Sometimes, the stresses of work and life can cause burnout. Recal’s mission is to provide you with the tools to attain — and…
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Sometimes, the stresses of work and life can cause burnout. Recal’s mission is to provide you with the tools to attain — and maintain — a recalibrated mindset so you can better navigate all of life’s stressors and challenges.
This guided, retreat-style trip is a perfect way for you to overcome your work-induced burnout, utilizing adventurous and mindful experiences in the outdoors to center yourself, renew their sense of energy, and attain a recalibrated mindset. Our trip to the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park will be guided by Kaiyote Snow Tours, an experienced, independently-run backpacking guide and outfitter. And your trip leader will be a Recal Mindfulness Coach.
Olympic National Park is part of the largest temperate rainforest in the world, and it is truly incredible. The month of June is the start of the dry season, and the forest is at its best with wildflowers blooming along the trail. Big Leaf Maples, with limbs covered in long draping Selaginella Moss, is the perfect image of the temperate rainforest — and the perfect environment for our mindfulness practices. The trail follows alongside the Hoh River, and during the month of June the river is a beautiful turquoise blue color due to glacial sediment. This is one of the most peaceful - and quiet - places in the Pacific Northwest.
We will meet on the evening before our backpacking begins in Port Angeles, WA (about 2.5 hours from Seattle-Tacoma Airport or 4 hours from Portland Airport - if you are flying). This will be the first time we get to meet in-person since our virtual pre-meeting chat. After some warm group introductions and sharing of logistical details, we will dive into mindfulness to set the stage for the coming days. This will include an introspective dinner and intention-setting exercise.
The next morning, we will travel together to the Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center to begin our backpacking portion of the trip. Our backpacking guide, Kaiyote, will lead the way through the backcountry trails as we make our way along the river. We will hike and camp amongst old growth forest with towering Sitka Spruce, Western Red Cedars, Douglas Firs, and a thick green understory of ferns and mosses. Deer, elk, bear, small mammals, and an abundance of birds make the Olympic Peninsula their home and are commonly seen. Over the course of the next few days, we will dive into guided mindfulness practices in the midst of the natural and scenic views that surround us.
This trip has the elements of a transformational experience - nature immersion, guided mindfulness practice to achieve inner peace and quiet. We are excited to share this incredible opportunity to escape our noisy daily lives and grow together with you.
Below are the three trip options, descriptions, and fitness level required:
- Moderate Level: June 15 – 19, 2022, 4 days, 4 nights total (3 nights camping), expect to cover 18 miles
- The first day begins with a 6-mile hike, with 215 feet elevation gain to the “Happy Four” backcountry site, where the group will camp for 1-night. Along the way there are several beautiful waterfalls close to the trail to see, hear, and feel. On the 2nd day, the group will move camp 3-miles up the trail to the Olympus Guard Station area, elevation gain is 150 feet, with several small creek crossings. There will be time for a short nature walk to Lewis Meadows in the evening. On the 3rd day, the group will hike back to the Happy Four campsite. In the morning there will be time for a nature walk up the CB Flats trail. On the 4th day, the group will break camp and hike out. Optional nature walks on days 2 and 3, will add 4 - 6 miles.
- Easy Level: June 20 – 23, 2022, 3 days, 3 nights total (2 nights camping), expect to cover 12 miles
- On the first day, we have a 3-mile hike, with 130 feet elevation gain, to the Mount Tom Creek backcountry site, where the group will camp for 2-nights along the Hoh River. There are several beautiful waterfalls close to the campsite. On the 2nd day, the group will day-hike (only carrying a light pack for the day), another 3 miles up the Hoh trail to the “Happy Four” shelter, with a stop at the Five Mile Island area. There will be several small creek crossings and a wonderful forest to experience. On the 3rd day, the group will break camp and hike out.
- Challenging Level: June 25 – 28, 2022, 4 days, 4 nights total (3 nights camping), expect to cover 22 miles
- The first day is a 6-mile hike, with 215 feet elevation gain to the “Happy Four” backcountry site, where the group will camp for 1-night. Along the way there are several beautiful waterfalls close to the trail to see, hear, and feel. On the 2nd day, the group will move camp 5-miles up the trail to the Lewis Meadow area, elevation gain is 225 feet, with several small creek crossings. On the 3rd day, the group will hike back to the Happy Four campsite. In the morning, there will be an optional day-hike up to the High Ho Bridge, 2.5 miles each way, with 400 feet elevation gain. The High Ho Bridge offers dramatic views and spans 30-feet across a deep gorge near the confluence of Glacier Creek and Hoh River. On the 4th day, the group will break camp and hike out. Optional day-hike on day 3 would add 5 miles.
- $2,350 - Moderate Level - 4 days, 4 nights total (3 nights camping) - June 15-19
- $1,950 - Easy Level - 3 days, 3 nights total (2 nights camping) - June 20-23
- $2,450 - Challenging Level - 4 days, 4 nights total (3 nights camping) - June 24-28
Our core principles of Mindful Adventure Travel are:
Our trips help you recalibrate your mind and body and bring yourself back to center. This enables you to more effectively navigate all of life’s stressors and challenges. Let’s dig into how we do that:
- 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.
- Tips and Useful Content from Recal. In order to prepare you for the trip, we will send information to you that includes a guide for how to practice your own breathwork, meditation, or yoga. We also have tips on how to increase your general fitness level leading up to the trip.
- Personal Coaching. Every trip includes a 1:1 session with your Recal Coach before the date of your trip. This will help prepare you for what's ahead and what to expect.
