Disconnect to Reconnect: Kayaking Adventure

Summer 2016 | Dates TBA

Join MSA for an incredible day of kayaking, hiking, wildlife viewing, and self-exploration in Channel Islands National Park, one of America's undiscovered treasures located just off the coast of Santa Barbara in Southern CA. Combining the best of land and sea, this adventure is designed for folks who are looking to challenge themselves physically, meet new friends, enjoy nature, and disconnect from technology. Most importantly, this program is designed to give you time, space, and a supportive environment to reconnect with yourself while having a fun adventure! This adventure will be led by MSA's founder and Chief Adventure Officer, Michael Bennett, Ed.D.


PROGRAM BASICS

  • Dates: Summer 2016 | Dates TBA
  • Location: Channel Islands National Park | Ventura, CA
  • Sweat Factor: Moderate
  • Program Price: $397/pp

 

IS THIS PROGRAM FOR ME?

This adventure is for you if you are looking to take time away from the grind (and technology) to reconnect with nature and yourself. This adventure will push you physically and mentally as you reflect on the challenges and opportunities in your life and develop action plans for getting the outcomes you want.

 

ACTIVITY LEVEL

This program has been rated Moderately Challenging. This program is suitable for both beginners and experienced kayakers. Hiking on Santa Cruz Island is easy to moderately challenging and allows for wonderful vistas of the Channel Islands and the SoCal coastline.  

 

ITINERARY IN BRIEF

  • 8AM: Breakfast + MSA Discussion
  • 9AM: Ferry to the Channel Islands
  • 10:30AM: Sea Cave Kayaking Adventure
  • 1PM: Lunch! + MSA Discussion
  • 2PM: Guided Hike + MSA Discussion
  • 4PM: Program Ends; Depart Channel Islands N.P.
  • 5PM: Arrive back in Ventura Harbor

 

PROGRAM ITINERARY

8:00 AM — Meet @ Ventura Harbor + The Call to Adventure

We'll rendezvous in Ventura Harbor outside of the Island Packers offices at 8AM. You'll be treated to a light breakfast (coffee, fruit, bagels) while your MSA Team reviews the day's agenda. You'll have a chance to meet the rest of your fellow adventurers, and we'll begin our Journey together with an intention setting exercise. 

9:00 AM — Ferry to the Channel Islands

We'll begin our journey to Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National Park aboard a ferry operated by Island Packers that departs from Ventura Harbor at approximately 9AM. On our 1-hour journey to Santa Cruz Island, we'll cross the marine-rich Santa Barbara Channel as the captain and crew keep a sharp lookout for wildlife, including Humpback, California Gray, Blue, Minke, Finback, and other whale species! It is a common occurrence to find yourself among mega-pods of dolphins, as well. 

10:30 AM — Sea Cave Kayaking Adventure

Upon arrival at Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands Outfitters’ guides will show you to base camp, where picnic tables, storage lockers, and kayaking equipment for the day are located. You will be issued a wetsuit that is sized to fit (so be honest with heights and weights), along with helmet and PFD (Personal Flotation Device) prior to beginning our kayaking adventure. Wetsuits are necessary for staying warm as well as for protection from the rocks and hard-bodied sea creatures living on them. All Caves and Coves adventures explore the sea caves within the Scorpion Marine Reserve. Once we're geared up and ready to go, you'l hit the water for adventure! We'll explore the nooks and crannies of the sea caves that surround Scorpion Anchorage. Your CIO guides are trained as naturalists and will make sure that your island adventures includes information about island wildlife, kelp forest ecology, marine and intertidal species, natural history, and cultural history.

1:00 PM — Lunch + The World's Hardest Question

After our kayaking adventure, we'll dine on a delicious meal provided by Channel Island Outfitters. Feel free to bring your own food if you have specific dietary preferences and/or requirements. Over lunch, we'll take the opportunity to discuss our kayaking experience and answer the world's most difficult question ... You'll have to be there to find out what it is!.  

2:00 PM — Guided Hike + Your Strategic Plan

We'll head out for an afternoon hike along the beautiful coast of Santa Cruz Island, stopping at a scenic overlook with sweeping views of the ocean and the California Coast. Your MSA Program Leaders will lead a powerful group discussion and personal reflection activities designed to help you create clarity around where you are now in your life. We'll also use the kayaking adventure and the fact that we are on an island far from the mainland to introduce a discussion about disconnecting from the things that tie us down in our lives and then explore what actions you can take to stay connected with yourself. 

4:00 PM — Depart Channel Islands NP for Ventura Harbor

We'll hop back aboard the ferry for a beautiful late-afternoon ride across the Channel. If were lucky, we'll get another opportunity to experience the incredible marine life that calls the Pacific Ocean home while we bathe in the warmth of the afternoon sun.

