Women of Color Camp-Out

4-Day Yosemite Yoga & Camping Experience

with Grace Anderson & Jiling Lin
Women of Color Camp-Out
Date: July 07, 2022 - July 10, 2022
Location: Yosemite National Park
Early Bird Price: $545 if purchased by April 15th, 2022
Regular Price: $595
Type of Program:

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Program Details

Balanced Rock has been offering a Women of Color* (WOC) Wilderness Retreat since 2004, offering programs that provide empowering opportunities for WOC to gather in supportive communities while exploring beautiful natural areas and connecting with the lands. Balanced Rock’s mission is to inspire health and wellbeing through deep connection to nature and spirit. In 2022, we are offering two programs as dedicated spaces for WOC communities!

This campground-based, retreat-style program includes mindfulness practices, hikes and shared adventure, yoga, journaling and personal reflection, facilitated group experiences and much more! We want to dedicate this retreat space to women of color who seek to connect with their spiritual self in nature through a campground-based setting.

Through sharing and reflecting on both challenging and uplifting stories in tandem with nurturing self-care practices, we create a welcoming and supportive space for collective healing in nature. Each one of the participants and instructors comes with their own wisdom, and everyone has something to offer and something to receive from each other. We are so lucky to have two incredible women to lead this empowering program, Grace Anderson and Jiling Lin.

Come reconnect with yourself and find peace. We want our participants to walk away with a feeling of empowerment for their own self-care so that they can take care of their community and the earth.

A dedicated space for women of color* who seek to connect with their spiritual self in nature.

*Women of color: any individual who self-identifies as trans, woman, non-binary, intersex, two-spirit, and/or genderqueer and as non-white such as Black, Hispanic/Latinas, AAPIs (Asians and Pacific Islanders), Native Americans, Indigenous people and mixed race people.


What is included?

This 4-day camping retreat features:


Sample Retreat Schedule

Please note this schedule is tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the group.

Check back soon for an updated schedule for this program!


Where will this trip take place?

This campground-based, retreat-style trip will take place in Yosemite National Park, located in northern California. Known for its dramatic granite peaks, cascading waterfalls and high alpine landscapes, this World Heritage site has been a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers since its official establishment as a national park in 1864.

Yosemite National Park is the ancestral homeland of the Southern Sierra Miwok (Miwuk or Me-Wuk), with seven local tribes having ties to Yosemite National Park: the American Indian Council of Mariposa County, Inc. (aka Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation), Bishop Paiute Tribe, Bridgeport Indian Colony, Mono Lake Kutzadikaa, North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California, Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians, and the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians.

We have secured a space for this retreat in Yellow Pines Campground, located in Yosemite Valley!

How much does it cost?

$595/person 

Balanced Rock strives to offer affordable programming to all of our interested participants, and no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Please inquire with our team if you are seeking financial assistance to attend this program.

What should I bring?

Each participant will receive an email from us with a recommended pack list for this trip. 

Health & Safety Policies

In order to ensure the health and safety of our participants and staff, we will require one of the following for attendance to any Balanced Rock in-person program in 2022:

  1. Proof of full vaccination status against COVID-19
  2. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed within 24hrs of the event start date

All participants will be required to read and sign the Health & Safety Policy for 2022 Programs at registration.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

We understand plans change. As a small nonprofit, we can offer a partial refund of the program price minus a $50 administrative fee up to 30 days before the program start. Any cancellations after this deadline will not be eligible for a refund. All participants will be required to read and accept our Cancellation and Refund Policy upon registration.


Why Affinity Spaces? 

Affinity spaces allow the opportunity for people with shared identities to gather in the absence of folks from the dominant group to build community and see themselves and their experiences validated and reflected. Often folks who have identities that are marginalized in society (Black, Indigenous, POC, LGBTQIA, Disabled) find that they are the “only one” in professional settings. Additionally, they are often asked to speak on behalf of the group they identify with. Racial affinity spaces are a strategy to disrupt this norm by empowering folks with marginalized identities to take leadership and claim space for themselves in the environmental movement.

The reality is that BIPOC folks often have to have conversations about identities, race, oppression white supremacy, etc., from a young age, and it’s important to have space where BIPOC voices are centered without tokenization and that do not rely on BIPOC folks educating non-BIPOC. 

The affinity spaces that will be hosted will provide an opportunity for BIPOC employees to see themselves reflected, celebrated, validated, and to build community. One of the goals of these affinity spaces will be to create a framework for ongoing affinity space or employee resource groups for racial affinity and for other communities whose identities are marginalized in society. 

Resources: 

https://arrow-journal.org/why-people-of-color-need-spaces-without-white-people/


Still on the fence about attending?

The Balanced Rock team is deeply committed to offering support for all interested participants for our programming. Schedule a zero-commitment 15-min call with one of our team members to get your questions answered and receive further info about this program!


About Your Guides

Grace Anderson fell in love with wild spaces after a week long backpacking trip with the Student Conservation Association in Joshua Tree National Park. Since then she’s been chasing wild spaces in places such as Patagonia, the Yukon and Nepal. Grace enjoys backpacking, climbing and bike touring and is always looking for new adventures. She’s passionate about being outside with folks of color and has the desire to share her skills and resources with people for those communities in hopes of creating a more radically diverse outdoor community. In addition to instructing for Balanced Rock, Grace has instructed for NOLS and GirlVentures.

When not working in the field, Grace is an independent consultant working to build the capacity and opportunities for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in the outdoor and environmental space. 
 

Jiling Lin, L.Ac. is an acupuncturist, herbalist, and yoga teacher in Ventura, CA. She empowers wild, creative, spirited health through embodied classes, clinics, and more holistic resources. Jiling studied Sivananda- style Hatha yoga with Yoga Vidya in southern India, and Wild Yoga withBalanced Rock in Yosemite, CA. Jiling’s yoga classes build stability, mobility, and gracethrough alignment, Earth- inspired metaphors, and ancient Chinese cosmology. Her adventures through mountains, oceans, deserts, and rivers re-inspires her daily commitment to reconnecting the wilderness of our human spirits with the wild world surrounding us. Visit Jiling at JilingLin.com , Instagram, and Facebook.

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