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Alaska Yoga and Hiking Holiday

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in the USA.

This stunning yoga and hiking retreat in Alaska is a real adventure, mental detox vacation, and restart for your body and mind. Join us for endless summers days between the mountains and the deep blue sea in southeast Alaska. A remote fishing village will be our home base for this yoga hiking retreat. Disconnect from to-do lists and endless errands and sink into a simpler way of being. This retreat will provide a mental detox, refreshing your mind and recharging your body. Replace anxiety with serenity, and leave with a positive attitude that allows you to cultivate a more fulfilling life.

Celebrate the long days and wild trails of Southeast Alaska with a local guide and two internationally renowned yoga instructors. Every day will reveal new land and seascapes. Enjoy epic mountaintop vistas, energizing morning yoga sessions, relaxing evening yoga classes, and delicious local plant-based meals.

The hikes cover a variety of terrain, including a wild coastal ramble, two mountains, a day trip to historic Skagway, and a journey to the barren interior.

Some previous hiking experiences will enhance your adventure. Three of the hikes are suitable for those with moderate or little experience; two of the hikes are more strenuous. Appreciating the scenic splendor of Alaska and using your bodies is your doorway to mindful living. We will cultivate joy and positivity as we navigate breathtaking scenery and occasional challenges like mud, rain, and devils club. This yoga and hiking adventure in Alaska will leave participants energized and relaxed and provide tools for bringing yoga, meditation and mindfulness into your daily life upon return home.

This is an active rugged adventure based in a small fishing village in remote Southeast Alaska. The retreat center is located 3 miles/4,8 km from Haines on a breathtaking piece of land along the Chilkat Inlet: we can watch bald eagles and occasional whales from the main lodge. Transportation into town is limited. This adventure is best suited to people who can embrace a group experience, as the remote location makes independent exploration challenging, expensive and inconvenient. The accommodations are more akin to glamping than a luxury. We will be sharing two shower houses, which are a short walk from the yurts. There is only one flush toilet in the retreat center, the rest of the facilities are outhouses- charming facilities with no running water and composting thrones.

Meet the instructors

Pille & Leonie
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Highlights

  • 10 yoga sessions
  • 5 guided hikes and 5 guided meditations
  • Internationally renowned instructors to guide you during the retreat
  • Hike over a variety of terrains and go on a day trip to the historic Skagway
  • Explore Southeast Alaska with local guides who have intimate knowledge of the place
  • Delicious plant-based breakfasts, snacks, and lunches made with local ingredients
  • Pickup and drop off at Haines ferry terminal or airport
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Norwegian, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Lodging is at the Chilkat Inlet Retreat Center in charming but rustic yurts with ocean views and thoughtful details like local artwork. Some double occupancy yurts have one queen bed and a chair that folds out to a single bed: two of the yurts are best for a single occupant or two people who don't mind sharing a queen-sized bed.

The accommodations are more akin to glamping than a luxury. We will be sharing two shower houses, which are a short walk from the yurts. There is only one flush toilet in the retreat center, the rest of the facilities are outhouses- charming facilities with no running water and composting thrones.

The yurts include an electric heater, which must be used carefully, electricity and supplies to make coffee or tea. Food must be stored in the main lodge to deter wildlife.

Cell reception will depend on your carrier: WIFI is available at the main lodge. We encourage people to sink into the present moment and use technology mindfully during this magical experience.

You will share the outhouses and shower houses with other participants.

Program

Day 1

  • Pick up, settle into accommodation, meet other guests, and dinner

Day 2

  • Energizing morning vinyasa yoga session, breakfast, pack lunch
  • Today's hike:

Climb almost 2,000 vertical feet to the top of Mount Riley for panoramic views. The hike passes through old-growth forest, subalpine stunted trees, and alpine bogs.

  • After the hike, you return to the yoga studio for an afternoon session and then enjoy an oceanfront dinner

Day 3

  • Strengthening morning vinyasa yoga session, followed by breakfast, and pack lunch and snacks
  • Today's hike:

Today's hike starts at Chilkat State Park and follows the shore, crossing through meadows carpeted with wildflowers and berries and passing towering Sitka spruce trees. You will enjoy secluded coves and beaches and outstanding views of the Davidson Glacier. Guests can choose how long of a hike they want this day.

