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Wilderness + Stillness: Minimalist Backpacking Course for Yogi's in the Ventana Wilderness

This May, join myself and Duncan Cheung for Wilderness + Stillness, an incredible minimalist backpacking and yoga course in the Ventana Wilderness. In this rare opportunity we will learn essential light weight backpacking skills and integrate yoga practice to embody the practice of “Less is More.” We will carry what we need to survive. We will practice yoga in the grandeur of nature and connect with ourselves and each other to thrive. We will build community based on our wonder for nature, yoga and our ability to become self-reliant.

Our hiking destination. Photo by Duncan Cheung

Our hiking destination. Photo by Duncan Cheung

Duncan Cheung is the founder of Off Trail, On Track. Duncan is an expert backpacker and wilderness guide. He started Off Trail On Track to educate people about wilderness experience and to build an organization of advocacy for the outdoors. Prior to hitting the trail he will teach you about the essentials of how to prepare for this journey through education on gear, food prep, and logistics. He will educate and inspire us on the trail.


I will guide Yoga that is intuitive and inspired by the places we see, the connections we make with each other. My intention to put our attention on our ability to be resilient, grounded and open beings walking lightly on the Earth. Wilderness and Stillness are gateways to remember who we are. We will take time to self-reflect through journalling. I hope that you will join us for this special weekend of learning and connection.

Space is limited to 4 yogis. Scroll down for more details.

My son and I taking in Lake Tahoe

My son and I taking in Lake Tahoe

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This course requires:

An in person trip Prep and Gear Workshop

Gear Prep and Food Planning Homework

Course Schedule:

March 28th 5:30pm-6:15pm; 45-min Introductory Conference Call

(HW #1 Trip Conditions Reading)

April 14th 9am-12pm; Trip Prep and Gear Workshop (in person, Berkeley)

April 14th-24th Gear Preparation and (HW #2 Shopping)

April 24th -May 8th Food Planning and Final Logistics (HW #3)

May 9th Arrive and camp at trailhead, ideally by 7:30pm

May 10th Day 1: Learn

May 11th Day 2: Practice

This course is being offered by donation. Suggested donation minimum is $150. 100% of the profits from donations will be given to North Vally Community Foundation, which is a major contributor and coordinating organization that supports the Camp Fire Relief Effort.