Chama River Wellness with Awaken Retreats

3 Days of Yoga, Meditation, and Rewilding in the Chama Wilderness



River Trip: September 1-3, 2023

Full Immersion: September 1-4, 2023


No prior experience necessary and we welcome rafters 6 years of age and older.


Paddle boat, oar boat, individual or two-man inflatable kayak, and Stand Up Paddleboard are all options.


River Trip, Adult: $950.00

Full Immersion, Adult: $1250

50% Deposit Required

Remainder to be paid 1-week prior to launch date



Cancellation Policy

A cancellation more than two-weeks in advance will result in a full refund minus 10% of total trip cost; A cancellation within two weeks will result in a 50% refund of total trip cost; A cancellation within one week will result in a 25% refund of total trip cost; “no-show” on the day of the trip will void any refund.


  • Engaging Wellness Activities
  • Fresh and Healthy Meals
  • Great for all Ages and Abilities
  • Spectacular Scenery


Awaken Retreats mission is to use the practices of yoga, meditation and rewilding to come back to our wholeness. At Awaken Retreats, we believe when we awaken our innate bond with Mother Nature, we discover a deeper relationship with our truest essence of self.
Awaken’s founders, Kelsey Brown and Preston Slaughter, together have over 1000 hours of yoga and wilderness education. Kelsey and Preston have been hiking, backpacking, rafting and camping in the backcountry for over a decade and created Awaken Retreats to stray away from the traditional luxury retreat format, and provide a space for people to come back to their roots in nature. Their facilitation is rooted in various forms of yoga, nature immersion, somatic movement, community connection and mindfulness. They have led six sold out backcountry retreats and are proud and excited to host their first retreat outside of Colorado on the Chama river in partnership with Far Flung Adventures!
Full Immersion, Ojo Caliente Night:
On Sept. 3rd, the night after we get off the river, we invite you to join Awaken Retreats for the full immersion experience with a relaxing night at Ojo Caliente Hot Springs Resort. Package Includes one extra night in a luxury Adobe Cabin at Ojo Caliente, two additional meals and access to the hot springs.
For this option, please choose the full immersion ticket package during checkout.

Day 1:  After meeting at 9am we will take a scenic 1 hr. shuttle to the put-in that features vistas of the craggy peaks of the San Juan Mountains, the massive Brazos Cliffs-over 3000 vertical feet high, and the village of Tierra Amarilla, the center of Reies Tijerina’s land grant revolt of the 1960’s. Our launch point is at El Vado Ranch, a rustic, riverside fishing resort. The Chama River immediately whisks us away through a series of swift riffles and into the evergreen-lined canyon. We enter Chama Canyon Wilderness and negotiate Aragon Rapids (Class II). Our camp will be on an old high-water bench, under shelter of ponderosa pines and Douglas firs. Once camp is set up, Awaken will lead an opening circle and grounding yoga class before dinner.

Day 2:  Enjoy a very leisurely morning beginning with a meditation and gentle movement practice, followed by a hearty, hot breakfast. A song or two to get us going and we are off down the River. Hike up any of the numerous side canyons or to the top of Navaho Peak for a spectacular vista. We will arrive at camp early for more relaxing camp time, integrative movement and another evening of delicious dining and community connection.

Day 3:  We will align for the day with a final movement class and closing circle before breakfast. Today, we will encounter some longer, steeper rapids and multi-hued sandstone cliffs up to 1000′ high. Emerging from the canyon wilderness area, we observe a quiet zone as we pass the Christ in the Desert Monastery. Now begins the lively whitewater run (Class II-III) into the headwaters of Abiquiu upper Reservoir. Our take out at mid-afternoon, enables us to return you to your vehicles in Abiquiu before 4:00pm.

Camp Scene/Gear

Get ready to pitch a tent, sling a hammock, throw down a pad, and relax! Every day we will prepare and serve you a delicious riverside lunch, not limited to, but often including an array of home-roasted sandwich meats and homemade dips and salsas (see some of our recipes here). In addition, our camp dinners and breakfasts are a classic staple of the Far Flung experience, as 40 years in business has not only taught us the principles of reading white-water…but also of cooking and camp ambiance!

***Please let us know ahead of time about any allergies or special food requirements***

Camp Gear:

Following is a list of required and recommend items for this three-day camping excursion. You will also receive this list as part of your confirmation email. As part of the trip we will provide waterproof drybags for all of your personal items and camp chairs for fireside relaxation and enjoyment. Tents, pads and sleeping bags are not included though if needed we provide a sleep kit (1 two man tent, 1 sleeping bag and sleeping pad) for an additional $12/night.

Please click here to look at a more in-depth list of required and recommended camp gear:

Going Camping? Here’s what you’ll need.



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Join us for an adventure that you will never forget!

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(575) 758-2628

Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm

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