About The River’s Path Canoe Guide 2018-01-27T18:23:34+00:00

Meet Lauren Kovsky

Lead Canoe Guide & Founder

After dedicating a career and a master’s degree toward working in outdoor and  environmental education, I found there wasn’t space in my work for stopping, sitting down and becoming lost in conversation with an eagle or a waterfall.

I found myself interacting with the natural world in a way that I couldn’t explain. Deeply connecting with Western Red Cedars, a Brazilian capybara, an Alaskan black bear, porcupines and a very curious Gray Jay eventually helped me realize I needed to create my own path. I had to create space for magic to happen, to form bonds that forever change lives.

Canoeing rivers right outside my back door in Boulder is the perfect way to find that magic. There is profound healing to be found in the gentle pace of the current amidst the towering cottonwoods and the soaring wild birds. The river retreats on the Green River in Utah are the culmination of my journey thus far, beginning with a conversation with a waterfall nearly 20 years ago.

Now in our seventh official season, The River’s Path has gone beyond my wildest expectations. I’ve spent nearly 35 years of exploring rivers and streams, and nearly twenty guiding them. We have guided nearly 1000 people down the St. Vrain river and taken over seventy down the Green River. The gratitude I feel is indescribable. It is a joy for me to share the sacred havens of the river with you.

~Lauren, Lead Canoe Guide

Environmental Leadership MA (now called Resilient Leadership MA), Naropa

Transformational Wilderness Guide, Earth Based Institute

Our Expert Team

Diane Laughlin

Day Trip Co- Canoe Guide

I began canoeing rivers and lakes in Texas in 1972 and continued when I moved to Colorado in 1977. Many adventures followed in the Grand Canyon, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, and Alaska. Being a horticulturalist in my summer job and a birding enthusiast I’ve enjoyed seeing great plants/flowers and birds while boating. Teaching skiing is my winter love and boating is my summer joy. I’m a lucky person!

Pinar Sinopoulos-Lloyd

Women’s Retreat Co-Guide

My name means “spring” in Turkish—where water flows from the underworld onto the surface of the earth. In relation to the liminal, I identify as genderqueer. My studies include a B.A. in Somatic & Depth Ecopsychology from Prescott College as well as immersive studies at Animas Valley Institute, Wilderness Awareness School, Naropa and Esalen. My passions include ancestral skills, rites of passage, soul work, wildlife tracking, natural history, and the ecological intelligence of emotions.

So Sinopoulos-Lloyd

Women’s Retreat Co-Guide

So grew up in Vermont and loved its northern hardwood forests from a tender age. Growing up in a place with a strong shared land and community ethic, and experiencing nature-based education themselves as a child created a context for So to continue to explore as an adult the possibilities of human belonging in the natural world. This manifested in various ways, such as working in small-scale agriculture and studying earth-based living skills, but also through studying religious belief systems with attention to how the natural world is related to notions of the sacred in human culture. So has a BA from the University of Vermont in Religious Studies and Animal Science, and an MA from Claremont Graduate University in Religious Studies. As a nature mentor, So strives to combine empirical study of the natural world with appreciation of the contemplative and transpersonal realms of experience that are naturally accessed through nature-connection.

Caroline Glynn

Marketing Coordinator

Caroline credits her nature-loving family for her lifelong appreciation of the outdoors. In college, she volunteered with the University of Dayton River Stewards, leading kayaking trips and educational tours on the Great Miami River for elementary students and community members. After earning her B.A. in International Studies and a graduate certification in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Dayton, Caroline left the Midwest and headed to the mountains of Colorado to work in outdoor education. She has worked with The River’s Path since June 2016 and assists with logistics, marketing, and shuttling.

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What We Offer

The River’s Path offers wilderness canoe trips based out of Colorado’s Front Range, leading local canoe trips on the St. Vrain River as well as remote back country trips in Utah’s Canyonlands. We are easily accessible from Boulder, Longmont, Denver, and Fort Collins.

The River’s Path offers several different kinds of guided nature experiences, led by Lauren Bond Kovsky, lead canoe guide and expert naturalist. These include:

  • Full or half day canoe trips on the St. Vrain River
  • Vision Quest canoe retreats on the Green River in Utah
  • Wildlife viewing adventures in the Boulder area

Between the 25 miles of waterways we explore in our region and the expertise of of the canoe guide, we are equipped to offer you a gateway to the river’s diverse gifts. Whether you seek a few contemplative hours in nature, more confidence paddling, a lesson in river ecology, or a week-long vision quest among red-rock canyons, we are here to help you achieve what you desire!

Our canoe day trips on the St. Vrain River are within 30 to 40 minutes from Boulder, Denver, Greeley, and Fort Collins and 15 minutes from Longmont. If you seek a deeper, more personal dive into nature-connection, we facilitate Vision Quests—our signature backcountry guided canoe trips—where we float through the iconic Labyrinth Canyon section of the Green River in Utah.

Philosophy and Mission Statement

As an organization our canoe guides are dedicated to offering holistic river experiences that impart naturalist knowledge, technical skill, the transformative potential of the outdoors, and a greater sense of belonging in our community. Canoes can take us places that are difficult to reach on foot and offer a front-row seat to the secret lives of animals that depend on the river for survival. Naturalists and birders will delight in the ability to be in an ideal position for observation as they float. The river is also a place that abounds in symbols and metaphors, both cultural and personal. Being in the presence of such a vital life source can be healing and thought provoking. We at the River’s Path cherish the emotional connections people have to nature, and believe they are an important part of environmental stewardship