Wallowa, OR

Spring, 2019

Journaling and Journeying
with Kate Howe

This introspective transformational retreat with yoga instructor and meditation teacher Kate Howe will help you find, define, confront and let go of unhealthy patterns which keep you from "becoming" - the continual experience of personal growth into the person you are capable of being in the world.

Learn to journal for yourself (and not feel "obligated" to your journal!) learn simple meditation techniques which help quiet and focus the mind. Learn to observe yourself without judgement, create healthy boundaries between your emotional reaction and your response to them.

This four-day retreat will be hosted at a private ranch in Wallowa, Oregon, and will feature healthy, clean, on-site farm-to-table chef-prepared food, daily yoga, meditation, journaling, walks, and hiking.

Hot tub and sauna, outdoor fireplace for relaxation between activities. No yoga, meditation, journaling, hiking experience necessary. Come as you are, and we will start from right there. Learn to have grace for yourself and others in your life, and learn to see yourself in a new light.

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What is Journaling and Journeying?

How do I travel inside myself, and what do you expect me to find there? Once I'm there, what do I do about it?

Is your psyche like a junk drawer? Full of small snippets, unorganized jumbles of beliefs which you hold, things that stuck to you as you heard them while moving through life.

For instance: "Sarah never lives up to her potential." (3rd grade report card) - and now Sara, 35, feels she can NOT ever live up to her potential, is incapable of fulfilling her potential, is destined to try hard and never be enough.

There is no silver bullet for this, no pill, no panacea. But we do have the ability to be curious, to investigate the kernels of our reflexive beliefs and actions, to clean out the junk drawer and decide what is useful, what did we find and place purposefully in the drawer, and what was thrown in there, taking up space, crowding out important, valuable things?

Using your physical practice (yoga, painting, drawing, meditation) to unearth deep-seated, silently operating truths about yourself can be a powerful tool for just this kind of practice. These kernels which we believe are truths often guide our feelings, emotional reactions, and expectations (four ourselves and others) in our relationships (from working to romantic.)

Examining these seemingly intrisinc foundational pieces of ourselves can expose automatic reactions to experience and their subsequent behaviors, built by the junk tossed into our psyches. Do you want silent learned and installed programs running in your subconscious, forming your decision making, forming your success, forming your concept of self, and other's concept of you?

This retreat suggests that while some of these deeply held beliefs can guide us, some are errant programs which warrant further dispassionate examination for determination of their worth in your emotional programming.

Come unravel the puzzle, so you can see the pieces, and decide what to keep. Remember: being brave is not acting in the absence of fear. It's being afraid and acting anyway.

Join us this October at a private ranch in beautiful Wallowa, OR for four days of introspection and community while we begin to open and explore the junk drawers of our psyche, take a look inside, perhaps begin to take inventory, and perhaps begin to weed out old items which no longer serve our growth.

Experience exploratory growth through:
Backyard Gardens will provide sumptuous farm-to-table home made meals.
Ashtanga Yoga practice every morning (no experience necessary, much experience also welcome).
Vipassana Meditation Practice (no experience necessary)
Foundations of thoughtful, non-judgmental, revelatory, exploratory journaling
The art of keeping a journal
Principals of sketching to convey ideas to yourself
Journaling without fear or judgement
Sangha - community

$775.00 only, all inclusive : Transfer to and from Spokane Airport, yoga mat, block, strap, journal, journaling equipment, four days lodging, all meals, hot tub, sauna, instruction and guidance.

Not included:airfare, alcohol, horse back riding (optional)
Wallowa, Oregon is an incredibly beautiful corner of North East Oregon, about three hours from the Spokane airport. Come see why Wallowa County has been on the cover of Sunset Magazine four times! https://www.sunset.com/travel/northwest/wallowa-county.   

We will be basing at the Ferre Ranch about 10 miles outside of the tiny town of Wallowa. We will hike all over the 800 acres of the ranch, and will drive in to hike around Lake Wallowa as well.
The Ferre Ranch is built on 800 acres of pristine wilderness. We are fortunate to be taking over this entire property for the four days of our retreat.

Sleeping arrangements are on a first come first served basis, we have three bedrooms with (beautiful) bunk beds, one guest suite with three beds, and one master suite which can accommodate a couple. There is a four-person hot tub, a sauna, an outdoor fire pit on the patio overlooking the pond, and a large living room which we will be using for our daily yoga and nightly reflection/meditation practice.

Beth from Backyard Gardens, a wonderful local catering company, will be providing fresh, healthy, local farm-to-table food for us as we adventure internally on this magical four day weekend.

Your Home Away From Home

This is a broad stroke schedule, we are a small group and so we will have flexibility depending on the weather. The Ferre Ranch is a beautiful place to relax and is surrounded by fabulous wilderness on all sides. However, we may want to drive into Wallowa and explore the lake, take a trip to Joseph and see the historic town, or have another small side trip. Most of the trips we take will be internal ones. :)

There is no experience necessary to join this trip. We ask that participants are age 16 and older, that you are in a state of health which allows you to participate in easy hikes at around 3000 feet elevation, and that you come with an open mind and an open heart. 

No yoga, meditation, pranayama, drawing, journaling, writing, or really any kind of experience is necessary. We will work with you from where you are. At the end of this trip, you will go home with the skills to continue a self practice in meditation, yoga, breath work and journaling, as well as many new things to ponder about yourself and your path in the world, and how you chose to interact with it.

