Tualatin

Individual (Reserved)

The Tualatin River has many places to put in and is wonderful for a serene paddle, especially in the late summer and fall months. Close to Portland and very convenient, this river winds gently through rural areas and small towns, with cottonwood, oak, and pine trees lining the shores and arching over the water.  Wonderful in the summer, this is a fantastic paddle in the fall when the leaves are changing and dropping on the water.  Blue heron, osprey, eagles, fish, nutria, and beaver are some of the wildlife you will see.
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.
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Couple (Reserved)

Henry Hagg lake is a beautiful lake nestled at the foot of the Coast Range, just 25 miles from Portland near Forest Grove. This pretty place is home to large elk herds, Blue Heron, eagles, turtles, and a variety of other wildlife. Scoggins Creek is a feeder source for this lake, and both are part of the Tualatin River watershed, supplying water to four local cities. This lake is a visual stunner as the seasons change, with low lying fog that hugs the nearby hills in the fall and winter, and cherry and dogwood trees that bloom in the spring and summer.
Timothy Lake

Couple (Reserved)

Timothy Lake is one of the larger lakes in the Mt. Hood forest and absolutely beautiful to paddle in spring, summer, and fall. With Mt. Hood in the distance and wide open, blue skies above, exploring the shoreline becomes an adventure in discovery. Entering the north arm of the lake you will enjoy paddling in more sheltered water and into wonderful bird and turtle habitat, as well as experiencing the crystal clear, cold waters of the Timothy lake feeder streams. This is an amazing paddle that clears your mind of everything trivial.
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.
Estacada bridge

Couple (Reserved)

Estacada Lake is a jewel undiscovered by most who only glimpse it as they pass over the bridge into Estacada. This beautiful waterway is surrounded by steep hillsides and basalt cliffs, with waterfalls here and there on both sides, deep pools and shallow riffles.  Located between two dams, this is a prime area for fish and wildlife to flourish, and is as peaceful as they come for those who seek quiet.
Timothy Lake

Couple (Reserved)

Timothy Lake is one of the larger lakes in the Mt. Hood forest and absolutely beautiful to paddle in spring, summer, and fall. With Mt. Hood in the distance and wide open, blue skies above, exploring the shoreline becomes an adventure in discovery. Entering the north arm of the lake you will enjoy paddling in more sheltered water and into wonderful bird and turtle habitat, as well as experiencing the crystal clear, cold waters of the Timothy lake feeder streams. This is an amazing paddle that clears your mind of everything trivial.
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Individual (Reserved)

Champoeg State Heritage Area is a jewel set just southwest of Wilsonville on the Willamette River. Besides being rich in local, state, and national history as the seat of the first provisional government on the West Coast, it’s also a great paddle destination for beautiful, serene water.  As you paddle down the tree lined corridor of the Willamette, you’ll share the river with Bald Eagles, osprey, and Great Blue Heron as they fish for their dinner, and view remnants of Oregon’s shipping history along the banks.
Willapa Bay

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, contact 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.

Friday Retreat:  Meet at 11am – Return in the late afternoon (5-5:30pm)

Narrows

Individual (Reserved)

The Narrows, on the Willamette River above Willamette Falls and West Linn, is still one of the best kept paddling secrets close to the Portland metro area.  A few minutes of paddling takes you from the rush of the city to Rock Island and Little Rock Island natural area, where the river has cut its way through basalt formations and left beautiful islands where Madrone, Oak, and Cottonwood trees cover the hillsides and Camas, Larkspur, and wildflowers carpet the grounds. Prepare to see osprey, eagles, blue heron, many species of water birds, and beaver on this paddle.