20-27 SEPTEMBER 2020: MISSISSIPPI ADVENTURE WEEK
4 -12 OCTOBER 2020: SUP ADVENTURE MASTERCLASS
18-25 OCTOBER 2020: MISSISSIPPI ADVENTURE WEEK
27 OCTOBER - 8 NOVEMBER 2020: CREATIVE RETREAT
Ever since I paddled source to sea in 2011 the Mississippi, especially its lower reaches, has become a second home. The meandering waters and extensive sandbars are a breeding ground for perspective, new ideas and creativity, and endless wild campsites and wide open skies conjure up the vision we all dream of when we find ourselves craving escape.
I’ve always found the Lower Mississippi especially wise during a period of change or transition. These flowing waters carry answers as they drift around the bends, and fine company and healthy meals bring out the best in us.
Alongside John Ruskey and his trusty guides at the Quapaw Canoe Company, I’m proud to have created a safe and fun opportunity to explore and enjoy an environment that is often unknown and sometimes feared, but for me has became a favourite part of this Earth.
2020 TRIP OUTLINE
In 2020 we’re opening up a variety of trips at a time of year where cool evening breeze compliments the heat of the day, and the river is still warm enough for regular swims. On the most part we travel in a mixture of 30ft voyager canoes and nimble stand up paddleboards, with paddlers switching between boats and boards all week. Beginners and experienced paddlers are welcome, and we can guarantee that you will be more than comfortable on the water come the end of our time together.
These journeys have brought together new river mates and families of friends, encouraged audacious and sometimes difficult decisions and escapades, and have also dashed many myths about this mighty river. It’s a wonderful setting for playfulness, creativity and personal growth, and I look forward to sharing some special days with new friends in the years to come.
Each time we’re here the river changes, as the water rises and falls. But I can guarantee an adventure of a lifetime, one that will stay with you forever.
We’ll be hosting two of our traditional week-long Mississippi Adventures, a mixture of paddling in canoes and on paddleboards, campfire stories and discovering a new riverbank home on sandy shores and islands each night.
Five days on the river are sandwiched between nights strolling the music-filled streets of Memphis, Tennessee and Clarksdale, Mississippi, two towns which have played an enormous part in the birth of the Blues, Rock n’Roll and the Civil Rights Movement.
If you’re seeking a unique break from daily life, and the headspace to explore new possibilities alongside a like-minded, thoughtful group, this week has been made for you.
Our Creative Journey invites anyone with a passion - or a longing - for art, music, photography, writing or filmmaking.
Ten days in which we paddle less than a traditional river adventure, but spend each half of our time on a different island, creating a brief basecamp residency, becoming more familiar with the willow forests and backwaters, the cicada song at night and the creative ideas that peace, quiet and artistic conversation allows.
There will be plenty of time for pause, reflection, creation and reading, for learning new skills and practising existing ones in a unique environment.
And finally a 9-day Adventure Masterclass, a more testing physical journey by Stand Up Paddleboard, featuring a daily programme designed for anyone looking forward to a few weeks or months out for one big life-changing adventure, and those considering making an adventurous, nomadic lifestyle a consistent choice for life and work.
We’ll cover everything from camping and bushcraft skills, to sponsorship, gear, adventure philosophy, income generation, marketing, and creating a long-lasting product - perhaps a film, a book, lecture or a website - that ensure your journey lives beyond the finish line.
These journeys also put funding into the Quawpaw Canoe Company, which enables young people from the Clarksdale region to learn their skills as a river guide, ensuring a good vocation and continuing to protect the local environment, at the same time as enabling more people to spend time and care on the Mississippi.
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"I thought I would have an adventure, hoped I would find some answers, and expected to get some clarity. Exploring Mindset did so much more in galvanising me, not just for the immediate future, but for my new direction in life - helping me to recognise where I can and will make a difference, on a personal, and social level. The friends I have made will be friends forever, and I know in 20 years time, I will look back at Exploring Mindset, those people and friendships, and see it as a turning point in my life."
David Ardill, Mississippi 2015
“A very special kind of adventure that will leave you with new friends and memories for life, as well as a notebook full of ideas and a newfound determination to make things happen.”
Anna Lundberg, Mississippi 2015
“I’ve never had more fun than I did on the Mississippi in 2015 (and I've done a lot of traveling in my lifetime!) The people who were drawn to this were the best people I’d ever met. The smile in my heart will last a lifetime, as will the friendships made on this trip. Truly, this is a life-changing, fun, laugh-out-loud-everyday event you cannot pass up.”
Alexis Ray, Mississippi 2015