5-Day Kayaking & Yoga Retreats
5-Day Kayaking & Yoga Retreats in Clayoquot Sound or the Broken Group Islands
5-Day Kayaking & Yoga Retreats Overview:
New for 2020, we have teamed up with certified yoga instructors to bring you a unique experience in either Clayoquot Sound or the Broken Group Islands. Enjoy five days of kayaking, yoga, and camping powered by a nourishing Ayurvedic vegetarian menu with a west coast twist.
On our Clayoquot Sound retreat you will get the unique experience of paddling in both calm sheltered waters as well as more exposed sections. Clayoquot Sound is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its ancient forests, wild salmon, coastal wolves, whales, eagles and black bears.
On our Broken Group Island retreat you will explore this world renowned kayaking destination within the Pacicfic Rim National Park Reserve. As we explore the traditional home of the Tseshaht First Nations we will paddle through sheltered waters with minimal crossings to discover ancient middens, a vast cultural heritage, towering cedar trees and turquoise waters.
Both of these retreats are expedition style trips where camp may be moved daily in order to experience the magnificent wonders that the areas have to offer. Both trips are suitable for beginner and experienced paddlers alike. Daily outings are dependent on the sea conditions, weather and the groups ability.
Jeremy Beninger & Shannon Jensen (Certified Kayak Guides & 200-Hour Yoga Teachers)
We will meet in Tofino (Clayoquot Sound) or Ucluelet (Broken Group Islands) to load our gear. After a short introduction, we will show you how to pack your kayak and demonstrate how to wear the gear properly. Your guides will conduct a pre trip safety talk and discuss safety procedures. Your guides will be there to assist you in anyway you need during this process and over the next 5 days.
Before lunch we will have our first kayak yoga sequence on the water. After our yoga session we will then head to shore for our first delicious lunch. After each meal the whole group will help with clean up as an efficient clean up means more time to explore and connect with nature!
Our first camping destination will be determined by the weather, group ability and the daily tides. This first day of kayaking will be between 4-5 hours. Once we have found our destination camp site you will set up your tent while the guides are setting up a kitchen.
Once camp is set up, we will begin our on land yoga session. Your evening session will be about 1-1.5 hours. Afterwards will be a short break before dinner (and dessert)! We will try to serve dinner no later than 7:30pm but as an expedition style trip times may vary. All campsites permit fires so we are able to share stories, fire gaze, and enjoy the peacefulness that nature has to offer.
Each morning will begin with a 7am morning yoga session unless the weather permits otherwise. Before the session we will have coffee and tea ready for those who prefer a hot drink first thing in the morning.
Our morning yoga and meditation session will be 1-1.5 hours, followed by a nourishing breakfast.
Depending on the group ability, weather and tides we may move camp or we may stay. We will aim to have lunch somewhere different than our campsite.
In Clayoquot Sound there is also a chance we will be doing a half day or full day of hiking. Each day we will be kayaking around 3-4 hours with ample opportunity to take in nature and have optional meditation practices. Back at camp we will prepare for another evening yoga session, dinner, and socializing before bed.
On the last day we will start our mornings the same with yoga and breakfast. We will then start making our way to Tofino or Ucluelet. You can expect to be done unpacking no later than 5pm. Lastly we will say our goodbyes and exchange numbers or emails to keep in touch and share photos.
Hello Nature Adventure Tours recognises and supports the indigenous rights and title of the Hesquiaht, Ahousaht, and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, Ucluelet, Toquaht and Tseshaht - the first peoples of the lands and waters now called Clayoquot Sound and Barkley Sound.