During the first two days of the trip, we build community and trust through playful daytime floats and fire-side evening councils in order to be able to articulate and witness each other’s intentions. After the solo time among the red-rock canyons, we return to the temporary and special community we have created so that we can help each other prepare to go ‘back home’ while carrying the experience of our quests on the river.
This trip is for anyone looking to deepen their connection to both nature and self. The river gives us ample space for play and laughter as well as solitude and introspection. We run women’s retreats as well as a couple’s retreat. Lauren Bond Kovsky, our lead guide, is trained through Naropa’s Environmental Leadership Master’s program as well as through the Earth-Based Institute’s Transformational Wilderness Guide Training. Lauren’s co-guides, Pinar and So Sinopoulos-Lloyd, bring additional experience from other venues such as the School of Lost Borders and Animas Valley Institute.
No canoeing experience is necessary and all of your river gear (boat, life jacket, & paddle), food and fluids will be provided. We also provide dry bags for your belongings. Our guides on backcountry trips are certified in Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, and are trained in wilderness survival skills.