Where are we camping?
From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches to its open grasslands, brushy hillsides, and forested ridges, Point Reyes offers visitors over 1500 species of plants and animals to discover. Home to several cultures over thousands of years, the Seashore preserves a tapestry of stories and interactions of people.
We will be camping at Wildcat Camp, located in an open meadow on a bluff overlooking the ocean with a short walk to the beach and Alamere Falls. It is a 10 kilometer (6.3 miles) hike from Bear Valley.
How do we get there and where do we meet?
We will meet right in front of the entrance to Bear Valley Visitor Center. If you drove, we’ll get you set up with a car pass upon arrival. Please arrive by 11 am so we can start hiking together on time by noon. You are responsible for transportation to and from the retreat. We highly suggest carpooling. Please join the new Facebook event page and offer/request rides there.
How is the hike in?
The hike is an intermediate 6.3 miles from Bear Valley Visitor Center through forested areas and opening up to a coastal view. It usually takes between 3-4 hours and it is recommended to bring plenty of water, comfortable hiking attire and a sense of adventure for the hike.
What we will be doing once at camp?
Exploring, doing yoga, playing at the beach, enjoying meditations, visiting the waterfall, doing optional hikes or runs, eating healthy food, sleeping under the stars, and enjoying the fresh air!
Do I need to carry my own gear in?
Yes, this is an active retreat where you carry your own gear in unless you rent gear from us. We will share some tips on packing to help you thrive in this experience.
Is camping gear available?
Yes, shared tents, a sleeping pad and a sleeping bag are available to rent for $100. Please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in renting gear.
Which campsite are we at?
We will be at Group Site 003AB at Wildcat Camp from Sep 23-25.
What are the amenities at our campsite?
There is potable water, outhouses, and picnic tables at the campsite. Plus direct access to the beach! We are allowed to have fires on the beach with our beach fire permit.
What is our schedule?
Fri Sep 23
11 am Group meets at Bear Valley Visitor Center
12 pm Group Hike in + Snack + Settle in
5:30 pm Afternoon Yoga
7 pm Dinner + Opening Circle
Sat Sep 24
7:30 am Silent walking meditation
8 am Light breakfast
8:30 am Morning Yoga
10:00 am Brunch
Free time + beach
3:00 pm Afternoon Run or Hike to Alamere Falls
5:00 pm Yoga
7:00 Dinner + campfire
Sun Sep 25
7:30 am Morning meditation
8 am Light breakfast
8:30 am Morning Yoga
10:00 am Brunch
Pack up + Hike out
What will the weather be like?
The forecast shows mild weather in the 50’s/60’s, but it can get foggy and chilly on the coast. So please bring layers to be ready for whatever weather comes up.
Where do we park?
We highly encourage carpooling and will connect you with the group to help facilitate ride-sharing. We will all meet and park at Bear Valley Visitor Center. Please arrive by 11 am so we can all be ready to hike in by 11:30am/noon.
Is there cell service?
Most carriers do not get service in the park… let’s unplug! We can always hike and find a ranger if needed.
What can I expect on a YOGASCAPES retreat?
You can expect to explore the most incredible parts of the world, savor delicious flavors daily, and dive into incredible yoga with the best yoga teachers in the world.
Do I need yoga experience?
We welcome yogis of all levels, from absolute beginners to advanced practioners. Yoga retreats are not just for the yogi who practices every day and can touch the floor with their elbows. Our retreats offer opportunities for growth and new experience, no matter how much time you have spent on your mat. Regardless, we suggest keeping an open mind and trying out practices that might be new to you.
How do I pick which yoga retreats to go on?
Start by exploring the Escapes page to see what’s out there, and trust your instincts! We travel to all corners of the world, so whether you are looking to unplug at a tropical oasis, soak in hot springs just a short drive from the city, or gaze into the starry sky in the desert, we offer it all! Check out this blog for more ideas to get you started, and if you have questions, ask!
Can I go on a Retreat by myself?
Yes! About half our participants come alone and often come away with lifelong friends. If you’re traveling alone, a yoga retreat is the best way to meet new people with similar interests in a safe and healthy environment.
How many people will be on the retreats?
