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Body Mind & Spirits 1000 Islands Hangout (Sold out, please join waitlist)

September 19 - September 26

1000 Islands Campground • Alexandria Bay, New York

This Hangout is currently sold out, but join the waiting list and we’ll let you know if a spot opens up!

This Hangout is currently sold out, but join the waiting list and we’ll let you know if a spot opens up!

Serenity along the St. Lawrence

Treat yourself to a seven-night retreat-inspired Hangout immersed in the breathtaking beauty of the 1000 Islands region of upstate New York. Where the crystal clear waters of the St. Lawrence seaway meet the lush greenery of the countryside.  Focus on your well-being with daily meditation & yoga classes, the soothing sounds of an ancient sound bath ritual, and art therapy workshops. 

Explore the scenery of 1800 islands while hiking and kayaking. Enjoy the rich culture and history of river towns Alexandria Bay and Clayton. While cruising the St. Lawrence dividing the US and Canada, you’ll discover the hidden gems of Boldt Castle and Millionaire’s Row, glimpsing into the past as you explore these majestic structures and learn about their intriguing histories.

This Hangout is designed with your well-being in mind.  A retreat to help you recharge your personal battery from the GO-GO pace of RV life.

Whether you’re seeking relaxation, new to yoga, a yoga enthusiast, or accompanying a yogi you’ll reconnect with yourself.

You’ll experience a Sound Bath, a deeply relaxing and meditative practice designed to restore your nervous system. Lying comfortably on your yoga mat, you’ll be bathed in the ambient sound waves of ancient healing instruments of crystal singing bowls, chimes, and other instruments. Led by master sound healer John Murano, ATR.

Gathering and building Mandalas are beautiful ways you connect with nature and express creativity. Guided by an expert instructor, you’ll build a giant mandala representing unity and harmony with natural objects such as flowers, leaves, and stones. Once the mandala is complete, you’ll participate in a Brooming ceremony, sweeping the natural artifacts back into nature symbolizing the impermanence of all things. 

You’ll cruise 22 scenic miles on the Two Nations Boat Tour between the US and Canada. Learn about the colorful history of the magnificent homes built during the gilded age, landmarks such as Boldt Castle, Devils Oven, Sunken Rock Lighthouse, the Canadian Span of the 1000 Islands Bridge System, and historical events of the War of 1812. No Passport needed.

On your visit to Boldt Castle, you’ll marvel at the stunning landmark on Heart Island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. Built-in the early 1900s by hotel magnate George Boldt as a tribute to his wife. The castle features 120 rooms, a grand ballroom, and other opulent amenities. However, broken-hearted Boldt left the castle unfinished. The castle stood vacant and vandalized for 70 years until the 1970s, when magnificent restorations began. 

Our group meals will continue our emphasis on wellness with healthy happy hour appetizers and a potluck dinner featuring your best good-for-you recipes and healthy snacks at our traditional Get The Heck Out breakfast on the last day of the Hangout. 

But that’s not all; the last “s” in “Spirits” is not a typo! The 1000 Islands region offers award winning Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries.

Those accompanying yoga enthusiasts will have plenty of outdoor adventures to keep you busy. 

Bring your passport and cross over the 1000 Islands Bridge into Canada to explore the quaint river towns bordering the St. Lawrence River.

Hangout location

Camping for the Body Mind & Spirits Hangout will be at the 1000 Islands Campground in Alexandria Bay, NY. The campground is big rig friendly with full hookups, 30/50 amp service and your choice of pull-through and back-in sites. Park amenities include dump station, showers, and restrooms. Friendly well-behaved pets are welcome on leash. Certain breed restrictions may apply. 

Please contact the park if you wish to arrive before the start of the Hangout and/or stay after it ends. Early arrivals and late departures are subject to site availability at the time you make your reservation. You’ll pay the park directly for any extra days. 

This Hangout is limited to only 30 RVs and tickets will go quickly—so don’t wait to register! 

Is this event right for me?

Every member is welcome at all Escapees RV Club events. With that said, the Body Mind & Spirits Hangout is best suited for members who:

  • love yoga or have an interest in learning yoga
  • are interested in improving their physical and mental wellness
  • enjoy hiking, kayaking and walking
  • can participate in activities during weekdays (traditional working/business hours)

For events designed specifically for working-age RVers, with most activities in the evenings and on weekends, try an Xscapers Convergence. Or for more of an all-inclusive, guided-tour experience, you may prefer one of our Head-Out Programs (HOPs).

Schedule

Activities and schedule are subject to change. Activities marked with an *asterisk are not included in your Hangout fee.

