Retreat FAQ

Answers to your questions about
Eat Hike Love Women’s Wilderness Retreats

How do I reserve my spot?

Eat Hike Love backpacking retreats are free, invitation-only events for Eat Hike Love coaching clients and women in the Eat Hike Love community.
To reserve your spot on a 2019 retreat, sign up for any Eat Hike Love intensive or coaching package. You’ll be prompted to choose a date/location from the following options:

  • July 26-28 @ Mount Jefferson Wilderness (nearest town: Detroit, Oregon)

  • August 16-18 @ Mount Adams Wilderness (nearest town: Trout Lake, Washington)—SOLD OUT

  • August 23-25 @ Alpine Lakes Wilderness (nearest town: Skykomish, Washington)

  • NO MORE SPACE AVAILABLE—September 6-8 @ Pasayten Wilderness (nearest town: Mazama, Washington)—SOLD OUT


Who comes on these retreats?

Women who love to hike, spend time outside, eat delicious food, and hang with each other!

So far, retreat attendees have ranged in age from 23 to 48. Some have kids, or pets, or partners, or houseplants…some don’t.

About half the women on Eat Hike Love retreats have never been backpacking before, and they glean all kinds of great tricks from the more experienced trekkers.


What about dudes? Can men come on any of the retreats?

We love dudes at Eat Hike Love, but right now the retreats are just for women. We find that women often learn differently than men, and we usually relate to our bodies in different ways. We value the opportunity teach each other important skills & practices while connecting with each other in the outdoor realm.

If there is enough interest, Eat Hike Love may start doing co-ed events. Contact us if you have thoughts or ideas about this!


I’ve never been backpacking before. Is this really something a first-timer would be able to do?

Yes, definitely. In fact, these retreats are designed to be supportive and fun for first-time backpackers.
Just make sure these statements are true for you:

  • I love hiking.

  • I really want to try backpacking.


Where do we go?

All Eat Hike Love retreats are based in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Summer backpacking retreat locations are focused around the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,660-mile wilderness trail stretching from Mexico to Canada. Retreat destinations in 2019 are located in Oregon and Washington, showcasing some of the most beautiful sections of the national scenic trail. Groups meet in a small town near the trailhead, then caravan to the trailhead itself.


How long is the hike?
How difficult?

In short, 5-7 miles per day on trails rated as “moderate,” gaining 1,200-2,700 feet in elevation. Optional day hikes (without heavy packs) may be more difficult, while hikes with 30+ pound backpacks are moderate.

On average, we hike around 2 mph—a little slower on the uphill, a little quicker on the downhill.


What foods do you provide?

All of your meals & snacks will be provided for the retreat!

Everything is wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, plant-based, free of low-quality processed sugars or fats; almost all of it is organic; and it’s all lovingly prepared in the Eat Hike Love kitchen:

  • Friday lunch

  • Friday snack

  • Friday dinner

  • Friday dessert

  • Saturday breakfast, including tea/coffee

  • Saturday am snack

  • Saturday lunch

  • Saturday pm snack

  • Saturday dinner

  • Saturday dessert

  • Sunday breakfast, including tea/coffee

  • Sunday snack

  • Sunday lunch

Friday lunch is freshly prepared and served during the orientation. Then each hiker receives an airtight, odor-proof bag containing food for the rest of the weekend.


Ok, but what foods are actually on the menu?

The menu changes seasonally, but take a look at these menus to get an idea:


I have food allergies.
Can you customize my food?

Yes, absolutely. With 30+ days notice, food allergy requests can be accommodated. With less than 30 days, we will do our absolute best but cannot guarantee that every menu item will be allergen-free. (All retreat foods are gluten-free, dairy-free, and 100% plant-based.)

With 30+ days notice, food preferences (i.e. “I don’t like mushrooms”) will be thoughtfully considered and we will do our best to accommodate requests.


What do I need to bring?

A detailed packing list is provided upon registration. You’ll need to provide your own:

  • 50-65 liter backpack**

  • tent**

    **these items can be provided at no extra charge through Eat Hike Love and Six Moon Designs with 30+ days notice

  • clothing

  • toiletries

  • hiking accessories (ex: day pack, water bottle, trekking poles)

  • sleeping bag

  • sleeping pad

  • stove, bowl, mug, spork


What is the weekend itinerary like?

FRIDAY
11:00am: Meet for lunch in small town near trailhead
1:00-2:00pm: Begin hike into campsite
5:00/6:00pm: Arrive at campsite & set up camp
6:00pm: Dinner
7:30pm: Yoga + meditation

SATURDAY
7:30am: Rise & shine yoga + meditation
8:30am: Breakfast
10:30am: Optional day hike
12:00pm: Lunch
3:30pm: Optional lake swim (location dependent)
6:00pm: Dinner
8:00pm: Meditation

SUNDAY
7:30am: Rise & shine yoga + meditation
8:30am: Breakfast
9:30am: Pack up camp
10:00am: Begin hike out of campsite
12:00pm: Lunch
1:00/2:00pm: Arrive at trailhead parking area


Can I bring my dog?

Pooches are the best! But no, at this time dogs are not allowed on Eat Hike Love trips.