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Women's adventure retreats

HIKE + SUP + YOGA

Women's Adventure Retreat overview

Includes 3 days 2 nights | All ability levels welcome

The Western Slope of Colorado is an adventure playground. Escape to our beautiful desert for three incredible days and together, we'll play in the outdoors, build community and explore the possibilities. 

• Hike to gorgeous overlooks with breathtaking views of sandstone rock formations. 
• Unwind with yoga sessions at Basecamp. 
• Enjoy Stand Up Paddle Boarding along the Colorado River and/or SUP Yoga.
• Participate in fun-focused community building activities.
• Explore positive mindset tools to stretch our comfort zones.
• Play campfire games and other shenanigans.
• Includes all meals at the retreat starting with lunch on arrival day through lunch on departure day. 
• Includes two night stay in modern cabins with access to a modern bathhouse at Palisade Basecamp & RV Resort.

Deposit is due at time of booking.

Balance due 6 weeks prior to retreat start date.

What's Included Adventure

what's included

PRE-RETREAT

virtual

CONNECTION

  • Connect with a virtual Meet & Greet Session

REFLECTION 

  • Pre-retreat questionnaire with self-reflection tools

RESOURCES

  • Preparation and planning tips

  • What to expect overview

at the retreat

on river and trail

EXPERT LOCAL INSTRUCTORS

  • Our certified guides and instructors bring a wealth of experience and are experts in our local trails and rivers. 

HIKING

  • Our  hikes will be led by local guides with various trail options available to accommodate different fitness and experience levels. 

STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING

(SUP) 

  • Local certified instructors bring their wealth of knowledge and experience to lead SUP instruction along the Colorado River and/or a SUP Yoga lake session.  

YOGA

  • Rejuvenating yoga sessions led by certified instructors at basecamp + SUP Yoga lake session.

At the retreat

at basecamp

CONNECTION

  • Joy-inspiring community building activities to spark connection and forge new relationships

POSITIVE MINDSET TOOLS 

  • Self-talk, visualization, focus and mindfulness sessions

  • Mindset discussions to stretch our comfort zones

  • Embedded reflection sessions

FUN

  • Adult summer camp-like fun festivities at basecamp.

FUEL

  • Nourishing, nutritious and delicious food will be prepared for you at basecamp.

post-retreat

virtual

SUPPORT

  • Virtual group check-ins and support for 6 weeks post retreat.  

  • 1:1 goal-setting session with a lead coach.

SUCCESS SISTERS

  • Interactive tools and systems to provide encouragement and motivation through our signature Success Sisters program. 

 

RESOURCES

  • Interactive resources to facilitate personal growth. 

Adventure Retreat Service Booking
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guest instructors

meet our guest instructors

julia cavalieri

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

IG: @jecavalieri

Julia believes this path of self-inquiry and exploration of spirit is life's most precious pursuit. As a teacher, she seeks to create vibrant and challenging, yet welcoming and accessible classes, with an environment that above all encourages radical self-expression, values total inclusion, and fosters loving community. As a devoted student of yoga philosophy, mythology, astrology, and humanities, Julia brings the "why" of yoga first and foremost to her classes, always inviting students to cultivate and embody intention in their practice. As a passionate lover and champion of music and the arts, she finds inspiration everywhere to share with her students.

