Olympic National Park!
Yoga, Meditation, Hiking, Camping, Backpacking
August 14 – 20, 2022
COVID NOTE: This trip is almost entirely outdoors in nature. We will do our best to stay safe. With all the polarity and division, in the Spirit of Yoga (union) we will NOT be adding to it by discriminating between masked or unmasked, vaxed or unvaxed, etc. We trust one another to take care of one’s self and the group. All welcome!
“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out until sundown: for going out, I found, was really going in.”
Liz and I are happy to offer this amazing annual Olympic National Park adventure for the fourth time. Our first three trips in 2018, 2019 and 2021 were amazing, so much beauty! Trip includes virtually all meals (about 15), permits, hiking, backpacking, meditations (walking and sitting), forest bathing (soaking up prana from the rainforest), beach yoga, river yoga, yoga in a studio (in Pt Angeles), camping, one night in an amazing lake side lodge, swimming and community. We will visit some of the most beautiful beaches, forests and mountains in the world.
Who should attend?
This is a unique trip, with yoga, meditation, hiking and backpacking. What is the difference between hiking, car camping and backpacking? We do some short hikes without packs, as well as two nights car camping in a campground, with bathrooms available, and with our vehicles. Backpacking is more challenging, leaving the cars and crowds behind and carrying our food and overnight equipment (backpack, tent, sleeping back, pad, etc.) on our back. This is not for everyone.
NOTE: We now require a ZOOM meeting to meet you and discern if you are a good fit for this trip. While the backpack hikes are not long (under 5 miles a day), we have found that some people are just not suited for this type of trip. We also need to assure that you are community minded, and can carry your share of the gear.
SNORING NOTE: Due to the unique aspects of this trip (both camping and lodging), we have found by experience that medium to loud snorers are not a good fit. It is just not fair to our other campers and room mates. If you do snore and really want to attend, we may ask for an additional $100 to cover a private room (for our hotel night) and extra campsite. Let’s talk; there may be a way to make it work.
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. But of course, it is not limited to Japan, as we have some of the most amazing ancient old growth rainforests in the world.
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 back in 1996. 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, majestic mountains, river valleys and amazing wildlife that stirs the 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 has been an awesome combo.
$1,111 for the 6 night, 7 day trip. Includes five nights camping (two car camp and three backcountry backpacking), one hotel night at a beautiful two-house lodge on Lake Quinault, about 15 healthy, love-cooked meals (to your dietary needs, if not too complicated), camp cooks and fuel, guided yoga and meditation, Sol Duc hot springs entry, and all park passes and permits. Extra costs: optional meal out, gas and ferry costs (shared). Note: Transport is not included, but we usually have enough local drivers participating, but there is a chance that some of you will need to rent or borrow a car, as we travel around the entire Olympic Peninsula to visit all the coolest places.
IMPORTANT: Each member of the group must be willing and able to carry your own backpack, tent, sleeping bag and pad, water, clothes, and personal items. In addition, each person will be asked to carry about 3 pounds of community gear (food, fuel, filter, etc.) on the overnight backpacks. We will have a ZOOM video call to discuss all details regarding gear and what to bring.
Need Gear? We now have gear to rent for the week: backpack ($20), tent ($20), sleeping bag ($20), sleep pad ($10). If you buy, rent or borrow elsewhere, do look for lightweight if possible (often called ultralight).
Note: Due to the special aspects of this trip, we will only take about 10 people, so please do not delay signing up
“What a fun week with good people. Thank you to you and Liz for sharing such a beautiful place.”
We will weave a theme of “Returning to our True Nature”. Many of us strive and struggle through life, rather than follow the guidance of our heart and soul. We will use meditations and discussion and quotes to highlight the goal of following our own truth and wisdom.
Liz and Roy have visited the Olympics for the last twenty five years, and know some of the best places to visit, many of which are well known, some lesser known. We will be traveling one way counter clockwise around the Olympic Peninsula, starting in Pt Angeles, finishing at Quinault Lake. 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.
Side-note on Car pooling, Gear sharing, Alcohol:
We will need a couple of you to drive, and others will kick in for gas and ferries. NO SOLO DRIVERS, as there is limited parking at trailheads. To better understand, we ideally arrange car pooling from Seattle area, and then all the cars meet in Pt Angeles Sunday. We drive to various areas each day, working our way counterclockwise around the Olympic Peninsula, driving an hour or so each day, then hiking and playing and spending the night, then finishing in Quinault area at a beautiful lakeside lodge (with actual beds and showers!), kayaks available (included in price) and then continue counter clockwise back to Seattle via Olympia and Tacoma. In other words, we do not return to Pt. Angeles.
