Do I need to have experience with conscious dance,
yoga, meditation or rafting?
No. All activities are for anyone at any level. We provide a safe, welcoming, non-judgmental environment for all. We invite you to explore and participate in any activity of interest, and connect with others at your own pace. All activities are optional, including rafting (you can stay on the property if you prefer while others are on the river). Our stretch of the river provides more of a float trip, rather than whitewater. You will be provided with safety instructions and all river gear from River Journey Adventures.
Who attends these retreats?
Most participants live in the San Francisco Bay Area, though many come from all over the state of California. Our focus is mainly on adults who want to relax and disconnect from their busy lives to enjoy nature, creativity and summer fun. You’ll get in touch with your inner child at camp, while you play and connect with others.
Can I bring my kids?
We have a limited number of spaces for children (up to 10% of total attendance), available on a first-come, first-served basis. We provide a part-time program for kids ages 7-12 with prior approval (see specifics on our event page). This is a great way for both parents and their children to enjoy the weekend and participate in activities. Contact us for before registering your child.
Put "Kids Camp" in the subject line and email us CLICK HERE
What’s the rafting like, and how much rafting will we do? If the drought continues, will there be enough water to raft?
Very exciting! Our new location at the American river offers class 2-3 whitewater rafting. We only raft 3 hrs on one day, it is not a trip where we raft down the river and set-up camp. It is a stay put retreat. In recent years we have been doing a class 1 float. We will raft to camp safely in professionally guided boats (no need to figure out a leader just relax and enjoy the ride! Not tough paddling either just ride the river) Safe enough that the rafting company allows kids as young as 7. While all activities on the trip have always been optional we have decided to make rafting an optional purchase this year as some may not be up for the adventure or it may not be in some peoples budget.
Yes, there will be enough water to raft. One of the benefits of rafting on the American is that there is plenty of water and guaranteed flow vs some other California rivers.
Where do I sleep?
Guests camp in tents on shaded sites nestled in the trees within close proximity to activities, meals bathrooms, pool and river. Guests provide their own camping gear, including tents, sleeping bags, pads, pillows and chairs. If you tend to go to bed early, or are a light sleeper, be sure to bring and wear a set of good ear plugs.
What if I’m absolutely NOT into camping?
At our new site there are a few deluxe cabins for an addtional charge, email us to inquire.You may choose to stay at a nearby hotel and drive back and forth to the property daily. There hotels are within 10-15 minutes each way. If you choose this option, please note that there is no discount on the retreat fee.
Is there any camping gear available for rent?
We may have access to tents, sleeping bags and pad rentals with advance notice, based on availability. Contact us for more information as we get closer to the date of the trip.
What if I want to bring my camper or RV?
There is a designated parking area for RVs, and hooh-ups. Please contact us before you register if you’d like to bring a camper or RV. There is an addtional fee for RV camping and needs to be reserved in advance
Can I bring my own raft or kayak?
No not on this trip. Our insurance would not cover you if you supplied your own vessel, we raft in organized professionally guided boats.
What should I bring?
For what to bring CLICK HERE
What should I leave at home?
Pets, preconceived notions, alcohol, non-prescription drugs, candles, perfumes and other scented products. Cigarette smoking is permitted in very limited areas. We offer a conscious environment where we get high on the joy of allowing our inner child to play and connect with others.
What is the process once I arrive at camp?
Registration is open from 2pm-9pm on the first day. We encourage you to arrive in time for the sound healing to drop in after setting up, which is usually before dinner on the first night (see schedule when planning transportation). Upon arrival, you must check in at registration and receive your wristband before proceeding any further on the property. Anyone found not wearing a wristband on the property risks being asked to leave, as per our agreement with the owners. When you arrive, you will receive more information about where to park and set-up your camp.
What if I arrive after registration is closed or another time during the weekend?
We encourage you to arrive during registration hours. If not possible, please let us know in advance so we can have someone meet you at registration. (Guests must obtain a wristband before proceeding further onto the property, without exception.)
Can I leave camp early?
Surely if you must, however we strongly encourage you to stay for the entire experience. If you make plans that require you to leave early, you’ll likely regret it the moment you arrive. (Seriously, Dorothy, this is as far from Kansas as you can get!)
Are there “In’s & Out’s?”
Yes, though you likely won’t want to go out once you’ve come in. That said, if you need to run into town for any reason, it is only 5 minutes away.
Will my cell phone work at camp?
Yes, verizon cell phones only work on the property. There are scattered outlets to charge such devices, however, this retreat is all about unplugging, unwinding and connecting with spirit and community. So turn off your cell phones. Put away your watches. We will blow the conch shell 5 minutes before meals and activities are set to begin.
What if I have a medical emergency?
We have crew that are trained in first aid and CPR and we have a basic first aid kit. An urgent care center is nearby; a hospital is within 5-10 minutes of the property.
What if there is an emergency back home and someone needs to reach me?
We will provide you with our camp emergency contact in your confirmation email.
What kind of food will be served?
You will be amazed by the quality, variety and presentation our chefs bring to our kitchen. All meals are included, with gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options. Our menus include chicken and fish for those who desire it. Our chefs strive to use local organic fresh fruits and vegetables. You will be asked when you register about any dietary concerns or allergies. We will do our best to accommodate requests with prior notice, but if it is out of our scope you may want to supplement by bringing a cooler for your personal use.
Are there restrooms and showers
We have a central bath-house with separate and individual men’s and women’s shower stalls, sinks and flush toilets. In addition, we will have additional porta-potties in other areas of the property for our guests’ convenience.
How about carpooling and ride-shares?
In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and because of limited parking on the property, we encourage and support carpooling and ride-shares.
For the carpooling app CLICK HERE
Can I bring a dog or my favorite pet?
No. Guests are allowed to bring animals onto the property at this location but it can detract from the experience so we do not allow them in our group camp area. The exception is for guests with Certified Service Animals.
Can I participate by leading a workshop?
Contact us at CLICK HERE if you are a professional interested in offering a workshop, and we will send you a presenter application if appropriate. There may be an opportunity for camper-led activities that you can sign up for onsite.
Can I sign up for work exchange and reduce my cost further?
Yes, we do offer a work exchange program. To contact us CLICK HERE.
Do you offer group pricing or organizer incentives?
Email us CLICK HERE for info on our “pied piper” or “ambassador” program, should either describe you. :)
Will bodywork be available at the river?
Yes, we have a wonderful team of healers. Getting a massage at the river is another great way to relax and enjoy your stay. Massage is offered on each retreat for $20 for every 15-minute block. Sign-ups will be taken onsite.