Lessons & Training

Women’s Kayak Retreat

Price: $490 - $650

Dates: May 15 - 17, August 14 - 16

Sign up to kayak with a supportive group of ladies under the guidance of NOC rockstar instructor Anne Sontheimer! 

The Women's Kayak Retreat is open to female kayakers of all skill levels. Lodging on Friday and Saturday, breakfast and lunch for Saturday and Sunday, dinner on Saturday and a meet and greet with Anne on Friday night are all included. Plus, enjoy a one-hour yoga session to stretch out your limbs during a fun weekend of paddling!

Cost varies based on lodging type selected - click "Book Now" to explore your options! Below is a sample itinerary; stay tuned for a finalized weekend schedule.

About NOC Instructor Anne Sontheimer

Anne joined team NOC in 1994 as a Chattooga River guide, joined the ranks of our Paddling School team in 1996, and became a full-time NOC Paddling School Instructor in 2000 when she moved to Bryson City full time. Anne has led NOC Adventure Travel trips to Chile, Brazil, Jamaica, Costa Rica, and Panama. She also has her ACA Level 5 Whitewater Kayak Instructor Certification and is an ACA Instructor Trainer Educator (ITE) for Level 4 Whitewater Kayaking. Additionally, Anne is certified as a Wilderness First Responder and is a previous instructor with SOLO Southeast Wilderness Medicine, also housed on NOC's campus.

If that wasn't enough to convince you of the amazing time you'll have taking a course with Anne, we'll also add that she loves to mountain bike and ski in her free time, has won 2 Enduro Mountain Bike races, and is involved in tons of other local women's events including the Green River Takeover and Women's Paddlefest at NOC.

Sample Itinerary - All Times & Locations are subject to change.

Friday Time Location
Lodging Check-In 3PM General Store
Meet & Greet with Anne Sontheimer 5:30-7PM Big Wesser
Saturday Time Location
Breakfast 8AM Relia's Garden
Gear & Boat Selection 9AM Paddling School
Paddling Assessment 10AM Lake
Lakeside Lunch 12PM Lake
Paddling Assessment Cont. 1PM River
Wrap Up Day 1 4:30PM PaddlingSchool
Dinner 6PM Relia's Garden
Sunday Time Location
Breakfast 8AM Relia's Garden
Meet & Leave 9AM Paddling School
Review 9:30AM Lake
Skills Building 10:30AM River
Lunch 12PM Riverside
Skills Building Cont. 12:30PM River
Wrap Up Day 2 4:30PM Paddling School


Outpost Overview

NOC's 500-acre adventure center is located at the intersection of the Nantahala River and Appalachian Trail. 


Guest amenities include:

  • Outdoor recreation activities including rafting, kayaking, zip lines, and mountain biking
  • Three restaurants, including two on the riverfront
  • Four retail stores, including NOC's flagship Outfitter's Store
  • Rustic cabin and bunkhouse lodging for over 200
  • Terminus for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
  • One mile of Lake Fontana frontage with lake kayak and SUP program
  • Host to over 30 annual events, from world championships to music festivals
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