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August 5-12, 2018 w/ camping

August 5 - 12, 2018

Led by Kurt Hoelting

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Weather permitting, this six-day, seven-night retreat will include a two-night camping experience, accessed by a ten mile paddle from our base at Keene Channel Lodge, to a campsite on Cloverleaf Island in the Castle Islands of Duncan Canal.



Inside Passages mindfulness retreats offer a time of refuge, in the midst of Southeast Alaska's extraordinary natural beauty, from which to cultivate the inner resources we need to meet these challenges with creativity and courage.

They offer a nourishing blend of solitude and community, silent practice and shared conversation. Each day will include guided meditation, Qi gong, yoga and daily mindful kayaking. We will share periods of silent practice, spectacular kayaking, and deep conversation about how to transform these challenges into opportunities for growth and service. 

All Inside Passages retreats are based out of Keene Channel Lodge south of Petersburg, on the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska. 

All Inside Passages retreats are based out of Keene Channel Lodge south of Petersburg, on the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska. 

Without a doubt 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.

Dawn at Keene Channel Lodge

Dawn at Keene Channel Lodge

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Mindfulness gives us the practical tools for doing this. Daily Qi gong, sitting and walking meditation, along with silent kayaking through Alaska's majestic Tongass National Forest, gives us a spacious container for rediscovering the vastness of our own inner wildness. Kayaking gives us access to the outer wilderness, in ways that enliven the body and call forth a spirit of adventure in our quest for wholeness. All these elements together, held in the embrace of practicing community, can be life-changing. 


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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.

Because of the greater level of physical exertion, and stamina involved, this retreat is not recommended for participants without previous kayaking experience, and who have confidence in their level of physical conditioning. If you have questions about this, please contact Kurt Hoelting, trip leader, with questions about whether this retreat is appropriate for your level of strength and experience.  He can be reached by email at (Read More about our retreats)

Retreat cost (with extra day for camping experience): $2650. 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. 

For more information, email

Earlier Event: July 27
July 27-August 2, 2018