August 6-10 (Monday morning– Friday afternoon)
Difficulty Level: Moderate
$700 Last date to register is April 20, 2018.
Explore the power of a wilderness meditation retreat while immersed in the beauty of Maine. We will participate in mindfulness meditation and yoga to increase our interconnectedness with the beauty that surrounds us.
Hike beautiful parks that are nestled in the heart of Downeast Maine, located in one of the most sought-after vacation regions in the state. This trip will be divided into many adventures exploring lighthouses, sandy beaches, rugged shoreline, sea cliffs, reverse falls, and cobblestone beaches. After this trip, you will be able to say that you traveled to the farthest Eastern tip of the United States at Quoddy Head Lighthouse. We will participate in “wilderness mediation” reconnecting to the wilderness and ourselves. We will do this through Yoga and meditation including walking meditations, art, and movement.
During this trip you will:
- Immerse yourself in the wilderness and practice various meditations
- Participate in at least two Yoga sessions with our Yoga instructors
- Hike Maine’s most scenic and rugged shoreline
- Explore the natural surroundings which support a diverse population of wildlife including loons, bald eagles, seals, and other marine wildlife.
- Learn and practice Leave No Trace principles.
- Give back to the location by participating in a service project such as building bridges, maintaining trails, clearing campsites, building lean-tos and more
- We will be staying at Cobscook Bay State Park at the tent sites. These campsites have outhouses, firepits, and we will be using camp stoves for cooking. There are showers on site for us to use.
- Delicious and well-balanced meals will be provided. These meals will be prepared as a group i.e. hash browns & eggs, homemade pizza, burritos, blueberry pie, s’mores’ just to name a few. We will even have a Lobster or Vegetarian Bake.
- Accommodations will be made for dietary restrictions.
After checking in at Unity College, we will begin to pack and finalize all individual and group gear needs. We will gather for lunch with your fellow adventurers for an outside BBQ. We will then participate in an in-depth yoga class before we leave for Cobscook Bay State Park. Along the way, we will stop at Fort Knox State Park and even stop to see reverse falls. We will arrive at Cobscook and set up camp and settle into a delightful meal by campfire. We will conclude the evening and every evening with a meditation.
Wake up to a meditation by the ocean. Pack your day bags and head out to Quoddy Head State Park. Hike along the shore, visit the lighthouse and learn the unique history of America’s easternmost point from park rangers. We will have time in the afternoon to sight see the bustling border town of Lubec, Maine by exploring fun little shops and restaurants on your own or with a friend. After a full day we will travel back to Cobscook Bay for delicious food and evening activities.
Wake up to a meditation by the ocean. Pack your day bags and head out to Cutler Coast Public Reserve Land. We will spend the day diving deep in the wilderness by opening our senses and re-awakening our spirits. The rugged shore line will be amazing is untrammeled section of the Maine coast. Often, we have seen seals moving and playing on the water. We will return to Cobscook Bay finishing our day with food, song and movement.
Wake up to a meditation by the ocean. We will pack for the morning and head over to the Cobscook Community Learning Center to engage in the Magical World of Qigong. This practice helps build vitality, flexibility, inner strength and a connection with nature. After our class, we will spend the rest of the day in the wilderness with art.. This will be a time to be inspired and get creative as various mediums will be available. Our last dinner will be a Lobster or Local Vegetable Bake.
On our final day, will wake up before the sun so we catch the sunrise across the Atlantic. We will spend time in meditation before packing our gear and equipment and travel back to Unity College. Upon our return to campus, we will unpack then unwind with adult beverages and hors d’oeuvres.
- Tour groups have been kept small, so register early.
- The Unity College dining staff is masterful when it comes to accommodating dietary restrictions, but we need to know what those are in advance of your visit.
- Adjustments to Tour itineraries may be made due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
- Participants must be in good health and be able to participate in various activities not limited to hiking, paddling, and wilderness navigation.
- Once you register, an email will be sent with more details about times, directions, and what to pack.
- With the exception of the Katahdin Tour and Penobscot Tour, which has one night of camping, all other tours will spend the night on campus in comfortable residence halls.
- Cancellations can be made up to one month prior to the tour, but there is a non-refundable $200 fee. If Unity College cancels for any reason, a refund will be made in full.
- Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- Transportation can be provided for an additional $50 to and from the Bangor Airport, $75 for the Portland Airport, and $25 for the Augusta Airport.
- Unity College does not discriminate on the basis of gender, national origin, age, or disability. However, please be aware that due to the nature of some activities we cannot adequately accommodate those who are not physically capable of participating.
- For groups of 10+, please contact 207-509-7121.
All schedules are tentative and are subject to change at any time.