Zen Paddles & Adventures

Northfork Reservoir
Paddling in a kayak can be one of the most peaceful activities you may ever experience, leaving you with a sense of wonder and perspective like nothing else. It’s also great for your mental and physical well-being as it lowers cortisol levels (from stress) in your brain while raising endorphin levels! Zen paddle adventures are designed to put you in unique and beautiful environments and are focused on maximizing your personal experience, leaving you relaxed and happy.  

Most paddles are purposefully planned for times and days when the waterways are unfettered and serene (although you may request specific dates not listed). Paddle adventures occur year round, though winter paddles are more limited due to weather. Paddles are scheduled around what the rain/river/water levels are doing. Therefore, during December, January, and February the Paddle calendar may only show a limited amount of events until we get into the spring, summer, and fall months.

Zen paddles have a maximum of two customers per paddle, and include all equipment and gear.  No experience with kayaking is necessary as you will receive instruction as part of the adventure.  Please see the package descriptions below for exact package details, as well as our FAQ page for more information.  

**Would you like to purchase a paddle package now and choose a location later or give one as a gift?  You may do that!  Packages are good for one year from the date of purchase and may be used at any of the locations listed (Groupon conditions are 180 days).  Click on the drop down list below to choose the package you are interested in (Individual, Couple, Zen Escape).

Due to a very busy and erratic schedule between October and March, I will not be posting regular paddle dates on the Event Calendar this year. This does not mean I’m not available for paddles, however.  I am happy to work with customers and their schedules to find dates and locations that work mutually as I generally continue to paddle through winter months as weather permits. Please send an email to MZenwellness@gmail.com to make inquiries and I will be happy to reserve dates for you. You may look through locations and their descriptions listed by clicking on the Go There buttons under the Romantic Couple and Zen Paddle Escape Mode descriptions.  

As always, you may still purchase packages below for gifts or yourself and use them anytime within a year of purchase. 

Regular 3 hr. packages are $75 for Individual paddles, $150 for Couple paddles, and $140 for the 5 hr. Zen Escape Mode paddle.
 The Buy Now button below will purchase packages at regular listed prices (not Groupon or Living Social prices).

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What Do Paddle Adventures Look Like

Timothy Lake
Romantic Couple’s Paddle

This is a 3 hr. Guided Romantic Paddle for two in a beautiful zen location.  There’s a reason gondolas have a romantic history in Europe!  What better way to find romance than to share the experience of gliding along the water together enjoying nature at its most beautiful, without having to think about where to go.  Along the way, share hot cider, or water, as well as a romantic snack. Sunsets are often included, as well as appearances by eagles, osprey, great blue heron, deer, beaver, and the occasional otter. 
Couple’s Paddle: $150/3hrs. ($75 ea. person)  Go there

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Zen Paddle ~ Escape Mode

This is a zen paddle for those seriously needing to escape their stress for one day, recharge, and gain perspective.  It’s full immersion in the amazing beauty of nature.  Paddles are held on local mountain lakes (spring, summer, fall), coastal bays and rivers, and secluded areas within the Portland metro area waterways (year round).  This tour is a one-to-one experience and includes gentle professional coaching, silence with nature, or just good conversation (as requested), kayak instruction (as needed), and all equipment/gear, and lunch (provided in a beautiful setting).  Walk sandy beaches, fish, swim (summer/fall), or just lazily paddle along and let it all soak in. Guaranteed to renew your spirit, leave you with a sense of peace and well-being, and wanting another escape!  

Locations as scheduled or by request.   (Coastal paddles are arranged around tidal and weather conditions)

Individual Escape Mode Paddle:   $140/5 hrs.   Go there