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PERSONALIZED MULTI DAY WOMEN KAYAK & YOGA FUSION ADVENTURES  

SOUTHERN GULF ISLANDS WOMEN KAYAKING & YOGA FUSION EXPERIENCE  

CREATE CONFIDENCE, MAKE NEW FRIENDS, GAIN STRENGTH & FLEXABILITY

DROP BACK INTO NATURE AND ENJOY PEACE & HARMONY

 To your health and natural Well-Being!

Fresh, local, organic foods created and served with love

Join HERIZEN™ Paddling for Women and our co-host Salt Spring Adventures on a unique personalized multi day women kayak & Yoga Fusion southern Gulf Islands Transformative Eco-Adventure.

The southern Gulf Islands in BC, Canada are a world class paddling destination with pristine parks, beautiful campsites, abundant marine life and protected waters.  

We offer the best possible multi-day women kayak & Yoga Fusion experience for our guests and do so by providing excellent customer service, experienced guides, value added tours and fantastic organic fresh meals created from the very best local ingredients, produce and wines that Salt Spring Island and BC have to offer.  

Valma Brenton E-RYT 500, R.A.L.C, R.A.P is a transformational trainer, global adventurer and will be your host for this 4 day transformative kayaking & Yoga fusion adventure.  She discovered Qigong and Kundalini Yoga 21 years ago while working in Chile, SA.  Within a short time, Valma noticed that the benefits of her Yoga practice helped to raise her level of self-awareness, increased her energy levels, she became more heart centered, all of her relationships improved, she gained fantastic health and improved her flexibility.  This was important, as she had lost the use of her legs temporarily in the recovery of a back injury some years before.  In her continued exploration of Yoga, Qigong, Ayurveda and other healing modalities Valma found her practice to create a bridge between the body, the mind and the Spirit. She believes this will also play an important role in the global awakening.  Valma has studied in India, Chile, Mexico, Canada, Thailand and the USA. She has been teaching Yoga Teacher Trainings in Baja, Mexico and Vancouver Island, BC, Canada for the last nine years.  Valma is recognized by Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500 in Iyengar / Ashtanga and traditional Hatha Yoga.  She a certified / registered with the North American Ayurvedic Practitioners Association as an Ayurvedic Health Educator and iAyurvedic Practitioner R.A.P. Valma incorporates integrative Yoga practices, Astrology, Palmistry, Meditation  in her daily life as well as offerings in her women only adventure programs.  She is certified in Chi Gung (Cloudy Satchel form) and believes Yoga, Chi Gung and movement gets people into their bodies, deeply connects them to themselves and more openly connects them with nature and others.  

Valma is also a qualified sea Captain and has been sailing, boating and kayaking for up to 35 years on the West Coast of Canada, Chile, Europe, Belize, French Polynesia, the Caribbean, Bahamas, Thailand, Malaysia, Greece and many other locations in the world.  She is a recognized CYA sailing instructor, trained in wilderness first aid, is a qualified sea kayak guide, intuitive healer with a host of training in many other modalities such as writing, photography and story telling, Vedic Prashna Astology and Astro Palmistry.  Valma has certified as a Permaculture Designer and includes People, Care, Earth Care and Value of our resources in her adventure programs and daily life.  "My purpose, says Valma, "is to be a mirror for other women, to share my knowledge, wisdom of life and encourage them to reach their desired dreams, reach their fullest potential and live their ultimate life. To inspire them to create miracles in their lives and be open to the present moment....creating balance through awareness, self-confidence, intention and faith."

