Purpose in Patagonia with Breakwater Expeditions and Aspen Roots Collective
Women / 9 days / February 13-21, 2018
Designed for women moving into the wiser years of life, this retreat is an opportunity to discover and embrace your gift to your larger community. With day hikes, yoga, cooking classes, and easy kayaking in one of the more beautiful regions of the world, we will connect with the land, learn from the community, and explore a new sense of purpose in the transition into later life.
Facilitated by two licensed professional counselors who also have extensive outdoor leadership and guiding experience, daily activities will blend adventure travel with an opportunity to learn more about your self and your sense of purpose in your current stage of life. Local guides will accompany us on our hikes into the Nahuel Huapi National Park and kayaking along the glacially formed lake of the same name. The Argentinian culture will be explored through cuisine as well as learning about, tasting, and (hopefully) enjoying the herb tea called mate, rich in it’s cultural history and role as a way to connect with others, regardless of differences.
*Details below are a general outline and will depend on weather, an ever changing factor in Patagonia, as well as the group.
Day One: Arrive in Bariloche by noon. Short afternoon hike with views of the National Park. Welcome dinner at our lodge.
Day Two: Morning activity to begin to explore intentional transitioning through stages of life. Day hike, location dependent upon weather and group goals.
Day Three: Beginner friendly sea-kayak trip to a beach where we will have a gentle yoga class and lunch provided. Kayak back for some personal time before dinner.
Day Four: Our biggest hike of the trip, we will move at a pace appropriate for the group while also pushing ourselves to dig a little deeper and tap into the mental toughness that wisdom provides.
Day Five: After some down time in the morning, we will have town time mid-day for shopping and cultural exploration before leaving Bariloche and taking a 2 hour transport to the town of El Bolson. In El Bolson we will visit the local feria (artisan fair) for handmade crafts and local foods before a drive into the mountains to La Confluencia lodge. During our next four days at La Confluencia, each participant will be offered a shiatsu massage and will have opportunity for nightly use of the wood fired hot tub and sauna.
Day Six: After morning yoga on the deck, we will spend the day harvesting in the organic garden and cooking, not only learning local culinary practices but also exploring the ways in which we serve our community with our own gifts and abilities.
Day Seven: Options will be provided for either a local hike or other activities in and around the property for the morning. We will gather in the afternoon to frame the solo experience. Each participant will be guided to a solo spot outdoors, in which to spend a few hours integrating all that has been sparked in the past week. We will come back together for optional sharing before dinner.
Day Eight: A final yoga class on the deck and then we will hike to Cajon de Azul, a crystal blue river channeled through a box canyon in the mountains, before our closing celebratory feast.
Day Nine: Morning transport back to the airport in Bariloche, arriving by 11am, in time for a final shared meal before departing for the airport at 1pm.
$3,250* for nine days and eight nights of activities, lodging, food and beverage, guide fees, and transportation.
*Flights, travel insurance (required), and expenses related to missed flights are not included. A deposit of 50% of the total cost is required to secure a spot on the retreat. The deposit is 100% refundable until November 13, 2017. The remainder of the cost is due before February 13, 2018.
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Registration: Complete the registration form on the ARC website. You will then be contacted to arrange payment of initial deposit to secure your spot.
Travel arrangements: Upon registration, ARC staff will contact you with information about flights, travel insurance, packing lists and more.
Purpose in Patagonia with Sommerville Bevilaqua, LPC
Sommerville is a licensed professional counselor as well as wilderness instructor and founder of ARC. She is passionate about facilitating opportunities for individuals and groups to connect with the natural world, to explore their inner-landscapes, and to discover within themselves a strength and beauty more powerful than they previously knew. She has worked in the mental health field since 2010 and in the outdoors since 2000, incorporating curiosity, humor, deep compassion, and respect into her various roles. Sommerville enjoys exploring the rock and water of her home in Western North Carolina, as well as continuing to learn from new places and people around the world.
Sommerville can be reached directly by email: [email protected]
Her additional offerings can be found at http://www.aspenrootscollective.com.