Tuesday 9/19

Arrive & check-in at 1000 Islands Campground

Welcome, Introductions and Opening Ceremony 

Wednesday 9/20

Fall Equinox Yoga Celebration

Picnic lunch and tour of Thousand Islands Park 

Ice Cream Social*

Campfire

Thursday 9/21

Morning meditation & yoga

Two Nations Boat Tour

Explore Alexandria Bay

Sound Bath at Clayton Opera House

Friday 9/22

Morning meditation & yoga

Lotions & Potions  Seminar

Hike Thousand Island Land Preserve

Toga Party

Saturday 9/23

Mandala & Brooming Workshop 

Picnic lunch at Grass Point State Park

Kayaking 

Healthy Potluck Dinner

Sunday 9/24

Morning Meditation & Yoga 

Kayaking

Clayton Antique Boat Museum Tour

Sunset Happy Hour on the Clayton Waterfront

Monday 9/25

Morning Meditation & Yoga  

Boldt Castle and Yacht House tour and picnic lunch

Yoga Nidra Closing Ceremony

Tuesday 9/26

GTHO breakfast 

Check-out & departure

Price & registration

Registration includes:

  • 7 nights RV camping 
  • Fall Equinox Yoga Celebration
  • Sound Bath Ritual
  • Two Nations Boat Tour
  • Lotions and Potions Seminar
  • Mandala & Brooming Workshop
  • Antique Boat Museum Tour
  • Boldt Castle and Yacht House Tour
  • Toga Party
  • Daily Meditation & Yoga Classes
  • Hiking & Kayaking
  • Social Activities
  • GTHO Departure Day Breakfast
  • Expert Instructors
  • Hangout Hosts

Additional costs to consider: meals out, state park entrance fees, optional tour gratuities

All activities listed for this event are subject to change.

Hangout price

You must be an Escapees RV Club member to attend this event. If you are not currently a member, you will be able to add a new membership during the registration process.

  • You are physically capable of participating in the event.
  • Your recreational vehicle, other vehicles, and any other equipment you may use to participate in the event will be in working condition.
  • You will observe all applicable laws (including obtaining relevant licenses) and event rules, and will conduct yourself in a safe and prudent manner while participating in the event. 
  • That although volunteers may be directing and assisting you to your parking area, it is the driver of the vehicle who is ultimately responsible for avoiding obstacles or dangerous situations and is solely responsible for any damage to your property or the property of others.
  • You accept and assume all risks arising from participation in the event, and waive and release all claims against Escapees or its affiliates relating to such participation. 
  • You consent to receive medical treatment deemed necessary if you are injured or require medical attention during your participation in the event, and agree that you are solely responsible for all related costs.
  • You grant your permission to be filmed, videotaped, audio taped or photographed, and grant to Escapees full use thereof without compensation.
  • You will receive occasional email notifications of future Escapees events; however, you can opt-out of these notifications at any time.

The above is only a summary. Please carefully read the full the terms and conditions, assumption of risk, and waiver of claims agreement that will be provided to you during the registration process.

How to register

To register, click the button below and follow the instructions on your screen. If you need assistance with your registration, please call Escapees Event Registration at ‭(936) 329-6499‬‬.

Registration opens Wednesday, May 3, 2023
at 10:00 a.m. Central Time.

We’re sorry, but this Hangout is currently sold out. If you’d still like to attend, please join the waiting list below. We’ll notify you if a spot opens up.

After you register

Watch for an email from registration@escapees.com for a confirmation of your registration. If you don’t receive it, call Escapees Event Registration at ‭(936) 755-1060‬ to be sure that your registration was processed correctly.

After you register, please join the private Hangout group on Facebook (a link to this group will be in your confirmation email). We will use this group to communicate with Hangout attendees before and during the event. You will also receive one or more emails before the Hangout with more information as needed.

Cancellations & travel insurance

Should you need to cancel your registration, call Escapees Event Registration at ‭(936) 755-1060‬ between 8 am and 4 pm Central Time, Monday through Friday, or email registration@escapees.com. You may be entitled to a partial refund of your registration fees, depending on when we receive your cancellation:

  • On or before Friday, July 21, 2023: $50 cancellation fee, remainder of payment refunded
  • Friday, July 21, 2023 through Friday, August 18, 2023: 50% refund of full event cost
  • After August 18, 2023: no refund

We recommend that you purchase travel insurance after registering to protect your investment in the Hangout if you must cancel due to unexpected illness, death, or certain other contingencies. Travel insurance can also help to cover medical and trip interruption expenses for emergencies that occur during the Hangout. Pre-existing medical conditions are waived as long as you purchased your insurance within 15 days after your Hangout registration fee payment. Get a personalized online travel insurance quote now.

Waiting list

If this Hangout is sold out when you try to register, please join the waiting list by completing the form below. There are usually several cancellations before a Hangout…so if a spot opens up and you’re the next one on the waiting list, you’ll get another shot at registration! (Note: please don’t join the waiting list unless and until the Hangout sells out. Entries received before that time will be ignored.)

Details

Start:
September 19
End:
September 26
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Website:
escapees.com/hangouts

Organizer

Escapees Hangouts (Theresé & Peter Julo)
Phone
‭(609) 498-2002‬
Email
tbjulo@yahoo.com

Venue

Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort
20189 US Hwy 85
Spearfish, SD 57783 United States
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Phone
605-717-3968
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