What other women say:

"The four day Gulf Island women kayaking and Yoga Adventure with Valma of HERIZEN™ Life Adventures and Lisa of Salt Spring Adventures was a fantastic experience due to the expertise in kayaking, camping, marine life and the spiritual modalities, including various types of Yoga. The meals were healthy and delicious. The group shared a spiritual journey in a beautiful natural and supportive environment. I highly recommend this HERIZEN™ multi-day women kayak and Yoga adventure, and would do it again."  Donalda Carson

 "Hi Valma, Thank you for all you shared with us on our recent July 2017 Gulf Islands Trip.  It was indeed "transformative" and I intend to carry forward many of your teachings into my everyday life.  I enjoyed every moment and learned alot about myself and others.  Namaste & Blessings"   Jackie from Alberta, Canada

EXAMPLE ONLY Paddling Destinations (EVERYTHING IS WEATHER DEPENDENT)

Please Note:  This is a SAMPLE Itineary / Menu only!   

We offer options for Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free and those with allergies.

Kayaking is a wonderful sport that allows people from all ages to experience a connection with the water and it's elements. Thus, while kayaking we are susceptible to the weather and winds when planning our routes. With Nature willing, we will be visiting the following destinations in this order.

Day 1:  Prevost Island Gulf Islands Park - After our group connection, your guide(s) will go over the finer points of expedition kayaking, paddle technique, boat safety, proper packing of the equipment etc.... After packing we will launch from Ganges Harbour on Salt Spring Island (SSI) paddle about 40 minutes to Chocolate Island for a lunch stop and then continue to make our way towards Prevost Island.  A beautiful camping spot amongst the orchards. Yoga, meditation, hike and great meals.  L / D

Our First Night Dinner Sample Menu: Roasted Garlic, SSI Cheese Platter, Fresh organic salad, Wild Salmon in Mustard-Caper Butter with a chilled Salt Spring Island Mistaken Identity Rose / Sparkling Water / Tea.    Desert: Local Artisanal Chocolate or BC Cherries.  We will have Vegan / Vegetarian options   

Day 2:  Wallace Island Provincial Park - After a beautiful Yoga asana class,  yummy breakfast and packing our boats, we will launch from Prevost Island and paddle a few hours north to Walker Hook Beach on Salt Spring Island (SSI).  This is a lovely tropical white sand beach for our lunch stop.  After lunch we will continue paddling another few hours to make our way to one of a few camping spots on Wallace Island Provincial Park.   Enjoy a relaxing meditation before our evening meal. Wallace Island, located in the beautiful Trincomali Channel between Salt Spring Island and Galiano Island, offers beaches, coves and offshore islets to explore.  Bald eagles, black tailed deer and mink are common in the park, as well as harbour seals, sea lions and river otters.  B / L / D

Our Second Night Dinner Sample Menu:  Organic Yam Quesadillas with fresh salsa, homemade Chipotle Yogurt Sauce and a SSI Garry Oak Vineyards Pinot Gris wine / Sparkling Water / Tea.  Desert Organic blueberries or local seasonal fruits.   

Day 3: "The Cut" between Thetis / Kuper Island & Tent Island -  Enjoy morning forest yoga, nurturing breakfast, packing our boats with all the new friends you have made. We launch from our chosen camp spot and paddle amoungst the Secretary Islands to make our way through  a hidden water passage between Thetis and Kuper Island offering a serene view of nature.  We will stop in the picturesque Telegraph Harbour at the Thetis Island Marine Pub or Thetis Island Marina for an ice cream or refreshment (this is on you - so bring a little cash), then paddle south along the First Nations Reserve that is Kuper Island, past incredible sandstone formations filled with cormorant nests to Tent Island where will will camp and enjoy our last evening.  After a full day of paddling enjoy a calming meditation before our evening meal while watching a wonderful sunset and fine pebble beach. Camp right on the edge of the sea.     B / L / D

Our Third Night Dinner Sample Menu:  Gluten free pasta with fresh pesto, Boccioni salad with fresh basal, locally grown tomatoes, walnuts and shaved Parmesan cheese.  SSI Prospect Gallery Pinot Noir wine / Sparkling water / tea.   Desert: local seasonal fruits.  

