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10 Nov Island Kayak Retreat – Sea Kayak, Meditate and Yoga on the Coast of Maine – Acadia Region


August 25 – 27, 2017


Two days on a Maine island. No distractions, but full-on immersion. Restoration to the max. Join us for sea kayaking, yoga, nature meditation, beach combing, music and natural history in a wonderful setting in downeast Maine. We’ll spend the first evening on the mainland at Schoodic Institute and set off early the next morning to spend most of two days on the island, camping the second night.




Day 1  – Arrive at retreat location between 3 and 5 p.m., move into your accommodations, and explore the surroundings. We’ll kick things off with the first part of the welcome session to meet the guides and fellow retreaters at 5 p.m., have an orientation, and get acquainted with our kayak with a short paddling excursion. We’ll follow that up with a delicious meal and an evening session of relaxing and meditative music on cello and guitar, with singing and chanting. We’ll cap the evening off with a short nighttime walk to breathe in and celebrate the air, water and music of nature! We might get to see phosphorescence! (Dinner provided)


Day 2 – We’ll begin the day with morning yoga in nature, followed by breakfast. We will then make our way down to the shore to introduce you to your kayak and go over some useful skills. We will kayak out to an island where we will have lunch, and time for meditation, journaling, reading, exploring, or napping. We’ll gather for dinner, and then we will gather around a fire. All will be encouraged to participate in music to whatever form you are moved to, be it dancing, stretching, singing, chanting, playing, or simply appreciating. There will be an optional late evening hike to revel in nighttime sounds and reflect, and if conditions allow, stargaze and look for the northern lights. We will then retire to our cozy tents for our night on the island. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner provided)


Day 3 – We’ll begin the day with yoga and chanting to welcome the sunrise followed by a nutritious breakfast. Then we will break camp and begin the journey back to the Mainland. We will eat lunch together before our parting ceremony. (Breakfast and Lunch provided).

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Ellie Osborn –Professional Musician (Cello, Ukelele, Piano, Guitar, Voice), Licensed Maine Guide.

Dave Santillo – Licensed Maine Guide, Professional Naturalist, Musician (Guitar, Andean Flute)


More Info

  • The Island Retreat will accommodate beginner and intermediate skill levels. Extent of paddling will be adapted to marine weather conditions. Hikes in nature will include shoreline ecology, birding, watching for seals and whales, and waking up all your senses to nature!
  • Feel free to participate in, or just listen to, all music performances and chanting.
  • Meals will be delicious, healthy, locally grown ingredients, and will accommodate vegetarians. We will offer a traditional shore dinner of muscles, clams, or lobsters.


Locations and Accommodations:

This retreat will take place on an island in Frenchman’s Bay located in the Acadia region just north of Mt. Dessert Island. The first night will be in an apartment at Schoodic Institute. The second night will be in tents on the island.


Total Cost: $385

$200 for Program Tuition – includes all guide fees and use of sea kayaks and all associated gear.

$185 for Accommodations includes lodging for 1 night at Schoodic Institute, tent camping for one night and 6 meals.


Please let us know of your interest in this Retreat by completing the form below, and we’ll contact you directly with more detailed information.


VO can also schedule a custom version of this retreat for your group of 4 to 15. A midcoast option is also available.







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