FAQ

+ “I’M NEW TO YOGA, MEDITATION, OR THE OUTDOORS. CAN I STILL DO THIS?”

Absolutely! Quiet Adventures welcomes all levels of fitness, spiritual experience, and outdoor skills. I believe great yoga and meditation practices shouldn’t be complicated, and will share practices that are simple and deep enough for newbies and experienced yoginis alike. As for outdoors skills, we don't require that you have a baseline level of knowledge. That’s why you’re coming on a Quiet Adventure—to get outdoors experience so you can hit the trails more often! All I ask is that you have a sense of adventure, curiosity, and a willingness to try new things. If you’re not interested in sleeping outside, going to the bathroom in the woods, or skipping showers for a weekend, these trips probably aren’t for you.



+ “DO I NEED TO BE IN GOOD SHAPE TO GO ON A QUIET ADVENTURE?”

Everyone’s definition of being in good shape varies greatly. It’s all relative, and only you know what your body is capable of. Here’s what I do know: our trips are designed to be laid-back and non-competitive. The focus isn’t on pushing through, getting from point A to B, or proving yourself with a bunch of mileage. Approaching a trip with this “conquer” mindset leaves women getting somewhere and never really being anywhere. Our approach to wilderness is to appreciate, connect, and savor. Do we need to get somewhere most days? Absolutely, but we create a balance between these different ways of being in the outdoors. If you’re not sure which trip is right for you or have a question about your physical condition, I’ll help you select the Quiet Adventure that’s perfect for you.



+ “I’M STILL AFRAID I’LL HOLD THE GROUP BACK. SHOULD I COME AT ALL?”

You’re not alone in your question. Over the years I’ve found that “holding other women back” is the most common worry women experience before signing up and during a Quiet Adventure.

And yes, you should come. Why? Because you have something to offer the circle of women beyond being able to hike really quickly.

Maybe you’re an amazing storyteller, master fire builder, pro map reader, or fantastic listener. Within you lies a unique contribution that the group needs! And that is the essence of Quiet Adventures: an incredible caliber of women, respect for everyone’s individual contribution, and shared wisdom.



+ “WHAT WILL I LEARN ON A QUIET ADVENTURE?”
Every adventure features guided, hands-on instruction and facilitation. You’ll learn and practice outdoor skills including map reading, backcountry cooking, camp setup and breakdown, on- and off-trail travel, water purification, and Leave No Trace principles, so that you feel comfortable in the woods and more connected to the natural world.

You’ll also walk away with an aresenal of self-care tools, like relaxation techniques, grounded movement sequences, and journaling practices, so that you feel grounded and connected in your daily life.

We believe in learning by doing, celebrating every success (no matter how small), and learning from our mistakes (no matter how big). It takes practice to learn outdoor skills and time to develop personal practices. Quiet Adventures is a safe space for you to dive in, experiment, mess up, and get support along the way.

+ “I’VE NEVER PACKED FOR A WEEKEND OUTDOOR ADVENTURE. WHAT SHOULD I BRING?”
When you register for a weekend-long Quiet Adventure, you’ll receive a Welcome Kit that includes a packing checklist, instructional videos, and guided meditations to make the process simple and easy. For every trip, I take care of all group items: food, tents, camp pads, stoves, fuel, cookware, first aid kits, water treatment, maps, compasses, etc. We'll also provide a sleeping bag and sleeping pad for any women who needs one.

You’ll bring your personal clothes, toiletries, water bottles, journal, headlamp, backapck, and anything you need to feel your best.

Note: Welcome Kits are for weekend adventures only. If you’re joining us for a day trip, you’ll need far less gear. Feel free to bring water, sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle, journal, small backpack, and yoga mat.

+ “CAN I BRING WINE OR OTHER ALCOHOL?”
Quiet Adventures has a strict no alcohol or drugs policy. We want you to get the most out of your time in nature, and to really absorb the experience, learn the skills, and stay safe, it’s best to be present and in a clear state of mind.

+ “WHAT WILL THE ACCOMMODATIONS AND FOOD BE LIKE?”
We'll be sleeping in tents, and you'll share your tent with one other amazing woman. We’ll also be preparing and cooking food in small groups, since learning and practicing setting up a shelter and backcountry cooking are essential skills for any wilderness woman.

The food will fuel our adventure, be simple to prepare, and most importantly, be tasty (think hot cocoa, yummy trail mix, hearty oatmeal with dried fruit, and quinoa with veggies).

We’re happy to accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-intolerant women. You’ll be given the opportunity to note this information in your intake questionnaire. If you have other special dietary needs, contact me before signing up so I can make sure there is a way to get your needs met.

+ “WHAT IS THE TRIP GROUP SIZE?”
We keep the group sizes small and intimate, between 4-10 women, depending on trip destination. Please check individual trip itineraries for maximum group sizes.

Your group also will include one experienced and certified guide plus a specially trained assistant. Click here to find out more about who will lead your Quiet Adventure.



+ “HOW WILL I GET TO AND FROM THE TRAIL?”
Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the trailhead. Quiet Adventures will help to coordinate carpools and organize car rentals. If you choose to travel with other women, each passenger will contribute to their driver to cover gas, wear, and tear. Please note that these costs are not included in the trip registration.

+ “I’M COMING FROM OUT OF TOWN. WHERE SHOULD I FLY INTO? WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE AND DEPART?”
Plan to book a flight arriving at San Jose, San Francisco, or Oakland International airport. If you’re joining us for a weekend trip, plan to arrive on Thursday evening so you can head out to the trail early Friday morning and depart no earlier than 10 p.m. Sunday night. Airbnb is a great choice for accommodations in the Bay Area for pre- and post-trip.

+ "WHAT HAPPENS IF AN EMERGENCY OCCURS DURING A QUIET ADVENTURE?”
Your guide holds CPR and Wilderness First Responder certification and is regularly recertified to keep you safe and make wise decisions in the event of an emergency. In remote destinations, we carry a SPOT GPS signaling device, allowing us to contact authorities if necessary.

We strongly recommend that you follow all safety recommendations given; however, you also have the right to refuse care. Quiet Adventures is fully insured, but assumes no liability regarding the provision of medical care. We recommend that you have current medical coverage.

Before registering for a Quiet Adventure, please read the terms of conditions and release.

+ “WILL MY REGISTRATION FEE BE REFUNDED IF I HAVE TO CANCEL?”

Because trips are small and preparations (including gear rental and food rations) are made in advance, cancellations cannot be refunded or partially refunded.

However, your registration is fully transferable, meaning if you can’t attend, you can send a girlfriend or sister in your place for the retreat you registered for. Registration is not transferable to a future retreat or training. There is a $100.00 administration fee when registration is transferred to another person.

If there is a waiting list for the retreat, your registration can be transferred to someone on the list. After they are paid in full, your tuition will be refunded to you, minus the $100.00 administration fee.

There are no exceptions to this policy, so please take this information into consideration before booking your adventure.

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