Wake up and greet the sun as we celebrate the summer solstice together on Hesketh Island! These longest days of the year offer us an opportunity to adventure fully, without worry over losing daylight. Kick back and sink into our wild, watery setting as time becomes irrelevant and days offer nothing but outdoor adventures like hiking and kayaking, balanced with healing yoga practices, nourishing foods, laughter, creative writing and restful meditation.
Shannen Casey is a private chef from California. After receiving her workplace training as a pastry chef in Los Angeles, she received a culinary degree in holistic nutritional cooking from Bauman College in Berkeley, California. Shannen has worked as a private chef and nutritionist in the Bay Area, as the executive pastry chef and head of menu development for a local vegan diner, and worked as a sous chef in Denali National Park. Her unique specialty combines her nutritional and holistic cooking values with her ability to craft comfort food, along with adhering to a wide variety of dietary restrictions, creating a well rounded meal everyone can enjoy.
To get to Homer, some may choose to fly directly into the Homer airport. From the airport you can catch a taxi that can take you wherever you need to go.
If you have time and a desire to explore on your own however, you can also fly into Anchorage, rent a car, and enjoy the incredibly scenic drive down the Kenai Peninsula. If you are efficient, the drive should take a little under five hours. If you take your time, you can opt to make stops along the way. I recommend popping by Girdwood for a bite to eat, or spending an hour or two at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center!
Coming from Anchorage, Palmer or the surrounding areas? Let Sydney know if you are planning to drive yourself or need a ride. She will do her best to help coordinate your travels down to Homer.
Space is limited in our chalet on Hesketh Island. To save your spot, a $225 deposit is due. This deposit is non-refundable, unless your spot can be filled by someone off of the waitlist before the retreat begins. Final payment is due on May 1st, 2019, about six weeks before we meet in Homer. That said, a payment plan of multiple, smaller payments can also be arranged! Please contact Sydney directly to arrange a payment plan that makes this retreat possible for you.
Sydney is a certified yoga teacher based out of Anchorage, Alaska. With over 500 hours of training, Sydney blends playful sequencing with restorative practices and meditation to teach a class that is flowing, inquisitive and, at its foundation, both internally and outwardly healing.
First introduced to yoga as a college student in North Carolina, Sydney moved to the Bay Area after graduation where she completed her 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher trainings at the Yoga Garden San Francisco. Her trainings include Cora Wen's Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, Sachi Doctor’s Ayurveda Intensive and RISE Yoga’s Yoga For Teens Teacher Training, and countless hours of class time in studios around the world.
Sydney has experience as an active travel guide, having worked for a Berkeley-based travel company called Backroads who first sent her up to Alaska in 2017. But more than that, she is a lover of language, a writer, a spontaneous dancer, a health nut, a cyclist, a hiker, a beauty-seeking human who is so excited to share this special solstice experience with you.
For more information, visit sydneyleto.com.
1 available in shared loft space, price can be adjusted to $820 per person if bed is shared
1 available in shared loft space, price can be adjusted to $885 per person if bed is shared
We will meet at True North Kayaks on the Homer Spit at 2:30 PM. The Homer Spit is a 4.5 mile stretch of land that juts into Kachemak Bay. It is the longest road into ocean waters in the entire world, and from here we will embark on a thirty minute water taxi across the Bay to Hesketh Island. Kachemak Bay is a critical habitat area that supports many species of marine life. Keep your eyes open for sea otters, seals, whales, and the many birds that call these waters home!
Around 3:30 PM we will arrive on Hesketh Island and settle into our private chalet. This beautiful, spacious home will serve as our base camp for the next four nights. Turn off your watch and silence your phone, as you will find that time becomes irrelevant as we sink into the natural beauty of this remote island and the endless light of Alaska’s summer sun.
This first afternoon is yours to find your bed and explore the property. Before dinner, we will gather for a sweet session of restorative yoga, followed by a health-full feast with new and old friends.