Do you yearn for a place and time to cut loose, play and revel in the beauty of nature, community and ecstatic living?
Do you long to rekindle the magic, adventure, and limitless possibilities of SUMMER that you experienced as a child?
And do you like to connect with conscious, deep and adventurous people?
If so, you’re going to LOVE the River of Bliss!
In the western world today, our lives can be so full of adult
responsibilities, commitments and, for many of us, being of service.
We can all get a bit too serious and lose the spark of joy that makes life
That’s when we need to reclaim our sense of play.
There’s no better way to do that than to reconnect with the natural
world, and particularly through the natural beauty and serpentine
power of a RIVER. A beautiful river feeds our body and soul and brings out our adventurous child.
A river brings us HOME to ourselves.
It’s a place to joyfully reconnect with the wonder of Mother Earth and sink into her rhythms and cycles, washing away the stresses of digital communication, deadlines and commuting to re-invigorate ourselves naturally.
A Summer Camp for Conscious Adults
Did you ever go to summer camp? Or have other delicious summer
adventures where you had a ton of fun, met new friends, spent lots of time
outside in nature and connected to something larger than yourself?
Remember, for a moment, a time when life was full of genuine joy
– that natural effervescence that is your birthright.
We want to invite you to recapture that quality by communing
with us at our adult summer camp!
The River of Bliss is affectionately known as a “Restival” — a place where you can
You’ll experience the freedom of dancing barefoot, jumping in the water
on a warm summer afternoon, singing around the campfire, lazily listening to
the sounds of a rushing river, meeting new friends, being silly, hearing the
crickets while you lie under the stars, relaxing in a hammock and getting a
whole lot more free in your body...
Sound like fun to you?
If so, you’ll really love this summer gathering. It’s a chance to allow your spirit to dance and your heart to open!
We can promise you that your spirit will come alive when you experience the magic of being on the river in a sacred community of playful friends...
Real Transformation (In a Delightful Way)
The River of Bliss brings a "transformational twist" to adult
summer camp, including rafting on Class 3 rapids, healthy gourmet
meals, experiential movement, yoga classes, mindfulness meditation,
inspirational playshops and being together in a “tribe,”, connecting with
each other in fun and intimate ways.
By day, we’ll playfully explore consciousness and joyful
connection through experiential workshops and playshops all held
in a container of love.
At night, you’ll enjoy a wonderful cast of kirtan performers, beloved musicians and amazing DJs from the Bay Area’s popular Conscious Dance, Ecstatic Dance and 5Rhythms/Open Floor communities. They’ll be overflowing with groovy tunes so we can dance to our heart’s content under the stars.
In this sacred and nurturing container, you’ll have ample
opportunity to get more intimate with yourself and others.
Your spirit and nervous system will be deeply rejuvenated by
this celebratory sanctuary time.
By coming to this gathering, you’ll...
On Saturday afternoon, those who want to join the river rafting adventure will have a chance to navigate the “Gorge Run,” which is a dynamic segment of the American River. This expedition begins with about an hour of mellow Class 2 rapids, which is an excellent initiation for neophytes – an opportunity to gradually get accustomed to the experience.
Our adventure then continues on granite-walled “Gorge,” where guests will experience the thrill of continuous Class 3 rapids, including Satan’s Cesspool and Hospital Bar, while guided by skilled rafting guides. On this 4 hour journey prepare to get wet, wild and laugh a lot!
Are you ready to test your mind, body and spirit? The on-site “Challenge Ropes Course” was built with both low and high elements designed to test your mental, physical and emotional strength.
The course is also great for personal development and community building. Here you’ll have ample opportunities to expand beyond your perceived limitations. You’ll feel a growing sense of personal accomplishment, increased self-esteem, teamwork and camaraderie. Upon completion you will likely come away feeling more confident, stronger and closer to other participants.
Here’s a few of the benefits you will likely experience:
We have had such a good time at the River of Bliss over the years that I chose to celebrate my 40th Birthday with a circle of friends who joined me for this trip. And then my husband (Stephen) and I also celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary on this trip, also inviting some of our staff to join us. So it is our joy to step in even deeper this year, now producing this trip here at Shift Network. It’s one of the highlights of my summer each year!
Devaa Haley Mitchell, Co-Founder of the Shift Network, San Rafael CA
Stephen Dinan is the founder and CEO of The Shift Network and a member of the Transformational Leadership Council and Evolutionary Leaders. The Shift Network was founded in 2010 and has served over 700,000 people worldwide, with customers in 150 countries. Stephen is also a certified facilitator of Holotropic Breathwork and has trained intensively with Stanislav Grof.
