African SUP & Yoga Expedition for Wild at Heart Women

  • Vioolsdrift Settlement, South Africa
  • Mar 8 - 14, 2020 (7 days)

Event Highlights

  • Stand Up Paddling, expedition style, a distance of about 60 kilometers, over 5 days on the mighty Orange River.
  • Sleeping under the stars.
  • Beginner welcome!
  • 2 nights accommodation in African chic shacks the night before we set off and the evening of our return.
  • Sunrise yoga and expansive meditation on the banks of the river.
  • Massage in the wild.
  • Bathing each morning in the river.
  • Dinners by fire. (All meals on the river included)
  • Hiking to explore the surrounding rock and fluorite deposits.

Schedule

A little piece taken from our itinerary which loosely and very briefly describes our days on the river....
"Day 3: Second day on the river
Today there is none of the usual, having slept under the stars we wake to the sight, smell and sound of this incredible expanse. Coffee and tea will help us crawl out of our sleeping bags and onto our mats where we will greet the day and our lives with a glorious yoga and meditation experience, as we will everyday for the next few days. We paddle around 14 kilometers today, rapids coloring the paddle with some challenge and excitement. The midday scorch will lead us to some shade where we can swim, graze and luxuriate. Laugh by the fire. Sleep under the stars. Bathe in the river in the morning."

About This Event

ORANGE RIVER SUP & YOGA EXPEDITION

SPIRITED ADVENTURE 

FOR WILD AT HEART WOMEN 

(Beginners of both SUP and Yoga welcome!)

6 nights. 4 nights on the River and 2 nights at base camp before and after. (a 7th day is necessary for travel from the river)

"It is in the wild places, where the edge of the earth meets the corners of the sky, the human spirit is fed”

Art Wolfe

That being said, this is an invitation to your wild self, shaking up the spirit of adventure by combining rugged under the stars expedition style SUP (Stand Up Paddling) with yoga and guided meditation.

Beginners of both SUP and yoga, most welcome.

A never before kind of adventure covering 60 kilometers of the mighty Orange River, surrounded by one of the most striking landscapes Southern Africa has to offer. Imagine paddling 5 days (4 nights), on a freshwater SUP built for easy river paddling and cool rapid handling.

Your body free and lite on your own craft, the sun on your skin welcoming the wet, your focus shifted to simple beauty and the excitement of navigating the water.

Waking up every morning to the open sky and long, slow yoga, followed by meditation for creating space within, and expanding our receptivity to life.

This is women gathering to support of each other, to experience themselves and each other in this environment and in the context of journeying together for Joy. 

The 5 days on the water are at first a casual meander into a truly awesome environment and swiftly flow into a playful, expanded connection with your body, your mind and your spirit, your whole self celebrating.

This journey will serve as an interruption to our currently established thinking, feeling and being, the intentions, to make space for the new, to connect with and receive nourishment from the Earth and Sun & to expand our capacity for flow.

A connecting, celebrating, sexy, challenging, gritty, exploration into the wild within and the wild outside, establishing more the momentum of appreciation as fuel for inspired living.

 

“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”  Kahlil Gibran

What's Included

  • ​5 days guide supported paddling.
  • ​4 nights under the stars with hearty meals by fireside.
  • ​Sleeping out in the open on the banks of the Orange.
  • ​All equipment provided, boards etc.
  • ​No experience necessary.
  • ​Exciting rapids to navigate and an expanse of water to travel standing up on a paddle board that will make you feel like a capable amazonian with surprisingly little effort.
  • Magnificent morning yoga on the banks of the River yielding deep opening and connection.
  • ​Simple clear practices, for greater receptivity to our own unique flow of life and expanding what we believe is possible for ourselves.
  • Coming to yourself to hear your inner voice more clearly. Connecting with and sharing with other adventurous souls.
  • ​A bodywork/massage experience with your body on the warm sand that also serves as a facilitated sacred feminine meditation.
  • ​2 nights accommodation at base camp.

What's Not Included

​Flights & airport transfers
Visas & departure taxes
Travel to base camp (can be arranged at extra cost)
Travel medicine & insurance
Tips/gratuities
Dinner on the last night

Venue Highlights

Our venue is the Orange River, more specifically 50 to 60 kilometers of it from the South African border at Vioolsdrif into Namibia.
We will take four nights and 5 days to SUP the distance, an unplugged, under the stars yoga adventure to let the body and spirit soar.

Our base camp is Umkulu's Growcery Camp, proudly growing their own fresh organic produce. It's situated on the South African side of the Orange River which forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.
This is where we will meet the first day around 5pm, having spent most of the day travelling by road. We will sleep in the Growcery's rustic African style Chic Shacks tonight and on the night of our return only, the rest of the time we are sleeping under the stars.
Facilities at The Growcery include:
Pristine eco ablutions, hot and cold showers & flush toilets
Grassed campsites, permanent tents, chic shack units
Electricity, washing up facilities, braai/barbeque area
Safe parking and an incredible view of the Orange River
Catered meals on request
The Growcery shop (braai packs, wood, ice, alcoholic beverages, cold drinks, caps, t-shirts & Kikoi)
**Please note no credit card facilities or ATM at camp.

Accommodations

Chic shacks are rustic twin shacks with cozy beds and fresh linen. They will be ours on the night we arrive before setting off and on the last night, once we have returned to base camp.
Have a look see about our base camp.

Amenities

  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • House Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Meat
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

Food is for high energy and a light mind n body, also adjustable based on individual and group dietary requirements. We believe in balance, and take into account the lifestyle and temperament of all participants for a relaxed, real and gritty experience. Feel free to let us know about you.
We may enjoy fresh sun ripened fruits, delicious gluten free rusks, organic coffee/tea, almond/rice milk for breakfast, this will be the lightest meal of the day, and intentionally so.
Lunches will be something like salads and gluten free pasta's, some left over's from our meal the night before, fruit, nuts, that kind of thing.
Dinner will be cooked on open fire and may be either stew, barbecue(veg and/or meat) or something equally nourishing with good fresh produce.
Something often materializes for dessert.
We make dairy exceptions for chocolate ;)
You will also bring along your favorite snacks for in between grazing.

Directions

The nearest airport is Cape Town, it is just under 700 kilometers from base camp. That's a travel time of 5 to 7 hours. Travel to the river depends on who and how many are coming from where, often a car pool/road trip takes shape beautifully. Transfer from Cape Town is not included in the cost of the adventure but we are very happy to help arrange your transport to and fro. If you are flying in to Cape Town we recommend you stay in CT overnight and be ready to leave by 10 am latest on the first day to meet around 5/6 pm at the Growcery Camp.
All directions and details will be provided.

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 60+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 30-59 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-29 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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