Day 4: From Tent Island down Houston Channel to Hudson Point Saltspring - Morning beach Yoga, meditation and a fantastic paddle from Tent Island crossing Houston Passage back to the northern tip of Salt Spring and making our way back down to Hudson Point.  We stop along the way on a lovely sandy beach for our final lunch together.  We often can see orca whales in this area.  We will arrive back to Hudson Point or another departure point - all weather dependent and be picked up and taken back to the main office.  We will do our best to be back at the final pull out spot by 4pm and back at the main office by 5pm. Thus plan accordingly.  B / L

What our Gulf Islands multi-day Women Kayak & Yoga Eco-Adventure Includes:  

  • All Meals and Snacks as per noted above
  • All Kayak Related Personal / Safety / Emergency Equipment
  • 1 or 2 Certified Guides (depends on group size)
  • Tents, Pillows (bring your own Sleeping bag / pad or rent for Sleeping Bag $25 or Sleeping pad $10 and if you rent both together $30.00 ) applicable taxes apply 12%
  •  Dry Bags
  •  One (1) Yoga / Chi Gung fusion class per day including Pranayama and The Heart Based Meditation Technique

Additional Products to enhance your experience.  

Available upon request and confirmation in advance

  • 30 minute Intuitive Astro Palmistry Reading $25
  • 30 minute Prashna Astrology Reading (ask any question) $25
  • 30 minute Intuitive Energy Healing $30
  • 15 minute Ayurveda Consultation $25

What to Bring:  

  • All items on our Packing List (this will be sent to you upon signup)
  • Your own Yoga mat 
  • A Sense of Humour    
  • A Sense of Adventure  
  • A Willingness to Leg Go and Be in the moment!  

Free Added Value  

If you wish to learn more about the finer points of kayaking all you have to do is ask your guides.  

  • Paddle stroke technique  
  • How to read nautical charts  
  • Weather predictiion  
  • Calculating currents and tides for a given area  

FAQ'S

*What is included"  All number of meals as per noted above:  We supply drinking water, snacks, other drinks.

B - Breakfast

L = Lunch

D = Dinner

All kayak related personal / safety / emergency equipment, 1 or 2 certified guides (depends on group size), tents, pillows (sleep bags $25 extra flat rate or combine sleeping pad and sleeping bag for $30), dry bags, One (1) Yoga / Chi Gung Fusion class per day including Pranayama (breathing techniques) and learning the Heart Based Meditation Technique.  

*What about food?  We provide all kitchen equipment, number of meals as per noted above, drinks and snacks. We create excellent meals containing as much local organic produce and free range meats as possible.  *Please Note:We accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and people with allergies.  Please let us know in advance."

We also offer Ayurvedic and Yogic Lifestyle tips when it comes to helping improve digestion and ideal assimulation. In addition, wonderful simple tricks on how to improve over all health and longevity.

"What kind of Yoga / Level"  We will offer a morning Yoga Fusion practice of Hatha Yoga & Chi Gung. If you are a beginner / Intermediate we can accomodate you.  We will take the Asana (posture) to the first two levels and will adjust according to the terrain we are on.  The most important thing is to keep it safe and for you to honour your own body.  If you are Advanced you will have your own level and can move beyond what our morning practice offers...we can still guide you with the routine.  Our morning practice is designed to assist you in clearing the body to make room for vitality, flexibility energy and strength to harness the Prana and life force so that you can enjoy the remainder of the day with ease and grace.

*How large are the groups and do you use single or double kayaks?  The maximum group size on our kayak & Yoga Fusion Adventure trips is 10 women.  The ratio of guides to clients is 1.5.  We use single and double kayaks.