Rev. Dr. Devaa Haley Mitchell is a soul midwife, spiritual teacher and business leader. She is a co-founder of The Shift Network and Founder of Inspiring Women with Soul. Devaa also offers deeply experiential and transformative work, through coaching, mentorship, courses, workshops and retreats. She also offers sing-along world kirtan music gatherings and performs both locally as well as at international festivals of music and yoga.
Mark Coleman M.A., is founder of Awake in the Wild and The Mindfulness Institute, and is an established teacher at Spirit Rock meditation center. He is an internationally recognized mindfulness facilitator who has guided students on five continents to find greater peace and fulfillment through nature-based mindfulness practice and mindfulness retreats.
Sylvie Minot is the executive director and founder of Syzygy Dance Project transforming lives through dance in prisons. She embodies the transformative power of dance as a teacher, choreographer, and the creator of Medicine Circle. Sylvie is certified to teach Heartbeat, and was trained by Gabrielle Roth. She co-founded the Saturday Sweat Your Prayers in Marin in 2002, and is on the teaching staff of Open Floor in Marin County. Her weekly 5Rhythms Waves Journey class meets in Sausalito.
Anodea Judith, Ph.D. is a best-selling author, international workshop presenter, psychologist, yoga teacher, philosopher, and evolutionary activist, whose passion is awakening humanity to its amazing potential before we throw it all away. Since her first book on the chakras (Wheels of Life, 1987) became a classic, her many books have been translated into 16 languages and spawned the birth of her current organization, Sacred Centers. Anodea teaches regularly around the world at centers including Esalen, Kripalu, and many others. She is also a faculty Member at the Shift Network.
DJ Pangea (aka, Dean Halpern) has an electro-organic style that’s steeped in world tribal dance culture. He believes great music is felt, not heard, and selects tracks that artfully fuse the best of electronica with world rhythms, vocals, and instruments, carrying the dancer on an enchanted journey into sound. He intends musical sets that have you dancing your aliveness!
Miranda Macpherson is a contemporary spiritual teacher, counselor and author of the spiritual guidebook, Boundless Love (Random House 2002). She is also the founder of the ground-breaking “OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation” in London, and today leads the “Awakening Love and Wisdom” sangha in Marin and Sonoma counties in northern California. Miranda has been teaching internationally since 1995 and is known for her depth of presence, clarity and refined capacity to guide people into direct experience of the sacred.
Kenny Johnson is an author, inspiring speaker, and social activist. He spent over twenty years in prison and has been out of prison since 1997. He now works as a spiritual teacher and a consultant to families and to those who have been out of prison and may be going to jail. He is also the Founder and director of This Sacred Space and author of the book The Last Hustle.
Bob Duchmann is a Diamond Approach® teacher and student of A. H. Almaas for over 25 years. He is currently launching a new Diamond Approach group (DH10) in the Bay Area. Bob is also a CA licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) practicing since 1990. Additionally Bob has an extensive background in music, sound and video and has produced numerous US and International meditation retreats, transpersonal psychology conferences, music concerts and brings it all together spinning an eclectic DJ mix for the dance floor.
Lori Schwanbeck is a certified teacher with Search Inside Yourself and has been teaching this methodology internationally for several years. She is also a mindfulness-based psychotherapist dedicated to helping people increase social and emotional intelligence and create lives of meaning. Lori also has a focus on nature-based practices and looks forward to our riverside setting on this trip!
Zora Coeur de Roy has been teaching Biodanza weekly classes and weekend workshops in the Bay Area and abroad for the last 10 years. Through her practice as a certified Biodanza facilitator, teacher trainer, counselor and artist, she creates safe and sacred space for participants to open their hearts and transform their lives. A truly unique dance journey, Biodanza is a fun yet deep personal and spiritual growth practice.
Suraya Keating (MFT, RDT, RYT) is Shakespeare for Social Justice director for Marin Shakespeare Company, an adjunct professor at CIIS , a registered yoga instructor and master trainer in expressive arts and drama therapy. With an extensive background in traditional and experimental theater, dance, solo performance, and yoga, Suraya has facilitated mindfulness-based expressive arts practices and created theater with marginalized populations for 20 years.
Mika Scott is a founding member of the Fairfax contact improv jam and often teaches contact improv for ecstatic dance in Fairfax. Mika is a lifelong musician and music teacher. He has performed live with Steve Miller, as well as Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Phil Lesh of The Grateful Dead.
Sirena Andrea is the Creatrix of The YoniVerse Monologues, an Original Performance Program based on Santa Cruz.
