Western Massachusetts, just a few hours from New York City or Boston, is a hidden gem among the outdoor adventure destinations in New…
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Western Massachusetts, just a few hours from New York City or Boston, is a hidden gem among the outdoor adventure destinations in New England. The region serves up a wide variety of outdoor adventures nestled between the Berkshire mountains, rushing rivers, and rolling farmland. This Recal trip features best-in-class downhill mountain biking and whitewater rafting in Massachusetts on the Deerfield River. With our end-of-September date set during fall foliage, this is a must-do mindful adventure for anyone wanting to escape to the outdoors for a long weekend.
Like all Recal trips, Berkshire Rafting and Biking Adventure combines our stable of mindfulness — including meditation, breathwork, and yoga — with adventure activities to produce the perfect remedy for your work-induced burnout. The 4-day/3-night itinerary kicks off with a group introduction and hike into Mohawk State Forest. This will be our first immersion in nature, surrounded by old growth forest that features the oldest trees in Massachusetts. Your Recal coach will lead you through a group breathwork session that will enable your mind to be present and set the stage for a rejuvenating long weekend. Let the adventure — and recalibration — begin! Additional details below and on the tabs above.
$1,550/person for tent site (1-4 people, room for 1 large or 2 small tents)
$1,750/person for shared cabin (twin beds, 2 people each cabin)
$1,950/person for solo cabin (double bed cabin to yourself)
- September 30 – October 3
- Current availability:
- Double bed cabin – only 2 left
- Twin bed cabins – only 2 left
- Tent site – 3 left
Or, inquire about a custom date below:
What do we mean by “mindful adventure” travel?
Sometimes, stresses of life and work can cause burnout, and we find ourselves off-center. Our multi-day, guided active trips are a perfect way to recalibrate, utilizing adventurous and mindful experiences in the outdoors. It is our mission to provide you the tools to attain, and maintain, a recalibrated mindset.
Our approach to mindfulness — and ultimately what we mean when we say — “mindful adventure” travel is this:
- Recal Journal. This important element actually begins before the trip itself; as soon as you sign up, you will be sent a Recal Journal. The journal has everything you need to begin your journey toward a recalibrated mindset: prompts for mindful and intentional living, daily highlights, lowlights, reflections, a gratefulness practice, and more.
- Mindful Adventure Fitness. If you live in a city where we conduct our in-person ‘Mindful Adventure Fitness’ classes, you can attend a session to practice your meditation, breathwork, and improve your fitness level leading up to your trip.
- Recal Journal. The trip itself provides the perfect mindspace and environment, immersed in nature, to be present and able to put thoughts and reflections on paper. Our Recal Journal is the perfect tool for this.
- Meditation. Your Recal guide leads meditations; the outdoor and unplugged nature of the trip enables you to dive more deeply into this mindfulness practice (even if you are new to meditation)
- Breathwork. In addition to meditation, there are also guided breathing exercises that are immensely helpful to center yourself and dive more deeply into being present.
- Yoga. The adventure elements of your trip (whether that is paddling, biking, or hiking) aren’t the only physical challenges. Depending on your trip itinerary, yoga will be incorporated. The practice is a flow more akin to recovery and flexibility, as opposed to a power flow, so it is a perfect complement to the physical nature of the trip.
- Unguided Mindfulness. In addition to the guided elements, we also set aside time in your trip itinerary to explore mindfulness on your own — whether that is a walking meditation, solo sit, silent hike, time to read, additional journaling, or any other activity.
- Recal Journal. Journaling doesn’t have to end with the trip; we created the journal specifically as an ongoing tool for mindful and intentional living. There is also an option to receive automatic replenishment of the refillable pages of the journal.
- Mindful Adventure Fitness. The core mission of Recal is to provide you with the tools to attain, and maintain, a recalibrated mindset so you are equipped to navigate all of life’s stressors and challenges. If you live in a city where we conduct in-person classes, consider attending a ‘Mindful Adventure Fitness’ class. And if you aren’t, consider following our content for information on workouts so you can ‘do it yourself.’
To summarize, the three core principles of mindful adventure travel are:
You can read more about our approach to mindful adventure travel on our About Us page.
Berkshire Adventure - Rafting and Biking in Western MA
4-day, 3-night Itinerary
Thursday, September 30 - Sunday, October 3
Date : September 30, 2021
Our trip begins in the afternoon with a group introduction and hike into Mohawk State Forest. We will take our time exploring the forest, unwinding and connecting with our beautiful surroundings to get our minds in the right place to enjoy our weekend of adventures. This will be our first immersion in nature, surrounded by old growth forest that features the oldest trees in Massachusetts. Your Recal coach will lead you through a group breathwork session, and forest bathe if you feel inclined, that will enable your mind to be present and set the stage for a rejuvenating weekend. We will return to camp for a freshly-cooked dinner and campfire.