*What is the challenge level?   A Gulf Islands multiday women kayak & Yoga Fusion Adventure requires that you have a moderate level of fitness.  If you lead an active lifestyle and feel physically up for the challenge, you will paddle up to 4 - 5 hours per day.  There will be upper body exertion; yet, with the morning Yoga / Chi Gung fusion practice we can assist you to enjoy the Gulf Islands kayaking even with moderate athletic ability.  Some women like to head to the gym and take a few Yoga or Chi Gung classes for pre-trip conditioning.  This can help to make your Gulf Islands Women Kayaking & Yoga Fusion Adventure more enjoyable plus you will feel good about yourself right away.

*What happens if the weather is not good?    Our guides are highly trained and have ample knowledge of weather prediction.  If the weather is not ideal to paddle or make a crossing to a new camp site location we will stay at the existing location until their is an opportunity to transit.  Saying that - during this time we can stay camped at the same location and yet still paddle in protected areas so that we can enjoy the immediate surroundings.

*How much will we paddle each day?   The amount of paddling /day depends on a number of factors: route, winds, currents, group ability and daily itinerary requirements. Generally we paddle up to 4-5 hours a day.

*What about Alcohol?  At the end of our paddling day we do provide one healthy glass of wine with your dinner meal.  We feel this compliments the food and setting.  It is also optional and we also serve sparkling water or tea.

We ask that you leave all other alcohol beverages at home.  If you have a special bottle of wine that you would like to share over dinner, we can substitute it for our bottle of wine and share it with the group.  Please let us know in advance.   In addition - please note that upon rising, morning, afternoon and for sure during all paddle times there is no alcohol.

Where are we meeting?  On the day of the trip departure we will meet at the Salt Spring Adventure Co. office located at #7-126 Upper Ganges Rd.  The office is located at the Salt Spring Marina and is adjacent to Moby's Pub (well known by locals).  Our trip will begin at 0900 Hrs (9am) on the first day of your booked trip.

When will the trip end? The trip will end by 1700 Hrs (5pm) at the latest, on the last day of your booked trip.  If you have ferries / planes to catch please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.  If making reservations for ferries / planes please ensure their departure time is later than 1700 Hrs (5pm).  

Where can we park our car?  Please enquire in advance by email.

*When should we arrive and can you recommend at place to stay?  Our Gulf Islands Multi- Day Women Kayak & Yoga Fusion Adventure are usually held in July and August. Go to the link below to see available dates for 2017.   We will meet at Ganges Harbour on Salt Spring Island.  Our trip starts at 0900 Hrs (9am) on the first day and will complete our trip around 1700 Hrs (5pm) on the last day.  Please arrive to the office at 0830 for check in and putting items into dry bags etc.... Most women will come to Salt Spring Island and stay the evening before the trip departure. There are a number of great places to stay on Salt Spring Island.  Please visit this link to view the list of recommended places to stay.  If you are arriving without a car, we recommend the Harbour House (across the street from the office) and the Wisteria B&B.

If you are arriving the morning of, please plan to be in Ganges by 0830 Hrs on the day of departure.  If you require pick up at the Salt Spring Airport (Float Plane Dock), please let us know in advance.

In addition - please book your return trip for after the 1700 Hrs (5pm) time frame.  

Deposit Policy:  A 50% non refundable deposit / person is required at time of registering. Balance of payment is due 60 days prior to the trip start date.

  • Payment can be made with cash deposit, cheque, internet banking. These are ideal or only if last option, we can take a credit card (VISA /MC).
  • What to Bring:  Upon registration for your trip, you will receive all details and packing list.
  • Medical / Cancellation Insurance:  HERIZEN™ Paddling for Women strongly recommends that you purchase travel and medical insurance.  This can include medical or non-medical and evacuation insurance.  Medical Insurance is especially important to visitors from outside of British Columbia and Canada.  

For further questions or booking please write by email to:  valma@herizenlifeadventures.com

Canada Mobile: 1.604.354.1317  (June to Sept)

Mexico Mobile: 011 52 1 612 131 6387   (Nov to June)

on Skype:  Valma - Herizen   or by email:  valma@herizenlifeadventures.com

 

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