A Feminine Empowerment Backpacking & Yoga Adventure at Naturalist Basin in the Uintas of Utah
August 25-27, 2022
Are you seeking adventure, sisterhood, &
connection to your wild nature?
Some of the most difficult challenges in life can feel like an impassable mountain in our path. There have likely been moments when the mountain felt too tall, too steep, too strenuous to climb. Perhaps there were moments when fear of the unknown froze you in place or made you feel like running in the opposite direction. Or perhaps you’ve experienced doubt that clouded your vision, preventing you from taking action towards that which you desire the most. In the end we find that It is not the mountain that prevents us from living the life of our dreams and in our highest expression, it is our level of confidence and connection to our personal power that determines the success of our journey. Inseparably interwoven with our confidence and personal power is our sense of true belonging and our ability to trust ourselves.
According to Brené Brown, “True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.”
The retreat at a glance
This backpacking & yoga, women’s adventure is a time to: explore our personal power and confidence through backpacking in some of the world's most beautiful mountain scapes; learn basic backcountry/ wilderness skills to more confidently adventure in nature; unpack what is true belonging & what it means to trust through Brené Brown’s research in Braving the Wilderness; heal our relationship to other women by learning to live in collaboration rather than competition; and deepen our connection to the natural world around us & the intrinsically wild nature within. And most importantly, we will have FUN doing so!!
We'll hike the Naturalist Basin Trailhead in the Uinta Mountains of Utah. We'll hike 6 miles in to our base camp spot and have time for day hikes on the surrounding trails. We will soak up lush forest, open meadows, beautiful lakes, waterfalls, streams, cliffside views, and TONS of wild flowers!
As a fully immersive experience, all meals are included. While we will the meals will be prepared for you, there will be opportunity to learn how to cook in the back country. Meals are locally sourced, supported a woman owned farm.
Daily yoga, meditation, mantra, pranayama, & philosophy that guides the seeker into their innate wholeness through connecting the physical, energetic, mental, emotional, & spiritual layers of our being.
Guided nature experience and opportunity to connect to the sacred land to recognize the abundance, beauty, & divinity within you and surrounding you.
Build basic backcountry skills, how to leave no trace and explore nature with respect and care.
Confidence Building Practices
Transformational experiences to build confidence and reclaim our personal power. We'll explore much of Brené Brown's research in Braving the Wilderness
Never underestimate the power of being seen. Together, we will build conscious community & soul connections that last beyond the retreat. While each of us are unique in our own way, we realize that we have more in common than we do in different & that we are so much stronger together than we are divided.
We'll hike the Naturalist Basin Trailhead in the Uinta Mountains of Utah. We'll hike 6 miles in to our base camp spot and have time for day hikes on the surrounding trails. On this trail we will soak up lush forest, open meadows, beautiful lakes, waterfalls, streams, cliffside views, and TONS of wild flowers!
in this all inclusive experience:
3 day 2 night backpacking trip in the Uintas
Transportation to the trailhead from Salt Lake City
Build basic backcountry/wilderness skills
Group tents and stoves provided
Daily Yoga classes
Three Locally sourced meals that support woman owned businesses
Connection to nature
Confidence building and self empowerment workshops
Singing & dancing
strength training, preparatory virtual classes
What’s Not Included:
Personal clothing/ Footwear
6:30 - 8:00 AM : Sunrise Yoga, journaling
9:30 - 1:00 PM: Nature Immersion & Workshop
2:00 - 3:30 PM : Free time
3:30 - 5:30 PM: Afternoon Activity
6:00 PM: Dinner
7:00 - 8:30 PM: Evening Connection Circle
Typical Daily Schedule
(subject to change)
Meet Your Guides
Kate Foley- Mountain Guide, First Responder, & Co- Founder of Wild Sage Mountain Guides
Kate grew up thinking those family camping trips in Colorado and Wyoming felt more forced than fun, but while going to college in Boulder, Colorado to receive her B.A. in English (with minors in Math and Astronomy!) she discovered, through an amazing outdoor community, that she actually did like to be outside. Her guiding career started in the summers between college semesters as a river guide on the Colorado River. Since then she has embraced the seasonal guiding life with deep enthusiasm. Post-college adventures took her from NOLS in India, to teaching English in Laos, to trail building in the American desert Southwest, to guiding backpacking in Guatemala and Peru, to bike guiding in Montana and Italy and finally to Utah where she works as a professional Ski Patroller at Park City Mountain and as an avalanche educator for the Utah Avalanche Center. When not out backcountry skiing or mountain biking, Kate enjoys water coloring and is an aspiring podcast host (isn’t everyone?). She is a certified Outdoor Emergency Care Technician, a Wilderness First Responder and a lover of her dog Pongo.
