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Peaks to Portland Swim to Benefit Kids
July 28, 2018
Sign up now for this 2.4 mile historic open water swim from Peaks Island to Portland’s East End Beach.
For more info or to register: ymcaofsouthernmaine.com

May
11
Fri
Pacha Adventure Co. Maine Yoga & Hiking Retreat @ Nurture Through Nature
May 11 – May 13 all-day
Pacha Adventure Co. Maine Yoga & Hiking Retreat @ Nurture Through Nature | Denmark | Maine | United States

This Mother’s Day weekend Pacha will be offering a 2-day yoga retreat at the Nurture Through Nature retreat center in Denmark, Maine hosted by Pacha Adventure Co.

Join us for an escape as we take over the lodge and yurts on the property and enjoy a peaceful getaway in the western Maine mountains. We will venture on a day hike to Pleasant Mountain, enjoy supportive yoga classes & workshops, plus we have our own private wood-fired sauna… yes, you heard that correctly!

Join us to adventure, relax & detox at this amazing getaway in Maine.

PS: We are so excited to have Sarah Quinttus, ATC, RTY-200 join Pacha for the weekend as Yoga Instructor! She is a passionate full-time Yoga teacher, Athletic Trainer, and Health Coach and serves as a facilitator of transformation and change for her students. She will be leading workshops through the weekend in our private lodge yoga studio. Details on types of classes & workshops to come!

Weekend Itinerary:

FRIDAY, MAY 11 | DAY 1
6:00 PM – Arrivals and appetizers at Sunset Lodge
7:00 PM – Vegetarian dinner, family-style
8:00 PM – Yoga Session !: Grounded Slow Flow

Use grounding postures and slow, nourishing movements to ease into this nurturing weekend in nature.
SATURDAY, MAY 12| DAY 2
8:00 AM – Wake up for coffee & tea at Sunset Lodge
8:30 AM – Yoga Session !!: Open Heart & Mind

Enjoy this heart opening workshop, exploring the power of creating space in the front body to make room for love, connection, and vulnerability. We will use strong, fluid flows and spend time opening the shoulders, chest and hips
9:30 AM – Delicious buffet breakfast
11:00 AM – Hike Mount Pleasant & lunch
2:00 PM – Return to Nurture Through Nature from hike
FREE TIME – check out the trails throughout the property or enjoy a cup of tea while reading a book, or hang with the other ladies on the trip!
4:00 PM – Yoga Session !II: Move & Restore

Begin with a generous flow warm up during the first half of class and end with supportive, restorative postures during the second!
5:30 PM – Private Pacha 1-hour wood-fired sauna session… and if you’re feeling adventurous, take a dip in the stream
7:00 PM – Dinner and Apps
8:00 PM – Games!

SUNDAY, MAY 13| DAY 3
8:00 AM – Wake up for coffee & tea at Lodge
8:30 AM – Yoga Session IV: Rise & Shine

Greet the day and salute the sun with mindful morning movements, breath work, intention setting, and end with a brief guided meditation.
9:30 AM – Buffet breakfast at Sunset Lodge
11:00 AM – Pack up and head home!

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May
12
Sat
Map & Compass: Staying Found @ Unity, Maine
May 12 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Map & Compass: Staying Found @ Unity, Maine | Unity | Maine | United States

Stay found! Join us for a day of fun and exploration with map & compass. We will begin our day looking at maps and learning their language. From there we move onto the use of compass and then techniques for using them together. If you spend time in the backcountry it is important that you gain this basic skill. The Maine woods are thick and can be featureless. Learning to trust your knowledge and your compass will open up a world of exploration. You will gain the skills to go into more remote locations with self-confidence!

