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The Experience

We have designed this retreat to be a combination of backpacking and nourishing time in the wilderness. Many of the details will be taken care of for you, so you can hike with a lighter pack and take in the wilderness around you. 

Each day will begin with all levels yoga and mindfulness, and end with a gathering around the fire. Almost every day, we will hike through the private alpine forests, aspen meadows and to the surrounding peaks. One of our days will be dedicated to solo-processing, and every day will include time for contemplation.  The hikes are planned to expose you to as many dramatic views as possible, with a reasonable amount physical exertion. Hikes range from 3 - 9 miles in length, the longest hike being mostly downhill. 

Meals will be organic, vegetarian, and fresh-prepared by our experienced culinary guide, Michael Schroeder, three times each day.  A sample menu is posted in the food section below, though the menu is subject to change as we consider the dietary needs of each of our participants. Meals will be nourishing, balanced and filling.

The final day of our trip will be full-on luxury, as we hike back to Corkins Lodge. We will stay overnight at the Lodge and have access to all their public amenities (heated pool, game room, fire circle, etc.) as well as private access to the sauna and movement studio, where we will enjoy a group dance party and celebration. 

A detailed daily intinerary will be provided to participants before the start of the trip (with room for fluidity), but please e-mail us at sfcyoga@gmail.com if you need any specific information before you register. 

About the Location

 

We will be starting and ending at Corkins Lodge, which includes 1,600 acres of Alpine forest and 2.5 miles of the Brazos River. The half-mile tall Brazos Cliffs were formed nearly 2 billion years ago. This is why the land is often referred to as the Yosemite of the Southwest. Since 1995, diligent efforts have been made to restore the privately-owned land around Corkins Lodge from decades of agriculture. Due to these restoration efforts, our group will be the only people in the area, so we are guaranteed solitude and quiet as we hike through aspen meadows, the box canyon, and to the tops of the surrounding peaks. 

Driving distance from nearby cities:

Albuquerque, NM: 3 hours
Boulder, CO: 6.25 hours
Denver, CO: 6 hours
Durango, CO: 2.5 hours
Santa Fe, NM: 2 hours
Silverton, CO: 3.5 hours
Taos, NM: 2 hours

Yoga and Mindfulness

Each morning will begin with an all levels yoga flow, designed to open the muscles and lubricate the joints, preparing the body for hiking. Throughout the days, there will be various mindfulness programming, such as ceremony, council and a medicine wheel. When we return to the camp in the evening, we will practice gentle yoga and meditation. 

The yoga will be taught by Anjali Davidson, who has over 1,700 hours of experience with yoga instruction. If you have any specific concerns regarding this portion of the retreat, please e-mail us at sfcyoga@gmail.com.

Fitness Requirements

Hikes will not be especially strenuous, but you will be expected to carry a backpack with your sleeping gear and other personal items. Hikes will stay under 10 miles (downhill) on the longest day. The yoga classes will be all levels, and planned according to the group's needs. 

Gear Requirements

You will be expected to come with your own basic backpacking gear, including your backpack, sleeping gear (tent or tarp, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, etc)., weather-appropriate clothing and shoes, trekking poles, water bottle or bladder, personal hygiene kit and other personal items. You will not need to bring any gear for cooking, first aid or water filtration needs. 

We will send a detailed packing list with your welcome packet, or upon request. 

Bios of your guides

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Daniel Stauder

Daniel Stauder has been leading growth-inspiring wilderness journeys for the past 8 years, as a Senior Wilderness Therapy Guide for adults and teens with Evoke Cascades in Oregon, Second Nature Uintas & Evoke Entrada in Utah.  Before that, he trip-led for Whitman College, the Youth Adventure Program in Washington, and Campfire USA in Oregon. He specializes in ceremonial design, rite of passage process, and integrating mindfulness practices with therapy. 

After studying at Whitman College, He received his BA in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University in 2012, with dual emphases in Transpersonal/Humanistic and Somatic Psychologies. He is trained in emergency medical rescue as a WFR, and further trainings include NVC, Restorative Justice Facilitation, NOLS Outdoor Leadership, and Transformational Mediation. 

Daniel's deep passion for liberating the human heart and mind has led him on a lifelong journey of service and exploration. Since his first Vision Quest in 2008, he has been an avid traveler and meditator, journeying both internationally and through the inner dimensions of his own being. He currently offers Transformational Guidance through his private practice in Boulder, CO, and leads various workshops and retreats.

You will often find him dancing, bare-footing in nature, making music, being silly, and just relishing aliveness

Michael Schroeder

Michael received undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Printmaking from the University of California Santa Cruz and has strived to maintain the connection between art and psychology both in his career and personal life. He studied graphic and furniture design at Parsons School of Design in NYC and trained as a Yoga Instructor at New York’s Integral Yoga.

For many years he worked as a fine artist specializing in print making, resin casting and woodwork with gallery representation in New York City and Santa Fe. Art lead him back to psychology, particularly Depth related modalities and the work of Carl Jung, MD. He received his Masters Degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute, graduating summa cum laude.

He has worked extensively with couples and kids and within numerous school and university environments with focuses on neurology, childhood development, Co- occurring disorders, addiction, personal growth, trauma and Autistic Spectrum Diagnoses. His Psychotherapy practice is solution–focused, combining art, myth, mindfulness and elements of Zen Buddhism to help individuals and couples evolve to greater self-knowledge and evolution.

Michael is a licensed Psychotherapist (LMFT) in California and New Mexico. He considers Santa Fe one of the best-kept secrets and loves living amidst its fresh air, cultural richness, four seasons, green chile and abundant outdoor activities.

Anjali Davidson

Anjali is originally from the outskirts of the Washington D.C. area. She moved to Santa Fe in 2010 to heal her body and find her own way to navigate the world. She didn't know what to expect from New Mexico, but quickly fell in love with Santa Fe's stunning geography and wide open skies. Professionally, her background is in marketing, design, photography and writing. She holds Degrees in English and Spanish with a concentration in Creative Writing from James Madison University.

She presently divides her career time between her role as the Executive Director of Santa Fe Community Yoga and as an Experiential Guide at Sunrise Springs, where she teaches yoga, meditation, movement and vegan culinary arts.

Anjali is a Yoga Alliance designated E-RYT 200, RYT-500, with over 1,700 hours of teaching experience and over 550 hours of accredited yoga training. She holds special certifications in Stress Management Yoga, Yin Yoga, Integral Yoga and Yoga for Schools. Anjali is a Level Two Reiki practitioner and she also has abundant experience in the studies of Ayurveda, the energy body and vegan nutrition. 

When Anjali is not teaching, she enjoys spending as much time away from computers as possible. Swimming, hiking, playing any available musical instrument, writing, dancing and staring at the sky are among her favorite ways to spend her precious time on this planet. 

Pricing and Registration

The entire cost of the trip, including food, lodging and some gear is $735. 

Due to the limited spaces available, we encourage you to book soon. Upon booking, you will need to pay a $250 deposit. If, due to unforeseen circumstances, you cannot attend, 50% of your deposit will be refundable until May 20th, 2017. 

You can book directly through Mindbody on our workshops page, or e-mail us at sfcyoga@gmail.com.