Discovery Islands Kayak and Yoga Retreat

About the Experience

Dig into nature and yourself on our Discovery Islands Kayak and Yoga Retreat! Paddle the beautiful British Columbia coastline along the Discovery Islands.

We’ll start each day with mindfulness, meditation and a yoga practice with a certified hatha yoga instructor and launch our kayaks daily for a new adventure. On the kayak trips, we’ll learn about basic kayak safety, paddle techniques and also about the history of this area and the indigenous ways of life within this unique ecosystem.

Our paddles will take us along the coastline to nearby islands, and look out for humpback whales, orcas, harbour seals, sea lions, and an abundance of birdlife along the way! As we paddle closer to the coastlines, we will learn about the intertidal ecosystems and the incredible species we see.

We’ll stay at Channel Rock, a unique off-grid, eco-retreat lodge situated in 140 acres of untouched wilderness. It is located on the unceded land of the toq qaymɩxʷ (Klahoose), (Tla’amin), (Homalco) Nations. The solar-powered buildings are all sustainably built and are centred around a large permaculture garden. A wood powered sauna can be enjoyed in the evenings. The accommodations are shared cabins or yurts spread across the property, so you’ll have a chance to connect to the surrounding beauty in nature.

On one of the evenings, we’ll venture out at dusk for an adventure and experience the magic of the bioluminescence that lights up the water as we paddle under the stars!

On our Discovery Islands Kayak and Yoga Retreat, the surrounding mountains and tidal waters will soothe your soul. These picturesque islands that surround this area like puzzle pieces are the most scenic in coastal British Columbia! National Geographic named this collection of islands British Columbia’s best-kept secret.

 

 

 

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Discovery Islands Kayak and Yoga Retreat

About the Experience

Dig into nature and yourself on our Discovery Islands Kayak and Yoga Retreat! Paddle the beautiful British Columbia coastline along the Discovery Islands.

We’ll start each day with mindfulness, meditation and a yoga practice with a certified hatha yoga instructor and launch our kayaks daily for a new adventure. On the kayak trips, we’ll learn about basic kayak safety, paddle techniques and also about the history of this area and the indigenous ways of life within this unique ecosystem.

Our paddles will take us along the coastline to nearby islands, and look out for humpback whales, orcas, harbour seals, sea lions, and an abundance of birdlife along the way! As we paddle closer to the coastlines, we will learn about the intertidal ecosystems and the incredible species we see.

We’ll stay at Channel Rock, a unique off-grid, eco-retreat lodge situated in 140 acres of untouched wilderness. It is located on the unceded land of the toq qaymɩxʷ (Klahoose), (Tla’amin), (Homalco) Nations. The solar-powered buildings are all sustainably built and are centred around a large permaculture garden. A wood powered sauna can be enjoyed in the evenings. The accommodations are shared cabins or yurts spread across the property, so you’ll have a chance to connect to the surrounding beauty in nature.

On one of the evenings, we’ll venture out at dusk for an adventure and experience the magic of the bioluminescence that lights up the water as we paddle under the stars!

On our Discovery Islands Kayak and Yoga Retreat, the surrounding mountains and tidal waters will soothe your soul. These picturesque islands that surround this area like puzzle pieces are the most scenic in coastal British Columbia! National Geographic named this collection of islands British Columbia’s best-kept secret.

 

 

 

Did you know we’re a global leader in women’s adventure travel? Check out our destinations around the world!

 

 

DAY ONE: ARRIVAL

Our journey begins in Campbell River, where we can park our vehicles at the Discovery Harbour Marina. Your wild women guides will greet you at the Marina, and then we’ll take a 45-minute water taxi ride to the remote island lodge of Channel Rock. The crossing from Campbell River to Cortes Island will give you a taste of the discovery islands’ beautiful scenery!

Upon arrival, we’ll be greeted with lunch and a garden tour. After everyone settles into their accommodations, we venture out for an afternoon kayak tour! Here, your guides will introduce you to the basic kayak strokes and rudder steering.

 

 

DAY TWO: MINDFULNESS AND EXPLORATION

We will start each day with mindfulness, meditation, and a yoga practice with a certified hatha yoga instructor in the garden, orchard or forest.

Afterwards, we’ll have a gourmet breakfast cooked onsite by a professional chef. Then we’ll launch our kayaks for a new adventure!

We’ll learn about basic kayak safety and paddle techniques and the history of this area- the indigenous ways of life within this unique ecosystem. We’ll paddle to a nearby uninhabited island and stop for a picnic lunch. On the way, we will explore the intertidal ecosystem and learn about the area!

After dinner, we venture out on a sunset and bioluminescence kayak adventure. Watch the sun fall behind the mountains, and the sky light up with the yellow, pink and orange hues of summer sunsets. Once dusk falls, the bioluminescence will illuminate the water beneath us. We’ll explore the coastline and listen to the sounds of the calm ocean while kayaking beneath the stars with the ocean lighting our way.

 

 

DAY THREE: CRUISING THE COASTLINE

We will start the day off with breakfast and yoga in the garden, followed by a guided naturalist walk in the forest. Learn about the native plant species and their medicinal uses!

Our paddles will guide us along the coastline to nearby islands. While paddling, watch for humpback whales, orcas, harbour seals, sea lions, and an abundance of birdlife. As we paddle closer to the coastlines, we will learn about the intertidal ecosystems and the incredible species we see.

While learning and experiencing this beautiful place, we will explore our own relationships in this ecosystem and our ecological selves.

We will venture into the gorge, paddling beneath glaciated granite cliffs with 1,500-year-old pictographs. The sheltered ecosystem of the gorge will provide more opportunities for exploration. We’ll let the ebbing tide take us back through the mouth of the gorge to some nearby islets for wildlife viewing. Here, we will stop on a beautiful beach for a swim and lunch.

 

 

DAY FOUR: REST AND RELAX

Today, our kayak adventure will take us to a marine park with an intertidal lagoon. We’ll kayak through the crystal clear waters and observe the incredible biodiversity beneath us. Later, we’ll have the opportunity to hike through a coastal cedar grove to a freshwater lake for a swim.

After returning to Channel Rock, we’ll have the opportunity to have some free time to walk in the forest, explore the garden, read, swim, or do another yoga session with an instructor. Our yoga instructor will help you improve your postures and flexibility while working specifically with your needs.

For dinner, our chef will prepare a locally sourced gourmet meal that we’ll enjoy while looking over the gardens and orchard.

 

 

DAY FIVE: LEAVING PARADISE

After our daily yoga practice and a gourmet breakfast, we will go on a short kayak paddle. There will be free time before lunch for everyone to pack up their belongings and prepare to leave.

After lunch, the water taxi will arrive to pick everyone up. The stunning 45-minute crossing from Cortes to Campbell river will give everyone the opportunity to say thank you and goodbye to paradise!

 

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