FMI: northstaradventures.me/event/map-compass-staying-found/

May
18
Fri
Adventures in Art: Hiking and Printmaking with Ben Potter @ West Quoddy Station
May 18 – May 20 all-day
Adventures in Art: Hiking and Printmaking with Ben Potter @ West Quoddy Station |  |  |

Let us take you on a creative journey to Downeast Maine. Experience the majestic sea cliffs and coastal trails of the most easterly point in the United States. North Star Adventures in Art is a unique program that provides an opportunity to practice your chosen medium in the natural world. Programs will use the natural world to inspire, tinder and inform your creative energy. Through adventure you will be asked to work outside your comfort zone and transform that learning /energy into art. Working with professional artists gives you the opportunity to gain skill and insight into your chosen medium. Programs are designed for both beginners and experienced artists.

We will explore the cyanotype process. We will investigate the photographic and painterly aspects of this medium. We will use objects collected in the field, hand-made drawings for overlay, and delve into an archive of antique glass-plate negatives that reflect local Maine life circa 1900. This process involves experimentation, discovery and some beautiful results.

Hike and Paddle (Beginner) Program @ AMC Medawisla Lodge and Cabins
May 18 – May 20 all-day
Hike and Paddle (Beginner) Program @ AMC Medawisla Lodge and Cabins | Greenville | Maine | United States

This program is designed to get participants familiar with the newest facility Medawisla and the beautiful hiking trails and ponds that surround it. Friday evening before dinner join fellow group members for social time and appetizers. That evening the group will have the opportunity to meet and go for a short evening paddle listening and looking for loons and other wildlife. Saturday morning after a hearty breakfast embark on the day’s hike up nearby Shaw Mountain. This newly cut trail is good for beginners and has some spectacular views of Katahdin and Baxter State Park to the North. Then before dinner our AMC registered Maine Guides can take you back out on the pond to improve your canoeing, kayaking, or paddle board skills. On the last morning before departing enjoy a short hike down the Hinkley Cove Trail where there are beautiful views of 2nd Roach Pond and regular Moose sightings.

FMI: activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/102558

Stars and Planet Hike up Streaked Mountain @ Streaked Mountain
May 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Stars and Planet Hike up Streaked Mountain @ Streaked Mountain  | Buckfield | Maine | United States

Join Stephens Memorial Hospital for a nighttime hike up Streaked Mountain and watch the sunset and the stars and planets appear. Bring your flashlight, headlamps, and sense of adventure for this fun event. Then stay for a night of star and planet gazing with local experts Tom Hoffelder and Josh Davis who will have their telescopes ready and waiting for us. Roasted marshmallows and star-charts included. Weather permitting.

Meet at the Ripley Medical Building Parking Lot to carpool (Carpooling recommended)

PLEASE NOTE: This hike is very dependent on being a cloud free night. In the event too cloudy, we will postpone to Saturday, May 19, same time

FMI: www.facebook.com/events/264222240786591

Jun
16
Sat
Maine Summer Adventure Race @ Hidden Valley Nature Center
Jun 16 – Jun 17 all-day
Maine Summer Adventure Race @ Hidden Valley Nature Center | Jefferson | Maine | United States

Midcoast Conservancy is holding the third annual Maine Summer Adventure Race on June 16, 2018. As in years past, the race will be based out of the Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson, Maine. In 2018, interested racers will have three options to choose from: a 24-hour race, which will be a USARA National Championship Qualifier, an 8-hour intermediate race or a 3-hour race for beginners and families.

Adventure racing involves teams of two, three or four competing in a nonstop race that includes trail running or trekking, road and mountain biking, sea kayaking and orienteering. Teams will have to combine athleticism with strategy and navigation to guide themselves to as many checkpoints as possible within the race’s time limit.

The precise course will not be revealed until the morning of the race, but as in past years, the 2018 race will visit scenic and remote areas of Midcoast Maine. In the 24 hour race, participants can expect 10 to 20 miles of challenging, off-trail orienteering, 30 to 50 miles of biking including technical mountain biking, and 15 to 25 miles of tidal sea kayaking. The 2017 USARA national champions, Pennsylvania-based Rootstock Racing, have already committed to the race.