Marla Gutmann- Mountain Guide, First Responder & Co- Founder of Wild Sage Mountain Guides
Marla grew up outside Portland, OR. As a child she enjoyed playing outside everyday until dark. Her curiosity brought her to study on the east coast, and she earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University. Her passion for the outdoors was reignited when an engineering project brought her to Utah. Marla fell in love with the Rocky Mountains, and decided to pursue work in the outdoor industry. For the past 4 years she has worked as a professional ski patroller in Park City, Utah. During the summers she has worked as a trip leader for Wilderness Adventures, leading trips throughout the Hawaiian Islands. She has also worked on the trail crew for the Heber-Kamas Ranger District in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Marla loves the peace, physicality, and adventure of backpacking. She has thru-hiked the Colorado Trail, and completed solo thru-hikes of the Appalachian Trail, the Superior Hiking Trail, and the Uinta Highline Trail. In addition to hiking, she is an avid rock climber and backcountry skier. She is a nationally certified Emergency Medical Technician and an Outdoor Emergency Care Technician.
Devin Wilkinson- Mountain Guide, First Responder, & Co- Founder of Wild Sage Mountain Guides
Devin grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado building forts, playing in the mud and pretending she was actually good at ballet. At first, she thought she would become a doctor but a NOLS semester in Patagonia opened her eyes to a whole new, dirt-bag lifestyle. Devin began leading trips for her college in Durango where she graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in outdoor education. She went on to teach outdoor education during the summers all throughout the west and brought many young adults climbing, mountaineering, biking, backpacking and so much more. Eventually she transitioned into working with adults, leading hiking and biking trips in Glacier National Park and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Devin now spends her summers as mountain guide on Rainier and in the north Cascades in Washington where she has had the joy of leading all women ski trips and all women’s climbs on both Mount Baker and Mt. Rainier. During the winter, she has spent the last five years as a ski patroller in Park City, UT. She is an avid backcountry skier, a lover of mountain biking, and a sometimes climber. Devin is an Outdoor Emergency Care technician, a Leave No Trace Trainer and is, as of this year, an official Utahan (finally!).
Ashley Haskell- Yoga Facilitator & Empowerment Activator
Ashley has been a practitioner and student of yoga for 18 years! Her deep love for yoga, nature, and travel inspired her to study yoga on permaculture farm in the heart of the Costa Rican jungle for her 200 YTT under Akhanda Shakti Yoga, and her 300 YTT in Rishikesh, India under Yogrishi Vishvektu, himalayan master and founder of Akhanda Yoga. She has continued her education in Indigenous Rights, Social Advocacy, Womb Sciences, Neuroscultping, Trauma Informed Practices, Sacred Ceremony, and Intuitive Yin Yoga.
It was in her trainings and self study that she realized one of the greatest disconnects of humanity to be a submission of personal power to external forces which often lead to loss of identity, manipulation, victimization and social control. She vowed to walk the path of reclamation of personal power through: understanding the nervous system and the effect that our thoughts have on our physiology; movement as a path to health and well-being; herbalism and connecting to sacred plant medicine; honoring the cycles of nature both within our inner and outer world; subtle body awareness to unravel the many dimensions of Being; farming and how to live harmoniously from the land; and, various forms of psychosomatic therapies to release trauma from the body and reprogram thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. It is her passion to support individuals the freedom to express their most enlivened, abundant, and empowered Truth with the world.
Things to note
Terms and conditions
Must register by August 15th.
Full cost due upon purchase.
Cost includes $200 non-refundable deposit.
Refunds are available less non-refundable deposit. In the event that retreat hosts have to cancel retreat, a full refund will be offered.
The retreat will begin on Thursday August 25th. We'll meet in Salt Lake City early morning and travel to trailhead as a group. Transportation provided.
Hike back on Saturday August 27th, will intend to arrive back to Salt Lake no later than 7 PM.