Enneagram River Retreat

Enneagram River Retreat with Lori Mueller

Come and explore what motivates you and how you choose to live. By beginning to have self-awareness in who you are and how you see the world, you will ultimately find joy in embracing your authentic self.

It’s hard to learn about yourself when you’re sitting behind a desk. This retreat will be a chance to get out of the ordinary, to see what challenges you so the entire experience is an evaluation and a look into your responses to life. Where do you find yourself experiencing anger, joy, or sadness, and what precipitates those emotions? You will be offered a safe space to be vulnerable and brave.

This Enneagram River Retreat will be led by trip facilitator Lori Mueller. Lori is an adventure leader with 30 years experience in the human service field. She was the Executive Director in the non-profit world for many years. She is passionate about supporting others to find joy in their life. She is a certified Enneagram teacher and a believer in creating self awareness and personal growth outside the classroom.

On the retreat:

  • Facilitated group conversations.

  • Activities that push our comfort zones – opportunity to apply what we’ve learned.

  • Schedule of events will include several times for group learning, discussion, and activities and time for personal reflection and rest.

  • Other options for team retreats are team-building activities and activities to enhance learning.

A sampling of topics we will explore: 

  • Self-awareness

  • Awareness of others

  • Effective communication and how to have crucial conversations

  • Leadership styles

  • The art of play

Come experience true personal growth with other people ready to discover their strengths and challenges in a safe and welcoming space.

Want to learn more about Lodore? Read our Insider’s Guide.

Want to learn more about Lori Mueller? Read this interview with our facilitator!

Vernal, Utah: Things to Do and Places to Explore

We acknowledge the Indigenous inhabitants of Lodore. In an effort to end the erasure of the traditional inhabitants of the land through which we travel, Holiday acknowledges that Lodore Canyon is the homeland of the Eastern Shoshone people and the Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) people. We honor and respect these people, and continue to develop our land acknowledgment initiative. Read more here.
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Trip Overview

  • Type:


  • Location:

    Lodore Canyon - Dinosaur National Monument

  • Length:

    4 Days

  • Dates:

    July 19-22, 2024

  • Meet at:

    Vernal, UT @ 7:00 pm (night before the trip)

  • Difficulty:


  • Min. Age:


  • Prices:

    $1,470 + $12 park entrance fee

  • Deposit:



  • Fully catered trip allows for deep self discovery
  • Daily Facilitated conversations
  • Exquisite red cliffs, shady beaches, and dizzying geology
  • Exiting class III and IV rapids
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The Green River cuts like a knife through Lodore Canyon from the top of Dinosaur National Monument through its heart. At the confluence with the Yampa River, this trip takes you through Echo Park and Whirlpool Canyon before floating into Island Park. Hold on tight for the last eight miles of whitewater through the center of a mountain before reaching the Split Mountain take out.

Sample Itinerary

Plan to arrive at our headquarters in Vernal, Utah, at 7:00 p.m., Mountain Time, for a pre-trip orientation meeting. We’ll give you waterproof bags, show you how to pack them, collect your personal drinks, and give you time to shop for last minute items from our store (be sure to see our packing checklist for items we carry).

Day 1:

The next morning, we start with a three-hour ride through rolling sagebrush and mountain landscape to Brown’s Park National Wildlife Refuge and the put-in. After loading the boats, we’ll float through the Gates of Lodore and search out a lunch spot. After lunch, our first significant rapid of the trip awaits us! After a quick scout, we’ll cheer our way through Disaster Falls and row downstream to our camp, deeper into the red, billion-year-old rocks of the canyon. Ease into your first night of camping with a gentle sunset stretching session.

Day 2:

We are now deep inside the Uinta Mountains. Your guide might ask you to consider why the river has cut through the mountains instead of flowing around: a geological puzzle to pass the time. Your yoga instructor might invite you to salute the sun as it begins to descend the canyon walls. Today we will run the most technically challenging rapids of the trip, including Hell’s Half Mile. An afternoon hike to a dramatic overlook at Alcove Draw will help you work up an appetite for fajita night.

Day 3:

We’ll float out of Lodore Canyon and into Echo Park, where the Yampa River flows into the Green and you can test the different water temperatures of the free-flowing Yampa and the dam-controlled Green. Swim in the calm water around Steamboat Rock and then prepare for more rapids as we enter Whirlpool Canyon. Spend the afternoon hiking, yoga-ing, meditating, fishing, or big horn sheep–spotting at Jones Hole, a riparian gem in the middle of the arid landscape.

Day 4:

The last morning may include a silent, meditative float on the flat water of Island and Rainbow parks. Raptors can often be seen perched in the giant cottonwood trees on the island beaches. Split Mountain looms on the horizon, our last taste of adrenaline before the take-out. We’ll have lunch and enjoy another hour of precious river time before arriving at the boat ramp and loading up for the 35-minute ride back to Vernal. We typically arrive at our headquarters at approximately 4:00 p.m.

Please keep in mind that this is a sample itinerary and not an exact description of your trip. The intent is to give a general idea of what your trip may entail. Rest assured, if you’re not doing these things, it’s because you’re doing other amazing things!

Retreat Lodore Canyon Split Mountain

Our itineraries can vary—it’s never boring out there! Weather, the interests of our passengers, and assigned campsites mean that every trip is unique. This is just a sample itinerary for a possible four-day trip through Lodore Canyon.


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 by Laurie Hamlin Lebar

The guides, Syd, Jacqueline, Abby, Zoey, and Hannah were exceptional young women! Professional, kind, strong, helpful, fun, and confident!

The food was delicious, and the hikes were great! Very informative on the river and on the hikes!

This was a wonderful experience!! I would highly recommend Holiday River Expeditions! The beauty of Lodore is unmatched, the guides were tremendous! It was the best time!!!

 by Lori Mueller

I ran a retreat on the river with Holiday and they provided a perfect combination of professionalism, enthusiasm and expertise to the trip. They made my retreat flow with ease and I will definitely use their services again. There is not one thing they could have done better for me in my planning, preparations, and execution!