Yes. At Retreats Alaska, we want to empower our guests to continue to spend time in nature after our retreat, which means helping guests set themselves up with proper gear to use on their own adventures.
We provide specific gear lists and offer pre-retreat coaching to help guests make the best choices for gear that fit individual needs, budget and overall comfort. In some circumstances, Retreats Alaska may be able to outfit guests for some items that guests may be unable to acquire.
Yes. We will provide recommended gear lists and have pre-retreat informational coaching sessions for all guests to help folks feel fully prepared for your backcountry experience. We aim to empower our guests to prepare themselves for future outdoor activities and excursions by helping you make personal, informed decisions on gear selection. We love to share our knowledge and expertise.
Yes. This is a fully immersive backcountry camping experience and Alaskan weather can be unpredictable. We bring multiple group shelter and tarp options that work very well in keeping everyone covered. Ultimately, guests need to be prepared for rain, wind, cool temperatures, and have appropriate clothing and gear to be as comfortable as possible. We can help direct guests in making specific choices if you need help.
This retreat requires transportation by Water Taxi (boat) across Kachemak Bay. Weather is certainly a factor on the open water and can delay transportation times and make for a bumpy ride on rough water. If you are prone to motion or seasickness, take this into consideration. Alaska's summer weather is usually sunny and beautiful but plan for every scenario. July average temperature is 65 degrees (as high as 80 deg) and sees about 2.25" of rain
Yes. Encounters are always a possibility in the Alaskan backcountry, and front-country also. Your guides are well experienced and equipped to handle an encounter if the situation arises. Bear-spray is carried by guides and can be provided for you to carry if needed. We highly recommend you bring your own newly purchased Bear-spray, which can be acquired locally at all sporting goods stores and some grocery outlets. We hold a safety discussion on Bear Awareness and a safety demonstration to familiarize you with your deterrent device.
Absolutely! We can help you find different options to add to your trip.
At Retreats Alaska, safety is our number one priority. In addition to making sure guests are physically safe, retreat hosts and facilitators provide support for those vulnerable and emotional moments as well. These experiences can be tough, physically & emotionally as guests push through long hikes, heavy packs and deep conversation. Group and individual coaching and healing sessions are available to guests as they need.
Absolutely. Our experiences are designed to fit the needs of each guest on retreat. Whether an experienced meditator or brand new to the concept of mindfulness, guests can immerse themselves in this experience.