Yoga and Hiking in the Redwoods, Marin County, California
- Practice yoga in scenic Marin County
- Hike at Muir Woods, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and Mt. Tamalpais State Park, and explore Angel Island State Park
- Relax in a rustic, private lodge
- Expert yoga instruction and guided hikes
- Lodging and meals, except for a special dinner out in town
- Shuttle to trailheads
|Dates||Jul 7–13, 2013|
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"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." -- John Muir
Join others seeking a union of body, mind, and spirit through yoga practice and hiking in these natural settings. Each day, you'll strengthen your bodies while taking picturesque day hikes that put all of your senses in touch with nature.
We'll base ourselves at a cozy private lodge nestled halfway up Mount Tamalpais, in the beautiful hills of Marin County, just north of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Here, we'll sleep and practice yoga, and each day we will hike a different part of the surrounding area, including Muir Woods National Monument, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and other open space preserves within Marin County. The leaders will share their favorite hikes -- through redwood forests, along beaches, and to mountain vistas of the Marin coast and San Francisco Bay.
Each day will begin with yoga instruction, followed by a hike into the afternoon. We'll eat lunch in a park setting or along a trail. After dinner, there will be another yoga session with gentle stretching and breathing exercises to loosen any tight muscles and body tension before bedtime.
The trip starts at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 7th and ends at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 13th.
A typical day:
- 7:00-8:00 a.m.: Morning yoga
- 8:15-9:00 a.m.: Make lunches / breakfast
- 9:30 a.m.-mid-afternoon: Hike
- 5:30 p.m.: Social hour and dinner
- 8:00 pm: Evening yoga
All hikes and programs are subject to change depending on a variety of factors including trail conditions, weather, and availability of instructors and speakers.
Van transportation to trailheads is included in the price of the trip.
For those who are flying, the nearest airport is San Francisco International (SFO). Travel to and from the lodge is the responsibility of each participant. Ridesharing or taking public transportation from SFO to Mill Valley is encouraged. Leaders will provide van transportation between the Manzanita Station in Mill Valley and the lodge.
Sierra Club leaders are not allowed to arrange carpools; however to facilitate ridesharing, the leader will send out the participant roster, so you can coordinate sharing a rental car or ridesharing with other participants. Vans will be used to transport you to and from the trailheads.
Driving directions, and additional information regarding travel options will be provided. Do not make any transportation reservations until the leader approves you for the trip.
Accommodations and Food
This trip is based at a rustic but charming lodge in Mill Valley, which is located on the Panoramic Highway and just above Muir Woods. It is furnished with a very large hardwood floor area where we will practice yoga. The lodge also has a large stone fireplace in a comfortable living room, a porch area, and a large outside deck. Sleeping arrangements are in dorms of 4-6 beds, with a few private bedrooms for couples. Bathrooms are shared. Please bring towels, and sheets and a pillowcase (or sleeping bag if you prefer). Blankets and pillows are provided. Participants are not allowed to remain at the lodge during the day unless a leader is on the premises.
Our experienced cook plans healthy, hearty, vegetarian-friendly meals, and following Sierra Club Outings custom we will all assist by taking turns with the preparation and clean-up. We will prepare individual lunches each morning to carry with us on the trail. The leader will work with you to accommodate specific dietary requirements as much as possible. However, any dietary restrictions must be discussed in detail with the leader well in advance of the trip, and it may not be possible to make all the requested accommodations. Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.
We may have two nights out for dinner. Those evenings’ meals will be at your expense. All other meals will be included, starting with dinner on the first day and ending with breakfast on the final day.
No smoking is allowed on the premises.
The yoga instruction is designed to accommodate beginning and intermediate levels. Your body will dictate your comfort level.
We will hike between four to eight miles a day, with elevation changes of up to 1,500'. The hikes are designed for agile and active hikers who can comfortably keep a pace of two miles per hour. We will not be in a rush, however, and there will be plenty of time to stop, smell the flowers, and absorb the beauty surrounding us. We will visit historic and informational sites as we hike. Good physical conditioning is a must to ensure your enjoyment of the trip.
Equipment and Clothing
For yoga practice, bring comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and a yoga mat.
For hiking you will need a day pack that is large enough to hold lunch, water, and additional layers to keep you warm and dry in case of rain or fog. Hiking shoes or boots should be well-tested and comfortable, with adequate tread to grip the terrain. A more detailed list will be sent once you have been accepted for the trip.
- Martin, Don and Kay, Hiking Marin.
- Olmsted, Gerald, Trails of Mt. Tamalpais and The Marin Headlands.
- Sivananda Yoga Center, The Sivananda Companion to Yoga.
San Francisco Bay and its outlying areas contain many wetlands, old-growth forests, and geologic features. Much has been lost to development since the Gold Rush days, but much has been saved, mostly due to the heroic efforts of individuals and local environmental organizations. Marin County is a shining example of this. More than 60% of its land is protected in public ownership and easements through national parks, state parks, watershed, county open space, and land trusts. We will experience firsthand this assemblage of public lands, and learn some of how much of it came about.
Your leaders are volunteers. We have a long-term dedication to the Sierra Club, conservation, and enjoyment of the outdoors. While on the trip, please don't hesitate to ask your leaders about any conservation concerns that you may have. We look forward to having you share conservation challenges and successes from your home. We will practice Leave No Trace principles on our outings and hikes.
Since any traveling leaves a carbon footprint, check out the information that the Sierra Club offers about carbon offsets at: http://www.sierraclub.org/outings
Sierra Club National Outings is an equal-opportunity provider and will operate under permits from Mount Tamalpais and Angel Island State Parks.