Women’s Backpacking & Yoga Adventure – Back to Nature

Bartram Trail - October 21-26, 2016


Join us for an extraordinary, transformational journey of hiking, yoga, meditation, exploration, connection, and relaxation on North Georgia’s historic and beautiful Bartram Trail. Our hikes will take us to the second tallest mountain in Georgia and the tallest peak on the Bartram Trail (4,696 ft Rabun Bald), past gorgeous views of the Appalachian Mountains along one of the least hiked, yet most beautiful areas, of the Southeast.

Our experiences are real life adventures and the excitingly, unpredictable nature of a real expedition makes every course different. This is YOUR adventure and you’ll be a full participant in the course--including cooking meals, setting up camp, and meeting as a group to plan and organize each day. The days will be full of yoga and meditation, journaling, hiking, exploring (together and on your own) with plenty of time to soak it all in.  We'll carry backpacks and all the gear we need for our wilderness expedition for 3 nights/4 days. A challenging, yet very rewarding experience. Our last 2 nights together will be spent in a beautiful, private cabin in the mountains of North Georgia. The cabin is on 75 acres of wilderness, trails and views of the mountains.  This will be a time for you to completely relax and rejuvenate... reading, journaling, sitting, sipping coffee/tea, playing board games,  leisurely walks through the woods- you decide! 2 yoga sessions will also be included on our mornings here. Take a 10 minute drive into town to discover quaint shops, local restaurants, local spas or wine tastings at the local wineries. Summer and Ashley will be cooking you breakfast your 2 mornings here-- sourcing local, fresh ingredients and produce.          12195812_10207601592658750_1563039398032104565_n

Your yoga experience will take place in some of the most majestic and isolated areas of North Georgia, creating the perfect backdrop to fully emerge into your experience. A variety of wilderness skills education, herbal/wild plant walks and identification, meditation, and journaling will be introduced throughout this sacred journey giving you an opportunity to connect to the spirit of Nature and yourself.


The foods we will be preparing and providing are delicious!  Meals and snacks feature organic, gluten free and nutrient-dense options as much a possible. We have a commitment to healthy  foods in our own lives and we look forward to sharing this wealth of wisdom with all of you!


The details: Q&A

What do I need to bring?

After you have enrolled you will be sent a list of items to bring. We can supply a few backpacks, sleeping bags, etc. and will help you in choosing what items will be best for this trip if you choose to purchase. Rain gear and broken in boots are a must. If you have a tent or extra gear to contribute, a discount may be available.

Who is this trip for?


Any woman who wants to backpack and see a beautiful section of the Bartram Trail in North Georgia. Packs will weigh 35-50 lbs and hiking will include up to a 1,446 feet of elevation gain. Mileage per day will average 4-6 miles. If you want ideas on how to prepare for this class, please contact us. 



What does the trip tuition include?

  • - Experienced wilderness guide and yoga practitioner (3 nights/4 days)
  • - 2 night shared occupancy accommodation in a private cabin (2 yoga sessions)
  • - All meals from dinner Friday (October 21) to lunch Monday (October 24)
  • - We will also provide breakfast Tuesday and Wednesday (October 25)  on    
  • - Yoga and meditation
  • - Herbalism/plant identification classes
  • - Total trip is 5 nights/6 days

*PLEASE NOTE *Each woman must have completed an intro backpacking course or a qualifying class before going on this trip. Make-up class is an additional cost. Please contact us for further details.



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Our trip begins in the Shoals at Shoals Yoga at 6:30am Friday October 21 and ends around 8pm Wednesday, October 26 at Shoals Yoga.  We will discuss transportation once we have closed enrollment.


  • $750/per person (early bird registration - full payment by Sept 16) $800 after Sept 16
  • $150.00* deposit will hold your spot on the course (10 people max)

*All payments due by Oct 8th, 2016

Paypal, Check or Cash-- Ashley@ashleybakeryoga.com for further questions 

*This fee is non refundable unless for some reason we cannot accept you on the course. All registration forms and full payment are due 2 weeks before (Oct 8th) before the course starts. No exceptions. If we have not received your money we will open your reserved spot to someone on our waiting list.

Backpacking Adventure

Important Dates:

  • - October 8th - Make up class (if you have not attended any intro course)
  • - October 15th- Meet and Greet 

Meet your Guides:

11692720_10207428273168865_7681261908813981259_nSummer McCreless: Summer has grown up exploring the natural world through backpacking, hiking, gardening, and herbal medicine. Summer is a former Outward Bound Instructor (HIOBS and NCOBS) and has guided for the Appalachian Mountain Club in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She has led many 21 day backpacking trips in complete wilderness! She has had Wilderness First Responder training. Summer's overflowing joy comes from being a beautiful mother to Sky and Lavender, a wife, while continuing her love as an herbalist and owning a successful herbal company--Mothering Herbs. A modern day Medicine Woman! 

Ashley Baker Haselton: Ashley is an adventure seeking traveller and backpacker who shares her kind heart and love of life by leading yoga classes, retreats, yoga teacher trainings, soul touching chants, knowledge of nourishing foods, and love of her backyard homestead. Each day, she practices moving toward that which gives her joy, toward what fills her up and empowers her to give. Ashley has backpacked in India, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Australia. She believes in the importance of being in and with nature as a means to promote inner stillness and joyful living.


  1. 01.09.2017 at 6:45 pm

    Camping + Yoga for Women with Summer McCreless and Ashley Baker, guests on episode 8 of the Discover Grow Shinecast, a podcast to help along your path to health, wealth, wisdom and a happy life.

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