Root to Rise: Yoga & Rock Climbing Retreat

Slade, KY, USA

Backcountry Yoga
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Oct 5 - 8, 2018
Group size: 10-20
Root to Rise: Yoga & Rock Climbing Retreat
Slade, KY, USA

Backcountry Yoga
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13 reviews

Deposit: $250
Oct 5 - 8, 2018
Group size: 10-20

About this trip

Come explore one of the most beautiful locations in the Southern Midwest; The Red River Gorge. Enjoy 4 action packed days of yoga, world class climbing, hiking, trail running, Stand up Paddling, healthy eating, and of course no obligation to do anything at all ;)

The Red River Gorge is a unique natural area that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Spectacular scenery is the reward of those that venture into the backcountry of this special place. Adventurous hikers and climbers will encounter waterfalls, stone arches, towering cliffs, flowing rivers, and deep water filled caverns. If you aren't familiar with this location, I highly recommend throwing it into google and getting prepared to have your mind blown.

We're so excited to lead you into this very special place. This all inclusive retreat encourages you to get playful, grounded, and unplugged from your typical day to day life. We welcome all levels! New climbers and experienced climbers, and even those who have no interest in climbing at all.

This retreat is intended to be at a relaxed pace so please be prepared to go with the flow and enjoy being in the moment.


Backcountry yoga is dedicated to building community through yoga and outdoor adventure. We believe that at the core of every human there is an innate desire to explore beyond our comfort zone. Through wilderness empowered retreats, we bridge the gap between city dwellers, weekend warriors, and dedicated outdoor athletes. Our goal is to create experiences for all levels to come together and connect over through mindfulness and  a love of the earth.

BedRock Climber Lodge& Hostel:
This climber lodge and hostel is brand spanking new! I mean they actually started building in January and has nearly just finished :) We have the honor of booking the entire facility for our stay in October. The rooms are pristine, and the space to practice yoga indoors is perfect. We are SO excited to share this space with you.

While yoga is often considered a physical practice of creating shapes with our bodies that stretch our muscles and work with our breath, we want to encourage you to consider the full picture of what yoga truly is. Yoga is a discipline to improve or develop one's inherent power in a balanced manner. It offers the means to attain complete self-realization. In this framework our entire weekend is in-fact a practice of yoga. From the moment we meet one another and set intentions, to the our first steps into the woods, we are practicing yoga.

Climbing will be guided by Max Jackson, a Brooklyn Boulders Expedition instructor, and overall super rad dude. Max embodies everything I love about climber culture. Cool as a cucumber, and sharp as a nail; Max empowers people to have fun, climb hard, and most importantly stay safe!

If you happen to trust your climbing experience and prefer to go out and explore some crags on your own terms, feel free to bring your own rope, gear and guide book. The guided climbing is totally optional! We'll just make sure you sign a waiver to say you left the group.

Gear List:

Climbing harness, shoes & helmet

30+liter Backpack ( I have two for rent)

2+ liter containers for water (hydration pack or water bottles)

Warm Layers (No Cotton)

Rain Gear

Swimming Suit 

Hiking Boots/Trail Runners ( No sneakers)

Nourishing trail snacks

Head Lamp/ Flash Light
Personal First-Aid Kit

( A more extensive packing list will be sent out)


* Morning Vinyasa Yoga

* Evening Restorative Yoga
1 day guided climbing w/ optional add on for 2 days 

* 1 Stand Up Paddle-Board River Adventure

* Morning guided trail runs 

* 1 Sunrise hike & meditation 

* All inclusive meals, with vegetarian options

* Some snacks will be provided (But we encourage you to bring your own)

Not included

(You are required to find your own transportation to our location. we are happy to assist in this process and connect you with others for carpooling, but do not guarantee transportation. If you are flying in for this retreat you will likely want to rent a car.)

*Yoga Mats

Please bring your own!

