Retreat FAQ

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

How do I reserve my spot?

Eat Hike Love 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 retreat, sign up for an Eat Hike Love coaching package or course.

Retreat dates for winter 19-20 and summer 2020 will be announced soon! Sign up for the Eat Hike Love mailing list to be the first to know.

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.

Winter cabin retreats are located in beautiful, scenic locations in Washington state within 3 hours of either Portland or Seattle.

How long is the hike?
How difficult?

In short, 5-8 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 (summer retreats only)

  • 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

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:

  • clothing

  • toiletries

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

  • sleeping bag

  • sleeping pad (summer retreats only)

  • stove, bowl, mug, spork (summer retreats only)

  • **50-65 liter backpack (summer retreats only)

  • **tent (summer retreats only)

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

Can I bring my dog?

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

What is the weekend itinerary like?

Summer Backpacking Retreat Itinerary
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

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

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

Winter Cabin Retreat Itinerary
4:00pm: Arrive at cabin, snack, meet & greet
6:00pm: Dinner
7:30pm: Yoga + meditation

7:30am: Rise & shine yoga + meditation
8:30am: Breakfast
10:30am: Optional day hike/snowshoe
12:00pm: Lunch
6:00pm: Dinner
8:00pm: Meditation

7:30am: Rise & shine yoga + meditation
8:30am: Breakfast
10:00am: Optional day hike
12:00pm: Lunch
1:00/2:00pm: Pack up, goodbyes