Wild Yoga & Rafting in Desolation Canyon

Yoga + Rafting + Soul Journey with Rebecca Wildbear  Sept 26-Oct 1, 2022

Green River Rafting and Yoga, a journey for the soul that combines dreamwork and conversations with the more-than-human world, deep imagination, and a five day Green River yoga and rafting trip through Desolation Canyon.

The soul yearns to hear the river’s song. The river calls us to listen, be present, and let go. Floating on a river invites a primal connection with the Earth and with our bodies.

Wild Yoga is an alignment of Earth and soul, an immersion in sacred ceremony and deep listening.

What will stir in your imagination, living on the Green River as it flows through this magnificent canyon, past hidden valleys, sparkling streams, and ancient relics?

Earth is always dreaming and inviting us to dream, too. Surrender to the mysteries of your dreams, and wade into the currents of your deepest longings. Allow nature to inspire your movement. Shift consciousness through ceremony and conversation with the natural world. Discover the larger mythic potential of your life.

On this 6-day journey, you’ll awaken your wild animal body in the presence and wisdom of river and canyon, open to non-ordinary ways of perceiving, and surrender to your own particular way of belonging to the world.

green river rafting and yogaLearn more about your Facilitator Rebecca Wildbear.

Rebecca is a river and soul guide who helps people tune in to the mysteries that live within the Earth community, dreams, and their own wild Nature, so they may live a life of creative service. She has been a guide with Animas Valley Institute since 2006 and is author of the forthcoming book, Wild Yoga: A Practice of Initiation, Veneration, and Advocacy for Earth.

 

Join us as we deepen into river consciousness and our own unfolding soul stories!

Featured Review:

We agree that this trip was our absolute favorite adventure as husband and wife (of 27 years). Combining soul work, dreamwork, and yoga in a spectacular, deeply wild, river-mountains-desert setting made for a “vacation” that was deeply nourishing to us both individually and as a couple. Rebecca invites everyone’s wild soul to awaken and remember that we belong on this earth, that we love Her and are loved in return. Tyler and Vicky took care of us on the river and at camp with warmth and efficiency, and the food was fantastic! (Jenny & Dave Campbell)

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Trip Overview

  • Type:

    Wellness

  • Location:

    Desolation Canyon - Green River Wilderness

  • Length:

    6 Days

  • Dates:

    Sept 26-Oct 1

  • Meet at:

    Green River, Utah @ 6:00 am

  • Difficulty:

    Intermediate

  • Min. Age:

    18

  • Deposit:

    300

Highlights

  • Shady beaches and cottonwood groves
  • Consistent, playful whitewater rapids
  • Gentle and invigorating daily morning yoga asana
  • Sacred ceremony, deep listening, dreams, and imagination
  • Towering canyon walls that put things into perspective
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Rates & Dates

6 Day

  • Adult:
  • $1645
  • Youth:
    18 and under
  • $1645
  • Senior:
    65 and older
  • $1645
  • Group:
    10 or more
  • $1645
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2022
  • Sept 26-Oct 1

Itinerary

The Green River flows through eastern Utah at the bottom of the Tavaputs Plateau, one of the largest wilderness areas in the Lower 48. Beginning at the Sand Wash boat ramp, a 25-mile bone-rattling ride from the closest pavement, Desolation Canyon is a true wilderness destination. The river travels southwest for more than 80 miles through some of the youngest rocks on the Colorado Plateau, finally emerging from the canyon just upstream of the town of Green River, Utah.

The itinerary of each trip we run can change depending on weather, the interests of our passengers, assigned campsites, and countless other variables. Below is a sample itinerary of what a six-day Wild Yoga trip through Desolation Canyon could include.

 

Sample Itinerary

Desolation Canyon trips begin with a scenic flight to the remote put in. Because of the flight logistics, we ask that (if possible) you plan to stop by our Green River, Utah, warehouse before 2:00 p.m. Mountain Time on the day before your trip to drop off any excessive or bulky gear as well as any personal beverages. These will travel to the put in by road, with the guides and all the gear.

Otherwise, please plan to attend the pre-trip meeting at our Green River warehouse at 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time. A Holiday staffer will give you your waterproof bags, a brief orientation on how to pack and prepare for the flight, and let you know what time to meet in the morning (typically 6:15 a.m.). This is the best time to purchase last minute items from our store (look over our packing checklist to see what we carry).

Day 1:

On the morning of your trip, please arrive promptly at the predetermined time established at the pre-trip meeting. We’ll load up in our vans for the 15-minute drive to Green River’s small airstrip. You’ll travel in small, four- to nine-passenger planes, and fly directly up the Green River, over the Tavaputs Plateau and Desolation Canyon. It’s about a 35-minute flight, and it is spectacular! Your guides will be waiting to greet you at the airstrip, and they’ll lead you on the first hike of the trip, a 45-minute descent to the rafts waiting at the river bottom. Guests who are apprehensive about the hike can be transported by vehicle to the river. Talk to the river rangers about the significance of the wilderness you are about to enter, and then start floating! Watch cliff swallows explode out of their nests as the walls rise around us. Take a short hike to see a turtle fossil, and make camp on a sandbar or in a grove of cottonwood trees.

