Yoga & Hiking Adventure in Alaska

Overview: 

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, an optional day of kayaking, and a journey to the barren interior. Appreciating the scenic splendor of Alaska and using our bodies is our doorway to mindful living and breathing. This retreat will leave you energized and relaxed and provide you with tools for bringing yoga, meditation and mindfulness into your daily life when you return home.

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.  You 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.

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.

Highlights:

  • explore southeast Alaska with local guides who have intimate knowledge of the place
  • a variety of yoga classes with internationally renowned instructors
  • delicious plant-based meals made with local ingredients
  • optional guided meditations and yoga philosophy discussions

Host, hiking guide, and yoga teacher in Alaska is Leonie Sherman Co-host, and yoga teacher is Pille Mitt

Leonie is a certified yoga instructor, experienced vegan chef, and adventure athlete.

She has been practicing yoga and meditation for 30 years. She loves to create space for people to connect to their bodies and breath. She also enjoys cooking plant-based meals, leading hikes, and sharing her love for natural history and geology. Her boundless energy, the joy she finds in contributing to groups, and her ability to figure out what needs to happen and jump in and do it, make her an excellent addition to any team.

She created an award-winning mindful movement course that she offers to a thousand school children each year in her hometown of Santa Cruz.

Program: 

Day 1 

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

Day 2 
Energizing morning yoga session, breakfast, pack lunch, climb almost 2000 vertical feet to the top of Mt. Riley for panoramic views. The hike passes through old-growth forest, subalpine stunted trees, and alpine bogs. After the hike, we return to the yoga studio for an afternoon session and then enjoy an oceanfront dinner.
Day 3 
Strengthening morning yoga session, followed by breakfast, pack lunch and snacks. 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. We 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, we return for a restorative yoga session and a delicious meal in an oceanfront lodge
Day 4 
Morning yoga, followed by breakfast, and pack lunch. Climb over 3000 vertical feet along a gentle trail through a variety of different ecosystems before arriving at the summit of Mt. 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 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+ mountain biking, dog sledding, or a helicopter ride near the glacier. Dinner in the oceanfront lodge.
Day 6 
After morning yoga, breakfast, and packed lunch, we take off on a road trip to the rolling barren tundra, an hour's drive inland. We 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 
We will enjoy a final morning yoga session and breakfast in the oceanfront lodge before guests depart.
This itinerary is subject to change depending on participants' comfort level and the weather.

Accommodation: 

6 nights accommodation in a shared or private room (oceanfront yurt)

Food: 

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Pescetarian
  • Flexitarian
  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free

 

 

Your investment: 

A shared double yurt for 1 person 1700 USD

A shared double yurt for 2 persons 3000 USD

Privat yurt for 1 person 2700 USD

Booking and refund options: 

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the price
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is canceled up to 30 days before the arrival date
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival

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.

Payment methods: 

  • Bank transfer
  • PayPal or TransferWise (an additional charge of 3,8 % of the transferred amount will be charged)

What is included: 

  • 6 nights accommodation in a shared or private room (oceanfront yurt)
  • 2 meals a day, water, tea, coffee (vegan, gluten-free options)
  • 5 guided hikes
  • 5 guided meditation sessions
  • 12 yoga and meditation classes
  • Yoga mats and props
  • Transport (rental car fee)
  • Pick up and drop off at Haines airport or ferry terminal
  • Personal attention, motivation, care, and enthusiasm

What is not included: 

  • Airfare
  • Transport from Juneau
  • Insurance
  • Dinners

Additional Information: 

Yoga is for everyone. You do not need to be very experienced in it, but if you are, good for you! The morning yoga will be a traditional Hatha yoga class. We always give you easy options and more advanced ones. The pace of the class depends on the group level. There are almost always some beginners and some more experienced practitioners together on the retreat and it is a good thing since then we can learn from each other. The Morning yoga class is usually 75 minutes with pranayama and relaxation. The evening yoga is usually a combination of Yin and Restorative yoga, which will help recover your muscles for the next day hiking.

Dinners are made on spot using fresh vegetables and/or local seafood. During and after dinner we will have some discussions about the essence of yoga and the eight limbs of yoga. The retreat price doesn't include dinners, which means we collect 100 USD for 6 dinners in cash.

Please be aware that it is a very active holiday. If you need a more relaxing holiday, you are still welcome to participate, but we strongly recommend you skip some hiking trips and yoga classes. The most important things are good walking shoes, a positive mind, and the ability to listen to your own body.

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights days
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