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YOGA AND RAFTING RETREAT SNAKE RIVER

June 1-4, 2021

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

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Yoga classes every morning and evening at beautiful riverside spots
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4-day rafting trip with class II, III, and IV whitewater rafting
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Delicious restaurant-quality meals fresh and local ingredients
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Comfortable camping riverside under the stars
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Incredible views of the Idaho scenery and wildlife
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Hiking, inflatable kayaking, and SUP boarding excursions
Located on the Idaho and Oregon border on the Snake River

Overview

Itinerary

Trip Prices

What to Pack

Food Menu

Calendar

YOGA AND RAFTING RETREAT OVERVIEW

There’s nothing quite like a Yoga Retreat in the bottom of the deepest canyon in America…

Travel on the Snake River via raft while stopping for yoga classes on riverside beaches, meditations at scenic vistas, and ACRO yoga play at camp in the afternoons. This trip blends the fun of a whitewater rafting with a healing yoga retreat. 

Yoga is both a physical practice that stretches and strengthens your body and a mental practice that calms and clarifies your mind. This retreat offers both physical movement practices (asanas), breathing practices (pranayama) and meditations. We will focus on a specific theme and teaching for the week to help you build your practice and expand conscious awareness.

Take time for yourself and jump into the perfect outdoor and adventurous yoga retreat. This trip is like no other. 

Yoga retreat snake river
  • Enjoy beautiful scenery, plentiful wildlife and delicious food while spending 4 days and 3 nights in Hells Canyon on the border of Idaho and Oregon.
  • Morning yoga classes, guided meditations, Reiki energy, ACRO yoga, and playful evening workshops all taught by Yoga Inbody
  • 34 miles of splashy Class II-IV whitewater rafting in oar boats, paddle boats or inflatable kayaks
  • All meals are restaurant quality with vegetarian options made from scratch in our full-service kitchen on the river
  • Hike to view some of Idaho’s historical landmarks
  • Explore the wilderness and find wildlife like bald eagles, bighorn sheep, otters, mountain goats, deer, elk, brown and cinnamon bears, and more
  • Sleep riverside on thick cushy sleeping pads beneath the starry night sky

Difficulty Rating:

Yoga: All skill levels welcome. Yoga Inbody instructors teach alignment based flow classes that will open your heart and expand your mind. We offer modifications for any injuries and provide yoga props to support your body. We keep this retreat to a small group so each student receives the attention they need.  Students love releasing tension in their body and receiving healing touch and adjustments during the restorative practices. 

Rafting: 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. 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.

Here are the boats we offer on our trips.

Itinerary

Trips start and end in Cambridge, ID

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.  Lunch is served riverside and before we eat the yoga retreat officially opens with a special river ceremony and short hike. 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 class/activities 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.

Sample Food Menu

Day 1

Breakfast

  • Freshly baked muffins and scones
  • Fruit
  • Yogurt and homemade granola
  • Coffee, tea, and hot cocoa

Lunch

  • Chickpea Salad Sandwiches on croissants
  • Mediterranean Orzo Salad with feta, black olives and lemon vinaigrette
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Idaho Peaches

Dinner

  • Appetizer: Spinach Artichoke Dip with Toasted Baguette
  • Main: Grilled Teriyaki chicken and tofu, coconut rice , green beans, Sesame Coleslaw, Blue Cornbread
  • Dessert: Strawberry and Peach Shortcake with Whipped Cream
Day 2

Breakfast

  • Fresh Biscuits and Mushroom Gravy
  • Eggs to Order
  • Idaho Cantaloupe
  • Yogurt and Granola
  • Coffee, tea, and hot cocoa

Lunch

  • Greek Wraps with spiced chickpeas, feta, black olives, cucumber, and tzatziki
  • Roasted Sweet Potato Lentil Salad
  • Local Fruit
  • Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Dinner

  • Appetizer: Baked Brie with crackers and grapes
  • Main: Grilled Tri Tip, Asparagus, Couscous, Candied Walnut, Apples Gorgonzola Salad with Poppyseed Dressing, Irish Soda Bread
  • Dessert: S’mores Bars
Day 3

Breakfast

  • Banana Bread French Toast
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Farm fresh Melon
  • Yogurt and Granola
  • Coffee, tea, and hot cocoa

Lunch

  • Caesar Salad Wraps
  • Italian Herbed Potato Salad
  • Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Watermelon

