Overnight Yoga Trip Multi-Day
Join us for the ideal way to see the Black Canyon of the Gunnison Gorge - from the inside! A true wilderness experience, this 14 mile river section combines wildlife and scenery with class II-III+ whitewater through one of the most spectacular canyons in Colorado.
The RIGS Yoga River Trip is an opportunity to break free from routine. This trip will offer time and space to explore meditation and yoga as well as nature.
Join Hansa Pernefeldt, instructor and dedicated yogi, with fellow yogis on an amazing adventure into one of Southwest Colorado's great sections of wilderness, while practicing yogic awareness in nature and expanding your mind, body and spirit connection.
This trip is intended for adults. No previous experience necessary but an understanding of yoga is helpful.
PUBLIC LAND USE FEES APPLY
On departure day, we drive from the RIGS Fly Shop in Ridgway to the canyon rim where the trail head starts at a point 800 feet above the Gunnison River. From there, we hike the 1.1 mile trail to the river with our personal dry bags, rain and yoga gear. All the rafts and camp gear have been horse packed to the put in and one of our staff has already rigged the boats and is awaiting our arrival. After gearing up and reviewing trip considerations, we start floating through the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness to a preplanned lunch spot. Between 3pm and 5pm we like to make camp at which point the guides go to work setting up and making preparations for a gourmet dining experience. Early dinner is an event in itself, as the guides enjoy showcasing their culinary river cooking skills. After dessert, enjoy the temperate high desert evening and take personal time, relax or participate in an evening hike. No camp fires are allowed in Gunnsion Gorge NCA. You may wish to finish the day by joining in the evening yoga session, take in the stars, or retreat to your tent as your cot and sleeping bag awaits, whatever you wish.
Experience waking in the high desert canyon with sun salutations to ring in a new day. Breakfast is usually served at 8:30am and we try to break camp and start down river by 10am. The second day offers new excitement around every corner as we continue our theme of exploring the inter-gorge, meditation and a side hike. After arriving at camp between 3 and 5 pm, prepare for another healthy meal and relax with a book by the rivers edge or prepare your camp site for the evening. After dinner explore a side canyon or meditating to the sound of moving water - whatever you wish. Greet the evening with another moon salutation or choose to retreat to your tent as your cot and sleeping bag await beneath an incredible star filled sky.
Our final day meets with a yoga session, new rapids and canyon walls towering overhead as we weave our way thru whitewater containing some of the oldest rock exposed anywhere on earth! Once successfully out of the rapids, the last four miles of our trip returns to mellow waters and classic desert canyon. Our last riverside meal is prepared in the shade of pastel canyon colors and a yogic meditative farewell. We typically reach our take-out at the Gunnison Forks at 3:00 pm. Our estimated arrival time back in Ridgway is 6:00 pm, at which time we say our goodbyes and thank you's.
You will carry your own personal gear down a mile long trail to the put in. (we will provide you with waterproof backpacks)
*These need to be picked up at our shop the day before trip.
WATERPROOF BAG: We will issue you a waterproof bag to pack your personal gear in. The bag is 3.2 cubic feet (about the size of a duffel bag). You will carry your own waterproof bags and personal food/drinks down a trail to the put-in, which is approximately one mile. Group camping gear and boats are carried to the river on horses the day before your trip.
ORIENTATION: Prior to departure, you will receive an orientation on safety, emergency procedures and other trip related matters.
RIVER TIME: The first day of the trip we are usually on the water by 9:30-10:30 am. The following days we are usually ready to be on the water by 10 am. We pull into camp between 3 pm and 7 pm, depending on water levels and weather conditions. During the day we will pull over to view wildlife, scout rapids, eat lunch, and explore points of interest. We will arrive at the take-out at approximately 3 pm.
MEALS: We provide fresh hearty meals starting with lunch on the first day through lunch on the last day. Special diets can be accommodated upon request. Remember we provide only Emergen-c style beverages, water and hot beverages. If you would like to bring your own drinks in metal or plastic containers, please feel free. We will provide a place to carry them.
CAMPING CONDITIONS: All campsites are primitive-no plumbing or electricity. We provide a portable chemical toilet for use in camp. You may wash in the river, (please bring biodegradable soap.) We provide tents and are happy to provide you assistance in selecting and setting up your tent.
NON-SWIMMERS: Many of our participants cannot swim. We provide U.S. Coast Guard approved life preservers designed to float you face-up in heavy whitewater. Everyone will wear these at all times while we are on the river.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: Alcohol and rivers do not mix. We do not provide alcohol, and alcohol is not permitted while on the river. On multi-day trips you may bring alcohol for consumption in camp, but it must be in plastic or metal containers (no glass). Guests, who have been drinking before the trip, will not go on the river and will not receive a refund!
DAY GEAR: Each raft will carry a waterproof bag for your rain gear and extra items that you may need during the day.
DRINKING WATER: We carry drinking water on each raft. Please bring your own water container, one litter minimum.