For those looking for a more manageable challenge, the 8-hour course will be structured so that all teams will be able to experience the full, base course, with advanced racers challenged by additional checkpoints. Racers can expect approximately 3 to 8 miles on foot, 15 to 25 miles on bikes, and 4 to 8 miles of paddling.

The 3-hour race is designed for beginner racers and for those looking to get the entire family outside for a day in the woods. The 3-hour race will combine hiking, canoeing and Amazing Race-style challenges and is designed to be possible to complete and enjoyable for participants of all ages and abilities. Racers can do as much or as little of the course as they choose and special prizes will be given for the top family team.

Registration fees for all races include race t-shirt, swag bag, maps, boats, paddles, PFDs, prizes and giveaways, facility and land-use fees, and a post-race feast, including local fare, vegetarian and gluten-free options and a featured local microbrew from Oxbow Brewing, one of our sponsors.

3-Hour Family Race – Under 18 – $20.00
3-Hour Family Race – Adult – $40.00
8-Hour Race – $115.00
24-Hour Race – $200.00

FMI: https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/maine-summer-adventure-race/

Jul
14
Sat
Yoga Hike in the Whites @ Welch-Dickey Trailhead
Jul 14 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Yoga Hike in the Whites @ Welch-Dickey Trailhead | Thornton | New Hampshire | United States

JOIN US FOR A GUIDED YOGA HIKE AND A DAY OF GETTING BACK TO NATURE IN THE WHITE MOUNTAINS!

WE WILL BE HIKING THE WELCH-DICKEY LOOP TRAIL IN THE PRISTINE WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST.

Be guided through the pristine forests of the Mount Washington Valley with a mountain top yoga class. We will meet at the trailhead and enjoy a guided hike, mountain top yoga class and a healthy box lunch. Experience yoga at its fullest by practicing in, and becoming one with, nature.

We will summit Welch at 2,500′ and Dickey at 2,700′
Trailhead Meet Up: 9:30 am.
Roundtrip distance 4.4 miles, includes Yoga class + Lunch
Hike to conclude at 3:00 pm.
Beginner to Moderate. All-level hikers welcome.
Proper Footwear required.
Please bring a yoga mat or feel free to use the earth as your mat.
Rate: $55.00 per person
Rain Date: Sunday

Upon registration you will be asked to complete an emergency form including contact info, emergency contact, dietary restrictions and prior hiking and yoga experience.

This day hike is sure to leave you feeling grounded and inspired with a deeper connection to the earth and to yourself.

FMI: https://www.facebook.com/events/356792951483990/

Jul
19
Thu
CAMP HIKE SUP YOGA Acadia NP Weekend Retreat @ Acadia National Park
Jul 19 – Jul 22 all-day
CAMP HIKE SUP YOGA Acadia NP Weekend Retreat @ Acadia National Park | Maine | United States

oin us this summer for our first Camping Retreat in beautiful, picturesque Acadia National Park! This weekend retreat will consist of 3 nights/4 days of camping, hiking, paddleboarding, yoga and the ultimate connection with nature.

Acadia National Park, located on Mount Desert Island, is a stunning national treasure on the coast of Maine. No matter where you explore in this park, the views are spectacular and nature abounds. No wonder this is one of the most visited parks in all of North America!

Acadia National Park offers hiking, biking, camping, breathtaking views of jagged coastlines, and pristine lakes for the nature lover, adventurer and outdoor enthusiast. More than two dozen mountains rise above the rocky shore, including Cadillac Mountain, which at 1,530 feet is the highest point on the U.S. Atlantic coast. There are more than 130 miles of hiking trails to explore by foot and 45 miles of carriage roads to travel by bike. Also, side note: Acadia is one of the best places on the east coast to view the Milky Way and you will LOVE star gazing by the fireside at night

We will be staying at the KOA Oceanside Campground located in Bar Harbor, situated at the head of Mount Desert Island, just 7 miles from the entrance of Acadia National Park. We offer two options for camping accommodations; Comfort shared Cabins or Oceanview Tent sites.

