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Important Information for Your Upcoming Kayak Alchemy Retreat

We're thrilled to have you join us for the Kayak Alchemy Retreat on Pender Island! To ensure you have a smooth and enjoyable experience, we've compiled some essential information and answers to common questions.

    Retreat Date:

    September 3-8


    Port Browning Marina & Campground, Pender Island, BC

    Getting there from Vancouver

    There is a ferry that can take you directly from Vancouver to Pender island. You can walk on or drive on. 

    You will want to make a reservation ASAP.

    Getting there from Victoria

    There is a ferry that can take you directly from Victoria to Pender island. You can walk on or drive on. Please note, the ferry to Pender Island leaves from Swartz bay, which is a 40 minute drive from downtown Victoria.

    Getting there from Port Angeles WA

    There is a ferry that can take you from Port Angeles to Victoria. You can walk on or drive on. You will then need to take the ferry from Victoria to Pender Island. Please note, the ferry to Pender Island leaves from Swartz bay, which is a 40 minute drive from downtown Victoria, where the Coho takes you.

    If you are flying to Victoria and don't want to rent a car

    You can take a taxi to the ferry, walk on, and take a taxi on Pender island to get you to the campground.

    I also created a facebook group so that you can interact with others and possibly share rides. Here is the facebook group.


    The retreat includes camping accommodations at Port Browning Marina & Campground. If you have any specific accommodation requests or preferences, please let us know.

    Check in time for camping is 1:00pm

    Kayak Rentals:

    If you haven't already opted for a kayak rental during registration but now require one, please let us know as soon as possible. We want to ensure everyone has the necessary equipment.

    Food and Meals:

    The retreat will provide the first dinner on the 3rd, and the last lunch on the 8th. If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, please indicate them in the survey to help us plan accordingly.


    If you are driving to the campsite there will be room to park your car.

    Do you need a car to get around on Pender island?

    There is a grocery store, bakery, post office, and hardware store a 10 minute walk from the campsite. There is also a taxi service on Pender Island.

    Connecting with others who are coming to the retreat

    If you want to connect with other participants, perhaps share a ride, or accommodations, you can join our private facebook group.

    Weather and Clothing:

    September on Pender Island typically offers pleasant weather, but it's always best to be prepared for a range of conditions. We recommend bringing layers, waterproof clothing, and sun protection.

    Wi-fi :

    There is wi-fi at the campground. 


    There is no electricity on the group campsite, but we will have access to power for anyone who needs it to recharge a device. 

Daily schedule 

A general outline of the daily schedule will be shared closer to the retreat date. Expect a mix of kayaking instruction, practice sessions, and free time to explore the island.

    Packing recommendation:

    A detailed packing list will be provided closer to the retreat date to ensure you bring everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

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    Gear that is provided if you chose the option to rent a kayak:

  • Sprayskirt

  • Life jacket

  • Pump and tow rope

  • Greenland paddle