- 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.
- Breathwork. This is the key ingredient. Your Recal Coach will guide you through breathing exercises that are immensely helpful to center yourself and dive more deeply into being present. Breathwork is a tool that we use to shed stress and anxiety, as well as bring a sense of calm and clarity to your mind and body.
- Meditation. Your Coach will also lead various styles of meditation; 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)
- Yoga. Depending on your trip itinerary, yoga will be incorporated. The style of practice is a flow more akin to recovery, flexibility, and centering as opposed to a power flow. This is a perfect complement to the adventurous 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 other activity.
- Recal Journal. Journaling doesn’t have to end with the trip; we created this 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.
- Recal Content and Newsletters. 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. After your trip is over, with your permission, we will provide you with useful content and information to enable you to maintain the things you practiced on the trip
- Stay in Touch with the Group. The connections you create with other incredible people on your trip can have a lasting impact. We will create a virtual space for you to stay in touch well after your trip.
- Personal Coaching. Every trip includes a 1:1 session with your Recal Coach beforehand, and we also offer one after the trip is over. If you want to go even deeper, and if your Coach has availability, you can continue to work with them on an ongoing basis.
You can read more about our approach to Mindful Adventure Travel on our About Us page.
Signature Trip Series: Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park, Washington
Two Itinerary Options:
- 4-day, 4-night Itinerary (4 days, 3 nights of guided backpacking)
- 3-day, 3-night Itinerary (includes 3 days, 2 nights of guided backpacking)
Date : December 1, 2021
Time : 6:00 am
The Evening Before
We will meet on the evening before our backpacking begins in Port Angeles, WA. After you arrive, there will be a warm welcome from trip leaders and an orientation meet-and-greet. We will also practice our first meditative exercise with a 'quiet' dinner; this will open our senses to the food we eat and sounds we heard, setting the stage for introspection that will continue throughout the trip. We will break the silence after dinner with a campfire and set our intentions for the trip and identify the "why" we are all here.
Day One Overview:
Date : December 1, 2021
Into the Hoh Rainforest
Today we will drive from Port Angeles to the Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center. The drive will take two hours, and you will be challenged to sit, unplugged with your own thoughts and anticipation of the trip.
Our backpacking guide, Kaiyote, will lead the way through the backcountry trails as we make our way along the river.
Day Two Overview:
Drive to Hoh Rainforest
Breathwork to Center Ourselves
Date : December 1, 2021
We will start the day with a morning meditation and awareness-building of how our senses are reacting to the quiet and nature around us. We will have periodic pauses to take in the environment and begin to identify sensory patterns for the continued, subsequent quieting of our experience.
The group will move camp 3-miles up the trail to the Olympus Guard Station area with several small creek crossings. In the evening, we have time set aside for a short forest bathing walk to Lewis Meadows, following by dinner and unguided activities to enable individual exploration.
NOTE: if you are on the EASY itinerary, our trip will end in the afternoon, and we will say our goodbyes.
Day Three Overview:
Guided Meditation for Awareness
Mindful Forest Bathing (Outer Quiet
Unguided Individual Exploration (Inner Quiet)
Day 4 (Moderate and Challenging Trips only)
Date : December 1, 2021
Knowing that we'll be re-entering the noisy world from which we came, there will be one last dive into ourselves to achieve inner peace through a yoga practice meant to reacquaint with ourselves. After this, we will break camp and head out of the park.
Before we depart, you will also receive information on how to stay in touch with your group and Coach to keep up the practices that we worked on during the trip. You will also receive your next set of Recal Journal pages to continue your journaling practice.
- Recal Coach and trip leader for all mindfulness practices throughout the trip
- including breathwork, meditation, quiet hikes, and more
- Camping equipment for all days that you are backpacking
- All food and beverages for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trip
- Intra-trip transportation from Port Angeles to Hoh Rainforest
- Vehicle parking is available (if driving to WA
- A Recal Journal as a companion to your quiet journey
- Transportation to Washington
- Gratuities (as you see fit) for local guides and Recal coach
The trip begins in Port Angeles, WA. We will provide info about the hotel where we will meet the night before closer to the trip date.
For the first night, you will sleep at the suggested hotel in Port Angeles.
For the remainder of the trip, we will camp in Hoh Rainforest backountry campsites.
- your camping equipment will be supplied to you.
We will send you a full Packlist of items to bring in advance of the trip. But for starters, here's a few things you'll need to bring:
Flashlight or Headlamp
Reusable water bottle/canteen
Activewear clothing you are comfortable hiking, biking, practicing yoga, and sitting/lying on the ground in
Recal Journal (which will be sent to you before the trip)
Any personal items that you use for your own mindfulness practices
Yoga mat (optional)
Please note: DO NOT bring bear spray on the plane if you are flying to Montana. Your Recal Coach and other guides will have bear spray at all applicable times. You are free to purchase some after you've arrived and carry it with you as much as you feel comfortable.
There will be a Recal coach on the trip leading you through this trip into the quiet. You will experience guided breathwork, meditation, quiet hikes, and other forms of mindfulness.
You will also have our Recal Journal available to you for journaling throughout the trip.
And lastly, given you will be in nature in one of the most beautiful places in the world, there will be more than enough unguided opportunities for mindfulness -- we encourage this as well.
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.
All of our trips enact a 'Presence Policy,' in which you commit to limiting phone use and other technology that pull you away from your awareness of the trip. This is particularly important for our Quiet Series, as our phones and computers are a bridge to the noisy world we are intentionally leaving behind for a brief time.