Olympic National Park!
Yoga, Meditation, Hiking, Camping, Backpacking
August 9-15, 2020
“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 thrilled to offer this amazing annual Olympic National Park adventure for the third time. Our first two trips in 2018 and 2019 were amazing, so much beauty! Trip includes meals, hiking, meditations (walking and sitting), forest bathing (soak up prana from the rainforest), beach yoga, river yoga, yoga in a studio (in Pt Angeles), camping, swimming and community. We will visit some of the most beautiful beaches, forests and mountains 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. 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. 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 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.
$950 for the 6 night, 7 day trip. Includes five nights camping, one night at the beautiful Quinault River Inn, 13 healthy, 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: optional 3 meals out, gas and ferry costs (shared).
Please note: Each member of the group must be willing and able to carry your own backpack, tent, sleeping bag and pad, and personal needs. In addition, each person will be asked to carry about 3 pounds of comunity gear (food, fuel, filter, etc.). We will have a ZOOM video call to discuss all details regarding gear and what to bring.
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 years, and know some of the best places to visit, many of 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.
Side-note on Alcohol, Car pooling, Gear sharing:
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 3 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. As far as car pooling, we will work this out. We ask that no one drive solo, as this complicates things for everyone, with parking, etc. We are happy to 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: Two nights will be short backpack trips. Although relatively short and easy–about two-three 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.
“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 Heart of the Hills, near Hurricane Ridge. Afternoon meditation in old growth forest. Dinner at camp. Drive to Hurricane Ridge for sunset walk, views, and wildlife seeing and photography.
Meals included: dinner (participants bring own lunch)
Day Two: Camp Breakfast. Silent Meditation Walk. Yoga at local yoga studio in Pt Angeles. Drive west to Lake Crescent Lodge for 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, dinner (participants bring lunch or eat out at Crescent Lodge)
Day Three: Short hike to beautiful Sol Duc Falls, then breakfast. Continue west to incredible beaches of Olympic National Park. Lunch picnic. We will then hike 2 miles to a stunningly beautiful Beach. This will be a day of meandering, exploring. Beach yoga. Amazing sunset. 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 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 Kalaloch Lodge for a delicious lunch, with an ocean view! We continue south to the Quinault area. We will go for a bit of comfort and stay at Trip Adviser highly rated Quinault River Inn. http://quinaultriverinn.com/ River view, bathtubs, hot water, ahhhhh. After cleaning up, we take an old growth forest nature walk, 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. Eat out at Salmon House.
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
Day Six: Gentle, standing yoga / Earthing outside our hotel by the river, and eat out at historic Quinault Lodge, then head home.
Your Guides: Roy Holman and Liz Gross. Roy has been teaching yoga and meditation for over 20 years, and has led hikes in the Pacific Northwest for many years. Liz Gross also teaches yoga and meditation and is a gifted energy healer. Her website is Here