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  • Mountain Bike Checklist
    Mountain bike trails are rough and demanding on both the bike and body. Before attending our events, always inspect your equipment and/or have it checked by a qualified bike mechanic. ​ 1. Ensure your helmet fits properly, is in proper working order and properly adjusted. 2. Inspect bike frame for cracks, damaged or dented areas. 3. Ensure you have sufficient brake pad to stop your bike while descending. 4. Front and rear axles (skewers) should be tight. 5. Headset and stem must be secure with no looseness or play. 6. Check that your tires are in good condition, with no tears or cuts in the sidewall. 7. Handlebar and handle grips must be tight and unable to spin freely. Seat and seat post need to be fastened securely.
  • Bike Gear and Clothes
    mountain bike, freshly tuned and in good working order pedals (we highly recommend flat pedals for skills sessions) helmet sunglasses full-fingered gloves mountain bike shoes a hydration pack (100 oz minimum is recommended due to our dry desert climate) pads (knee or shin pads and elbow pads are recommended) sunblock bike clothes including layers rain jacket Night Riding Gear: light to mount on handlebars and/or on helmet, clear lenses, warm layers, warm gloves NOTE: Please let us know if you need to borrow a light for night riding!
  • Camp Gear and Clothes
    The temps can drop fast in the desert when the sun goes down! weather-appropriate clothing layers (long underwear top / bottom, winter socks, etc) winter jacket wool hat warm gloves personal supplies such as: towel, soap, flip flops and the rest of your shower essentials tent sleeping bag and pad camp chair headlamp reusable plate, bowl, utensils, mug for coffee / tea reusable water bottle yoga mat (optional)
  • Pedals: Flat or SPD / Clips?
    What a good question! We do recommend using flat pedals for learning new skills during our skills sessions as they have many benefits including: • dismounting quickly and safely • restarting on technical and/or steep terrain safely • assisting with balance thanks to a wider platform • improving your overall technique (including practicing rear-wheel lifts, drops and jumps) Suggestions / Recommendations • wearing knee and shin pads while using flat pedals • wearing tall socks to add a protective layer (and your own flare) • We also recognize that if you've never ridden flat pedals it can make technical climbing feel quite different. If you are brand new to flats we highly recommend you practice with them and go on several rides prior to attending. Then we suggest you bring both pairs of shoes and pedals and you can decide if you want to wear flats during skill sessions and switch to your SPD / clips for the on trail ride sessions. • With that said, if you’re so comfortable with your clip / SPD pedals that you don't ever think about getting in or out of them, you don’t have to use flats. We want you to feel safe and comfortable with the shoes and pedals you choose and we'll also share some tips with you about flat pedals in person.
  • How do I know my skill level and if I'm a good fit?
    Currently our retreats are skill specific. Please check the retreat to learn what skill level it is offered for and take a look at our Skill Level Ratings. About a month prior to your retreat start we will ask you to fill out an extensive questionnaire so we can make sure we are aligned and set you up for a successful learning experience!
  • I want to rent a bike.
    We recommend calling Over The Edge Bike Shop in Fruita, CO @ (970) 858-7220 to set up a bike rental for our retreat. Please note we recommend calling early to reserve your bike! https://rentbikesfruita.otesports.com/rentals
  • What kind of bike should I bring?
    Bring a mountain bike that fits you properly and is in good working condition. This means it has gears and brakes working, tightened bolts, and recently checked over by a certified bike mechanic. A dual suspension bike is ideal and a bike with just front suspension will be alright too. Having an adjustable seat post is fanastic and even a quick release (dropper) on your traditional seat post will prove really useful! If you have a traditional fixed seat post, consider getting a quick release installed before camp.
  • Can I ride my e-bike?
    E-bikes are not currently permitted on many local trail systems and therefore we do not recommend them at our retreats.
  • What should I pack?
    RIDE GEAR & CLOTHES mountain bike, freshly tuned and in good working order helmet, sunglasses and full-fingered gloves mountain bike shoes (we recommend flat pedals and flat shoes and riding them with prior to attending) a hydration pack (a water bottle is not enough in the desert) pads (we recommend knee or shin pads at a minimum, elbow pads recommended) sunblock bike clothes including layers rain jacket Night Riding Gear: light to mount on handlebars and/or on helmet, clear lenses, warm layers, warm gloves NOTE: Please let us know if you need to borrow a light for night riding! ​ CLOTHES & PERSONAL GEAR​ weather-appropriate clothing layers puffy jacket, wool hat, warm gloves (desert temps drop quickly when the sun goes down) towel, soap, flip flops and the rest of your shower essentials ​ CAMPING GEAR tent sleeping bag, sleeping bag and camp chair headlamp ear plugs reusable water bottle, plate, bowl, utensils, mug for coffee / tea
  • What airport should I fly into?
    • Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT) is our local recommendation. • It's about a 20 minute drive to Fruita, CO. • If you have more travel questions email shannon@thedesertdose.com and we'll find a time to chat.
  • I'm flying and need lodging before and/or after the retreat.
    Good news! We've partnered with our long-established Balanced Rock Inn located in downtown Fruita, CO. • If you're our participant, go to Balanced Rock Inn and use the promo code DESERTDOSE to receive 10% off. • Phone reservations may also be made @ 970.858.7333. • We recommend booking early as their rooms book up fast during our busy spring and fall seasons.
