Santa Catalina Island, California

The beautiful Trans Catalina Trail is a gorgeous hike and one of the best backpacking trips for beginners.  It will be perfect for a backpacking and yoga retreat! It’s a 38.5-mile, 4-day hike across the island with tent camping spots on gorgeous beaches or hillsides each night!

This trip is for you if you want to go on a backpacking yoga retreat with a supportive group of people and a healthy, alcohol-free vibe. Challenge yourself and make new friends! If you’re worried about your fitness and being prepared for this hike, please email info@biggerlifeadventures to get our tips and a training plan!

This trip always fills up and there are already only 8 spots for May 1-5, 2025!

Just like all of our retreats, this is a substance-free, recovery-supportive environment! Although you don’t have to be sober in real life to come on our retreat, you do need to be willing to take a break from any recreational substances throughout the entire retreat experience. We believe everyone is recovering from something, whether it’s addiction, stress, trauma, eating disorders, or just the disconnection of life in our busy, high-tech world. Bigger Life Adventures strives to create a safe and open space for vulnerability and openness about each and every healing journey. Our retreats don’t include formal recovery meetings, but our guests are always sharing and learning from each other as we all work to use the tools of yoga and community to become better and live bigger lives.

Distance: About 45 miles

Total elevation gain/loss: 9600 feet over the entire 4-day hike

Days of hiking: 4

Distance per day:

Day 1: Ferry to Avalon, hike Avalon to Black Jack – 13 miles

Day 2: Black Jack to Little Harbor – 9 miles

Day 3: Little Harbor to Parson’s Landing- 13 miles

Day 4: Parson’s Landing to Two Harbors – 7 miles

Day 5: Ferry back to San Pedro

Ferry tickets to and from Catalina Island
Most meals, plant-based
Coffee, tea, and water
Group warm ups every morning
Daily deep stretch yoga and meditation after hiking each evening
Gear haul so you will only have to carry a daypack between campsites

Not included:
Tent, backpack, gear
Hiking snacks
2 lunches aren’t included. These can be purchased at the Airport Cafe and a cafe in Two Harbors along the way.

I LOVED this retreat ! The Catalina 9 ! The perfect mixture of challenge, acceptance, healthy food, yoga, adventure and a combination of experiences to replenish my body, mind and spirit !
-Linda, 2023

This hike was a ton of fun. It was an absolute challenge and I felt like I got a warrior badge and 10 new friends when I was done!!
-Leslie, 2022

BLA are down to earth, real people where you feel free to be yourself, and I’ve never felt I had to be great at yoga or the most athletic to do any of the adventures.
-Jamie, 2022

$1150 per person

Reserve your spot with a $379 deposit today! You remaining balance will be due in 2 payments, half by February 1, 2025, and the final payment by March 1, 2025.

1 half-price recovery scholarship is available for this retreat as well.

Flying into LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) is the easiest and most economical option. We recommend flying in the night before then spending the night in Long Beach or nearby. In the morning you can Uber to Catalina Express San Pedro to meet us in time for the ferry. The airport in Long Beach is actually closer to the ferry port if you want to look at flights going there instead.

Flight research and booking assistance available for $50 – just contact us for help!

Since all retreat deposits and payments are used to secure venues, activities, and supplies, and since canceled spots require extra time and energy to re-fill, all deposits and payments are non refundable. In emergency situations, you may or may not be offered a credit for a future retreat or event, based on the decision of our team. Cancellations due to fear of travel are not transferable or refundable. Cancellations less than 1 month before your retreat are not refundable or transferable. We recommend travel insurance to protect your investment in the event you must cancel.