She is also Director of the Santa Cruz Storytelling Festival and Mentors Women in Business to Speak & Sellcreating sustainable,
heart centered businesses that serve the world.
Sage Lavine is the CEO of WOMEN ROCKING BUSINESS reaching 70,000 conscious women entrepreneurs around the globe. Sage has shared the stage with Neale Donald Walsch, Jack Canfield, Janet Attwood, Marcia Wieder and many more... Sage teaches women entrepreneurs to fill their practice and create sustainable wealth through creating a business they love. Sage believes in purposeful entrepreneurship as a way to create world change. Women Rocking Business has raised over half a million dollars for women around the globe, women in the rainforest and in Indonesia, supporting them to build businesses that serve their communities and protect our ecosystems. Sage inspires her students to love themselves and each other SO much, that we can’t help but ALL succeed... together.
Debra Guisti: Understanding and Empowering your “Soul Tribe – Soul Family – Soul Contracts” Debra Giusti, Creatress of Transformation, has spent the last 35 years on the leading edge of the ever-emerging progressive culture, creating and supporting “new paradigm” evolution. She has been an entrepreneur since 22 years old, growing a series of businesses that support personal growth and transformation, healthy and sustainable lifestyles, cutting-edge spirituality, and community connection. Including Harmony Festival, Spirit of Christmas Crafts Faire, Wishing Well Distributing Company, Wishing Debra Recommends, Harmony Connections, and Transforming Into The New Paradigm and more. All her businesses and her personal life honors and collaborates with Soul Tribe – Soul Family – Soul Contracts.
Spruce our resident sound healer. Other wise known as Bruce Hauschildt
Over the course of the weekend my heart truly opened and I felt so much love & connection with everyone!
– Victoria Marien, Novato, CA
I have never had so much fun and joy with so much depth.
River of Bliss is transformational. Please try it!
– Barbara Brown, Principle Marin School, San Rafael, CA
Wilderness ambiance with the comforts of home! Our camp is quiet and nature based because it is private and available only to our guests. Offering convenience featuring plenty of bathrooms and hot showers.
The camp is situated on 19+ gorgeous riverside acres graced with heritage oaks which shade our multiple areas of verdant cool grass. A half mile of riverfront offers multiple charming eddies all connected by our Nature Trail. Explore, then sit and chill as you watch the sunset and listen to the river.
We conveniently raft right from the property and are transported back in environmentally-friendly biodiesel buses. (We take pride in this, along with other sustainable measures we practice, including the use of solar power for electricity and heating water, creating a very low carbon footprint.
The property also features an onsite Zipline and Challenge Ropes Course, providing additional thrills.
Relax while every delicious meal is cooked for you! Local ingredient inspired dishes that include luscious organic fruits and vegetables, free range poultry, and hormone-free meat and dairy products. The kitchen uses organic produce from local farmers whenever possible. The chef draws from recipes from around the world to create a diverse cuisine with alluring flavors while also accommodating many dietary concerns.
Whether you prefer tent accommodations, glamour camping (aka glamping ), or enjoying the great outdoors from the cozy confines of our charming cottage, there is something for everyone!
There are plenty of luscious wooded areas riverside to enjoy tent camping and ground in nature. Don’t have a tent? Tents, pads and sleeping bags can be rented.
Feel like roughing it but prefer to upgrade for extra comfort? You can enjoy camping in one of our canvas cabin tents. They accommodate up to 1-4 people and possibly more, each containing comfortable cots.
Another step up are our glamour cabin tents, a perfect way to enjoy the outdoors without “roughing it.” You’ll be able to relax in these glamour tents, which come furnished with mattresses and bedding so you can get a good night sleep and wake up refreshed and ready to go.
Lodging in our cozy and charming river cottage allows you to enjoy the warmth, privacy and amenities of an actual home, as well as a relaxing deck, while still only steps away from all the outdoor activities. The house can accommodate up to 6 people comfortably with one queen-sized bed in the main living room, a twin bunk bed set and a queen-sized futon. With your own private bathroom, shower and kitchen, enjoy a more personalized experience, and you’ll keep cool in the summer weather because there’s also air conditioning!
The property is located along the South Fork of the beautiful American River in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern California. About 2-3 hours from most places in the Bay Area.
Many of the photos above are courtesy of Margot Duane Photography and Sophie Fleming.
The 4-day/3-night retreat will take place from August 11-14. Plan to arrive at the retreat property between 2pm-6pm Pacific on August 11, and depart from the retreat property after lunch by 2:00pm on August 14.