Date : October 1, 2021
We will begin our day with a morning yoga flow and meditation. After breakfast, we’ll head out for the mountain biking portion of our trip at one of the top bike parks on the east coast, Thunder Mountain Bike Park. This is a gravity downhill mountain bike park where riders take the lift up and ride down purpose-built trails that range from introductory green trails to pro-line jump trails. If you aren’t an advanced rider, a trained guide will teach you the basic skills necessary to get comfortable on the bike. This is the perfect way to be introduced to the sport of downhill mountain biking. Included in your trip price is a premium bike rental, safety gear, a two hour lesson, and a full day lift ticket.
Upon our arrival back at camp, we plan to do a guided mindfulness practice with additional time set aside for unguided practice. You can choose to take a solo walking meditation, journal, or anything else that suits you. Dinner will be prepared and served thereafter, and we’ll wrap up another night around the campfire.
Following a morning guided mindfulness practice, our third day features some of the best whitewater rafting in New England on the Deerfield River. The Dryway section of the Deerfield is the most exciting part of the river, with a narrow riverbed that continually drops over the course of five miles through Class III and IV whitewater. The rapids crescendo with the biggest rapid of the day, “Dragon’s Tooth” (IV), which leads directly into the longest rapid, a labyrinth of whitewater and boulders known to our guides as “Terminator” (IV).
We’ll return from the last leg of our adventure to camp for a special dinner and night under the stars.
Morning Hike and Farewell
In the morning, we take time for journaling, reflection, and our last guided meditation. From here, those that want to enjoy a peaceful hike to savor the last moments of the trip are welcome to. Camp is then packed up, and we say our goodbyes. With Recal Journal in-hand and a look toward the upcoming week (and ‘normal’ daily life), we hope you enjoy your renewed sense of energy and recalibrated mindset.
- 3 nights lodging at Fool Hardy Hill in Charlemont, MA (cabin or tent sites)
- Camp essentials: cooking supplies, bathroom facilities, and potable water
- All meals and beverages from Thursday evening to Sunday breakfast, including optional beer and wine at dinner
- Transportation during trip to local experiences
- Recal Coach for guided Mindfulness, including meditation, breathwork, yoga, forest bathing, etc.
- Downhill mountain bike experience at nearby Thunder Mountain Bike Park
- Whitewater rafting (Class III-IV) in the Deerfield River
- Equipment rentals for mountain biking and rafting
- Vehicle parking (10 spaces, with overflow available as needed)
- Evening campfires
Trip does not include:
- Transportation to Charlemont, MA
- Tents (available for rent)
- Gratuities for your guides and Recal coach
What to Pack
- Bedding (Sheets, Blankets, Pillows, Sleeping Bags, etc.)
- Towels & Washcloths
- First Aid Kit
- Bug Spray
- Toiletries (Toothpaste, Shampoo, Soap, etc.)
- Portable charger
- Flashlight or Headlamp
- Reusable water bottle/canteen
Pricing NameStartEndGroup (Min-Max)Pricing
Your own tent (or they're available for rent)
Bedding (Sheets, Blankets, Pillows, Sleeping Bags, etc.)
Towels & Washcloths
First Aid Kit
Toiletries (Toothpaste, Shampoo, Soap, etc.)
Flashlight or Headlamp
Reusable water bottle/canteen
We will meet at Foolhardy Hill in Charlemont, Massachusetts. This is a 3.5 hour drive from NYC and 2.5 from Boston.
There will be a Recal coach on the trip leading you through guided meditations, breathwork, sunrise yoga, etc.
You will also have our Recal Journal available to you for journaling throughout the trip.
And lastly, given the immersion in nature in Western MA, there will be more than enough unguided opportunities for mindfulness -- we encourage this as well.
There are two Site Types:
Accommodates 1-4 guests, depending on cabin and preference (3 tents have 1 full and 1 twin bunk, 2 have 4 twin bunks)
- Beds (bring your own linens)
- Solar & Battery Powered Lighting
- Keyless entry locks
Accommodates: 4 guests (1 large tent or 2 small tents), tents can be rented
This trip is primarily for adults, so you must be at least 18 years old. Contact us with any questions
If you have to cancel, send us a note at least 45 days before the event and we should be able to accommodate.
- Private Picnic Table
- Community Outdoor Kitchen (potable water, grills, pots, pans, utensils provided)
- Community Bath Hut with hot showers and flush toilets
- Community Fire Pit (firewood provided)
- Lounge Seating
- Yard Games
We believe that a true recalibration includes a disconnection from your phone, work, email, and the general outside world. This trip is about YOU and an opportunity for unplugged reflection and mindfulness.
Having said that, while the location is off the grid, there is cell service available as needed.
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