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Women’s Weekend Kayak Retreat

Bryson City, NC
from $460
Limited weekend offerings each summer

Join a group of like-minded women for a weekend of paddling, yoga, and companionship. All skill levels welcome to paddle as a group, learn from each, and from NOC’s elite female instructors.

18+ Years Old
2 Days
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Overview

Join a group of like-minded women under the supportive guidance of NOC’s rock star female instructors for a weekend of paddling, yoga, and companionship. Our Women’s Kayak Retreat aims to bring together a group of women who share an enjoyment for paddling whitewater. Participants from any skill level, from beginner to advanced, will paddle together, support each other, and be given the opportunity to push the boundaries of their current skill set with instructor guidance.

Enjoy spending time together over meals from breakfast on Saturday through lunch on Sunday and choose from lodging options on NOC’s campus – convenient and central to all the action. A one-hour yoga session is also included to stretch out your limbs during a fun weekend of paddling!

What You’ll Learn

Skills learned will be dependent on each paddler’s experience level and goals.

What to Expect

Participants will check in on Friday evening and have a meet and greet with NOC’s lead female instructors as well as other women paddlers. Saturday morning will be spent doing flatwater skills assessment and building. After a lakeside lunch, we will head to a stretch of river appropriate for the group. We will gather in the evening for a dinner riverside back at NOC’s Main Campus. Sunday morning starts with a one hour yoga session, followed by breakfast and the remainder of the day doing skill building and practice runs on the Nantahala River.

Available Lodging Options

Shared Bunkhouse Lodging ($490) | Enjoy a shared lodging experience with others attending the Women’s Kayak Retreat at NOC’s Basecamp! This option includes a twin-size bed in a shared sleeping area. You will also have access to a shared community building with kitchen, dining hall, and shower house. Linens and kitchen supplies are not included. All rooms have electricity, heat, and air conditioning.

Private Bunkhouse Lodging ($515) | All of the perks of shared lodging but retire to your private room at the end of the day! This lodging option includes a twin-size bed in a private sleeping area. You will also have access to a shared community building with kitchen, dining hall, and shower house. Linens and kitchen supplies are not included. All rooms have electricity, heat, and air conditioning.

Shared Motel Room ($575) | Enjoy the privacy of your own room while sharing a bathroom with another attending the Women’s Kayak Retreat at NOC’s Dogwood Motel! Your bed is configured bunk-style with a twin over double bed. Additionally, you will have porch access, and a community area with a TV, refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, coin-operated washer & dryer, and seating. All rooms have TV, electricity, heat, and air conditioning.

Private Double Motel Room ($615) | Enjoy the privacy of your own bedroom and bathroom at NOC’s Dogwood Motel. Your bed is configured bunk-style with a twin over double bed. Additionally, you will have porch access, and a community area with a TV, refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, coin-operated washer & dryer, and seating. All rooms have TV, electricity, heat, and air conditioning.

Private King Motel Room ($650) | Enjoy a private room with a spacious king-size bed at NOC’s Dogwood Motel. This option also provides you with the convenience of a community area with a TV, refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, coin-operated washer & dryer, and seating. All rooms have TV, electricity, heat, and air conditioning.

Dates

2021 Dates

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Aug 13-15, 2021 Bryson City, NC Book Now

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Location

Address

51 NOC Way
Bryson City, NC 28713

Instructors at This Location

anneAnne Sontheimer

ACA Instructor, WEMT

Anne started her career at NOC two decades ago guiding rafts on the difficult Chattooga River. After moving over to the Paddling School, Anne has become one of NOC’s most experienced instructors, teaching constantly. Anne challenges her students directly, giving them an extra push to improve. She is certified in Wilderness EMT, CPR, AED, and ACA Whitewater Kayak Instructor Trainor Educator.

NOC provides most meals, lodging, and paddling equipment. Lodging selections are based on availability and priced accordingly in the entire course fee.

  • Lodging on Friday and Saturday night
  • Meals starting with breakfast on Saturday through lunch on Sunday
  • In-Course Transportation
  • All necessary specialty whitewater equipment
  • Access to NOC’s extensive fleet of instruction boats for in-clinic use
  • NOC’s highly trained, ACA certified instruction
  • One hour yoga session

NOC Provides the primary gear needed for each course including boats, paddles, PFD’s, helmets, spray skirts, semi-dry tops, wetsuit bottoms, and booties. Exclusive discounts are available for course participants at the Outfitter’s Store.

Guests staying at NOC’s Basecamp will need to bring sleeping bag/linens, pillow, towel and bath supplies.

Necessary Items (for All Courses)

  • Shorts/swimwear
  • Water shoes or old sneakers
  • Synthetic T-shirts
  • Sunscreen/lip balm
  • Towel and change of clothes each day
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Yoga appropriate clothing (if participating)
  • Clothing and personal items
  • Rain gear
  • Synthetic long underwear
  • Light fleece hoodie/pullover

Optional Items

  • Nose clips
  • Sunglasses
  • Eyeglass strap
  • Hat or visor
  • Earplugs (if sensitive to water)

Participants must be 18 or older.

Breakfast on Saturday through lunch on Sunday are included in the course fee. Additional meals, snacks, and beverages can be purchased at NOC’s two onsite restaurants or the General Store. Exclusive discounts are available for course participants.

Reviews

NOC always does a great job from instruction to lunch. The guides are friendly and knowledgeable and the center is perfect for before and after paddling. Shopping, lunch, restrooms, and staff are all clean.

Mindy P.

Nearby Lodging

NOC’s Basecamp

Shared Bunkhouse Lodging ($490)

Enjoy a shared lodging experience with others attending the Women’s Kayak Retreat at NOC’s Basecamp! This option includes a twin-size bed in a shared sleeping area. You will also have access to a shared community building with kitchen, dining hall, and shower house. Linens and kitchen supplies are not included. All rooms have electricity, heat, and air conditioning.

Private Bunkhouse Lodging ($515)

All of the perks of shared lodging but retire to your private room at the end of the day! This lodging option includes a twin-size bed in a private sleeping area. You will also have access to a shared community building with kitchen, dining hall, and shower house. Linens and kitchen supplies are not included. All rooms have electricity, heat, and air conditioning.

 

Dogwood Motel

Shared Motel Room ($575)

Enjoy the privacy of your own room while sharing a bathroom with another attending the Women’s Kayak Retreat at NOC’s Dogwood Motel! Your bed is configured bunk-style with a twin over a double bed. Additionally, you will have porch access, and a community area with a TV, refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, coin-operated washer & dryer, and seating. All rooms have TV, electricity, heat, and air conditioning.

Private Double Motel Room ($615)

Enjoy the privacy of your own bedroom and bathroom at NOC’s Dogwood Motel. Your bed is configured bunk-style with a twin over a double bed. Additionally, you will have porch access, and a community area with a TV, refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, coin-operated washer & dryer, and seating. All rooms have TV, electricity, heat, and air conditioning.

Private King Motel Room ($650)

Enjoy a private room with a spacious king-size bed at NOC’s Dogwood Motel. This option also provides you with the convenience of a community area with a TV, refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, coin-operated washer & dryer, and seating. All rooms have TV, electricity, heat, and air conditioning.

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