, Pacific Northwest, USA

Women and Men'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, Mother Nature.

Meet the instructors

Stephanie
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Highlights

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

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Portuguese
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer available: Seattle–Tacoma International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
10:00
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. 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 will meet up at a designated spot and caravan to your first camp. Beforehand, you will receive a backpacking gear check list email, 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. In your first night, you will:

Set up camp

Go over and get your gear together

Introduction to Wisdom Goddess yoga session

Enjoy dinner in the wilds

Welcome Shakti ceremony

Moon and star gaze

Celebrate and rejoice, joining together!

Day 2: Goddesses the Yakshis - Forest fulfillment

On your first full day in the mountains, you will practice morning Wisdom Goddess yoga in a lush forest and then begin your trek heading up through a grove of Douglas Fir and Cedar, entering the sacred forest of Yakshis, tree spirits. Backpacking the footsteps of the indigenous people of this region, along a trail into the healing and expanding space of transformation. You will literally be inhaling and aligning with the power and rejuvenation found when you step out of bounds and into pristine backcountry. 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 3: Goddess Lalita- Sweet Play

Day three, we'll enjoy breakfast in the sanctuary of deep wilderness and practice morning Wisdom Goddess Yoga. Afterwards, we'll through the lush valley, living what it is to be Goddess Lalita, tasting and inhaling the pure sweetness of life with every step. Soaking in the elixir of this goddess of full liberation, play, and the juciness of life as we tromp in Her magic forest!

You'll learn:

How to invoke Lalita and Her playful and harmonizing energies

Color your own sacred art of Lalita for your altar and meditation back at home

Sacred dance to experience Her sweet play and awaken and liberate energy

A walking meditation to be with the juiciness and peace of life and inner beloved

Day 4 - Goddess Durga - Inner Strength

Day four, after morning Wisdom Goddess Yoga in pure mountain magic with goddess Durga underfoot and radiating in all direction, we'll set out for a very special treat! To breakfast at a cafe which is only reachable by foot, the reward for trekking into Stehekin. We will spend the morning in this hard to reach abode, much like the wisdom of this goddess.

This destination is a special experience and one to be fully enjoyed! Immersing ourselves in the pure power of Durga, goddess of inner strength and power.

You’ll learn:

How to invoke Durga and align with her grounded power and strength

How to partner with her signature energies and where you can access her in the physical environment

Grounding and strengthening yogic practices to allow you to embody Durga's strength

Day 5 - Goddess Matangi - Wild Liberation

Day five, after morning Wisdom Goddess Yoga in a woodland of ancient arbors, we'll enter into deep, deep forest of the esoteric goddess of the forest, Matangi. A place far off for civilization and into the hear of this liberating goddess.

We'll explore practices and meditations to enter into her mysterious realm, inviting her capacity for bestowing profound spiritual insight, connecting us with our earthy wild roots, revelations in the arts like poetry, and the ability to speak and share these truths with eloquence.

We’ll learn about Matangi's different and complex qualities and deeply engage with Her throughout the day through story, writing, mantra, meditation, and dance.

You’ll learn:

About Matangi's special gifts, matriarchal values, and the environments where she's found

How to invoke her to welcome her graces

Yogic practices to help you access liberating wisdom

Day 6: Goddess Annapurna - Nature Nourishment

Day six and the full moon! After morning Wisdom Goddess Yoga and a Chai masala tea breakfast before awesome sheer rock cliffs spotted with snow fields, we will explore the wisdom of goddess Annapurna, being nourished by abundant beauty found in a lush valley 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 and wonder of the full moon elixir.

You’ll 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

Day 7 Goddess Kali - transformation time

Day seven, you will practice Wisdom Goddess yoga with the rising sun before a skyline of endless mountain peaks. After breakfast, you will hike back on the new moon and explore a new moon release and intention ritual for this goddess Kali's transformative time of the lunar cycle while being nourished by abundant beauty of high ridge views. Experiencing firsthand what it means to be nourished by the natural elements, beginning your journey back towards home, refreshed and renewed, and quite possibly transformed in positive ways well-beyond one's imagination. Jai Ma! Victory to the Mother! You will learn:

How to invoke Kali's rejuvenating power of transformation through mantra, mudra, and movement

How to release inner thoughts and emotions that no longer serve you and your life path

How to set new intentions on the new moon and cultivate them

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

Pleas note good physical conditioning is a requirement to participate in this journey.

There will be two days of trekking with significant distance covered and each person will need to be able to carry a pack with 7 days worth of food for yourself. Backpacking experience is recommended for this trip, but if you are in good physical shape it is also possible to attend.

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, USA. You will be backpacking and practicing yoga in one of the most beautiful place found in this epic mountain region. Mountain mist filters through thick stands of douglas fir and cedar treetops as golden rays of light shimmer in the morning motes across of sea of glacier lilies. As you ascend an ancient trail used by local native populations to access the passageway to epic vistas and one of the most spectacular regions of the North Cascades where you will enter into the liminal realms of backcountry wonders and your own consciousness, exploring seven aspects of Goddess, opening you up to the wonders of yourself and surroundings for she, the Divine Mother, is, this sacred geography within and without.

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. You will provide the lunches, 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 would 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
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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
  • Dance
  • Mountain stream and waterfall time
  • Meditation
  • Wisdom Goddess Yoga

What's included

  • Daily Wisdom Goddess yoga
  • Intimate healing and expanding goddess-based non-dual Shakti / Shiva and Shakta Tantra
  • Guidance into magical goddess-infused natural places
  • Sacred activism / artivism support
  • Sacred art making for meditation
  • Supportive community
  • Yogin circle practices
  • Devotional dance movement
  • 1.5-hour pre-pilgrimage consultation
  • Instruction on the fundamentals of backpacking and how to set up a backcountry camp
  • Instruction on leave-no-trace backpacking
  • Daily breakfasts and dinners
  • 6 nights' accommodation

What's not included

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

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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 non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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