4 Day Yoga and Rafting Retreat in Hells Canyon on the Snake River
• Yoga classes every morning and evening at beautiful riverside spots
• 4-day rafting trip with class II, III, and IV whitewater rafting
• Delicious restaurant-quality meals and sleeping under the stars
• Incredible views of the Idaho scenery and wildlife
• Hiking and inflatable kayaking excursions
• Located on the border between Idaho and Oregon
Deep in Hells Canyon, it’s quiet serene wilderness. There’re no cars, phones, or distractions. It’s the perfect place to calm and refresh your mind and body on a 4 Day Yoga and Rafting Retreat. Practice yoga in the mornings and evening riverside then raft, swim, hike and kayak the day away. If you’re new to rafting or yoga or an expert at both, we welcome you to join us on an awesome yoga adventure!
Whitewater Difficulty Rating:
The Snake River through Hells Canyon is rated Class III-IV whitewater. It is a large volume river with drop-pool style rapids, meaning a rapid is followed by a large pool of calm water. This section consists of mostly Class III rapids with a few Class IV’s. Many of these rapids are described as roller-coaster waves creating a fun and enjoyable ride appropriate for most physical abilities, including children ages 7 and up. Many boat landings are rocky and require walking varied distances on uneven terrain. Once at camp, the terrain is usually open and forgiving. All hiking is optional and easy to moderate difficulty.
Typical Itinerary for Hells Canyon Yoga Retreats
Evening before Departure: Stay in the Cambridge, ID area and we’ll have a pre-trip meeting with appetizers in our Rafting Store to provide dry bags for packing and answer any last minute questions.
Day 1: Our bus leaves early in the morning for a scenic drive along several reservoirs on the Snake River. We arrive at the Hells Canyon Dam and prepare to begin our yoga adventure! Our first day starts off with a bang with several Class II-III rapids. The trout fishing is exceptional during the first day in the swift moving water. Lunch is served riverside usually with an option for a short hike, yoga class, or time to relax, swim or fish. After lunch, the Class IV whitewater rapids are fun, big and splashy. In the afternoon, boats pull into camp where tents will be ready and waiting. Relaxing in camp, fishing, swimming, hiking and playing beach games is encouraged at camp. After play, there’ll be time for yoga and then a delicious gourmet meal is prepared from our river kitchen: appetizers, delicious entrées, fresh baked Dutch Oven breads and decadent desserts.
Days 2-3: After sleeping under the stars, you’ll wake for more yoga time before the sun crests the deep canyon walls. Coffee and breakfast will soon follow. Bags will be packed and boats will be boarded. Phenomenal whitewater follows with calm swimming pools, great fishing holes, rich history, tasty food, and fun. This is when the magic of a river trip happens: no clocks, no cell phones, no computers; just you, the group and your beautiful surroundings. The evening will be similar to the previous night at a camp further down river.
Last Day: We arrive at the take-out in the early afternoon and head back to civilization. You can plan on arriving back to Cambridge around 7:00 pm. If you have any time constrictions, please let us know when you book the trip and we can adjust accordingly.
Note for booking departing flights after the trip: There’s a lot of travel time from the river on the last day. We do not recommend flying out on the final day of a river trip. Please call or email us with questions about appropriate flight times and airport choices: 208-347-3862.
What to Bring on River Yoga Retreats
Hells Canyon is beautiful in the late summer and fall. It’s usually hot during the day and perfectly cool at night. Bathing suits, quick dry shorts/pants, and long/short sleeve shirts are recommended for the day and of course, your comfy yoga clothes! Bring your own mat and we’ll provide dry bags to keep them safe during rafting.
A rain jacket is useful for the chance of rain or splashy rapids and bringing sun protection gear is highly recommended. Sun hats, sun glasses, sunscreen, and long and light layers are excellent. While rafting you should wear sturdy shoes that will stay on your feet and should be comfortable when wet. There are many great varieties of boat shoes: Teva’s, Chaco’s, Keen’s, Aqua Socks, or even old tennis shoes (although they will get wet and stay wet for the whole trip). Flip flops are not appropriate in the boats-they almost always end up getting lost in the river. Packing another pair of shoes specifically for camp is highly recommended. These could be flip flops, sneakers, hiking shoes/boots or galoshes. Pick shoes that will be comfortable and match your level of activity. A separate set of clothes for camp is also advisable solely for comfort.
Check out our packing list for more details!
How to Pack
Everyone gets a large “waterproof” overnight bag for clothing, sleeping gear, toiletries, etc. It can easily fit one sleeping bag and the contents of a good-sized duffle bag. A smaller “waterproof” day bag will also be provided for item you’ll use throughout the day such as sunscreen, a warm fleece or rain jacket, chap-stick, and/or a camera. If packed and sealed correctly, your bags will stay dry under most conditions, although we do not guarantee our dry bags to be completely waterproof. In order to protect important items (such as cameras, medications, etc.), they should be packed in dry bags or boxes inside of the dry bags we provide. Putting less valuable items (like books, playing cards, etc) in zip-lock bags inside your dry bag is also recommended. If you are planning on bringing an expensive camera, please let us know and we should be able to provide a waterproof box that will be accessible throughout the trip. Call the office for more information about properly storing and packing important items. We are happy to help!
Dates & Rates
August 28-31, 2019 | $1275
Fishing during Yoga Retreats is totally optional but a great activity while floating down the Snake River. If you’d like to fish, you’ll need to obtain either a valid Idaho fishing license and/or Oregon fishing license. Either license will allow you to fish from the boat. If you would like to fish from the shore at camp, we usually camp on the Oregon side and would recommend an Oregon license.
Fly fishing recommended gear:
- 5-6 weight fly rod
- 5-6 weight floating line with medium to fast sinking tip. Bass flies: varies
- Try purple, green and white poppers. Streamer patterns.
- Trout flies: Caddis patterns, midges.
Spinning Gear recommended:
- Average sized trout rod with light tackle, or ultralight rod
- 2-4 pound test line
- Lures: Spinners, meps, spoons, jigs
Recommended Reading List:
- Indian Creek Chronicles Pete Fromm
- River Tales of Idaho Darcy Williams
- Water-The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource Marq De Villiers
- Roadside Geology of Idaho David Alt
- Myths of Idaho Indians Deward Walker Jr.
- Standing Up To The Rock T. Louise Freeman-Toole
- Home Below Hells Canyon Grace Jordan
- The Sterling Years Bonnie Sterling
- Snake River of Hells Canyon Johnny Carrey, Cort Conley, Ace Barton
- Island and Rapids: The Geologic Story of Hells Canyon Trace Vallier
- Steelhead Water Bob Arnold
- Mist on the River: An Angler’s Quest for Steelhead Michael Checcio