Your ticket includes tent camping, all meals, access to all workshops, onsite Ropes Course/Zipline, evening events, access to all camp facilities for the entire 3 nights/4 days – and all payment processing fees are all included!
(Thursday dinner – Saturday lunch or Friday dinner – Sunday lunch)
Group Discounts Available
Kids ages 8-12 for 3 nights $399
Kids ages 8-12 for 2 nights $355
(Ages 13 and up charged at the adult price)
Note the rafting day will be Saturday afternoon
The price of the Ropes Course/Zipline is already included in your ticket price. But if you’d like to upgrade and instead go river rafting (which we feel is a great choice!), there’s an additional fee of $59 per person.
If you want to do the Ropes Course/Zipline and ALSO join us for river rafting, there’s an additional fee of $115 per person.
Tent camping is included in the ticket price. But we are happy to offer upgraded accommodations for those who desire it. Details will be provided as part of the registration process.
Q: What is your refund policy?
A: The retreat is refundable until June 25, 2016 minus a $150 processing fee. After June 25th the retreat is not refundable but is transferable with prior approval and a $75 processing fee. After that point, due to the hard costs of this retreat, your payment is nonrefundable.
Q: Are there scholarships available?
A: No, since we have a hard limit on the number of participants at the retreat site, we won’t have space for full scholarships. However if you do wish to reduce your cost we do have a Work Exchange program for the retreat If you are interested in this program put work exchange in the subject linewhen emailing onlyat email@example.com
Q: I don’t want to do the ropes course. Can I get a discount?
A: No, we cannot offer any discount if you choose not to do the ropes course that is included in the ticket price.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need to have experience with conscious dance, yoga, meditation or rafting?
No. All activities are for anyone at any level. We provide a safe, welcoming, non-judgmental environment for all. We invite you to explore and participate in any activity of interest, and connect with others at your own pace. All activities are optional, including rafting (you can stay on the property if you prefer while others are on the river). Our stretch of the river provides more of a float trip, rather than whitewater. You will be provided with safety instructions and all river gear from River Journey Adventures.
Who attends these retreats?
Most participants live in the San Francisco Bay Area, though many come from all over the state of California. Our focus is mainly on adults who want to relax and disconnect from their busy lives to enjoy nature, creativity and summer fun. You’ll get in touch with your inner child at camp, while you play and connect with others.
Can I bring my kids?
We have a limited number of spaces for children (up to 10% of total attendance), available on a first-come, first-served basis. We provide a part-time program for kids ages 8-12 with prior approval. This is a great way for both parents and their children to enjoy the weekend and participate in activities. Contact us for before registering your child. To sign up for kids camp put "Kids Camp" in the subject line and email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s the rafting like, and how much rafting will we do? If the drought continues, will there be enough water to raft?
Our location at the American river offers class 2-3 whitewater rafting. We only raft 4 hrs on one day, it is not a trip where we raft down the river and set-up camp. It is a stay put retreat. No experience needed! We will raft to camp safely in professionally guided boats. Safe enough that the rafting company allows kids as young as 8. The Gorge trip slowly build to the exciting rapids so it is great for a beginer.
What if I do not want to do the ropes course included in the price?
You can opt out on site but there is no reduction in price.
Can I come to camp for the day or only one night?
We offer a 3 night option and a 2 night option, there is no reduction in price to come for less that 2 nights. I you choose to do try to come during a designated registration time or let us know.
Where do I sleep?
Guests camp in tents on shaded sites nestled in the trees within close proximity to activities, meals bathrooms, and river. Guests provide their own camping gear, including tents, sleeping bags, pads, pillows and chairs. We have upgraded accomodations in cabin tents that can be booked on a per cabin basis with a 3 night minimum.
What if I’m absolutely NOT into camping?
Our location features cabins anc cottages for an addtional charge and some have proper beds. You may choose to stay at a nearby hotel and drive back and forth to the property daily. There hotels are within 10-15 minutes each way. If you choose this option, please note that there is no discount on the retreat fee.
How much are the accommodation upgrades?
Prices are based on a 3-night minimum and rented on a per cabin basis.
$195.00 Small Canvas Tent: Sleeps 1-2 adults in raised cots (bring your own sleeping bag and pillow)
$235.00 Large Canvas Tent: Sleeps 1-4 adults in raised cots (bring your own sleeping bag and pillow)
$315 Glamour Cabin Tent: Sleeps 1-2 in two twin beds with mattresses (includes all bedding and towels, close to restrooms)
$645 Cottage: Sleeps 1-6. One queen bed and 1 double futon share a room (1-4), second room with 2 bunk beds (1-2) (includes all bedding and towels, air conditioning, bathroom, shower and kitchen)
(It is possible additional cots can be added to shared cabins, for children)
Is there any camping gear available for rent?