Comfort shared Cabins: These cabins make a great base camp and will provide you with many of the comforts of home and allow you to fully experience Acadia. Tucked back in the Maine woods but still close to the shoreline, you can walk right out your front door and enjoy the sunset. Cabins are equipped with bedding and all linens, a full bathroom with shower, microwave, refrigerator, sink, keurig coffee maker, outdoor grill, air conditioning, WiFi, fire pit, and a TV.

Ocean View Tent sites: A room with a view! All our tent sites offer an Ocean View. Pitch your 2 person tent near the ocean and watch the sky melt into sunset pastels while you warm by the campfire. Enjoy easy access to the sea for swimming and paddleboarding. Bathhouses, laundry, and hot showers are nearby in walking distance. Leashed pets welcome at your campsite.

Aug
1
Wed
Adventures in Art: Paddling, Hiking & Paddling with Rachel Littlefield @ North Star Adventures LLC
Aug 1 – Aug 4 all-day
Adventures in Art: Paddling, Hiking & Paddling with Rachel Littlefield @ North Star Adventures LLC | Unity | Maine | United States

Spend four unforgettable days in the Rangeley Lakes Region of Western Maine. Known for remote islands, and 4000’ mountains this is a perfect venue to challenge yourself physically, mentally and creatively. Immerse yourself in the awe inspiring scenery as you open yourself to your creative inspiration and physical challenges.

FMI: northstaradventures.me

Aug
21
Tue
Women’s Backpacking @ North Star Adventures LLC
Aug 21 – Aug 24 all-day
Women's Backpacking @ North Star Adventures LLC | Unity | Maine | United States

Designed for women of all ages and abilities. If you have always dreamed of backpacking but aren’t sure where to go or who do go with than this trip is for you. Yes, you will work hard but, you will have the experience of a lifetime. Backpacking will challenge you physically, mentally and spiritually. The mountains are a special place to get in touch with your authentic self and challenge those voices that keep you from reaching your potential. We create a safe environment where you can be yourself and face your challenges in a non-judgemental and supportive environment.

FMI: northstaradventures.me

Oct
5
Fri
Yoga in Nature Retreats @ Rangeley Maine
Oct 5 – Oct 7 all-day
Yoga in Nature Retreats @ Rangeley Maine | Rangeley | Maine | United States

Rangeley, Maine

Come to historic Rangeley Maine in the heart of the mountains for a yoga in nature retreat. Enjoy the outdoors and wilderness and deepen your practice while surrounded by the beauty of the woods and water. Sit quietly by the water or on a mountaintop, breathe deeply during your yoga practice surrounded by nature and enjoy the company of others on guided adventures through the rangeley region.

Yoga retreats include high-quality daily yoga classes, delicious meals, comfortable accommodations, relaxation, and exploratory adventures through natural wonders. You will leave a yoga retreat feeling refreshed, renewed.

Grounded in Nature
October 5-7, 2018

Join us for a 2-night, 3-day retreat that combines adventures of the body (hiking and canoeing in Western Maine) with adventures of the soul (yoga twice a day, journaling, meditation and relaxation). All athletic abilities are welcome—come renew your spirit and reawaken your passion! Click here for a sample retreat schedule. Registration closes September 21st.

Each day, we facilitate 2-3 yoga practices to take advantage of the natural rhythms of the body: an energizing morning practice, a mid-day practice and a restorative, relaxing evening practice. We also tailor our yoga practice to complement the season and our outdoor activities. Click here for a sample menu!

Cost: $550.00 before Sept 1st. $600 after.

What’s included:

2 nights’ accommodation at Red Quill Cabin
(see accommodation page for a list of amenities)
3 catered meals a day and snacks by a personal chef from Phia’s: “Feel Better With Every Bite”
Daily guided yoga practice
Guided meditation
Daily guided adventures (includes all equipment)
Access to canoes, bikes, hiking trails
Essential Oils Wellness Sessions

FMI: www.foreverwild.yoga/yoga-in-nature/