*Extra Snacks Bring your own extra snacks, especially if you have dietary restrictions

*Climbing Gear
We are happy to help you find rentals

*Hiking Gear

Before You Go

This is moderately strenuous retreat that will test your limits while bringing you back in touch with nature. Please be prepared to hike on steep and rocky terrain while carrying a bag with snacks, layers, and gear that can weigh between 10-20 pounds. While we encourage hiking and climbing novices to sign up, we recommend that you be in good athletic shape and capable of continuous activity for at least four hours at a time. The yoga will be gentle and empowering. This retreat is on rain or shine, so bring your raincoat and pack quick dry (non cotton) materials. 

Available Packages

Shared Room
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Bunk rooms hold up to 3 persons per room

Pricing is Per Person

$250 deposit is non-refundable

Final Payment is due on August 31st

This Retreat is Non-Refundable inside 30 days prior to retreat

10% Discount for booking with a friend! ($585/person) If you can get one other to sign up, you all get to save!! Every Person in your group is required to sign up within 24 hours of one another to be eligible. Email to get your discount code :)

Deposit: $250
Private Room

Pricing is Per Person

$250 deposit is non-refundable

Final Payment is due on August 31st

This Retreat is Non-Refundable inside 30 days

Deposit: $250

Available options

Monday Night Stay @ BedRock
Additional Day of Guided Climbing (Sun)
Climbing Gear Rental


Arrive in Kentucky

We Encourage everyone to arrive at BedRock as early as possible so you can seize the day!

2-4PM Laura will guide a short mid day hike in Natural-Bridge State Park for anyone who has decided to arrive early!  If you are a more experienced climber, you're welcome to go out and explore some secret crags that will be shared by the BedRocks owner on arrival :) Click Here to learn more about climbing in the area.

5PM Official Check In ( You can arrive earlier and drop off your bags)

6:30PM Opening Dinner & Campfire

8:30PM Sunset Yoga

9:30PM Time to chill out... get hydrated... and go to bed!

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This trip was life changing. Laura and Joel led our group on an empowering weekend of outdoor adventure. Laura led us on an amazing hike and made us all feel prepared and taken care of. Laura and Joel provided an unexpected but very much appreciated gourmet meal for us in the rustic cabin. One of my favorite parts was hiking up to south peak to watch the sunset, truly magical. Laura and Joel brought back all the nostalgia of summer camp by telling ghost stories by the campfire, and surprising us with a dessert of s'mores rice crispy treats. Such an amazing weekend!
By Amy Sinclair for Rustic High Cabin Retreat on Jul. 24, 2018
Absolutely incredible experience! Laura and Joel are great teachers and the whole trip was so much fun. I definitely recommend taking any trip with them, you are guaranteed a great time and a meaningful experience.
We had a great time. The Yoga classes were fantastic! Helpful for before and after skiing. The hot tub was great, as well as the breakfast. I'm definitely thinking about going on this trip again next year.
They were awesome. Amazing accommodations. Very thoughtful and responsive organizers. I don’t think the breakfast service the hotel service uses is good. Better off getting coffee and bagels elsewhere. Would do again.
Great weekend getaway packed with yoga, tasty cider, and a fun day on the mountain. I only wish the trip had been longer! Partnering relaxing yoga sessions, spa treatment and hot tub action, and a full day of snowboarding is a match made in heaven. Can't wait to invite more friends to join on this trip again next year.
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I loved the Backcountry Yoga 20 hr Outdoor Yoga Guide training so much. It was so good for my soul. Laura is a natural teacher who exudes so much wisdom from her personal experience and studies of yoga, nature, and science. I found this training to be a perfect balance of education, safety, creativity, nature, and spiritual teachings. It was such a gift to spend the weekend with Laura and the other yoga teachers in the group. I would highly recommend that anyone interested in bringing a group into nature for a yoga class or yoga hike attend this training,.
By Amy Sinclair on Jun. 18, 2018