Reconnect with Nature at Camp Navarro for Adults

Camp Navarro  for adults

Some of my favorite memories from childhood come from sleep-away camp. I fondly remember leaving Brooklyn, discovering a new sense of freedom where I made incredible friendships, learned to swim and picked up a few new skills (juggler for hire, anyone?!). Sadly that time came to an end around the early high school years, but Camp Navarro doesn’t think that the camp experience has to be limited by age. Their unique camp can provide an incredible location where groups can drink in nature while being spoiled by amenities such as gourmet food, yoga sessions under the trees, stargazing, river exploration, spirit pole carving, foraging hikes, and more to help revive the spirits of the modern (a.k.a stressed out) adult.

cool adult-only Camp Navarro

Situated in Northern California’s Anderson Valley, Camp Navarro comprises over 200 acres of old growth forest nestled along the north fork of the Navarro River and was reborn in 2013 as a nature retreat and unique event destination. Today, Camp Navarro welcomes groups such as Camp Grounded/Digital Detox (a tech-free summer camp!), Yoga Tree, Spirit Weavers, and more who have enjoyed its state-of-the-art facilities, including its 10,000 square foot Main Lodge, a restaurant kitchen, and an outdoor amphitheater.

We recently spoke with Dan Braun, adventure travel guru with more than thirty years of experience in environmental hospitality and owner of Camp Navarro to better understand what a person can expect and why he thinks the camp experience is important for adults. Read on to learn more about this unexpected soul-cleansing experience that might even inspire you try it out this year.

Interview with Dan Braun on Camp Navarro

camping for adults at camp Navarro

Wellness Patterns: Why do you think the camping experience is important for adults?

Dan Braun: The camping experience is important for all humans but Adults especially need a break from our normal, busy and sheltered lives. Day to day we adhere to rigid schedules, a reliance on technology and media, and major responsibilities like work and kids so getting into nature allows adults to simplify, breathe deep, reconnect with the earth and be free and youthful again. On a deeper level, it can be a reminder of what’s important in the world and cut through the ‘noise and chatter’ that bombards us on so many levels.

camp fire at camp Navarro

Wellness Patterns: What are some activities you offer?

Dan Braun: Archery, rock climbing, star gazing/night hikes, day hikes, foraging, wood carving, arts and crafts, yoga, square dancing, river exploration/swimming holes, wine tastings, color wars, volleyball, badminton, cornhole, horseshoes, etc.

archery at Camp Navarro

Wellness Patterns: Tell us about Camp Grounded.

Dan Braun: Camp Grounded is an adult, tech-free summer camp that started at Camp Navarro. It allowed adults to disconnect from normal life and get back to basics and what’s important; having fun, being a kid again, connecting with nature and other humans, and being appreciated for not just what you do but who you are. Participants did not talk about work, were given nicknames, relinquished all technology and watches, did not talk about age, and basically spent four days having the time of their lives. The motto is ‘disconnect to reconnect’.

Wellness Patterns: What do people (in general) get out of this experience?

Dan Braun: It varies but in general it is a reminder of what’s important in their own life including having fun and adventures, taking a timeout from typically a normal chaotic life, appreciating the beauty in nature, and having meaningful conversations and experiences with friends, family, co-workers and colleagues.

Wellness Patterns: What interested you about setting up this kind of experience when you bought the camp?

Dan Braun: I grew up at summer camp and always knew I would own a camp someday, it just took me thirty years to do it! In the interim, my previous endeavors and careers still centered around getting people into nature whether as a mountain guide or as a hotel owner in Yosemite. My next endeavor was to own a camp, focus on events before opening it up to the general public, and continue to get people into nature. In doing so, we were also protecting an asset that would have been lost for good. We are living in ‘interesting’ times, and people’s priorities are often driven by material things so I do my best to have impact by just getting people outside and then seeing what kinds of transformations can take place in their lives.

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Ready for a Challenge? Check out the 2017 UA Mountain Running Series

challenge yourself with the UA mountain running series

Ready for a challenge for 2017? Oh, we’ve sure got one for you with Under Armour Mountain Running Series! In partnership with POWDR Adventure Lifestyle CO, the UA Mountain Running Series kicks off in July at Oregon’s Mt. Bachelor, the largest ski area in the Cascade Mountains with a peak elevation of 9,065 ft. The next stop in the series takes place in August at Killington, touting a peak elevation of 4,241 ft. and tucked in the Green Mountains of the Appalachians in Central Vermont. The series finished up at Copper Mountain, situated in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with a peak elevation of 12,313 ft.

challenge yourself with the UA mountain running series

UA trial mountain running series
Ever wanted to climb a mountain? Now’s your chance!

