Suitable for intermediate, beginner, and advanced practitioners
10 yoga sessions
Hike over a variety of terrains and go on a day trip to the historic Skagway
Delicious plant-based breakfasts, snacks, and lunches made with local ingredients
Internationally renowned instructors to guide you during the retreat
Explore Southeast Alaska with local guides who have intimate knowledge of the place
5 guided meditations
This stunning yoga and hiking retreat in Alaska is a real adventure, mental detox vacation, and restart for your body and mind. Join us for endless summer days between the mountains and the deep blue sea in southeast Alaska. A remote fishing village will be our home base for this yoga hiking retreat. Disconnect from to-do lists and endless errands and sink into a simpler way of being. This retreat will provide a mental detox, refreshing your mind and recharging your body. Replace anxiety with serenity, and leave with a positive attitude that allows you to cultivate a more fulfilling life.

Celebrate the long days and wild trails of Southeast Alaska with a local guide and two internationally renowned yoga instructors. Every day will reveal new land and seascapes. Enjoy epic mountaintop vistas, energizing morning yoga sessions, relaxing evening yoga classes, and delicious local plant-based meals. 

The hikes cover a variety of terrain, including a wild coastal ramble, two mountains, a day trip to historic Skagway, and a journey to the barren interior. 

Some previous hiking experiences will enhance your adventure. Three of the hikes are suitable for those with moderate or little experience; two of the hikes are more strenuous. Appreciating the scenic splendour of Alaska and using your bodies is your doorway to mindful living. We will cultivate joy and positivity as we navigate breathtaking scenery and occasional challenges like mud, rain, and devils club. This yoga and hiking adventure in Alaska will leave participants energized and relaxed and provide tools for bringing yoga, meditation and mindfulness into your daily life upon return home.

This is an active rugged adventure based in a small fishing village in remote Southeast Alaska. The retreat centre is located 3 miles/4,8 km from Haines on a breathtaking piece of land along the Chilkat Inlet: we can watch bald eagles and occasional whales from the main lodge. Transportation into town is limited. This adventure is best suited to people who can embrace a group experience, as the remote location makes independent exploration challenging, expensive and inconvenient. The accommodations are more akin to glamping than a luxury. We will be sharing two shower houses, which are a short walk from the yurts. There is only one flush toilet in the retreat center, the rest of the facilities are outhouses- charming facilities with no running water and composting thrones.

Accommodation

Mountain, Nature, and Beach setting
Caters for vegetarian, gluten-free, organic, lactose-free, and vegan diets
Rustic yurts
Composting thrones
Wifi
Remarkable chefs
Haines is called the "Adventure Capital of Alaska" and it is located on the Lynn Canal, a 98-mile long fjord surrounded by snowcapped peaks and glaciers, perched on the edge of the largest protected wilderness on the planet. Brown bears roam the rivers, bald eagles cruise the skies, orcas and river otters are frequent visitors.

Book your flight to Juneau International Airport, Alaska. A ferry or a plane will bring guests to Haines from Juneau. The flight is an exciting journey in a small craft, the ferry is a four-and-a-half-hour ride through gorgeous scenery. We can pick guests up at either the ferry terminal or the airport in Haines, a local shuttle may be required depending on arrival times.

Situated at the end of a peninsula at the 60th degree north, the weather in Haines is variable, even in summer. We may experience sunny days of 24 Celsius/75 Fahrenheit or heavy rain and temperatures of 13 Celsius/55 Fahrenheit. Please come prepared for this variety with layers that allow you to enjoy a range of daytime temperatures from warm to chilly.

The venue
Lodging is at the Chilkat Inlet Retreat Center in charming but rustic yurts with ocean views and thoughtful details like local artwork. Some double occupancy yurts have one queen bed and a chair that folds out to a single bed: two of the yurts are best for a single occupant or two people who don't mind sharing a queen-sized bed.

The accommodations are more akin to glamping than a luxury. We will be sharing two shower houses, which are a short walk from the yurts. There is only one flush toilet in the retreat centre, the rest of the facilities are outhouses- charming facilities with no running water and composting thrones.

The yurts include an electric heater, which must be used carefully, electricity and supplies to make coffee or tea. Food must be stored in the main lodge to deter wildlife.

Cell reception will depend on your carrier: WIFI is available at the main lodge. We encourage people to sink into the present moment and use technology mindfully during this magical experience.

You will share the outhouses and shower houses with other participants.

