Women’s Backpacking Adventure – Bartram Trail
Join us for an extraordinary, transformational journey of hiking, yoga, meditation, exploration, connection, and relaxation on North Georgia’s historic and beautiful Bartram Trail. Our hikes will take us to the second tallest mountain in Georgia and the tallest peak on the Bartram Trail (4,696 ft Rabun Bald), past gorgeous views of the Appalachian Mountains along one of the least hiked, yet most beautiful areas, of the Southeast.
Our experiences are real life adventures and the excitingly, unpredictable nature of a real expedition makes every course different. This is YOUR adventure and you’ll be a full participant in the course--including cooking meals, setting up camp, and meeting as a group to plan and organize each day. The days will be full of yoga and meditation, journaling, hiking, exploring (together and on your own) with plenty of time to soak it all in. We'll carry backpacks and all the gear we need for our wilderness expedition for 3 nights/4 days. A challenging, yet very rewarding experience. Our last night together will be spent in a lovely resort and spa in the mountains of Clayton, GA. Full service spa is available and definitely encouraged!
Your yoga experience will take place in some of the most majestic and isolated areas of North Georgia, creating the perfect backdrop to fully emerge into your experience. A variety of wilderness skills education, herbal/wild plant walks and identification, meditation, and journaling will be introduced throughout this sacred journey giving you an opportunity to connect to the spirit of Nature and yourself.
The foods we will be preparing and providing are delicious! Meals and snacks feature organic, gluten free and nutrient-dense options as much a possible. We have a commitment to healthy foods in our own lives and we look forward to sharing this wealth of wisdom with all of you!
The details: Q&A
What do I need to bring?
After you have enrolled you will be sent a list of items to bring. We can supply a few backpacks, sleeping bags, etc. and will help you in choosing what items will be best for this trip if you choose to purchase. Rain gear and broken in boots are a must. If you have a tent or extra gear to contribute, a discount may be available.
Who is this trip for?
Any woman who wants to backpack and see a beautiful section of the Bartram Trail in North Georgia. Packs will weigh 35-50 lbs and hiking will include up to a 1,446 feet of elevation gain. Mileage per day will average 5-6 miles. If you want ideas on how to prepare for this class, please contact us. *Each woman must have completed an intro backpacking course or a qualifying class before going on this trip.
What does the trip tuition include?
- - Experienced guide and yoga instructor (3nights/4 days)
- - 1 night double occupancy accommodation at Kingswood resort in Georgia
- - All meals from dinner Friday (October 23rd)-lunch Monday (October 26th)
- - Yoga and meditation
- - Herbalism/plant identification classes
*Spa options include massages, scrubs, wraps, facials, manicures, pedicures and hair styling. These must be booked and paid in full three weeks before trip. (*not included in trip cost)
Our trip begins in the Shoals at Shoals Yoga at 7am Friday October 23 and ends around 5pm Tuesday October 27 at Shoals Yoga. We will discuss transportation once we have closed enrollment.
$600.00 per person (550.00 for early bird registration and full payment by August 23rd) $150.00* deposit will hold your spot on the course (10 people max)
Paypal, Check or Cash-- Ashley@ashleybakeryoga.com for further questions
*This fee is non refundable unless for some reason we cannot accept you on the course. All registration forms and full payment are due one month (September 23rd) before the course starts. No exceptions. If we have not received your money we will open your reserved spot to someone on our waiting list.
Cancellation Policy—PLEASE READ
Our cancellation/refund policy is based on our investment in time, course planning and food and equipment purchases before your course.
- - More than 60 days (before trip date) 100% minus the deposit
- - 59-15 days 50% minus the deposit
- - 14 days or less no refunds
Meet your guides and instructors-
Summer McCreless has grown up exploring the natural world through backpacking, hiking, gardening, and herbal medicine. Summer is a former Outward Bound Instructor and has guided for the Appalachian Mountain Club in the White Mountains of New Hampshire leading many 21 day backpacking trips. Wilderness First Responder trained. Summer's joy comes from being a mother to Sky and Lavender, a wife, while continuing her love as an herbalist and owning a successful herbal company-Mothering Herbs. She now lives with her family in North-West Alabama. She has Bachelors Degree in Biology/History Education with a Masters degree in History from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Ashley Baker Haselton is an adventure seeking traveller and backpacker who shares her kind heart and love of life by leading yoga classes, retreats, soul touching chants, knowledge of nourishing foods, and love of her backyard homestead. Each day, she practices moving toward that which gives her joy, toward what fills her up and empowers her to give. Ashley has backpacked in India, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Australia. She believes in the importance of being in and with nature as a means to promote inner stillness and joyful living.
We are so excited to go on this journey with you!
Summer and Ashley