Each morning, we’ll begin with a gentle but invigorating 60-minute yoga asana practice before breakfast. Wild Yoga welcomes all levels of ability. A vinyasa flow (or series of poses) will be offered. Each person’s practice becomes individualized as they are encouraged to listen to the particular way their body wants to move. For more information on Wild Yoga, visit www.rebeccawildbear.com and watch a video.

Here, we’ll be engaged in ceremony, wanders in nature, dreamwork, and deep listening.

Day 2:

After a morning yoga session, enjoy a few more miles of calm water as we row around Peter’s Point. Lighthouse Rock, named by John Wesley Powell, clues us into the whitewater just around the corner. Hop in an inflatable kayak to splash through our first rapids. Hike to one or more ancient Fremont cultural sites or explore a side canyon.

Day 3:

Wander around the historic Rock Creek Ranch, where Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch slept, and try to spot granaries (ancient food-storage structures) on the canyon walls. there will be time for Yoga, dreamwork and quiet reflection.

Day 4:

Hold on tight (or paddle hard!) through rapids such as Chandler Falls and the biggest of them all, Cow Swim. Born of a flash flood in 2008, it marks the former location of historic cattle ford. This day will be a blend of adventure, Wild Yoga and more.

Day 5:

After your morning Yoga session, Desolation’s walls soar, red and rugged, into the sky, a colorful finale as we transition into Gray Canyon. Today brings continued whitewater fun with Wire Fence, Three Fords, and Coal Creek rapids. Look for evidence of a planned dam site on the hike to scout Coal Creek Rapid, and poke around in the ruins of a surveyor’s cabin just downstream.

Day 6:

After time to come together, reflect and connect we’ll have several more rapids to go, and a few more hours to listen to the song of the canyon wren as we approach the end of the canyon. We’ll have lunch and maybe squeeze in one more cultural site before arriving at the take-out at Swasey’s Beach. We will return you to Green River, Utah (20-minute van ride). Our expected time of arrival back at our headquarters is 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

As mentioned earlier, this is a sample itinerary and should not be thought of as the trip you will experience. It is intended to give an idea of what the trip will be like. Keep an open mind, be flexible, go with the flow, and enjoy rafting Desolation Canyon!

“The elders say we must let go of the shore,

push off into the middle of the river,

keep our eyes open and our heads above the water…

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!”

-Thomas Banyacya Sr., Elder of the Hopi Nation

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by Jodi Bernstein on Holiday River Expeditions

I wrote a review about this trip after returning four months ago. Now, it is early October, but the experiences have lived on and the insights and magic continue to unfold. Rebecca is the real deal: something about her invites depth, wildness, authenticity and whispers of the sacred. If you get the chance, do something with Rebecca. This trip would be an excellent place to start.

by Alice on Holiday River Expeditions

This trip was a nourishing invitation to see the wild grace in everything. Rebecca is a skillful, present and generous guide. The commuity created not just with all who arrived, but with all that is present in the river and it's environs was phenomenal. And....our addiitonal river guides were spectacular - we were well cared for. If you can give this gift to yourself, I encourage you to do so!

by Jenny and Dave Campbell on Holiday River Expeditions

We agree that this trip was our absolute favorite adventure as husband and wife (of 27 years). Combining soul work, dreamwork, and yoga in a spectacular, deeply wild, river-mountains-desert setting made for a "vacation" that was deeply nourishing to us both individually and as a couple. Rebecca invites everyone's wild soul to awaken and remember that we belong on this earth, that we love Her and are loved in return. Tyler and Vicky took care of us on the river and at camp with warmth and efficiency, and the food was fantastic!

by Diana Moore on Holiday River Expeditions

Adding to my review from June — If you are on the fence about the trip down Lodore, just go if you possibly can. Rebecca Wildbear is a loving, brave and wise guide. And floating the Green River canyons will fill your soul to the brim!

by Elizabeth Gutierrz on Holiday River Expeditions

When Rebecca told me about this river trip she was guiding down the Green River, my soul instantly knew I was meant to be on that river with her. I am so glad I listened to my inner guidance. My time on the Green River with Rebecca was a transformative experience for me. The uninterrupted time on the river in wild nature with a cohort of like-spirited participants and with everything so well taken care of by Holiday River Expeditions and their guides (Tyler and Vicki) was unlike anything I had experienced before. I deepened my connection to myself, my animal body, and Gaia herself. I still carry my time on the river inside me today. It opened up a tributary within me that will now continue to flow throughout my life.

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