Ideal for trail running enthusiasts and professionals (or wannabes, like us!), this trail running series can be done individually or as a series. Each location offers diverse climates, different distances and varying elevations built to push athletes at every level to their personal limits. This includes a 5K, 10K, 50K, Half Marathon (we are doing this one!), Marathon, Marathon Relay and Vertical K. And if the accomplishment of reaching the top of a beautiful mountain and going down isn’t quite enough for you, think about the $5,000 prize purse that will be divided between the top 3 male and female 50K finishes at each event.

What is sure to be a competitive, challenging, and life-changing experience running on a beautiful mountain, we are so psyched for this incredible event that is sure to be a test of our mental and physical abilities.

2017 Under Armour Mountain Running Series Schedule 

July 21-23: Mt. Bachelor

August 18-20: Killington – See ya there!

September 8-10: Copper Mountain

Registration for all races are open! Get in there by checking out

We are happy to partner with Under Armour to spread the word about this incredible event!

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Maxin’ and Relaxin’ at these Wellness Retreats in New England

 Wellness Retreats in New England

We love the idea of a wellness retreat, but seriously: where the heck do you go? There are so many options and awesome opportunities where you can ‘get your zen on.’ To help you out we are sharing a few offerings in New England. You had us at daily yoga sessions, sandal-ready pedicures and personal trainers! Read on to check out some wellness retreats that you can get in on now

Topnotch Resort – Stowe, Vermont

This spring, Topnotch Resort, helps ready guests’ mind, body and sole for summer with the new Spring Shape-Up package. The package celebrates warmer weather with an array of the fitness and wellness programming, from a personalized training session focused on toning arms for tank top season, to a sandal-ready pedicure from the award-winning Topnotch Spa, and more.

Available through June 30, 2017, based on availability, the Spring Shape-Up package includes:
Overnight accommodations
One 25-minute personal training session (per adult per night booked)
Daily fitness class (per adult)
One Topnotch sport water bottle (per adult)
Coconut water amenity (per adult served in the guest’s room upon arrival)
One deluxe foot renewal pedicure (per adult)

Rates start at $440 per night, based on double occupancy. Varying minimum stay requirements may apply based on booking dates.

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The Red Lion Inn – Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Let winter melt away in the Berkshires during the Relax and Refresh yoga weekend at the Red Lion Inn May 5 and 6, 2017. Guests are invited to join yoga instructor/health & wellness coach Kat Whitney during a weekend of rejuvenation at The Red Lion Inn. The loose schedule is designed to balance activity with free time including daily yoga sessions and a hike to nearby Laurel Hill.

Available May 5 and 6, 2017, the Relax and Refresh special package includes:
Two-night accommodations
Daily morning yoga session (Saturday & Sunday)
Guided hike with picnic lunch
$50 dining credit for dinner at any Red Lion Inn restaurant
Daily breakfast

Weekend rates from $665, based on double occupancy.

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Woodstock Inn & Resort – Woodstock, Vermont

From a girlfriend getaway to a romantic vacation, travelers can retreat deep into spa solace with an escape to the Woodstock Inn & Resort, now offering the new Sugar Season “Extra Sweet” package. Located in the heart of Woodstock, VT, the resort’s 10,000 square-foot LEED-designed spa offers a nature-inspired ambiance, nourishing treatments, organic products and a great room with a warm fireplace for spa-goers to enjoy.

Available March 5 through May 18, 2017, the Sugar Season “Extra Sweet” package includes:
Luxury accommodations at The Woodstock Inn & Resort
Hearty country breakfast for two each morning
$100 spa credit per room, per night
Midweek rates starting at $239 per room, per night
Weekend rates starting at $269 per room, per night

Fitness-minded travelers can add “Be-Well” offerings such as a private personal training session, yoga class, tennis lessons or a nutrition consultation to Sugar Season packages. Wellness experts at the Woodstock Inn & Resort will be on hand to assist guests in their quest to improve or maintain health and fitness goals. Prices start at $40 per person depending on service.

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