“The rivers flow not past, but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing.”
– John Muir
Our weekend will be spent deep within the Wharton State Forest, which is New Jersey's largest state park, at over 120,000 acres of land! Wharton is home to the Historic Batsto Village, Atsion Lake & Recreation Area, a portion of the Batona Trail and numerous lakes, rivers and swamps and close to 500 miles of sand roads. Wharton also is home to a wide variety of wildlife: bald eagles, ospreys, blue herons, turkeys, beavers, river otters, fox, deer, multiple species of hawks, multiple species of owls and countless species of birds!
The Mullica River winds through Wharton and is where we will spend most of our time. It is approximately 50 miles long and stretches from central Camden County, through Wharton, and empties into the bay north of Atlantic City. Along the way, the Mullica receives many tributaries, including the Batsto River, Wading River, Bass River and several creeks. Many species reside in and around various portions of the the Mullica River (much of which is considered freshwater, however, the river becomes brackish and then saltwater as it approaches the bay), including striped and largemouth bass, white catfish, pickerel, flounder, eel, blue claw crabs and diamondback terrapin turtles, numerous migratory birds and more.
Day 1: After a warm-up yoga practice, we will set off from the banks of the river, accompanied by a certified lifeguard. We will spend several hours paddling toward our wilderness campsite. We will navigate through the Mullica's many twists and turns, passing by cedar-lined riverbanks, wild lilies and other native vegetation and wildlife. Partway through our paddle, we will stop to enjoy lunch on the riverbank and enjoy a nature-based, guided meditation. We will then continue on to the Mullica River campground, where we will set up camp for the night. You will be served a hearty, rustic dinner, including S'mores around the fire circle! We will prepare for a restful night's sleep with a nature-based/themed Yoga Nidra practice under the stars.
Day 2: Songbirds will serve as our alarm clocks, waking us up to bathe in the glow of the forest's morning light. A gentle yoga practice will loosen up the muscles from the prior day's paddle, then we will enjoy a tasty, camp-style breakfast before packing up and heading on our way. After we reach the end of our journey, we will gather once more for a yoga practice to stretch the body before parting ways.
Where will we be camping?
We will be spending the night at Mullica River campground, which is a wilderness campsite. What does this mean? Well, it means enjoying an unspoiled area of nature at its best! Our campsite is only accessible via hiking, kayaking or horseback riding, which means that there will be no vehicles to intrude on our natural experience. We will be camping in tents, using sleeping bags or whatever other bedding you wish to bring. Fresh water will be available, as will latrines.
What should you bring?
- a tent, if you have one (if you don't, rentals are available upon request for an additional fee);
- sleeping mat, sleeping bag or other bedding;
- change of clothing;
- personal items (medications, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand towel, baby wipes, etc.);
- insect repellant
- sunglasses and/or hat;
- water shoes and/or flipflops;
- a bagged lunch for Saturday;
- plenty of water and a refillable bottle (extra water will be available);
- a journal, if you wish; and
- a kayak, paddle and/or flotation-vest/life-jacket, if you do not wish to use our rentals;
What does your registration fee include?
- use of kayak, paddle and life jacket (depending on the package option you choose);
- dinner and S'mores on Saturday;
- breakfast on Sunday;
- extra water and snacks;
- multiple yoga sessions, guided nature-based meditations, a Yoga Nidra practice and other activities designed to take advantage of the beautiful surroundings; and
- transportation to/from our launching and ending sites.
- 1 person (rent single kayak) $180
- 1 person (BYO kayak) $140
- 2 people (rent 1 double kayak) $300
- 2 people (rent 2 single kayaks) $335
- 2 people (BYO 1 double kayak) $235
- 2 people (BYO 2 single kayaks) $255
Availability is limited to only 10 guests in order to ensure a quality experience for all!
A minimum of 50% of the total amount of your package must be paid in order to secure your reservation. The entire balance is due no later than May 10, 2019. Reservations cancelled prior to May 1 may receive a full refund. After May 1, we will not be able to refund your deposit. After May 15, we will not be able to refund any of your payments, as we will have incurred costs associated with your attendance. Reservations are transferable, upon obtaining advance permission from Yoga Mandala.