Dinner

  • Appetizer: Pepper Jelly & Cream Cheese with crackers, Pimento Cheese & Pretzel Rods
  • Main: Grilled Honey Dijon Pork Tenderloin, Apple Sauce, Baked Potato Casserole, Glazed Carrots, Watermelon Salad with arugula, feta and orange shallot vinaigrette, Rosemary Beer Bread
  • Dessert: Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Whipped Cream
Day 4

Breakfast

  • Huevos Rancheros with homemade salsa verde
  • Eggs to order
  • Potato Hash
  • Fruit Salad
  • Yogurt and Granola
  • Coffee, tea, and hot cocoa

Lunch

  • Asian Noodle Salad with roasted peanuts and peppers
  • White Chocolate Chip and Hazelnut Cookies
  • Oranges

WHAT TO PACK

For Yoga rafting retreat

Hells Canyon is beautiful in the spring. It’s usually warm 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 if you like or use one of Yoga Inbody’s mat.  We will provide dry bags to keep them dry and safe. 

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

Included in the trip is 1 large overnight dry-bag and a smaller day dry-bag per person given out during the pretrip meeting the night before the trip.

The large dry-bag comes packed with your sleeping bag, pillow, and fitted sheet. It will be able to fit the contents of a good-sized duffle bag. Small duffle bags or backpacks can fit right into the dry-bag and large sized bags may need to be repacked directly into the dry-bag. This large dry-bag will be packed away during the day and should contain only items that you will need at camp.

The smaller drybag is used to hold everything you’ll want during the day: extra clothes, sunscreen, chapstick, etc. This bag will stay you all day.

If the dry-bags are packed and sealed correctly they will stay dry under most conditions, but they are not guaranteed 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. Less valuable items like books, playing cards, etc. can be placed in zip-lock bags inside your dry-bag to keep excess moisture out.

If planning on bringing a nice camera, there are dry boxes availble to borrow for the trip.

Fishing Hells Canyon

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

Fishing gear can be provided for you! Let us know you have an interest and a license, and we’ll pack the right gear.

Books about Hells Canyon
  • 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.

Snake River:

  • Home Below Hells Canyon Grace Jordan
  • Standing Up To The Rock T. Louise Freeman-Toole
  • 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

Fishing:

  • Steelhead Water Bob Arnold
  • Mist on the River: An Angler’s Quest for Steelhead Michael Chec

TRIP PRICES

 

Yoga and Rafting Retreat

June 1-4, 2021

Adult: $1575

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • All yoga classes and activities from guided meditations to ACRO yoga and playful evening workshops
  • We provide yoga mats, blocks, straps and all workshop supplies. You get to take home yoga folders, and retreat gifts!
  • All rafting gear: PFD’s (life jackets), dry bags to pack in, rafts, etc.
  • Camping gear: roomy tents, cushy sleeping pads, freshly laundered sleeping bags, pillows, and fitted sheets
  • Shuttle to & from the river from Cambridge, ID (and safe place to park while on the trip)
  • Professional knowledgeable guides and RYT 500 yoga teachers/Reiki Practitioners
  • Delicious from scratch meals from breakfast on the first morning to lunch on the last day. We take care or everything: all cooking, cleaning & dishes!
  • Sodas, beverages, local selection of craft beers and table wines

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?

  • Transportation to and from Cambridge, ID from the airport, Boise, etc
  • Hotels the night before and after the trip
  • Dinner on the last night
  • Gratuity for guides
  • Any personal vehicle shuttling (not required but convenient)

BOOK YOUR TRIP

 

A 30% deposit will hold your spot on this Hells Canyon Rafting Trip. The remainder of the trip price is due 30 days before your trip.

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TRAVEL TIPS

  • Boise, ID is the best airport to fly into and out of
  • The best travel days are full day before and after the trip. Rivers are wild and it’s best to give it some wiggle room
  • Cambridge, ID is 1 hour and 45 minutes from the Boise Airport. There are 2 travel options: rent a car at the Boise Airport or give us a call to organize an airport pickup for an additional fee
  • It’s best to stay in Cambridge, ID the night before the trip.
  • After the trip, it’s best to either stay in Cambridge or not travel further than Boise.
  • Driving to a different destination after your rafting trip? If it’s north or west of Idaho it may be easiest to have your car shuttled to the end of the trip for an additional fee.

OTHER IDAHO WHITEWATER RAFTING TRIPS:

 

3 or 4 days Hells Canyon Rafting

5 OR 6 DAY HELLS CANYON RAFTING

4 DAY SALMON RIVER RAFTING