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The River’s Path offers a supported 48-hour solo experience in Labyrinth Canyon as part of an amazing canoe river trip down the Green River of Utah. This River's Path's women’s river retreat is a deeply spiritual journey, a powerful way to connect with your purpose during times of great transition. All ages, ability levels, and backgrounds are welcome.
On the first night, you will stay in a tent and will be camping at Ruby Ranch. In the succeeding nights, you will be camping along a 45-mile stretch of the Green River in Utah.
Do you long for time to deepen into a passion, a calling, or a life purpose? Wilderness-based rites of passage have existed in many traditional cultures on earth. Very often, these critical parts of human life were periods of solo time where one would be alone and away from their community in order to understand their place in it.
In some cultures, one is expected to prepare for a wander or a fast in the wilderness when they feel "called". In other cultures, there are allotted times of life when people are expected to undertake such ventures or certain vocations that require it.
In all cases, a sacred question is a part of this time spent away from everyday life: how to better serve oneself, one’s community, and perhaps even one’s planet. You are blessed to live in a time where more and more outfits facilitate wilderness fasts and visionary retreats.
The River’s Path puts a twist on this form a transformational experience on the river. This trip includes a 48-hour solo during which it is optional to fast, and for that time you will set up base camp in a canyon and will not be traveling. Every participant will set an intention for their solo time which will shape their experience.
During the first two days of the trip, The River’s Path builds community and trust through playful daytime floats and fire-side evening councils in order to be able to articulate and witness each other’s intentions. After the solo time among the red-rock canyons, you return to the temporary and special community you have created so that you can help each other prepare to go ‘back home’ while carrying the experience of your quests on the river.
This trip is for anyone looking to deepen their connection to both nature and self. The river gives you ample space for play and laughter as well as solitude and introspection. The River’s Path run women’s retreats as well as a couple’s retreat. Lauren Bond Kovsky, the lead guide, is trained through Naropa’s Environmental Leadership Master’s program as well as through the Earth-Based Institute’s Transformational Wilderness Guide Training.
No canoeing experience is necessary and all of your river gear (boat, life jacket, and paddle), food, and fluids will be provided. You will also be provided with dry bags for your belongings. The guides on backcountry trips are certified in wilderness first aid, wilderness first responder, and are trained in wilderness survival skills.
Each lifestream has its own unique flow, its own meanderings, rapids, eddies, channel, and shores. Taking time to explore your currents within and where they are leading you is what this river rite is designed for. It is a quest, and adventure, a process of transformation.
It is a method for clarifying the path of your inner river. Individuality is respected and simultaneously recognized that there are universal ways through life and cycles. The River’s Path offers this rite as a means to demarcate, consecrate, and celebrate each individual’s transitions with universal principles of transformation.
Utilizing iconic symbolism, stories, council practice, psychological models, wisdom traditions, ceremony, art, movement, and emergent modalities, The River's Path facilitate each participant’s unique way of preparing for and embarking upon their journey. Through celebration, mirroring, and community practice, The River's Path supports the embodiment, integration, and incorporation of the metamorphosis that occurs on such a profound voyage.
It’s an adventure! Adventure into a deep connection and relationship with unique-self and the greater-self, one’s soul path. This rite of passage draws upon ceremonial structures that are used by many individuals and organizations which have been leading these types of quests for decades.
Some of the traditions are drawn from cultures from around the world and include symbology from the indigenous peoples of Turtle Island. It is in no way your intention to “appropriate” cultural traditions and yet recognizes that these ceremonial ways are pan-cultural and are important elements to a deeply connected spiritual life.
The setting of a deeply felt intention, called Sankalpa in Sanskrit, is an (important) element in any endeavor. You will be working with not simply a “goal” or desired outcome, but rather our deeply felt sense of import.
Letting go of what you are holding onto is the only way to embrace fully what is calling you to embrace. The becoming of something new requires that the old way of being is let go of and for a time you are in the unknown, liminal state before you become your new self or take on your new roles in life. This ending is what you refer to as severance. The intentional releasing of your past in order to step towards your future.
Listening to one another in a heartfelt way is one of the most profound healing practices known to the human heart. You will practice in a formal way each day a mindful heartfelt listening in a circle with a talking piece to provide an opportunity to learn and deepen into this enriching way of sharing and supporting one another. This is a wonderful practice to take home to your loved ones and community.
In the tradition of a wilderness fast, the period of time spent resting in the question is considered a liminal space, the unknown, or a threshold. You intentionally enter this sacred space with an open heart and mind. Listening for, rather than constructing answers, you open to transpersonal ways of knowing. Your wild nature and the wilderness which embraces you support your deepening of wisdom. The River's Path often calls this a wilderness solo.
Wilderness solo is a time to be alone in nature. It is a highly personal experience and there are no rules to follow, except for rules to keep you safe. It’s different than camping or taking a walk alone, in that you are stepping into the experience in the community while being supported by your guides.
You are holding an intention that will shape your experience. You are invited to mark the transition you are in by creating a ceremony to let go of something that no longer serves you or to invite something new into your life. There are no rules. You do not have to fast, though you can choose to.
There is a particular way your facilitators support your integration and incorporation of your experience. As trained facilitators of inner work and wilderness practices, you will hold a special ceremony for sharing your experiences after your return from your solo. This community celebration is an intimate opportunity to have your experience reflected and amplified.
To embody and live in your new understanding of yourself and your role is often a most difficult task. The final element of your River Rite is not a short practice but a journey of continuance towards what you have realized is your path. The facilitators of your River Rite will offer to support you as well as agreements can be made within the group to support individuals in the process of embodying, incorporating, and becoming what they have realized is their new self and role in life.
Coaching sessions and other opportunities such as online conferences will be offered to support participants in the deep work of transformation called incorporation. Some offerings may require additional terms of service.
After dedicating a career and a master’s degree toward working in outdoor and environmental education, Lauren found there wasn’t space in her work for stopping, sitting down, and becoming lost in conversation with an eagle or a waterfall. She found herself interacting with the natural world in a way that she couldn’t explain. Canoeing rivers right outside her back door in Boulder was the perfect way to find that magic. There is profound healing to be found in the gentle pace of the current amidst the towering cottonwoods and the soaring wild birds.
Guiding in nature is Christiane soul’s work and she has done so in Colorado, New Mexico, around D.C., upstate N.Y., and Europe. Christiane is integrating vision fasting and rites of passage processes into her life as she guides individuals and groups through transformational experiences on the land; be it in the wilderness, a city park or a garden. She is also an organizational development facilitator, a life and leadership coach, and provides leadership learning experiences for groups and individuals across the globe. She has been seeking out nature as her true home ever since.
This canoe trip will take place in Utah's Labyrinth Canyon along the Green River, USA. It is just north of Canyonlands National Park. You will start at Ruby Ranch and finish at Mineral Bottom.
During the retreat, you will be served with daily meals.
Salt Lake City International Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). Please contact The River's Path for more information.
You will meet in Moab at 2 p.m. on the first day of your trip. The meeting location is the office of Canyonlands by Night and Day (1861 N Hwy 191 Moab, UT 84532) who will do your shuttle. You will fill out paperwork for Canyonlands by Night and Day and they will shuttle you to the put-in at Ruby Ranch. You will camp at Ruby Ranch on the first night and launch on the river the next morning.
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