HELPFUL INFORMATION

All-inclusive retreat with curriculum personally taught by Melody Ross of Brave Living
Sept 16-21, 2018 (Sunday through Friday)
Paradise Point on Payette Lake, McCall, Idaho

Includes:
- 6 nights lodging: 4 nights rustic lodging at Paradise Point on the shores of Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho, and 2 nights lodging at Hilton Garden Inn in Eagle, ID (McCall is a high mountain location far from Boise's airport--you'll stay at this gorgeous riverside hotel for one night prior to shuttling up to the mountains, and one night upon return)
- All Meals (except dinner on Sunday and Friday nights)
- Transportation from Eagle, Idaho to McCall, Idaho
- ‘The Walk’ Curriculum and Supplies
- Art Supplies
- Workbook and Preparatory Activities will be mailed to you 4 weeks in advance
 
Included Activities:
- ‘The Walk’ Curriculum (created and taught by Melody Ross)
- group work and discussion, in the lodge or outside
- art journaling or regular journaling
- guided evening hikes on private forest trails 
- sunrise yoga on the point overlooking the lake with Kolleen Harrison
- sunset labyrinth meditation walks on the cliff-top labyrinth overlooking the lake
- soulful art projects of all kinds... painting, ceramics, and more
- star gazing & learning from Marq (Scoutmaster & outdoorsman)... have you ever watched the stars from the mountains, on a cliff overlooking the lake? With no light pollution? Just lying comfortably on your back on the top of a mountain, seeing the brush strokes of the Milky Way galaxy and nothing else? Well, there’s nothing quite like it. 
- learning to read a compass by Marq
- group activities with your cabin-mates
- kayaking
- canoeing
- stand-up paddling
- swimming
- campfires with storytelling, wild & hilarious skits and campfire songs (and s’mores of course!)
- archery
- zipline
- ropes course
- high mountain swing

Physical Requirements: We'll be going on lots of short guided hikes! You MUST be able to hike basic mountain trails.

Lodging at Paradise Point is in rustic vintage cabins with no electricity or heating, bunk beds (with mattresses and nice cozy bedding provided). Shared bathrooms (with electrical outlets) and showers are a short walk from the cabins.
 
Food is provided by Paradise Point. Special diets such as gluten free and vegetarian are accommodated (indicate preferences when registering).
 
Transportation: comfortable commercial bus ride from the Hilton Garden Inn in Eagle, Idaho, to McCall, Idaho and back.

 Optional Private Room at Hilton on Sunday and Friday nights for additional cost
 

Packing List & Other Info:

September Weather Averages: Highs: 63-74 Lows: 33-41
Temps will vary greatly throughout the day
Often our Septembers are very warm... we should be prepared for these lower temps though.

CLOTHING:
Comfortable sturdy walking shoes (boots not necessary)
Comfortable clothing such as: short and long sleeves shirts, shorts, jeans, warm pajamas, socks, swim suit
Warm Jacket or Coat
Hoodie
Light gloves
Think layers!

PERSONAL:
Dramamine if you get car sick (for 3 hours of winding mtn roads)
Towels, washcloths, etc.
Personal Care items (soap, shampoo, etc)
Pen and notebook
Hand- and Feet-warmers if you are worried about being cold (the type used by skiers)
Flashlight
Mosquito repellent
Moisturizer and lip balm (due to low humidity in the Idaho mountains)

FUN STUFF:
Decor for your cabin (there will be prizes for cabin decor!)
Ideas: Battery-powered twinkle lights, quilts, signs, garlands.
Extra bedding (as your suitcase allows) to dress up your bed

BEDDING ETC:
Each cabin has bunk beds with a mattress pad. We will have a warm sleeping bag, pillow and pillow case for you. We will also have extra blankets and quilts on hand.

Note that the cabins are NOT HEATED and have no electricity. We have slept in them (just to see) in these weather conditions and have found them to stay quite comfortable for us, but if you like to sleep warmer you might consider bringing a sleeping bag liner. Search for 'sleeping bag liners for cold weather' at Amazon.com to see a variety, all with reviews so you can determine what might work for you. We slept with just blankets and did fine, but again, everyone is different.

SPECIAL DIETS:
The facility is providing all of the meals for us, and they will make sure they have plenty of options for gluten free and vegetarian diets.

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