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Expeditions - Yoga Retreat

May 24-26, 2008
Clarksdale to Rosedale - 27 river miles

Remote sandbar island set within the floodplain of the Lower Mississippi River. No towns or landings, nothing but jungle-like forests, endlessly changing skies and the flowing river. Teeming with wildlife, especially songbirds and waterfowl, but also home to the richest population of white-tailed deer in the continent. The richest inland fishery in the United States. This region was visited by explorers Hernando DeSoto(1542), Joliet & Marquette (1673), LaSalle (1681) and artist John James Audubon (1820).

Put in at Quapaw Landing, which is near Clarksdale, and take out at Hurricane Point, north of Rosedale, in all 27 miles on the river. Meet at Quapaw Canoe Company in downtown Clarksdale, 291 Sunflower Avenue. Bring your personal gear and pack in our drybags along with tents & sleeping bags. More camping & paddling considerations below.

Day I
Meet in Clarksdale at 10am. Put-in at Quapaw Landing, 12 noon, and float to Island 67 (17 river miles). When paddling is not required its okay to sketch, doodle, journal, sing river songs, tell stories, jump in the river for a cool-down swim.
Camp: Island 67 pure yoga retreat and river time! Miles of sandbars and river beaches to explore, great driftwood hunting, found objects, journaling. Pull off your shoes, you won't need them from here on! (except for at night for mosquito protection). Yoga before sunset followed by supper.
Points of Interest: Island 63, Burke's Point, Island 64, Kudzu Nat'l Forest, Mouth of Desoto Lake where Hernando Desoto is said to have discovered the Mississippi River.

Day II
Yoga camp: Island 67 Yoga instruction/guidance with Scotta Brady & Conner Burnham at sunrise and sunset. All meals provided, cooking in cast iron over the campfire. Mid-day exploration and paddling to nearby back channels and secret waterways into jungle-bound oxbow lakes. Miles of unspoiled sand and floodplain to explore, great beaches, great swimming, lots of mud available. Follow bird songs or the lapping of waves along the shoreline. Follow your heart. Two days of pure yoga time and all-you-can-eat gourmet river cooking.

Morning on Island 67 Yoga at sunrise followed by river breakfast. sandbar exploration, walks in the forests of willow and cottonwood, last chance for walk & beach-combing. Last sandbar swim. Pack up after lunch.
Take-Out: Hurricane Point, 5pm. We'll be back in Clarksdale by 6:30pm.

Yoga Retreat Schedule (Subject to change)
10:00 meet at Quapaw Canoe Company Clarkdale, pack dry bags, and gear
11:00 Leave for River
12:00 River trip begins
4:00 Arrive on island, set up camp
5:00 - 6:30 Yoga
7:00 Dinner

7:00 Meditation
7:30 Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00 Free time
9:00 - 11:00 Yoga
11:00 -3:30 Free time for exploring, canoeing sunbathing, etc. (Lunch)
3:30- 5:30 Yoga
6:30 Dinner

7:00 Meditation
7:30 Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00 Free time
9:00 - 11:00 Yoga
11:00 - 2:00 Free time and lunch
2:00 Pack, Break camp and depart
5:00 take out
6:30 arrive in Clarksdale

All expeditions are outfitted with first-aid kits, rescue ropes, life preservers, cellular communication, and VHF marine radio.  Please remember itinerary is dependent on river level and prevailing weather.
When on the river, there is no time but “River Time.”
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