Join a group of like-minded women under the supportive guidance of NOC's rock star female instructors for a weekend of paddling, yoga, and companionship. Our Women’s Kayak Retreat aims to bring together a group of women who share an enjoyment for paddling whitewater. Participants from any skill level, from beginner to advanced, will paddle together, support each other, and be given the opportunity to push the boundaries of their current skill set with instructor guidance.

Enjoy spending time together over meals from breakfast on Saturday through lunch on Sunday and choose from lodging options on NOC’s campus – convenient and central to all the action. A one-hour yoga session is also included to stretch out your limbs during a fun weekend of paddling!

Participants must be 18 years or older.

Course Length:
2 Days

Price:
$490 to $650

Meals:
Breakfast Saturday – Lunch Sunday*

Lodging:
Friday & Saturday included

*Additional discounts available at NOC lodging and restaurants

Included in Course:

  • Lodging on Friday and Saturday night
  • Meals starting with breakfast on Saturday through lunch on Sunday
  • In-Course Transportation
  • All necessary specialty whitewater equipment
  • Access to NOC’s extensive fleet of instruction boats for in-clinic use
  • NOC’s highly trained, ACA certified instruction
  • One hour yoga session

Available Lodging Options

Shared Bunkhouse Lodging ($490) | Enjoy a shared lodging experience with others attending the Women’s Kayak Retreat at NOC’s Basecamp! This option includes a twin-size bed in a shared sleeping area. You will also have access to a shared community building with kitchen, dining hall, and shower house. Linens and kitchen supplies are not included. All rooms have electricity, heat, and air conditioning.

Private Bunkhouse Lodging ($515) | All of the perks of shared lodging but retire to your private room at the end of the day! This lodging option includes a twin-size bed in a private sleeping area. You will also have access to a shared community building with kitchen, dining hall, and shower house. Linens and kitchen supplies are not included. All rooms have electricity, heat, and air conditioning.

Shared Motel Room ($575) | Enjoy the privacy of your own room while sharing a bathroom with another attending the Women’s Kayak Retreat at NOC’s Dogwood Motel! Your bed is configured bunk-style with a twin over double bed. Additionally, you will have porch access, and a community area with a TV, refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, coin-operated washer & dryer, and seating. All rooms have TV, electricity, heat, and air conditioning.

Private Double Motel Room ($615) | Enjoy the privacy of your own bedroom and bathroom at NOC’s Dogwood Motel. Your bed is configured bunk-style with a twin over double bed. Additionally, you will have porch access, and a community area with a TV, refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, coin-operated washer & dryer, and seating. All rooms have TV, electricity, heat, and air conditioning.

Private King Motel Room ($650) | Enjoy a private room with a spacious king-size bed at NOC’s Dogwood Motel. This option also provides you with the convenience of a community area with a TV, refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, coin-operated washer & dryer, and seating. All rooms have TV, electricity, heat, and air conditioning.

I loved sharing this with my daughter and hope she can share it with her's one day.

NOC has been a staple in our family for years. It was great to see women of all ages come together for fun and instruction.

Course In Action

Course Dates

CourseDatesLocationTuition
Women's Kayak Retreat May 14th - 16th Bryson City, NC $490 to $650 Book Now
- Aug 13th - 15th - - Book
Women's Kayak Retreat Aug 13th - 15th Bryson City, NC $490 to $650 Book Now

Course Outline

The itinerary is subject to change.

Friday

  • 3PM: Lodging Check-in
  • 5:30-7PM: Meet & Greet with NOC instructors
    • Use your discount card provided at check-in to dine at NOC and mingle with the other women attending the retreat! Additionally, Bryson City has many dining options and is a short drive away.

Saturday

  • 8AM: Breakfast
  • 9AM: Gear & Boat Selection
  • 10AM: Paddling Assessment
  • 12PM: Lakeside Lunch
  • 1PM: Paddling Assessment Cont.
  • 4:30PM: Wrap Up Day 1
  • 6PM: Dinner

Sunday

  • 7AM: Yoga
  • 8:30AM: Breakfast
  • 9:30AM: Meet & Leave
  • 10AM: Review
  • 11AM: Skills Building
  • 12:30PM: Lunch
  • 1PM: Skills Building Cont.
  • 4:30PM: Wrap Up Day 2

Packing List

NOC Provides the primary gear needed for each course including boats, paddles, PFD's, helmets, spray skirts, semi-dry tops, wetsuit bottoms and booties. Exclusive discounts are available for course participants at the Outfitter’s Store.

Guests staying at NOC’s Basecamp will need to bring sleeping bag/linens, pillow, towel and bath supplies.

Necessary items (for all courses)

  • Shorts/swimwear
  • Water shoes or old sneakers
  • Synthetic T-shirts
  • Sunscreen/lip balm
  • Towel and change of clothes each day
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Yoga appropriate clothing (if participating)
  • Clothing and personal items
  • Rain gear
  • Synthetic long underwear
  • Light fleece hoodie/pullover

Optional items

  • Nose clips
  • Sunglasses
  • Eyeglass strap
  • Hat or visor
  • Earplugs (if sensitive to water)

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