  • After the hike, you return for a Restorative yoga session and a delicious meal in an oceanfront lodge

Day 4

  • Morning hatha yoga, followed by breakfast and pack lunch
  • Today's hike:

Climb over 3,000 vertical feet along a gentle trail through a variety of different ecosystems before arriving at the summit of Mount Ripinski, the highest peak on the peninsula, where you will be rewarded with views of peaks, glaciers and the ocean.

  • Afternoon yoga session followed by a delicious meal in the oceanfront lodge

Day 5

  • Morning vinyasa yoga, breakfast, and pack lunch, followed by a half an hour boat trip up the fjord to the historic town of Skagway
  • Guests can spend a day hiking or kayaking, or request additional activities and mountain biking, dog sledding, or a helicopter ride near the glacier
  • Dinner in the oceanfront lodge

Day 6

  • After morning hatha yoga, breakfast, and packed lunch
  • Today's hike:

You take off on a road trip to the rolling barren tundra, an hour drive inland. You will hike and pick berries and get a taste for the drier interior climate and ecosystem, before returning for an afternoon yoga session and delicious dinner.

Day 7

  • You will enjoy a final morning yoga session and breakfast in the oceanfront lodge before you depart

The scenery in Haines Alaska is jaw-dropping. Situated at the end of a peninsula at the 60th degree north, the weather is variable, even in summer. Participants should bring sturdy rain gear and hiking shoes, and be moderately fit. Yoga mats and assorted props are included, so no need to bring those from home.

Please note that this itinerary is subject to change depending on participants' comfort level and the weather.

Included excursions

  • Day trip to historic Skagway (ferry tickets not included in the price)
  • Explore the tundra of interior Alaska
  • Guided hike up Mount Riley
  • Guided hike up Mount Ripinsky
  • Guided hike to Seduction Point

Instructors

Pille Mitt

Leonie Sherman

Retreat location

Haines is called the "Adventure Capital of Alaska" and it is located on the Lynn Canal, a 98-mile long fjord surrounded by snowcapped peaks and glaciers, perched on the edge of the largest protected wilderness on the planet. Brown bears roam the rivers, bald eagles cruise the skies, orcas and river otters are frequent visitors.

Book your flight to Juneau International Airport, Alaska. A ferry or a plane will bring guests to Haines from Juneau. The flight is an exciting journey in a small craft, the ferry is a four-and-a-half-hour ride through gorgeous scenery. We can pick guests up at either the ferry terminal or the airport in Haines, a local shuttle may be required depending on arrival times.

Situated at the end of a peninsula at the 60th degree north, the weather in Haines is variable, even in summer. We may experience sunny days of 24 Celsius/75 Fahrenheit or heavy rain and temperatures of 13 Celsius/55 Fahrenheit. Please come prepared for this variety with layers that allow you to enjoy a range of daytime temperatures from warm to chilly.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Our remarkable chefs offer fresh local food, including seafood. While we can accommodate a wide variety of dietary restrictions, please let us know if you have special considerations at the time of booking so we can prepare to meet your needs. While local seafood may be included, most meals are vegetarian.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
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)

  • Kayak in Skagway or the Lynn Canal
  • Go dogsledding out of Skagway
  • Take a helicopter ride to see a glacier up close
  • Enjoy a mountain bike ride from Canada into Alaska
  • Take the train towards historic Chilkoot Pass

Spa treatments

Local masseuses are available upon request.

What's included

  • 6 breakfasts, vegan, gluten-free options
  • 5 lunches and snacks
  • 10 yoga sessions
  • Pick up and drop off at Haines ferry terminal or airport
  • 5 guided hikes
  • 5 guided meditations
  • Personal attention, motivation, care, and enthusiasm
  • Yoga mats and props
  • 6 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Dinners
  • Transportation from Juneau to Haines and back
  • Ferry tickets
  • Skagway ferry tickets and extra activities

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juneau International Airport (JNU). Guests can take a ferry or a plane to Haines from Juneau. The flight is an exciting journey in a small craft, the ferry is a four-and-a-half-hour ride through gorgeous scenery. We can pick you up at either the ferry terminal or the airport in Haines.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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