Nehalem River

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Nehalem Bay, at the mouth of the scenic Nehalem River is a magical coastal paddle with abundant tidal marshes, harbor seals, clams, oysters, elk, deer, and sea birds. This bay is part of the Pacific Flyway, a major migratory route, enabling you to see many different types of birds such as Great Blue Heron and California Brown Pelican to waterfowl like buffleheads and widgeons. Peaceful and calm, it’s bordered by Nehalem Bay State Park and is a great place to explore and paddle in ocean breezes. This paddle upriver allows continued views of birds and wild animals, and a narrower channel through trees, with occasional side channels where wild roses bloom.
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This little freshwater lake is a unique gem that is filled with beautiful lily pads in the spring and fall, and lies sandwiched between the ocean and Tillamook Bay. Because it lies protected behind the dunes of the beach, this is an ideal place for Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Pelican, and many other birds, as well as beaver and elk herds. In the summer and fall months, full moon paddles here allow you to paddle under a huge coastal sky with the sound of the surf just beyond the dunes.
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Couple (Reserved)

This little freshwater lake is a unique gem that is filled with beautiful lily pads in the spring and fall, and lies sandwiched between the ocean and Tillamook Bay. Because it lies protected behind the dunes of the beach, this is an ideal place for Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Pelican, and many other birds, as well as beaver and elk herds. In the summer and fall months, full moon paddles here allow you to paddle under a huge coastal sky with the sound of the surf just beyond the dunes.

IMG_6949

Couple (Reserved)

This little freshwater lake is a unique gem that is filled with beautiful lily pads in the spring and fall, and lies sandwiched between the ocean and Tillamook Bay. Because it lies protected behind the dunes of the beach, this is an ideal place for Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Pelican, and many other birds, as well as beaver and elk herds. In the summer and fall months, full moon paddles here allow you to paddle under a huge coastal sky with the sound of the surf just beyond the dunes.
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Individual, Couple

This little freshwater lake is a unique gem that is filled with beautiful lily pads in the spring and fall, and lies sandwiched between the ocean and Tillamook Bay. Because it lies protected behind the dunes of the beach, this is an ideal place for Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Pelican, and many other birds, as well as beaver and elk herds. In the summer and fall months, full moon paddles here allow you to paddle under a huge coastal sky with the sound of the surf just beyond the dunes.
Nehalem River

Couple (Reserved)

Nehalem Bay, at the mouth of the scenic Nehalem River is a magical coastal paddle with abundant tidal marshes, harbor seals, clams, oysters, elk, deer, and sea birds. This bay is part of the Pacific Flyway, a major migratory route, enabling you to see many different types of birds such as Great Blue Heron and California Brown Pelican to waterfowl like buffleheads and widgeons. Peaceful and calm, it’s bordered by Nehalem Bay State Park and is a great place to explore and paddle in ocean breezes. This paddle upriver allows continued views of birds and wild animals, and a narrower channel through trees, with occasional side channels where wild roses bloom.
Nehalem River

Couple (Reserved)

Nehalem Bay, at the mouth of the scenic Nehalem River is a magical coastal paddle with abundant tidal marshes, harbor seals, clams, oysters, elk, deer, and sea birds. This bay is part of the Pacific Flyway, a major migratory route, enabling you to see many different types of birds such as Great Blue Heron and California Brown Pelican to waterfowl like buffleheads and widgeons. Peaceful and calm, it’s bordered by Nehalem Bay State Park and is a great place to explore and paddle in ocean breezes. This paddle upriver allows continued views of birds and wild animals, and a narrower channel through trees, with occasional side channels where wild roses bloom.
Willapa Cedar Forest

Willapa Bay Day Retreat

Is there anything better than spending a day at the beach, beyond the reach of cell phones and email? Imagine taking one whole day to be part of nature and focus only on the present moment while you walk through an old-growth cedar forest and sit on serene beaches. How did you get where you are, and what is important to you as you move forward? We will spend time in activities focused on learning how to center your mind and body, letting go of stress and toxic energy, and being an observer to nature. Come join me and take advantage of sand, surf, and amazing views to find peace, practice discernment, and discover motivation.

We begin the day at the Willapa Bay public boat launch at the National Wildlife Refuge where you will be fitted in your kayak and given instruction before embarking as a group to our retreat location. Once there, we’ll stretch our legs with a Zen walk on the beach before gathering for the first session and personal reflection time. Walking meditation begins after lunch as we walk to a nearby old-growth cedar forest. This exercise begins as a group for the first 30 minutes, before individuals are invited to separate for another 30 minutes of personal reflection along the forest trail. Participants then gather for the second session back at our retreat location where we will decompress further using Gentle Stretch & Guided Meditation followed by personal reflection time on the beach and preparing for our group paddle back to the public boat launch. 

**Brief, personal coaching is offered throughout the day for those who request it.

Snacks of fresh fruits, nuts, cheese, and meat are provided throughout the day, as well as water. Due to individual dietary restrictions I ask that you pack your own small lunch to bring along as well. (Remember that space in each boat is limited, and you also need to pack a change of clothes in case you get wet so please plan for no more than a small/average sized backpack).

Each Retreat is limited to 4 guests 
Once your space is reserved, details, directions, and waivers will be emailed to you. For more information or questions, email me @ MZenWellness@gmail.com.
Please indicate in your email any accommodations you may need for meals, or other restrictions you may have. Participants should be intermediate paddlers and able to walk at least a mile and have adequate shoes for an uneven trail surface. Collapsible walking sticks are useful and encouraged.

Saturday Retreat: Meet at 12pm – Return in the late afternoon (6-6:30pm)
Salmon River mouth, Oregon

Couple (Reserved)

The Salmon River is an amazing pristine waterway just 4 miles North of Lincoln City that enters the Pacific Ocean near Cascade Head.  Wild steelhead and cutthroat trout, as well as chinook released from the hatchery upstream in Otis, curious harbor seals, osprey, eagles, and various wetland wildlife will keep you company as you paddle from beautiful, mountain farmland through wetland marshes, to the massive white sand ocean beach at the mouth of the bay (accessible only by boat). Paddles to this destination will always include lunch or snacks on the beach.
Nestucca fishermen

Couple (Reserved)

Nestucca Bay, just south of Pacific City and at the mouth of the Nestucca River, is a wonderful paddle to experience the beauty of the Oregon coast. With the Nestucca Wildlife Refuge on one side and the sandy dunes of Bob Straub State Park on the other, you are paddling through the homes of curious harbor seals, Bald Eagles and Peregrine falcons, to name just some of the abundant wildlife. At the mouth of the bay, as you explore the clear water under your boat you may see crab, jellyfish, or other sea life amid the barnacled rocks, or get out and explore the beautiful white sand beaches and tide pools. Paddling upriver also allows for a beautiful and peaceful paddle that wends through verdant pastures surrounded by mountains, and includes many varieties of bird life to view.