Food
Our remarkable chefs offer fresh local food, including seafood. While we can accommodate a wide variety of dietary restrictions, please let us know if you have special considerations at the time of booking so we can prepare to meet your needs. While local seafood may be included, most meals are vegetarian.

If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate them to the organiser when making a reservation 
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Program

Day 1
  • Pick up, settle into accommodation, meet other guests, and dinner

Day 2
  • Energizing morning vinyasa yoga session, breakfast, pack lunch
  • Today's hike: Climb almost 2,000 vertical feet to the top of Mount Riley for panoramic views. The hike passes through old-growth forests, subalpine stunted trees, and alpine bogs.
  • After the hike, you return to the yoga studio for an afternoon session and then enjoy an oceanfront dinner

Day 3 
  • Strengthening morning vinyasa yoga session, followed by breakfast, and pack lunch and snacks 
  • Today's hike: Today's hike starts at Chilkat State Park and follows the shore, crossing through meadows carpeted with wildflowers and berries and passing towering Sitka spruce trees. You will enjoy secluded coves and beaches and outstanding views of the Davidson Glacier. Guests can choose how long of a hike they want this day
  • After the hike, you return for a Restorative yoga session and a delicious meal in an oceanfront lodge

Day 4
  • Morning hatha yoga, followed by breakfast and pack lunch
  • Today's hike: Climb over 3,000 vertical feet along a gentle trail through a variety of different ecosystems before arriving at the summit of Mount Ripinski, the highest peak on the peninsula, where you will be rewarded with views of peaks, glaciers and the ocean. 
  • Afternoon yoga session followed by a delicious meal in the oceanfront lodge

Day 5
  • Morning vinyasa yoga, breakfast, and pack lunch, followed by a half an hour boat trip up the fjord to the historic town of Skagway
  • Guests can spend a day hiking or kayaking or request additional activities and mountain biking, dog sledging, or a helicopter ride near the glacier
  • Dinner in the oceanfront lodge

Day 6 
  • After morning hatha yoga, breakfast, and packed lunch
  • Today's hike: You take off on a road trip to the rolling barren tundra, an hour's drive inland. You will hike and pick berries and get a taste of the drier interior climate and ecosystem, before returning for an afternoon yoga session and delicious dinner.

Day 7
  • You will enjoy a final morning yoga session and breakfast in the oceanfront lodge before you depart

The scenery in Haines Alaska is jaw-dropping. Situated at the end of a peninsula at the 60th degree north, the weather is variable, even in summer. Participants should bring sturdy rain gear and hiking shoes, and be moderately fit. Yoga mats and assorted props are included, so no need to bring those from home.

Please note that this itinerary is subject to change depending on participants' comfort level and the weather.

Excursions
  • Day trip to historic Skagway (ferry tickets not included in the price)
  • Explore the tundra of interior Alaska 
  • Guided hike up Mount Riley 
  • Guided hike up Mount Ripinsky
  • Guided hike to Seduction Point

Optional activities
  • Kayak in Skagway or the Lynn Canal
  • Go dogsledding out of Skagway
  • Take a helicopter ride to see a glacier up close
  • Enjoy a mountain bike ride from Canada into Alaska
  • Take the train towards the historic Chilkoot Pass

Instructors

Pille Mitt
Pille
Pille Mitt is a yoga student and teacher, group fitness and personal trainer, nutritionist, lifestyle coach, and chocolate lover. She leads Ashtanga yoga modified primary series, yoga flow, mindful Restorative yoga classes, Les Mills body pump and body balance, indoor cycling, aerobics, and stretching classes. She helps her students and clients push their limits to achieve their goals. She comes from Tallinn, Estonia but now she has been living and working in Molde, Norway since 2012.
Leonie Sherman
Leonie
Leonie Sherman is a yoga teacher, self-defence instructor, and wilderness adventurer from Santa Cruz California. She loves combining her athletic abilities, spiritual practice, and teaching experience to create yoga and empowerment classes which nurture the whole person. She hopes to inspire growth and increase confidence in retreat participants through sharing her love of natural history, plant-based food, yoga, and self-defence. Leonie is a certified yoga teacher who has taught yoga and meditation for 15 years. 

Cancellation policy

Cancellation

Cancel up to 30 days in advance for a 70% refund

Changes

You may not change your dates after booking

Covid

No refund if you test positive for Covid
Full refund if you cannot travel due to Covid restrictions
Full refund if the retreat does not take place due to Covid restrictions
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