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Join our HERIZEN™ all women sail training adventure in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. For the summer of 2022 and 2023 our Women Sailing and Self-Awareness in BC will discover the beauty of the Salish Sea, Sunshine Coast, Desolation Sound, Discovery Islands, Johnstone Strait, the Broughton Islands, Cape Scott, the Wild West Coast, up through Jan de Fuca Strait and into the Gulf Islands. 750 nautical miles of wild adventure sailing that only a few adventure sailors get to experience. These coastal waters offer some of the best sailing for women in the world and are ideal for both beginners and experts alike. Add on a Sail Canada Certification Basic or Intermediate package.
Departing / returning from Nanaimo you will live and sail with women safely aboard a 40 foot sloop while enjoying shared accommodation and cruising comfort. Laugh and have fun while sharing responsibility as a member of the crew. Let British Columbia be the backdrop as you challenge yourself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Women sail training will include sailing and self awareness techniques and the necessities for cruising BC waters located on the west coast of Canada including tides and currents, running 5 rapids easily, anchoring, safety and basic or intermediate sail techniques. Destinations are usually in sight and a string of islands offer multiple locations ideal for shelter. Enjoy the warm days and gentle breezes as you gain sailing skills and confidence. All of our programs are designed for women by women and provide a unique combination of sailing and self awareness.
Start your day cultivating vitality for optimal wellbeing through Fusion Yoga -Qigong and a Natural Meditation Technique as your morning practice. Enjoy women sail training, Yoga fusion, Self Awareness and Confidence building techniques.
You will be part of a 6 women crew. Two teams of 3 women on watch. Rotating as helmsperon, navigator and crew on the upper deck while the other team below deck are responsible to keep the upper deck crew fed, take naps, personal time or work on your certification studies. These teams will rotate every 3 hours. Thus you will get ample opportunity to experience all aspects of what it takes to make this adventure of a lifetime happen.
And of course we will experience wonderful hikes, hotsprings, my secret hideaway anchorages, great food, forage for sea asparagus for dinner, swim in warm water lakes and enjoy the community of women teamwork, laughter, good fun and friends for life.
All of our HERIZEN™ Women Sailing and self awareness voyages are designed by women for women. There will be a total of six women aboard each trip. Our BC women sail adventure is an active experience. Gain confidence, sailing skills, physical rejuvenation, and a renewed sense of self.
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THE ONE AND ONLY EPIC SAILING EXPERIENCE FOR WOMEN
*Vancouver Island Sailing Circumnavigation Adventure for Women
SAIL THE HERIZEN WAY – EPIC 23 DAYS NOW BOOKING 2022
Take the whole Vancouver Island Sailing Vancouver Sailing Circumnavigation for Women – 23 days
May 31 to June 23, 2022 Full – put your name on the wait list
NEW: June 5 to June 28, 2023 Space
Or take either Leg 1, 2 or 3 and or even combine the legs.
- Leg 1: Nanaimo to Port McNeil: Nanaimo to Port McNeil: Salish Sea, Desolation Sound, Running the 5 rapids, Johnstone Strait, Broughton Islands, Alert Bay.
May 31 to June 7, 2022 7 nights / 7 days Full – wait list available
June 5 to June 12, 2023 7 nights / 7 days Space
- Leg 2: Port McNeil to Tofino: Port McNeil around Cape Scott to Tofino. Top end of the Island and down the Wild West Coast of the island! True adventure!
June 7 to June 17, 2022 10 days / 10 nights Full – wait list available June 12 to June 22, 2022 10 days / 10 nights Space
- Leg 3: Tofino to Nanaimo: Lets keep going down the Southern end of the West Coast, Barkley Sound up the Juan de Fuca and into the ahhh Gulf Islands.
June 17 to June 23, 2022 6 days / 6 nights Full – wait list available
June 22 to June 28, 2023 6 days / 6 nights Space
What others say:“Super skilled, adventurous sailing captain Valma is the real deal. The HERIZEN™ Vancouver Island West Coast sailing circumnavigation should be on every sailor girl bucket list. There was nobody else out there but us, seriously nobody for days. Where else can you touch the wild with such immediacy? If you like being on the water, enjoy the company of other wonderful women and want to ramp up your sailing skills, this trip is the trip for you.” Full Trip, 2019 Lisa Lipsett, BC, Canada
“I have recently completed the September 2021 Sailing Circumnavigation of Vancouver Island with Valma Brenton and HERIZEN™ Life Adventures / Sailing for Women. It was a 23 day journey coveering more than 720 nautical miles. If you are looking to take on a challenge this was go BIG or stay home!
With all that has transpired in our world over the last year we were incredibly lucky to pull it off. Challenge presented in multiple ways as the journey progressed and you will be taxed in many different ways: emotionally, physically, mentally and intellectually. Having had a few sailing courses under my belt – being totally immersed in all aspects of the trip was immensely rewarding.” Sandra Dawson – Bowen Island, BC, Canada
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What other women say,
“Man, the wild West Coast! Here is where respect for Mother Nature gets imprinted on your soul – in every way possible. Challenging and rugged, peaceful and awe inspiring, hard core and soft core – we experienced it all on this trip. There were all levels of sailors and we enriched our skills, our knowledge and our lives. If you’re looking for adventure, you will find it with Valma Brenton.” Janice Briggs, Nanaimo, BC,Canada
“The trip to Johnstone Strait and Desolation Sound was one of the biggest adventures of my life. Valma is an amazingly adaptable and expert teacher. She embraces and celebrates the uniqueness found in everyone she meets. As a role model, inspriation, and amazing woman, she has helped me to grow immensely in self awareness and sailing abilities. I will take these gifts with me throughout in my life.” Heather Bower – Nanaimo, BC, Canada
“When I joined Voyager for Leg 2 around the West Coast of Vancouver Island in July 2011, I had some specific goals in mind. I wanted to increase my self confidence on larger sailboats, become Canadian Yachting Association certified, confirm what I already knew and learn new skills that I could transfer onto our own 46-foot sailboat. Not only did I accomplish my goals but I also had fun in the process!
Practicing everything from man overboard drills to helm while anchoring and docking were experienced by each crew member. Reinforcing long-ago learned navigational skills, becoming more safety conscious and writing my CYA certification on board Voyager rounded out my personal accomplishments. I treasured being part of a six woman crew for 10 days and with Valma’s guidance we not only worked on our individual reasons for being there but we also formed a very cohesive team of individuals. We learned and practiced new skills together, shared all meal responsiblities and laughed a lot. I am very grateful for this experience and would encourage other women to take the opportunity to learn about sailing in a different atmosphere. Whether you’re a novice or have many years of sailing experience you can benefit from Valma’s wealth of knowlege and her compassionate, sensitive nature. As I continue cruising on our offshore sailboard I often reflect back to those 10 all encompassing days and can’t help but smile with a sense of pride and thankfullness.
Thank you Valma, for teaching me far more than just sailing skills. You are wonderful!” Tricia Bowen – Victoria, BC, Canada
IT TRULY IS AN ADVENTURE – MAKE IT HAPPEN!
LEG 1: LAGOON COVE – THE BROUGHTONS