Meet your Inner Mountain (Retreat Lodging)

Mt Shasta, CA, USA

Karina Safari
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Jun 18 - 20, 2021
Group size: 10 - 12
Meet your Inner Mountain (Retreat Lodging)
Mt Shasta, CA, USA

Karina Safari
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
27 reviews

Jun 18 - 20, 2021
Group size: 10 - 12

About this trip

The root chakra of the Earth is widely believed to be located at Mount Shasta in Northern California.  Rising out of forests and meadows, Mount Shasta is known for its natural beauty, fresh unspoiled wilderness and powerful spiritual presence. The mystery and unexplained stories surrounding this site are endless.

Join our women circle on this weekend getaway to Shasta-Trinity National forest, experience the healing power of the Mighty Mount Shasta., hike  on the most scenic trails of Shasta vicinity, swim in the mountain lakes, admire beautiful McCloud waterfalls, sleep in a comfortable cabin under the bright stars  - all good for your body and soul!



UPSCALE LODGING INCLUDED: This 3-day getaway from your everyday errands , a wonderful chance to experience hiking without sacrificing your comforts!  If you are a beginner in hiking, but you have already experienced hiking before, this is a right trip for you, where you can relax and recharge! 

We will stay at amazing Stewart Mineral Springs Retreat Center in the woods by the river with swimming holes.  Rooms with twin beds, made-up bed (sheets, bed linen & towels provided), private facilities and hot shower in each, and a small kitchenette.

ALL MEALS ARE INCLUDED: Catering FULL BOARD will be provided at resort. Vegan/non-vegan options are available. 2 Breakfasts, 2 Takeout Lunches, & 2 Dinners. All meals are made by professional chef from gluten-free, organic and fresh ingredients. 

Cuisine:  thai, mexican, indian and italian 


Travel by comfortable mini-van.  Pick up/drop off location:  SF &Bay area, exact locations to be assigned and confirmed later 

What to bring (Personal gear/outfit):

Gear items:

- A small or medium-size backpack for day-hikes (approx 20-25L), that can fit your personal items and packed lunch

- Head lamp (it is good to have light when your hands are free)

- Trekking poles – suggested for steep downhill trails

- Water bottle & water canister – we have possibility to get great spring water in river Sacramento head waters park

- Small garbage bags for hiking trails (for your personal trash/leftovers)

- Sunblock (UV 50+) & lip balm

- Personal toiletries : toothpaste, toothbrush etc.

- Mosquito repellent 

- Your personal first aid kit (your personal medicines you can’t do without). The guide will have essentials.


- A lightweight mat or a lightweight piece of cloth/blanket/sarong to put it on the ground for your comfort while you are sitting/stretching (it can be also a yoga mat if you’d like, but you should bring it along attached to your backpack on an easy hiking trail to the lake and back, a bit bulky item but will also work)

Hiking /Camping Outfit:

- Good sturdy and comfortable hiking shoes, well-worn before the trip  (!) Please don’t bring brand new boots, try them a few times on hiking trails before the trip, to avoid blisters.

- Comfortable tennis shoes (it's good to have a change of shoes)

- Some kind of sandals of flip flops – for non-hiking part of the day or wearing at resort

- Light hiking pants or bermuda-pants (shorts or yoga pants are not very recommended – to prevent sunburns, possible poison oak) 

- Light long-sleeved loose shirt (protection from sun, insects)

- A change of t-shirts for hiking (preferably a quick-dry fabric, not cotton)

- Thin fleece jacket / sweater for chilly evenings and mornings

- Some light jacket – could be a windbreaker or thin sleeveless down jacket e.g. Uniqlo (for chilly evenings & mornings)

- Sunhat

- Towel (small face towel/quick-dry beach towel if you plan to dip into the lakes and rivers)

- Swim suite

Cancellation Policy

Participant can cancel their trip anytime prior departure with the following penalties: 

- Registration deposit is non-refundable after being paid;

- Cancellation 30 to 21 days before departure - up to 50% of the Trip cost 

- Cancellation 20 to 0 calendar days before departure – non refundable

Trip cancellation insurance is advisable; it protects all registration deposits and payments for both air and land cost.

