Summer Solstice: Awakening to the Light

  • Balanced Rock Foundation Balanced Rock Foundation
  • Yosemite National Park Road, Yosemite Valley, CA, USA
  • Jun 20 - 23, 2019 (4 days)
  • $645.00 - Program Price

About This Event

Celebrate the light through backcountry yoga practice, outdoor adventure and deep relaxation over the longest days of the year. The summer solstice is a perfect time for transition and renewal and what better place to experience this than the Sierra Nevada’s, Range of Light.

Our four-day journey in Yosemite National Park takes us to some of the most amazing outdoor “yoga studios” in the world. Backpacking, outdoor yoga, community and ecology are woven into a journey of body, mind and spirit.

As we move towards the end of our time together, there will be a special emphasis on the development of a home practice, bringing our experience out of the High Sierra mountains and into our home and daily life. Tuition assistance is available.

Highlights:

Two optional yoga classes each day in some of the best outdoor “studios” in the world

Morning meditation instruction and practice

Spontaneous river or alpine lake dips

Hiking and gentle peak climbs in Yosemite’s unparalleled wilderness

Fresh meals include local and organic ingredients

Tentative Itinerary

Thursday

We will meet at the trailhead at 9 am on our first morning. We will take time for introductions and trip orientation. Next we will have thorough instruction on what and how to pack our backpacks and then be on our merry way. This hike may take us the entirety of the day. We will stop for breaks and to enjoy the scenery. We’ll enjoy a delicious dinner after yoga as the Range of Light, bathed in alpenglow, lives up to its reputation. Evenings may include fireside stories, music, or gazing at the Milky Way from the cozy comfort of our sleeping bags.

Friday and Saturday

The next two days will allow us to adapt to the natural rhythms of the planet and flow with the specific needs and desires of the group. We may move our camp or enjoy a day-hike with light packs. We may now feel a settling into our new home among granite domes and peaceful lake waters. In addition to the adventure of backpacking, each day provides opportunities for swimming in alpine lakes, day hikes to sweeping views of the High Sierra or perhaps relaxing creek-side. Evenings are set aside for intentional discussions, wilderness education, creative journaling, music-making, or quiet contemplation around the campfire.

Sunday

Our last morning, we will enjoy a yoga class and meditation before sharing our final breakfast together in the field.  We will then pack our backpacks and begin our hike back to the trailhead. After putting closure on our journey together, we will aim to conclude by 2 (contact info blocked)

Note on Itinerary: This schedule is an outline. It is subject to change depending on the needs of the group and allowing for spontaneous inspiration. Almost all of the activities offered are optional.  This program operates rain or shine.

Packing list for this trip available here

To get a feel for our backpacking retreats have a look through the photos of past journeys in our gallery!

Price Includes

Professional instruction and guiding, campground fees, wilderness permit fees, first-aid supplies, and group gear for backpacking and camping. Balanced Rock provides delicious and high-quality meals so you don’t need to worry about a thing!

Not Included

Transportation to and from your hometown to Yosemite, park entrance fees, and personal items.

Cancelation Policy available here

Balanced Rock integrates the wonder of the natural world with the beauty of humanity through reflection, yoga and adventure. I am nearly complete with my 200 hour Yoga teacher training through BR and I am consistently impressed with the level of time and attention this organization puts into developing teachers and longtime learners of yoga and life. ~P.J. S.

Schedule


Venue Highlights

Our staff and instructors are a fun group of inspired mountain adventurers who have honed their skills living and loving life in connection with wilderness. Accomplished musicians, artists, naturalists, yogis, healers, chefs, and free-spirits Balanced Rock instructors have a knack for making people feel super safe and comfortable in the mountains. We strive to help people feel capable and competent in their own selves in the wilderness through our competent, attentive guidance.

Accommodations


Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Includes Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine


Directions

Each course explores a different region of the Park. With our staff of resident Yosemite experts, we specialize in visiting less crowded, yet stunningly beautiful corners of the Park. We have decades of collective experience in exploring Yosemite National Park, and have a wide range of hidden sanctuaries, secluded lakes, outdoor granite-slab yoga “studios”, and comfortable campsites in our routes and itineraries. If you want to also see some of the more popular icons and destinations, there is ample time at the beginning and end of each course.

Once you complete your registration for a course, we will send you detailed directions and a map to the meeting place for your course. This will usually be a campground inside the park boundary on the Tioga Pass Road.

Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

To find peace and renewal while going through a huge change in my life. Empty nest and the end of a 27 year marriage all at once. Susan
 

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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