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  Kayak River Trip

Kayak River Trip

simplicity in nature Retreat  April 27 - 29, 2018  $215 All Inclusive*

3D/2N Friday - Sunday April 27-29, 2018         


Join Karen for a connective and simple retreat at Caroline Furnace Camp and Retreat Center in the great outdoors in the George Washington National Forest.  

This is a 3 Day/ 2 Night All Inclusive Event.  $215* Retreat Fee  ~

*Kayaking/Canoe Adventure is Optional and Additional Fees are paid separately to Shenandoah River Outfitters.

Details to follow upon registration. 

Event Includes: Cabin Lodging (Singles * Bunks), (or you can tent camp), 6 Meals, Yoga everyday, Hiking (Kerns Mountain Trail), Labyrinth Meditation, Fireside /Bonfire Gatherings, Drumming, Dancing & Chanting.  (Bring a Drum or any instrument, really!) 

Get away. outside and into the great wide open. under the canopy of trees and clouds. bright sunshine. moonlight and stars. Gather with friends. One TRIBE. 




Are there age limits to attend the event?

We would welcome all particpants ages 13 and over ~ those younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  This is a Retreat for relaxing, communing with nature and others in an informal setting.  Those bringing participants under 18 must sign a waiver for their child.  This is a non-alcoholic and non-smoking event.  Drugs and illegal substances are prohibited on the Retreat Campus.  Anyone showing signs of intoxication will be asked to leave.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Caroline Furnace is pretty easy to find but we suggest you print the directions once we send them out as cell service gets pretty spotty as you get further into the forest and closer to the retreat center.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

Plan to bing your sleeping gear, the beds are bunks and not luxury mattresses so plan to bring an extra pad to sleep on them with if you like a cushy bed :)  The cabins are heated.  Weather in the mountains can change on a dime, so watch the weather before you come and plan accordingly.  Layering clothes is always good.  If you plan to practice Yoga and hike, plan accordingly.  The showers are great!  The Bath House is very modern and a hot shower will be a joy.  Bring Snacks to share, but all snacks will need to be left in the kitchen / Round house or locked in your car due to wildlife (bears etc.).  NO FOOD is allowed in the cabins.  Bring a flashlight or headlamp. BRING A REFILLABLE WATER BOTTLE as we will NOT offer plastic water bottles with water in order to be more sustainable and mindful. 

Water Bottle, Flashlight or Head Lamp, Sleeping bag, Extra padding, Layered Clothing, Yoga Clothes, Hiking Shoes, Shower Shoes, Day Pack, Ear Plugs (if you are a light sleeper), Personal Toiletries, Snacks to Share, and anything else you may need to be tucked away at retreat for a weekend.  

There is wifi service at the center but spotty cellular reception on the way in. But leave your devices at home.  The idea is to unplug.  Connect with the Retreat Tribe, and take time for yourself. The location has made it easy for you.  Maybe chose to:

Journal, work in your yoga and meditation practice, color, sketch, read, be still, write, knit, walk the labyrinth, have deep conversations, share your dreams, make music, tend the fire, drum, laugh, cry, smile for days, ask questions, notice.

Bring whatever you may need to be comfortable relaxing and tucking in for a restorative, healing weekend.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

It is easiest to reach me by email.  Contact Karen Jaynes at  

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

It is our hope that you will register and join in but in the case of an unexpected emergency, you may transfer your ticket to another participant.  It will be up to you to pay the fees for the retreat and collect them from your replacement.  We can not be responsible for your transfer transaction. The participant must adhere to all Retreat expectations and rules.  

*Registrations are non-refundable.  If there is inclement weather that keeps us from getting into the retreat center, participants will be refunded all retreat fees LESS a nominal fee charged by the retreat center for cancellation.  This fee is a flat $150 for the event and depending on the amount of participants, each participant will be charged a proportionate amount of the cancellation fee.

What is the Hike going to be like?

Our Hike will be a local hike to Caroline Furnace roughly about 7 miles along the Massanutten Ridge.  It will offer beautiful views.  You will be hiking along the ridge line of Kerns Mountain on the Massanutten Trail for 6 miles. The ridge will offer many expansive views to both sides throughout the hike, which are especially clear in December. There will also be an opportunity to scramble up a side trail to Jawbone Overlook. The ridge is wide and sandy toward the beginning and becomes increasingly more rocky and narrow as you traverse along. There is minimal elevation change, as the hike begins at a high saddle along the ridge and then ends by sloping down a graded trail toward the valley.

The Retreat Center also has it's own nice walking trails through the woods and pastures and creek crossings for those wanting to be outside in nature but not that vigorously hiking. Those trails are really nice and you can piece them together nicely to get anywhere from a stroll to a 5 mile hike easily without leaving the retreat center.

Tell me about the River Trip.

We will be taking kayaks (singles or doubles) or canoes, your personal choice down the Shenandoah River.  Rates for single Kayaks are $36, Rates for canoes or tandem kayak are $56.  WE WILL PAY THIS FEE DIRECTLY TO SHENANDOAH OUTFITTERS.  

There is something for everyone.  We will connect with those participants and check in with the hiking intentions and food preferences.

Register below and pay through PayPal.  Or if you are a local student you can register by emailing me here and pay cash or check directly to me via mail or during class.   

REGISTRATION ENDS SUNDAY, April 14, 2018  Space is limited.



 George Washington National Forest, Spring

George Washington National Forest, Spring