  • Our Lodging Partner
    • Our Fruita retreat partner is the Balanced Rock Inn located minutes away from our basecamp at Highline State Park. • Please use the promo code DESERTDOSE to receive 10% off your stay. • Phone reservations may also be made @ 970.858.7333.
  • What should I pack?
    RIDE GEAR & CLOTHES mountain bike, freshly tuned and in good working order helmet, sunglasses, full-fingered gloves mountain bike shoes (we recommend flat pedals and flat shoes and riding them with prior to attending) a hydration pack (a water bottle is not enough in the desert) pads (we recommend knee or shin pads at a minimum, elbow pads recommended) sunblock bike clothes including layers rain jacket headlamp (for an optional cruisy night ride) ​ CLOTHES & PERSONAL GEAR​ weather-appropriate clothing layers puffy jacket, wool hat, warm gloves (desert temps drop quickly when the sun goes down) towel, soap, flip flops and the rest of your shower essentials ​ CAMPING GEAR tent sleeping bag, sleeping pad and camp chair headlamp reusable mug for coffee / tea and reusable water bottle
  • I'd like to know more about camping at Highline State Park.
    Highline State Park is located in Loma, CO, a few minutes outside of downtown Fruita, CO. We have the entire Group Camping Area reserved during our retreats. NOTE: There are NO RVs, including pop-ups, motorhomes, slide-ins or pull-behinds allowed in the group camping area. NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE 1800 11 8/10 Rd, Loma, CO 81524 Google Maps to Highline State Park Our group campground has access to 24-7 showers and bathrooms along with a single track trails around the lake. We have full access to a ​large grassy, shaded area, picnic tables and shelter, modern restroom building, electricity, fire ring, volleyball and horseshoes! To enter purchase a daily $10 pass from the office or the kiosk after hours. Thanks for supporting our state parks.
  • This is my first time camping!
    That's totally OK and we are so excited! We've been there before and we can definitely help you set up your tent and get settled in once you arrive.
  • I need a tent, sleeping bag and/or sleeping pad.
    If you're in driving distance feel free to check with your local outdoor retailers and/or REI rentals nearby. If you're flying in, we recommend calling REI in Grand Junction @ 970.254.8970 to reserve a tent, sleeping bag, and or sleeping pad, etc at least a few weeks+ from your start date. REI 970.254.8970 925 Independent Ave Grand Junction, CO 81505 https://www.rei.com/stores/grand-junction.html
  • Can I bring my dog, kid, spouse, partner or stuffy?"
    While we would love meet all the above, please leave them at home. Our retreats are designed just for you, because we think you're pretty darn special. And please bring your stuffy.
  • How does your waitlist work?
    Our waitlists are first come, first served. This means if there's a cancellation we email the first person on the list and then continue down the list as needed. Please add your name to the waitlist OR email us directly at shannon@thedesertdose.com. Please let us know which retreat you are interested in attending.
  • What's included in my retreat registration?
    ​PRE - RETREAT Pre-retreat materials and online group workshop DURING THE RETREAT exceptional small-group instruction with a 6:1 participant to coach ratio 2-3 off-trail skills and/or game sessions on a grassy field 3 trail riding sessions Fun-focused group activities The Desert Dose Toolkit The Desert Dose Journal The Desert Dose swag Group reflection sessions Campfire games All meals, snacks and coffee to nourish you at the retreat POST - RETREAT Online group accountability and workshop
  • What's NOT included in my retreat registration?
    A daily Colorado State Parks Pass for entry into Highline State Park. The cost is $10 per day. Day passes or an annual pass may be purchased at the kiosk upon arrival. Alcohol is not included.
  • What is your cancellation and refund policy?
    The Desert Dose Cancellation Policy: • Once you have booked with us it means that we work hard to prepare for your arrival and have reserved time in our schedule for you. • Cancellations made within 29 days of your scheduled event or "no shows" will not be issued any refund. • Cancellations made at least 30 days prior to your scheduled event will be issued a full refund, minus a $50 non-refundable processing fee. • We are unable to provide any refunds or prorated fees for no-shows regardless of any unforeseen circumstances. • Email shannon@thedesertdose.com with cancellations.
  • Where do we meet?
    We meet at the Group Camping Area at Highline State Park. Highline State Park is located in Loma, CO, a few minutes outside of downtown Fruita, CO. 1800 11 8/10 Rd, Loma, CO 81524 To enter purchase a daily $10 pass from the office or the kiosk after hours. Thanks for supporting our state parks!
  • Can I bring my dog, kid, spouse, partner or stuffy?"
    While we would love meet all the above, please leave them at home. Our retreats are designed just for you, because we think you're pretty darn special. And please bring your stuffy.
  • I have dietary restrictions.
    Please email us directly with your questions so we can learn more and try to support you.
  • What about tips?
    Never required, always appreciated. We accept old-fashioned paper bills and Venmo.
  • What about that weather forecast?
    We're outside in the elements and can have a good time through rain, wind, and perhaps even desert snowflakes. We are good stewards of the lands we use and will have a plan if weather makes some trails unrideable. Barring a natural disaster, The Desert Dose will retreat in rain or shine. Please be prepared with appropriate clothing and gear.
  • What's the alcohol situation?
    Alcohol is not provided.
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