Over the course of three days, yogis and laypersons alike gather at Jackson WellSprings in the peaceful pursuit of community and individual prana, or life force. Surrounded by the 30-acre campus—a botanical garden situated around a natural hot spring and founded in 1862 as a refuge for healing—guests soak up a host of healing activities. At two stages, musicians lead communal singing, or kirtan, during sets that range from call-and-response chants to energetic electronica to a performance by Jai Uttal, a Grammy-nominated guitarist.
Throughout the day, attendees can clean out their chakras during myriad yoga sessions led by top-shelf yogis or dive headlong into meditation at the live sweat lodge, constructed of still-photosynthesizing willows. Nestled in a cozy corner of the WellSprings, the Goddess Temple shelters festival-goers as the resident priestess uses the ceremonial immersion pool to purge them of negative energy in much the same way regular bathtubs capture and drown our evil reflections.
At Evolve Health and Wellness, a husband-and-wife team aims to increase patients’ overall health by bolstering the body’s self-healing abilities. Doctor of Chiropractic Timothy March nudges spines back into alignment with nonforce chiropractic adjustments. He also breaks down scar tissue and loosens restrictions with Graston therapy’s stainless-steel tool. As a licensed acupuncturist, Timber Hart increases circulation and unblocks energy pathways with both needle and needleless methods—including cupping and reflexology.
A girl stands frozen at the edge of a cliff 35 feet above the Klamath River. A group of friends, each of whom has already made the exhilarating plunge into the water, shouts words of encouragement. Slowly, the girl releases her fear and jumps from the cliff's edge, spending a few seconds in midair before splashing safely into the river and experiencing a feeling of great peace and accomplishment. For the staff of Kidder Creek Rafting Trips, it has been a decades-long journey in their effort to bring moments like these to life. In 1976, Richard Jones founded the nonprofit Christian organization, setting up shop in Scott Valley amid the Marble Mountain Wilderness region. Initially a horse camp, the organization grew over the years to include more adventurous activities such as rock climbing or the less-popular rock leaning. Despite the growth, the business has always retained its primary focus: to help young people step out of their comfort zones, experience new things, and grow in their faith. More than 35 years later, the horse camp still welcomes kids into its classrooms, onto its trails, and into the arena to practice horse gymnastics. Rafting guides, all of whom have completed Kidder Creek's guide program, lead exhibitions down the Klamath River's scenic waters, which are sprinkled with class III and IV rapids. These experts occasionally pause to play rafting games, hike to waterfalls, and exchange family photos with Bigfoot while encouraging others to try new things.