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INWARD BOUND

WILDERNESS & WELLNESS

YOGA & TREKKING RETREAT

3RD 

ANNUAL

ANSEL ADAMS WILDERNESS, CA   |   JULY 28-31, 2016

  • Wilderness camping in comfort

  • Silent hiking to pristine alpine lakes

  • Outdoor yoga and meditation

  • Delicious, mostly organic camp cuisine

  • Unparalleled beauty of this remote alpine lakes basin

 

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.”  

—Edward Abbey

 

Pricing & Registration

 

Price: $1265

Includes a single-occupancy tent (or double-occupancy for couples), horseback ride to base camp, all meals, and yoga

 

To register: Please mail your payment of $1265 to the below address. Checks can be made out to Christy Brown. 

 

Christy Brown

PO Box 1479

Sausalito, CA 94966

 

POLICY: Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable unless we are able to fill your space, minus a $150 processing fee. 

All levels and ages are welcome on this third annual wilderness and yoga adventure deep in the majestic Ansel Adams Wilderness.

 

Beginning at June Lake (7200 ft.) near Mammoth Lakes, we'll ride horseback five to six hours to our base camp at one of the most beautiful, pristine, and remote alpine lakes in the region, Weber Lake (9957 ft.). Strong hikers can hike in on foot if preferred. Base camp will include tents, freshly-prepared organic meals, drinking water, and enclosed portable toilets. 

 

Each day will include silent hikes of varying lengths, a mixed-level yoga/meditation practice, and plenty of free personal time for swimming, reading, relaxing, and savoring the majestic, quieting, and healing spirit of the wondrous Eastern Sierra Mountains.

 

The gentle daily yoga practices with Christy will be designed to compliment hiking (and horseback riding), with emphasis on gently and safely stretching hamstrings, hips, shoulders, neck, and spine; strengthening abdominal core and upper body; breathing; calming the nervous system; and quieting the mind. The practices will be held in especially stunning, outdoor locations where we can also enjoy and benefit from the surrounding alpine beauty.

 

The silent day hikes through pine forests, along meandering creeks, and amidst majestic granite boulders and incredible vistas, will take us to other equally remote and exquisite lakes and breath-taking locations in this alpine lakes basin.

 

The retreat begins July 28th at 9am and ends July 31st at 1pm. All meals are included, from breakfast on July 28th through lunch on July 31st. We recommend that you book lodging for at least one night before the retreat begins, at Double Eagle Resort and Spa, Whispering Pines Resort, or any of the other hotels in the small town of June Lake. Camping is also available. All information can be found through simple online searches. Arriving a day or two early will help you adjust to the altitude.

 

Camp and pack services will be provided by Frontier Pack Train. A horse and mule-train will carry up all belongings except for your day pack. (Please see pack list below.) .

 

All yoga levels are welcome. Moderate hiking ability preferred. Early registration is recommended to ensure your space.

 

 

Other Details

 

Items to bring:

  • Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pillow

  • Yoga mat and yoga strap

  • Water-proof jacket and pants

  • Clothing for both cold and warm temperatures

  • Water bottle

  • Headlamp/flashlight

  • Good hiking shoes

  • Keens/water shoes (optional)

  • Towel

  • Bathing suit

  • Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent

  • Day pack for hiking

  • An extra pillow (or two) to be used as yoga bolsters/props

  • Meditation shawl or blanket

  • Favorite tea/coffee mug (optional)

 

You won't need to bring:

Tent, mess kit, first aid kit, water pump, snacks (unless there's a favorite snack you want to bring, which you will give to the camp staff to put in a bear box). 

 

First-day details:

Please note that in the morning of the first day, your belongings will be packed on horses and mules. It is an all-day uphill hike, only appropriate for very advanced hikers. The rest of us will ride in on horses. In your day pack you'll want plenty of water, warm and cool layers, a rain shell, sunscreen, a wide-brimmed sun hat, and any favorite snacks. A sack lunch will be provided. Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian can be accommodated with advance notice.

 

Bear country:

We will be in black bear country. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that no food is stored in tents. All food must be given to camp staff to be stored in bear boxes. And please bring only unscented toilettries. For more about black bear safety techniques, please visit the Sierra National Forest website here.

 

Map links to Ansel Adams Wildnerness and Weber Lake

Ansel Adams Wilderness Topo Map

Weber Lake Topo Map (and Satellite View)