This is one of the many incredible views from just below the Ferre porch. 
The trip is all-inclusive:

Transfers to and from Spokane Airport and the ranch
Accommodations at the private ranch in Wallowa, OR
All meals
Hot tub
Sauna
Yoga mat, block, and strap for you to take home
Journal and pen
Commemorative t-shirt
Yoga, mediation, breath work, journaling and journeying instruction and guidance
Wine available for purchase with dinner


Kate has been a student of Buddhism since 1983, and took refuge with her teacher at Sera Jey Monastery in Bayakulpe, India in 2015. She is a teacher of Vipassana (insight) meditation, an artist and a yoga teacher of the Ashtanga tradition.

Kate worked as the assistant to Saraswathi Jois, the daughter of the founder of Ashtanga Yoga, in 2015 in her shala in Mysore, India. Kate is also a bodyworker who specializes in Chinese peasant treatments and internal journeying for discovery of self. Kate works as a personal coach, or life coach if you will, helping people make space between the emotional situations which occur in life and how we react to them.

Kate believes strongly that the secrets to our happiness and "success" are within each of us, that it takes a cultivation of grace and bravery to venture within, honestly, willingly, to reveal the internal obstacles on our path. No one can fix you, that is your job alone. But finding a guide who can help you identify your path through, over and around your obstacles is an important part of that journey.

WHAT WILL YOUR TRIP LOOK LIKE?

Arrive in Spokane Airport after 12:30 pm and before 4pm.

We will load up into a large SUV for the three hour drive to the private Ferre ranch.

Welcome drink, dinner, and supplies. Orientation over dinner, introduction to Journaling.

Each day begins in silence, and we ask that if you are up and around before the official start of the day that you are silent. Please do yourself a favor - while there is wifi available, and we do realize that people need to stay in touch in certain situations, this is a four day opportunity to go on a deep dive within yourself. For that reason we ask that you keep your phones in your room, and please don't use them in the common spaces except for during the afternoon break, as needed.

7:00 am Coffee Service and light fruit available

8:00 am Introduction to the day, Journaling and Yoga in the living room around the 360 degree fireplace

9:30 am Yoga practice finishes

9:30 am Pranayama Practice instruction and journaling

10:00 am Pranayama and journaling practice concludes, shower and change

10:30 am - 12:30 pm brunch and free time

12:30 pm -3:00 pm Journaling Intensive (outdoors if weather permits)

3:00 pm snack time and nap time!

4:00 pm afternoon activity: hike, meditation, journaling

6:00 pm Internal and External Connections

7:00 pm Dinner

8:30 pm Introduction to Meditation, journaling

10:00 pm bed time

7:00 am Coffee Service and light fruit available

8:00 am Introduction to the day, Journaling and Yoga

9:30 am Yoga practice finishes

9:30 am Pranayama Practice instruction and journaling

10:00 am Pranayama and journaling practice concludes, shower and change

10:30 am - 12:30 pm brunch and free time

12:30 pm -3:00 pm Journaling Intensive (outdoors if weather permits)

3:00 pm snack time and nap time!

4:00 pm afternoon activity: hike, meditation, journaling

6:00 pm Internal and External Connections

7:00 pm Dinner

8:30 pm Introduction to Meditation, journaling

10:00 pm bed time

7:00 am Coffee Service and light fruit available

8:00 am Introduction to the day, Journaling and Yoga

9:30 am Yoga practice finishes

9:30 am Pranayama Practice instruction and journaling

10:00 am Pranayama and journaling practice concludes, shower and change

10:30 am - 12:30 pm brunch and free time

12:30 pm -3:00 pm Journaling Intensive (outdoors if weather permits)

3:00 pm snack time and nap time!

4:00 pm afternoon activity: hike, meditation, journaling

6:00 pm Internal and External Connections

7:00 pm Dinner

8:30 pm Introduction to Meditation, journaling

10:00 pm bed time

7:00 am Coffee Service and light fruit available

8:00 am Journaling and Yoga

8:45 am Yoga practice finishes

9:00 am breakfast and concluding thoughts

10:30 am check out and load suburban

11:00 am on the road to Spokane

2:00 pm arrive Spokane airport and say goodbye until next time!


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PACKING LIST

  • Yoga clothes (laundry available)
  • Warm hiking clothes (we are near the mountains in late fall)
  • Warm knit hat, brimmed hat
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Sweats and comfy clothes to hang out in
  • Light down jacket
  • Fleece
  • Rain jacket
  • Yoga mat, block, strap if you prefer to bring your own (please let us know if you are bringing yours, and we will deduct the cost from your trip total)
  • Favorite journal if you want to bring your own
  • Favorite pens
  • Day pack
  • Trekking poles if you like to use them (not required)
Inclusions: Transfers to and from Spokane Airport, Lodging, Meals, Yoga, Meditation, Journaling instruction. Hiking, walking meditation, hot tub, sauna. Yoga Mat, block, strap, journal included.
$500.00 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot. There are no refunds after 60 days prior to departure.

We recommend Travel Insurance.

Wi-Fi/Cell Phone Policy
You are welcome to bring cell phones and tablets, however, this retreat is meant especially for you to unplug from the world and be plugged into yourself. 

Also, please note that the Wi-Fi, while it exists, will not support streaming.  FaceTime calls, uploading videos, or watching shows is not possible... checking your email is.

We do request that phones and tablets stay in your room and not be out in the environment unless you are using your phone as a camera or note-taking device.
We carry liability insurance for our trips, and additionally, we highly recommend our guests purchase trip insurance.

We recommend World Nomads for your trip insurance, they are affordable and offer incredible coverage. While things rarely go wrong, it is important to be covered just in case something happens.

You can find World Nomads here: https://www.worldnomads.com/


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For travelers 70+ please contact:
Allianz Insurance

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