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Renew. Refresh. Reboot.

Renew. Refresh. Reboot.

A Mindfulness Journey in Alaska

With Kurt Hoelting & David Perls

July 27 - August 3, 2019

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Alaska is one of the planet’s most iconic destinations. This mindfulness journey offers you a perfect escape into the hidden treasures of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage. But beyond that, it offers the opportunity to re-discover your deepest self. While experiencing the renewing power of stillness in nature, you will also be learning how to quiet your mind and sharpen your focus. Mindfulness helps us train our attention to become more calm, focused, creative, resilient and happy in ways that benefit every aspect of our lives. Join mindfulness teachers Kurt Hoelting and David Perls for this intensive week-long mindfulness training in the heart of Alaska's beautiful Tongass National Forest.

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Tailored specifically to the needs of technology professionals and others working in high-pressure, fast-paced environments, this retreat is sponsored by Inside Passages, and based out of Keene Channel Lodge in Southeast Alaska. Previous kayaking experience is not necessary, but participants should be in good basic health, and able to spend two to three hours kayaking each day, with rest stops along the way.

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Our daily sea kayaking adventures will be joined with mindfulness training, hiking and yoga, to bring us back in touch with a core of inner belonging that is often absent from the realities of life in a fast-paced world, where we are always-on and living with constant distractions.


We believe that leadership begins from the inside-out and that immersive experiences in nature can help us reconnect with our best selves. This experience in the Alaskan wilderness will help you re-establish that connection and, at the same time, commit to a daily mindfulness practice that helps you stay focused on what matters most in your life. 

The training will include personal online coaching sessions with David and Kurt after the retreat, to anchor and apply the mindfulness skills back in the workplace and in our everyday lives. 


Kurt’s decades of experience as a wilderness guide, commercial fisherman and mindfulness teacher in Alaska will bring these teachings into a deeper ecological perspective that is equally necessary to our thriving, both personally and as a planetary community. David’s years of experience working in Silicon Valley as an executive coach and mindfulness teacher will help you transfer your experiences and insights into practical tools that you can apply in the workplace.


Kurt Hoelting is an Alaskan wilderness guide, Zen student and commercial fisherman, who has brought mindfulness training into his work as a wilderness guide for 25 years. In the winter he teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to veterans at Seattle's VA Hospital. He is the author of The Circumference of Home, which was a Finalist for the Washington State Book Award in 2011. He lives on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound.

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David Perls has been practicing mindfulness for more than 35 years. He spent the first 20 years of his career working in advertising in New York City; for global brand consultancies Landor and Siegel + Gale; and later for eBay and Facebook. Today he coaches and teaches in Silicon Valley, providing individuals and teams with the concentration and energy for greater performance, collaboration and innovation. His clients include Facebook, Uber, Airbnb, Dropbox, Adobe, Intuit, Cisco, Fitbit, REI, Sephora, Stanford University, and the SF Giants.

Retreat cost: $4250. 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, Alaska (14 miles each way). Also included are three personal online coaching sessions with David or Kurt following the retreat, to help anchor our mindfulness skills in our home and work settings.

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. 

Earlier Event: July 13
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Later Event: August 10
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