Olympic National Park!
Yoga, Meditation, Hiking, Camping
August 5-10, 2018
“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out until sundown: for going out, I found, was really going in.”John Muir
Liz and I are thrilled to offer this amazing Olympic National Park adventure for the first time. Trip includes hiking, meditations (walking and sitting), forest bathing (soak up prana from the rainforest), beach yoga, yoga in a studio (in Pt Angeles), camping, swimming and community. We will visit some of the biggest trees on Earth, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
What is Forest Bathing?
This is the healing way of soaking up the rainforest prana, chi or life force energy. In Japan it is called Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy, the medicine of simply being in the forest. Shinrin-yoku is a term that means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.” It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care in Japanese medicine.
Why Olympic National Park?
Quite honestly, the Olympic National Park is my (Roy) favorite place on Earth. I am not exaggerating. I have had a passion for the Olympics since the first time I visited. I have travelled and backpacked all over the world, but there is something about the Olympics, with its old growth rainforests, stunning beaches, alpine meadows, river valleys and amazing wildlife that stirs my soul. So, we decided to combine the inner with the outer, the hiking with the meditation, the forest bathing and the yoga, the community with the solitude, and it will be awesome.
$795 for the 5 night, 6 day trip. Includes four nights camping, one night at the beautiful Quinalt River Inn, 10 health, love cooked meals (to your dietary needs), camp cooks and fuel, guided yoga and meditation, Sol Duc hot springs entry, and all park passes and permits. Extra costs: a couple lunches, or optional 3 or 4 meals out. Gas and ferry costs (shared).
Note: Due to the special aspects of this trip, we will only take about 6-7 people, so please do not delay signing up
Is there any other Theme or Focus?
We will also weave a theme of Healing Ourselves. Many of us work admirably to heal or even save the world, but we forget that peace begins within. As Gandhi said, “Be the change”. Based on Roy’s book, we will explore the beautiful process of healing and awakening what already lives in our heart: peace, joy and love. Everyone receives a free copy of Roy’s book, “Healing Self, Healing Earth: Awakening Peace, Presence and Passion.” Let nature help guide us back to our own nature.
Liz and Roy have visited the Olympics for the last twenty years, and know some of the best places to visit, many which are well known, some lesser known. See below for the itinerary. We will include car camping, back country (forest and beach) camping, yoga (in studio and beach), meditation walks, some meals (camp cooking). We will soak in the Sol Duc natural healing pools, and visit the Sol Duc waterfall. We will drive up to the amazing Hurricane Ridge for a stunning view of the Olympics and Mt. Olympus. We will visit one of the world’s biggest Cedar and Spruce trees. We will also eat out at some classic places: Lake Quinault Lodge, Kalaloch Inn and the Crescent Lodge.
What to Bring:
We will discuss this in detail later, but some things to keep in mind: Two nights will be relatively short backpack trips. Although relatively short and easy–about two miles one way each–one should have access to the proper gear (we can guide you what to bring, buy or borrow). You will need a backpack, sleeping bag, tent (you can share with someone), sleeping foam or blow up pad, hiking boots or shoes or even good sandals.
Day One: Sunday, August 5: Drive to Pt. Angeles area of the Olympic Peninsula. Optional short hike on Dungeness Spit on beach. Camp at Heart of the Hills, near Hurricane Ridge. Afternoon hike in old growth forest. Dinner at camp. Drive to Hurricane Ridge for sunset.
Meals included: dinner (participants bring own lunch)
Day Two: Camp Breakfast. Silent Meditation Walk. Yoga at beautiful local yoga studio. Drive west to Marymere Falls, short hike, lunch at Crescent Lodge on Crescent Lake (possible swim!). Continue west to Sol Duc campsite. Hot soak at natural mineral springs of Sol Duc. Sunset short hike to Sol Duc Falls, dinner at camp.
Meals included: breakfast, dinner (participants bring lunch or eat out at Crescent Lodge)
Day Three: Continue west to incredible beaches of Olympic National Park. We will hike 2 miles to a stunningly beautiful Beach. This will be a day of meandering, exploring. Beach yoga. Amazing sunset. Dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day Four: Morning beach yoga. Breakfast. From beach, we head back inland, then drive back into Olympic National Park’s Hoh River area, one of most beautiful old growth rainforests in the world. We will visit the Hoh visitor center, then backpack in about two to three miles and camp along the Hoh River. We often see elk here. Evening meditation walk in the river valley. Camp dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day Five: We hike out of the Hoh, drive west back towards the coast, then south, and stop at the Kalaloch Lodge for a delicious lunch and tea or coffee, with an ocean view! We continue south, stopping to see one of the biggest red cedars in the world, then visit the Quinault area, taking a short walk to see the biggest Sitka Spruce in the world. We will go for a bit of comfort and stay at Trip Adviser highly rated Quinault River Inn. http://quinaultriverinn.com/ Old growth forest nature walk. Eat out at the historic Quinault Lodge for dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day Six: Morning meditation or yoga, then breakfast at Quinault Lodge, then drive back home.