Our group sizes depend on which trip you are joining. They reflect our desire to be small and intimate for having a good teacher to student ratio while keeping in mind the joy and community that can come from a certain size group. The trips generally range from 15-25 guests.
What food can I expect?
We will provide almost all of the meals during your trip (2-3 daily), as described in the trip description. We always enjoy delicious food on our retreats and strive to include organic, fresh ingredients as often as possible. Please let us know as soon as you sign up for the trip or before you sign up if you have any special needs; food allergies or other allergies, or any other special needs or conditions, dietary or medical.
What should I bring?
Please see trip description for additional items, but you should generally bring: yoga mat, sunscreen, comfortable clothes and shoes, sunglasses, headlamp, book, journal, reusable water bottle, and a little sense of adventure!
How much free time do we have?
Our retreats include a healthy balance between group activities and solo free time to relax, read a book, take a walk, etc. The days that we have outings planned we will go lighter on the yoga and we generally build in time for participants to go off on their own or simply stay at our retreat center.
When will I receive trip details?
Upon registration, you will receive a welcome message with general trip information. As the date approaches you will receive trip reminders and specifics relevant to your retreat.
Please refer to the “what’s included” section of each trip for more details, but typically we include all lodging, all breakfasts and most other meals. Each trip varies, but we like to include 1-2 excusions and leave the other days for optional activities. All yoga classes are included. Some trips will include transportation from the airport and all trips will include transportation for listed included activities!
When should I book?
We offer discounts for signing up before certain dates, so the earlier you sign up the better your price may be. Check the specific trip you are interested in to make sure you sign up before the next deadline!
Do I need to book my own flight?
You are responsible for booking your own flight. Each trip will have suggested arrival and departure details based on when we know you need to be in the airport and you can always send us the itinerary before booking if you want to double check it’s correct!
How do I get from the airport to the retreat center?
For most retreats you are responsible for your own airport transfer unless stated otherwise. You can always request support booking your transfer and we are usually able to pair people up to share in the cost.
What is the currency and where do I get it? How much cash will I need?
All of the activities highlighted on the trip page are included in the price. However, we will have free time for you to explore on your own. If you choose to go on any optional excursions you will be responsible for the costs but we will definitely help you arrange anything.
Can I arrive early and stay late?
You will need to purchase your flights in order to arrive/depart by given dates and time ranges for your specific trip. If you choose to arrive earlier or later than given day/time you will be responsible for the cost of transportation needed to join up with the group. We always encourage you to to explore the area, if that option is available to you. At some locations you will be able to arrive early or stay late at the venue itself, while at other locations you will need to stay elsewhere.
Is travel insurance mandatory? How do I purchase it?
Travel insurance for all of our international yoga retreats is mandatory. Unfortunately we cannot allow participation unless proof of travel insurance is sent to us before. Purchase your travel insurance within a week of purchasing your plane flight.
We highly recommend that you add “cancel for any reason” to your policy. Although normal trip cancellation will cover you for illness or injury, or for a travel companions illness, injury or death, it is limited to these. With “cancel for any reason” you will receive a percentage (usually 75%-100%) of all pre-paid costs. With this coverage if something comes up, a wedding, a new job opportunity, etc. or if YOGASCAPES has to cancel due to weather, staff injury or illness or other unforeseen reasons, you will be covered. *This option needs to be purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit.
We suggest this policy from Travel Guard or similar:
Travel Guard – Gold(Protect Assist) w/ Cancel for any reason http://www.travelguard.com/
For more information please contact the Insurance provider you are looking to purchase with or contact us
Is my ticket refundable?
If cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to your departure date any payments made will be refunded minus your deposit. If cancellation takes place between 30-60 days prior to your departure, 50% of the trip price will be refunded OR 100% of the trip price minus the deposit will be credited toward another trip. If cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to your departure date, 100% of the trip price will be forfeited.
Do you have discounts available?
We offer a limited number of early-bird prices and students/teachers/artist rates to make our trips as accessible as possible. We also offer occasional giveaways and specials that can be seen by following us on Facebook.
Please contact us directly if you are interested in payment plan. We want to make our trips accessible to as many people as possible and are open to setting up a payment plan in certain situations.