5:00 PM — Arrive Back in Ventura Harbor

You'll bid adieu to your new friends and your guides from MSA and CIO before heading home re-energized, invigorated, and inspired!

 

YOUR PROGRAM LEADER

MICHAEL BENNETT, ED.D.

Michael is a seasoned traveler, organizational consultant, and coach who has helped dozens of people transform their lives through his coaching and adventure programs. His own struggle to find rewarding and meaningful work inspired him to launch MSA in 2011. Michael earned both his MBA and Ed.D. at Pepperdine University.


TESTIMONIALS

I participated in the MSA Hiking Adventure in Santa Monica. They chose a great location, provided easy directions, and even had coffee and snacks, which I feel is the best way to start off an early morning adventure! I really enjoyed the staff, they had a well prepared itinerary, and they were very friendly. We met in a small group, had a few separate moments for discussions and reflections, and enjoyed a beautiful hike in between our thoughts. I really enjoyed my adventure, and I even made a few new friends! I recommend you to join in on the fun; I’ll see you there! Thanks again MSA!
— Kristi from Los Angeles

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

The following items are included in this Kayaking Adventure:

  • Transportation to/from Santa Cruz Island on a Ferry
  • Guided Kayaking Adventure by Channel Island Outfitters
  • A delicious lunch and snacks
  • A beautiful afternoon hike with an MSA Guide / Naturalist
  • Inspired conversations with your MSA Program Leader
  • Use of all kayaking equipment
  • Tips for our kayaking guides 
  • A 30-minute follow-up call with your MSA Program Leader

 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

The following items are NOT included in your program price:

  • Transportation to/from Ventura
  • Personal items and snacks
  • Tips for MSA staff  (optional)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about this Disconnect to Reconnect Kayaking Adventure. If you have any additional questions, simply contact us

 

WHERE ARE WE GOING TO MEET?

We'll meet at 8AM in front of the Island Packers offices in Ventura Harbor. From there, we'll take a 1-hour ferry ride to Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National Park. 

 

HOW LONG ARE THE DIFFERENT ADVENTURES?

Including instruction, safety tips, getting geared up, and time kayaking around the caves and coves of Santa Cruz, your kayaking adventure will last about 3 hours. 

The hiking that we will do is optional, and can range from 30-minutes to over an hour.

 

IS THIS PROGRAM DANGEROUS?

If you do not take unnecessary risks while kayaking or snorkeling, this program is extremely safe. Your guides from CIO are trained in First Aid and CPR, so in the unlikely event that something goes awry, you can rest assured you'll be in good hands!

 

ARE THERE SHARKS?

Sharks do live in the ocean and occasionally they are spotted in Southern California. We have never seen one in our area and thus have never had an incident. In fact, seeing a shark would be really cool! Due to the size of our group and our proximity to the sea cliffs and kelp beds, we would be in very little risk of a dangerous encounter. Sharks are wonderful creatures that play a crucial role in the ecosystem of the Ocean. 

 

DO I NEED TO BE IN AMAZING SHAPE TO PARTICIPATE?

Not at all! You do need to have a certain level of fitness—you need to be able to carry your gear and backpack to the campsite approximately .5-mile away, kayak for up to 3 hours, and snorkel for an hour or so—but you do not need to be a world-class triathlete to participate in this program!

 

WHO ELSE IS GOING WITH ME ON THIS PROGRAM?

Muddy Shoe Adventures' clients tend to be 25—45 years old, although we have had participants ranging in age from 18 to 72 attend our programs! Group sizes tend to be about 6—8 people. In addition to your fellow adventurers, 2 MSA Team Members will accompany you on this program.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

We'll send out a detailed packing list in the weeks leading up to the kayaking adventure, but some of the most basic items you would want to bring include: Swimsuit, towels, sunscreen, hiking shoes, and a few changes of clothes. Again, more info will be provided leading up to the program.

 

WHAT KIND OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ARE WE GOING TO DO?

Like most Muddy Shoe Adventures, this Kayaking Adventure consists of a mix of group conversations and personal reflection exercises such as journaling. On ALL of our programs, we do our best to create a safe and supportive environment for you to really dive into your work and your process of self-exploration and self-discovery. 

 

WHO IS LEADING THIS PROGRAM?

This Adventure will be led by MSA Founder & Chief Adventure Officer Michael Bennett, Ed.D.

 

WHO SHOULD I CALL IF I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE KAYAKING?

Give our friends @ Channel Island Outfitters a ring and they'll be happy to answer any of your questions.

 

WHO SHOULD I CALL IF I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS?

Simple -- Contact us! You can call us at (424-216-8339) or send us a message if you have any additional questions!