What’s included

  • Transportation
    Two 7-seater mini-vans w/AC, gas and parking fees included
  • Upscale Lodging
    2 nights in retreat center in the woods (twin rooms with private facilities, hot shower, firm made-up bed, & kitchenette)
  • Professional Team Leader
    Karina Safari (organizer) and Katya Belykh (your expert guide in Northern California)
  • All arrangmenets
    all bookings, activities, information and assistance
  • Meals Full Board
    6 meals (2 breakfasts, 2 packed lunches, 2 dinners


Day 1. Friday
Arrival. Hiking to Heart Lake from Castle Lake

~10:00 AM - departure from Bay Area with a quick stop for lunch on the way (not included). Drive 4-5hrs depending on traffic to the trailhead.

~3PM -  Reach the trailhead. Start hiking from Castle Lake to Heart Lake 

(Distance: ~5.0 miles, Difficulty: Moderate).  This trail goes between two lakes, followed by an uphill hike to the viewpoint to see the panoramic view over the lakes, Mt. Shasta, Shastina and other iconic sites of the region. 

Time for swimming in Castle Lake or/and Heart Lake.  

~6:30PM - Check in at Stewart Mineral springs resort. 

7:00PM - Dinner servied at resort.

Included mealsL


Your Organizer

Karina Safari
27 reviews
Professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2006. Originally from Moscow, Russia. Lived and worked as a tour guide and destination expert in South American countries (Ecuador and Colombia) in 2009-2012. Moved to the U.S. in 2012. Resident of San Francisco bay area. Founder of Safarika Adventure Club, CA since 2013 (CST # 2112795-40). Join our tribe of active travelers! Experience epic bucket list destinations and world best trails you have only dreamed of in our unbeatable team adventures to South America and beyond


We had a great time. Wonderful people. Thank you for a fantastic experience!
By Yulia V for Meet your Inner Mountain (Retreat Lodging) on 22 Jun, 2021
It was a great trip -again!!! Wonderful trails, people, accommodations and everything was will organized and thoughtful. Highly recommend! Thank you Katya and Karina!
By Natasha K for Best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton Hiking trip on 09 Jun, 2021
This was truly amazing experience! I was a part of a small group of 8 experienced hikers, and Katya have taken us to the beautiful trails that were not crowded but with fantastic views and terrains. The sleeping accommodations were comfortable and we had the most delicious food and wine experiences! I highly recommend this company to anyone who loves hiking in nature! Thank you!
By Natasha K for Utah Away from Crowds: Hiking Zion & Escalante NP on 04 May, 2021
Friendly guide who has expertise in geology, a good mix of popular and less traveled points. The trip was well planned and time was used efficiently without creating a sense of rush. An eclectic group of co-travelers added to the experience. Hot springs were amazing and so was the stake & beer place in the desert. thank you for the great experience!
By Ilya L for Wildflower Bloom in Death Valley on 16 Mar, 2021
Exploring Death Valley was truly one of a kind experience for me. Our guide Katya is very knowledgeable and passionate about this area, her itinerary was very well thought out and planned to share with us highlights and off beaten path gems of Death Valley and adjacent Amargosa Valley! One awe-inspiring view after another! Great mix of hiking, nature seeing and cultural/ historical sightseeing. Fun and educational. Great handling of logistics. This trip definitely exceeded my expectations.
By Margarita M for Wildflower Bloom in Death Valley on 04 Mar, 2021
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One of the best trips I've done! I am mainly either a solo traveler or prefer to go with my family But 4 days hiking trip to Montana Glacier NP has changed my preferences :) Thank you very much, it's been a pleasure and FUN Met so many interesting intelligent people, would highly recommend if you enjoy active vacations
By Yelena M on 10 Sep, 2020
I traveled with Karina to Patagonia in 2020 and it was awesome! Perfect planning & organization throughout the trip, including dealing with the unexpected (e.g. lost luggage). I really liked other folks in the group and made several new friends in this trip. I highly recommend Karina's trips to casual and semi-serious hikers, and plan to be a return customer myself.
By Grigory L on 14 Mar, 2020
Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
By Aizhan T on 20 Jun, 2019

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