Eat Hike Love
Get free. Be wild. Have fun.
Eat Hike Love is a women’s wilderness event company that connects women with food, nature, and each other.
Retreats offer the chance to escape everyday life and enjoy wholesome, artisan cuisine in beautiful Pacific Northwest locations.
The Eat Hike Love philosophy is rooted in three concepts:
To truly relax into being ourselves, we need to free ourselves from the environments and paradigms that cause us unnecessary stress and pigeonhole us into limited roles. We have to physically remove ourselves from the patterns and routines we exist in normally (work, school, home) in order to see the world in a new way and experience new perspectives. So, we escape. We go outside into the wilderness, where we can simply be, with no expectations to look or act a certain way.
When we are in alignment we nature, we trust our bodies to communicate with us about what is needed, whether it’s nourishment, activity, or rest. By taking ourselves into wild places and challenging ourselves, we get better at listening to the nuanced, sometimes subtle messages of our bodies, and we get better at caring for ourselves. We do not have to become wild, we only have to remember. A return to nature.
Sometimes, we just need to stop taking everything so seriously. We need reminders to release unrealistic expectations of ourselves so we can experience joy, marvel at the beauty of the world around us, and let ourselves be awed by our own miraculous, imperfect existence. We need permission to seek pleasure simply because it feels good, permission to laugh and play and explore.
author of moon drive and hike: Pacific Crest Trail
Hi! I'm Caroline Hinchliff, the face behind Eat Hike Love. I'm a holistic nutritionist with a passion for food freedom and outdoor adventures, and I live in the Pacific Northwest's beautiful Columbia Gorge. Currently under contract with Moon Travel Guides, I’m researching and writing a guidebook called Drive and Hike: Pacific Crest Trail (publish date: 2020). I spend my days eating delicious food, exploring mountains and rivers, and encouraging others to do the same. I have never been so in love with my life, the people in it, and the beauty I see when I look around.
How did I get here? After a decade in downtown Seattle's culinary scene, working in some of the city's busiest restaurants and leading culinary tours through Pike Place Market, I found myself at a spiritual crossroads. I could not go on the way I'd been going. So, in 2014, I left my urban life behind to hike 2,000 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail, and I have never been the same. It was an epic adventure that forever changed my outlook on health, happiness, and what really matters in this life.
My leadership philosophy is rooted in radical self-love—in other words, choosing kindness and compassion over all else.
I'm on a mission to change the way we eat, the way we treat our bodies, and the way we connect with nature. I hope you'll join me.
Qualifications + Certifications
Master of Science in Nutrition—National University of Natural Medicine
Bachelor of Arts in Writing—The Evergreen State College
200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification—YoYoYogi
Wilderness First Aid Certification—National Outdoor Leadership School