ALTITUDE: You will be rafting at altitudes between 5000 to 6000 feet. Most people don’t have serious problems here, but shortness of breath and dehydration are common. Come a day or two early to acclimatize yourself if you can, and drink plenty of fluids while you are here. A headache often means you’re dehydrated—Drink plenty of water.INSTRUCTOR BIO: Hanna (Hansa)
Pernefeldt - Hansa
is a dedicated yogi, Swedish native and a Student of Life with her heart in the
mountains. Her daily practice includes finding balance between the inner and
outer world, exploring both spaces with awe and wonder and applying the yogic
principles to map out the journey. Hansa received her formal hatha yoga
training and education while living in Rishikesh, India.
Experiencing the power of yogic practice and related philosophies led her to
the desire to teach and share yoga in her daily life, supporting others on
their journey to find balance. Her extensive travels have also taken her to
many spiritual places where yoga and meditation have become a central part of
the exploration of different cultures. Currently she is exploring the gorgeous
landscape of her new hometown of Ridgway, Colorado and sharing her yogic voice
with the surrounding community. Hansa views yoga as an integral and all-encompassing
lifestyle, including postures, breath work, mindful diet,
contemplation and meditation, and service to others. Spending mindful time in
nature deeply nourishes her connection to spirit and her yoga practice. Hansa
looks forward to the opportunity to spend time sharing her knowledge with a
group of adventurous yogis on the RIGS Yoga River trip.YOGA: On yoga based trips, bring your own personal yoga mat/towel and any additional desired equipment that may aid or protect you in your practice (you will be in wilderness setting on uneven surfaces so remember to protect your feet). All participation in yoga practices is voluntary and done at the participants discretion. LITTER: Please keep in mind that on our trip we will carry out ALL of our trash and whatever other trash we may find as we travel down the river. This applies to the put-in as well. If you accidentally discard cigarette butts, used matches, gum wrappers, toilet paper, or anything that doesn’t occur naturally on the riverbank you will be politely asked to pick it up.
PREGNANCY: We cannot take you rafting if you are pregnant. This policy is for your own safety and that of your unborn child.
you believe in tipping, an average tip is $85 per-guest, per-day on
multi-day trips. If you do not feel that one of our people deserves a
tip, we’d appreciate hearing from you. We’d also appreciate hearing from
you so that we can recognize extraordinarily good work.
RESERVATION POLICY & CANCELLATION POLICY: Please review the detailed cancellation policy outlined in your Trip Confirmation Receipt, which is emailed to the “Trip Leader” whom secures the reservation with initial payment. It is your responsibility to review Trip Leaders emailed Trip Confirmation Receipt that they receive via email. All participants are subject to these initial terms and conditions of a confirmed status reservation. Trip insurance is always recommended, please contact your local travel agent to acquire trip insurance appropriate for this type of trip.
All trips departing for overnight trips are required to meet at our shop prior to departure in order to process any remaining paperwork, issue licenses, meet trip leader (trip orientation) and review any last minute necessities.
WHAT TO BRING*Please Note: Most of the following items may be purchased at RIGS fly shop the afternoon prior to trip departure. (Please inquire)
Ø *Lightweight Synthetic Pants (no jeans or sweats)
Ø *Long Sleeve Lightweight Shirt (sun protection!)
Ø *Sunglasses With Securing Strap (polarized ideal)
Ø *Waterproof Sunscreen
Ø *Large Brim Sun Hat
Ø *Personal Water Bottle (1litter min)Day use while in boat
Ø Lightweight Hiking Shoes or Secure River Sandals
Ø *Wool Sweater or Fleece Jacket
Ø *Waterproof Rain Jacket
Ø *Yoga mat, towel and any other desired items to aid in your yoga practice
Ø Warm Sleeping Bag
Ø Sleeping Pad
Ø Long Underwear
Ø Personal Toiletries (think light!)
Ø Plastic Bag for Wet Clothes
Ø Personal drinks (for camp)
Ø Cash For Souvenirs and Guide Gratuity
(Extras: camera, books, binoculars, etc.)
Ø Meals From Lunch on The First Day Through Lunch on The Last Day
Ø Emergen-C, Water & Hot Drinks with Meals – Morning & Evening
Ø Personal Overnight Dry Bags with Backpack Straps – 3.2 cu. Ft
Ø All Eating Utensils (cups, plates, bowls, etc)
Ø All Kitchen & Group Camping Equipment
Ø Roll-a-Cot (cots provided, sleeping pad still recommended)
Ø Transportation to and from the River
Ø Guides, Rafts & Rafting Equipment
Ø First-Aid Supplies & Safety Equipment
Portable Chemical Toilet
In the event of a cancellation within 48 hours of your trip departure 100% of the balance will be charged and is considered non-refundable, (90 days out for Gunnison River trips.) * The cancellation of any reservation up to 48 hours will forfeit a standard cancellation penalty of: $15 per-person. (*Cancellation of any Gunnison River trip outside of the 90 days will forfeit a per-person cancellation penalty of: $200 per-person.)
RIGS is not responsible for any cancellations or modifications of tours due to weather condition, road hazards, vehicle breakdowns, or other unforeseen conditions that may hinder the ability for the tour to take place as scheduled. We reserve the right to cancel or modify any trip due to circumstances beyond our control. Clients will have the option to reschedule during the current season based on trip availability. However, trip insurance is always recommended, please contact your local travel agent to acquire trip insurance appropriate for this type of trip.
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