Donation-based yoga, meditation & conservation retreat
Sliding-scale donations $100 - 500
All donations go toward conservation work with Vital Actions
Join Charity Kahn and Diana Oppenheim on this short but powerful retreat to Point Reyes National Seashore. Point Reyes is an incredible part of the California coast and is home to 15% of ALL California biodiversity, including 60 species of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. It's an incredibly rich and diverse ecosystem filled with stunning views, wide open skies and gorgeous trees and wildlife, making it the perfect place to drop into your body, mind and soul and take action in a way that creates peace for you but also the ecosystem of which you are a part.
Yoga, mindfulness and meditation, habitat restoration, healthy and delicious vegan food are all part of this weekend but the true gift is connection: with yourself, with others and of course with our beautiful earth.
We will start together with yoga and breakfast in San Francisco and carpool together to Point Reyes (~90-minute drive). We will backpack to our incredible campsite (~7-mile hike, moderately strenuous) with ocean views for the night. The next day we will explore protected areas and help restore a delicate coastal dune ecosystem and learn about native and endangered plants. We will finish with a sunset meditation at one of the park's most iconic sights -- the Point Reyes Lighthouse! It will be a short but incredibly powerful weekend that you won't want to miss!
Charity and I are committed to creating a healing space -- for ourselves and for the earth. We believe that we can take care of and heal ourselves while challenging the ways in which we demand excess from earth.
All food served will be vegan, as the meat and dairy industry is one of the leading causes of species extinction, deforestation and climate change. For the meals you bring, we ask that they also be vegan. We are happy to help with any meal planning preparations you might need!
We will follow Leave No Trace while backpacking and make an effort to minimize or even eliminate all plastics from our packs. What we pack in -- we will also pack out!
This retreat is 100% sliding-scale donation and ALL donations (aside from any nominal costs such as campground rental) will be used to help fight for envionmental protection and justice.
This retreat is part of the Movement Network, where all funds go toward supporting front-line eco defenders. This trip will support Vital Actions, a strategic eco defense and social justice organiation that works in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico and the US. Their efforts have saved thousands of sea turtles from being lost to the illegal food trade, they've removed thousands of kilos of plastic debris from sensitive coastal habitats, they've fought illegal logging, they've worked with reforestation efforts and have also facilitated an alternative economy around conservation work in southern Nicaragua to help provide income to over 40 families that have been impacted by the current political crisis.
Suggested donations are 100 - 500. Use the discount codes to select the amount you'd like to donate. If you can't do $100 and you want to come, please reach out to me directly and we will get you on board. If you want to donate MORE, same thing :)
500- no discount code
Founder of the award-winning JAM programs (Charity and the JAMband CDs and concerts, JAMboodas parent/child classes, and JAMcamp for school-aged kids), Charity Kahn is a musician, songwriter, performer and educator working to bring joy and presence to families and young children through the vehicles of music, movement and mindfulness. Her passions include writing and recording music, learning from children, studying the politics of our time, absorbing the dharma, and making soup.
Charity has been practicing Insight Meditation since 2007, and has participated in trainings and retreats at Mindful Schools, Spirit Rock, the Redwood City Insight Meditation Center, and the SF Zen Center. Meditation is the cornerstone and anchor of her life -- the daily practice that makes all else possible. Her favorite thing about the Outer Sunset is that it turned out to be the perfect place to bring up children -- a safe, community-minded village nestled in balance between the bustling stimulation and opportunity of urban SF and the vast emptiness of the Pacific. For more info on Charity's work, visit www.jamjamjam.com.