Yoga + Backpacking Retreat, Level 2

Yosemite Valley, CA, USA

Diana Oppenheim
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7 reviews
Jul 18 - 21, 2019
Group size: 1 - 3
Yoga + Backpacking Retreat, Level 2
Yosemite Valley, CA, USA

Diana Oppenheim
  • Email address verified
7 reviews

Jul 18 - 21, 2019
Group size: 1 - 3

About this trip

Thrilled to be co-guiding this yoga and backpacking course with my friend Duncan Cheung of   This course is sliding scale donation and in the spirit of reparations will be offered free to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color.) 

Spend the weekend getting deep into the wilderness-- both internally with self reflection, yoga and contemplation and of course externally with granite slabs you can't help but marvel at.   We will spend a few days carrying only what we need, and nothing more.  We will learn how to slow down and be receptive to the present moment and rely on each other to get further than we can alone.   This is a weekend about spaciousness, awe, friendship and breaking through barriers.  

This trip is a Level 2 trip.  This means we might be facing conditions that might not be suitable for anyone with little to no backpacking experience.    You need not be an expert, but some backpacking experience is required for this trip. 

The course requires pre-trip homework and meetings to make sure we are all on the same page.  This includes gear clinic workshops and planning meetings.  These are an important piece to building confidence not just in the complimentary trip to the mountains itself, but in taking yourself and others on future trips!    We will schedule those meetings once people register.  


Duncan and Diana both feel passionately about not profiting off the mountains.   We are here to share our knowledge and co-create an experience where we all benefit.   

All money raised will cover basic costs such as permits and 100% of any funds generated will be donated to conservation work.  Half will go toward North Valley Foundation Camp Fire Relief Fund, and half will go to Global Movement Network.  

Donations are non-refundable.

Every participant plays an  important role to support one another and the trip’s success. In the  past, we have had to significantly change plans, often last minute, when  participants skip out. This created logistical problems and affected  the group’s morale and cohesion.  In order to be respectful of the  group, should a participant decide to discontinue the course at any  point during the course, we will retain the full amount of their  donation. 

We believe that the more you love nature, the more you recognize you are nature, and the more we can all work together to protect wild spaces.  

What you recieve

  • A comprehensive minimalist backpacking curriculum to help you backpack smarter, lighter, easier
  • In-depth trip prep and gear workshop, including custom audit of your current gear
  • Complementary 3-day experience in world-class wilderness with in-field clinics
  • Trip templates to help you save time planning all of your future trips
  • Access to Off Trail On Track's free library of premium ultralight backpacking gear
  • Exclusive pro-deals and discounts to outdoor gear
  • Yoga and meditation sessions
  • Deeply meaningful conversations with our group and time to reflect and journal in the wilderness

Sliding Scale Donation

This course is sliding scale donations.  

We offer this for free to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) in the prayer for reparations that need to happen on an institutional level.  

When choosing a donation, here are the discount codes to use when checking out:

1000- no need to use a code

900 - 9HUNDRED








BIPOC- please email for special discount code. 

Off Trail On Track

Duncan Cheung is the founder of Off Trail On Track.  

Off Trail On Track is a community of outdoor-loving people who use minimalist backpacking to empower voices, build networks, and support conservation.

Over the past 7 years, hundreds of our students – from beginners to outdoor professionals, photographers to writers, yogis to business executives, park rangers to scout masters – have taken our courses to enhance their outdoor experience and practice a new mindset of simplicity.

Off Trail On Track runs off fulfillment, not profit.  They strive for two main things: 

  1. To help humans reconnect with themselves, each other, and nature in a holistic way. 
  2. Immersing oneself in the wilderness is an invaluable experience that should be available to all people regardless of socioeconomic, ethnic, or ideological backgrounds.

Who’s Going

  • JA
    Jill Anthes
    Looking forward to seeing a different, and less traveled, part of Yosemite National Park. And GRANITE <3.
    Jul 10, 2019
  • RE
    Rose Esteva de la Torre
    Really excited to join this trip and learn more about minimalist 'packing!
    Jul 06, 2019

Your Organizer

Diana Oppenheim
7 reviews
I am a San Francisco-based yoga teacher. I love being in nature and hope to inspire as many people to get out into nature and slow down so we can connect to the present moment.


This great adventure was fantastic on so many levels!!! The knowledge I gained about the environment and all the beings that populate the earth. is invaluable. My awareness has expanded hugely and I feel very humbled by this great experience in which I deeply connected with others, gained a renewed respect and appreciation for our planet and personally opened my heart and mind. Both Diana and Charity were masterful in creating a safe space for us to be ourselves and to be vulnerable. Loved the meditation and yoga, the food was superb, very comfy accommodations, the property was gorgeous. I so respect everyone who works at the animal sanctuary and their dedication to an immensely important cause.
By Dina lisha for Awakening Retreat on Apr 24, 2019
Charity &amp; Diana seamlessly adapted the retreat in response to inclement weather, providing a warm and grounding space, delicious meals, and 2 beautiful yoga and meditation practices. Both teachers facilitated mindfulness during our 10-mile hike and dune restoration the following day, with gentle, subtle reminders that helped to take the practice &quot;off the mat&quot;. Thoughtful present teachers, a beautiful location in Pt. Reyes and delicious vegan meals... What more could you want?
I've been practicing yoga and backpacking for over 10 years but have never enjoyed them together and didn't fully understand how intertwined the activities were until this trip, which deepened my love and appreciation for both. Diana is one of the best yoga instructors I've ever had - her knowledge of the body and mind is vast, her instructions are purposeful and practicing with her is energetic and challenging. Duncan's lessons on minimalist backpacking and venturing off trail have changed my approach to nature forever. I am so thankful for whatever force brought these two wonderful human beings together because their combined love for nature, life and yoga is infectious - you will come out of this experience inspired and re-charged (and maybe a little sore).
Diana is incredible. She holds space like no other and has an enormous heart! I always feel so well taken care of when I am in her classes or on her retreats. I highly recommend exploring one of her unique and adventurous and nurturing retreats! I promise you won't regret one bit : )
By Lindsey Kraten for Yoga + Backpacking 101 on May 25, 2018
Diana's Point Reyes retreat was the perfect setting for a really special retreat! She had a very well thought out schedule which we kept to, and each yoga session was well planned and great for the setting. Accommodations were very cozy and peaceful. The meals were outstanding!! We did a lengthy hike that was an intense workout, which led us to a picnic lunch on the beach. Overall, I had a really great time and loved all of the people who attended. Diana was extremely organized and just so thoughtful with every single detail. I'm looking forward to attending another retreat with her again!
By Kandace Kaylor for Yoga + Hiking Retreat on May 14, 2018
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