If you are willing and able to drive one other person, please take off $50. If you can drive 2 or more others, please take off $100. As far as car pooling, we will work this out. We also ask riders to kick in for gas and ferry, to your driver. We ask that no one drive solo, as this complicates things for everyone, with parking, etc.
To maintain a sacred and safe space, we ask that we refrain from alcohol at camps, but you are welcome to consume alcohol in moderation when we dine out (there will be a couple meals eaten out). This way we keep the camp space clear for meditation and deeper connection. We have found that this balance works for maintaining a yogic environment and the holding of intention for healing, awakening and breaking habitual patterns.
We will discuss details on gear, how to pack your pack, etc.
What to Bring:
We will discuss this in detail later, but some things to keep in mind: Three nights will be short backpack trips. Although relatively short and easy–about three to four miles one way each–everyone 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. You will not need to bring a stove, fuel, water filter, or first aid kit, unless you prefer your own gear.
Gear rental: We now have a limited amount of gear to rent ($20 per item unless marked otherwise): backpack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad ($10), hiking poles ($10), and possibly more.
“Roy and Liz provided a unique and spectacular retreat on the Olympic Peninsula! They cooked delicious meals and shared a “locals” experience amongst the most beautiful nature on the continent. They were very helpful teaching us the basics of backpacking and how to camp gently in the rainforest. We especially enjoyed the yoga and meditation sessions surrounded by giant trees and along side ocean waves. We saw whales and eagles and small forest creatures. Roy’s retreats have always been fantastic, but this retreat is now my favorite!!”
“I had so much fun on this trip. Thanks for the memories and the friendship.”
Day One: Sunday: Drive to Pt. Angeles area of the Olympic Peninsula. Arrive around 2:00pm, and camp at beautiful Heart of the Hills Campground, near Hurricane Ridge. Afternoon meditation walk in old growth forest. Dinner at camp. Drive to Hurricane Ridge for sunset short hike, views, and wildlife seeing and photography.
Meals included: dinner
Day Two: Camp Breakfast. Yoga at local yoga studio in Pt Angeles. Drive west to Lake Crescent Lodge for picnic lunch, possible swim (amazing high vibration, clear lake water!). Short old growth hike to Marymere Falls. Continue west to Sol Duc campsite. Hot soak at natural mineral springs of Sol Duc. Dinner at camp.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Day Three: Short hike to beautiful Sol Duc Falls, then camp breakfast. Visit gorgeous river spot, possible cold water plunge! Continue west to incredible beaches of Olympic National Park. Lunch enroute (included). We will then hike 2 miles to a stunningly beautiful Beach. This will be a day of meandering, exploring. Beach yoga. Amazing sunset. Dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
Day Four: Morning beach yoga. Breakfast. Hike beach back to cars. From beach, we head back inland, then stop for picnic at Bogachiel State Park. Then drive 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 three miles and camp along the Hoh River. Evening meditation walk in the river valley. Camp dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day Five: Camp Breakfast. Gentle riverside yoga. This is a relaxing, rejuvenating Forest Bathing day. We will take a travel break and hang out in the rainforest, with optional meditation hikes (without heavy packs!) deeper into the rainforest to soak up the great energy, perhaps see elk or other wildlife. Maybe take a splash or swim in the Hoh river. Seated riverside meditation and yoga. Restful sleep by the river under the ancient rainforest trees.
Meals included: B-fast, lunch and dinner
Day Six: Camp Breakfast. Gentle riverside yoga. We hike out of the Hoh, drive west back towards the coast, then south, and stop to visit one of the most beautiful, ancient red cedar trees in the world. Then picnic lunch along the beach. We continue south to the Quinault area. We will go for some comfort and stay right on the shore of Quinault Lake in a VRBO, with a queen size bed for every person, swimming, kayaking, how showers and even a bathtub, ahhhhhh. After cleaning up, we take a short walk to see the biggest Sitka Spruce in the world, and visit the historic Quinault Lodge, perhaps take a swim from their beautiful lake beach. Maybe eat out.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch.
Day Six: Gentle, standing yoga on patio overlooking lake Quinault, closing ceremony, breakfast, half mile rainforest loop hike, then depart for home.
Meals included: Breakfast
Your Guides: Roy Holman and Liz Gross. Roy has been teaching yoga and meditation for over 20 years, and has led hikes globally and in the Pacific Northwest with the Mountaineers, and professionally with Lynnwood and Edmonds Parks Department. Liz Gross also teaches yoga and meditation and is a gifted energy healer. Her website is Here