We have access to tents, sleeping bags and pad rentals with advance notice, based on availability. Contact us for more information as we get closer to the date of the trip.
What if I want to bring my camper or RV?
There is a designated parking area for RVs, and hook-ups. Please contact us before you register if you’d like to bring a camper or RV as there is limited space.
Can I bring my own raft or kayak?
No not on this trip. Our insurance would not cover you if you supplied your own vessel, we raft in organized professionally guided boats.
What should I bring?
You will receive a confirmation email when you register with everything you will need to bring.
What should I leave at home?
Pets, the property has a strict no pet policy only 2 leggeds on this trip. Also, preconceived notions, alcohol, non-prescription drugs, candles, perfumes and other scented products. Cigarette smoking is permitted in very limited areas. We offer a conscious environment where we get high on the joy of allowing our inner child to play and connect with others.
What is the process once I arrive at camp?
Registration is open from 2pm-6pm on the first day. We encourage you to arrive in time for the sound healing to drop in after setting up, which is usually before dinner on the first night (see schedule when planning transportation). Upon arrival, you must check in at registration and receive your wristband before proceeding any further on the property. Anyone found not wearing a wristband on the property risks being asked to leave, as per our agreement with the owners. When you arrive, you will receive more information about where to park and set-up your camp.
What if I arrive after registration is closed or another time during the weekend?
We encourage you to arrive during registration hours. If not possible, please let us know in advance so we can have someone meet you at registration. (Guests must obtain a wristband before proceeding further onto the property, without exception.)
Can I leave camp early?
Surely if you must, however we strongly encourage you to stay for the entire experience. If you make plans that require you to leave early, you’ll likely regret it the moment you arrive. (Seriously, Dorothy, this is as far from Kansas as you can get!)
Are there “In’s & Out’s?”
Yes, though you likely won’t want to go out once you’ve come in. That said, if you need to run into town for any reason, it is only 5 minutes away.
Will my cell phone work at camp?
Yes, verizon cell phones only work on the property. There are scattered outlets to charge such devices, however, this retreat is all about unplugging, unwinding and connecting with spirit and community. So turn off your cell phones. Put away your watches. We will blow the conch shell 5 minutes before meals and activities are set to begin.
What if I have a medical emergency?
We have crew that are trained in first aid and CPR and we have a basic first aid kit. An urgent care center is nearby; a hospital is within 5-10 minutes of the property.
What if there is an emergency back home and someone needs to reach me?
We will provide you with our camp emergency contact in your confirmation email.
What kind of food will be served?
You will be amazed by the quality, variety and presentation our chefs bring to our kitchen. All meals are included, with gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options. Our menus include chicken and fish for those who desire it. Our chefs strive to use local organic fresh fruits and vegetables. You will be asked when you register about any dietary concerns or allergies. We will do our best to accommodate requests with prior notice, but if it is out of our scope you may want to supplement by bringing a cooler for your personal use.
Are there restrooms and showers?
We have a 2 bath-houses with plenty individual men’s and women’s shower stalls, sinks and flush toilets. Plus solar powered hot water and changing rooms.
How about carpooling and ride-shares?
In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and because of limited parking on the property, we encourage and support carpooling and ride-shares.
For the carpooling app CLICK HERE
Can I participate by leading a workshop?
Contact us at email@example.com if you are a professional interested in offering a workshop, and we will send you a presenter application if appropriate. There may be an opportunity for camper-led activities that you can sign up for onsite.
Are there scholarships or can I sign up for work exchange and reduce my cost further?
Yes, we do offer a work exchange program it’s a great way for people to reduce their costs to come to camp and fun way to participate. We offer discounts for 4 – 12 hours with predominantly kitchen shift so culinary skills are a plus but also not necessary, but we also have set-up, parking and registration shifts. To sign-up for work exchange write Work Exchange ROB in the subject line and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you offer group pricing or organizer incentives?
Email us at email@example.com info on our “pied piper” or “ambassador” program, should either describe you. :)
Will bodywork be available at the river?
Yes, we have a wonderful team of healers. Getting a massage at the river is another great way to relax and enjoy your stay. Massage is offered on each retreat for $20 for every 15-minute block. Sign-ups will be taken onsite.
Who took those awesome river trip photos:
Many of the photos above are courtesy of Margot Duane Photography and Sophie Fleming.
Q: If I have any further questions, how can I reach Customer Support?
A: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 415-223-7565.