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July 27-August 2, 2018

July 27 - August 2, 2018

Led by Kurt Hoelting


This five-day, six-night retreat will not include camping. It will be based entirely out of Keene Channel Lodge, south of Petersburg, on the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska. It includes daily mindfulness paddles in the vicinity of the lodge. This retreat does not require previous kayaking experience. (Read More about our retreats)

There is no doubt that we are living through a time of wrenching changes, personally, politically, globally, ecologically. Many people feel a sense of bewilderment and despair at the scale and pace of these changes. At times like this we need to re-establish our connection to what is most essential and enduring about our lives. We need to reconnect with our own inner depth, vitality and resilience. Our capacity to be agents of healing, for ourselves and others, depends on our ability to navigate these challenges with skill and with heart.

View from Keene Channel Lodge

View from Keene Channel Lodge

Mindfulness gives us the practical tools for doing this. Alaska's majestic Tongass National Forest gives us a spacious container for rediscovering the vastness of our own inner life. Mindful kayaking gives us access to that wilderness, both inner and outer, in ways that enliven the body and that call forth a necessary spirit of adventure for the work ahead. All these elements together, held in the embrace of practicing community, can be life-changing.

Keene Channel Lodge

Keene Channel Lodge


Kurt Hoelting is a wilderness guide, mindfulness teacher and writer. He has led kayaking mindfulness retreats in Alaska for the past twenty-three years through his outfitter/guide company Inside Passages. He worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska for thirty years, and is intimately acquainted with the terrain.

Kurt spends winters on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, and leads mindfulness trainings and retreats throughout the Pacific Northwest. He is the author of The Circumference of Home, which was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award in 2011.

Retreat cost: $2450. Includes lodging and all meals for five days and six nights at Keene Channel Lodge, kayak guide services, kayaks and all related gear, and transportation by charter vessel to and from the lodge from Petersburg (14 miles each way).

Cost does not include airfare to Petersburg from the Lower '48, or any meal or lodging costs in Petersburg before or after the trip. (See details about retreat information & schedule, and travel planning here. 

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Earlier Event: July 18
July 18-24, 2018
Later Event: August 5
August 5-12, 2018 w/ camping