A 5-day “Gates of Lodore” float trip on the Green River honoring Chickasaw writer Linda Hogan,
her newest book of poetry, and the animals and natural world that have always informed her work.
Professional outfitted by Sheri Griffith Expeditions.
Five days/Four nights, August 26-30, 2020

The River Experience

The Gates of Lodore on the Green River is one of the most popular trips offered by Sheri Griffith Expeditions, the professional outfitter that Page has been partnering with since 1997. A classic river trip with great hikes, exciting whitewater, beautiful beaches and colorful history, this is also a journey into spectacular wilderness. The scenery is a combination of Rocky Mountain trees and plants, drifting down into dessert canyon country. Abundant wildlife includes deer, bighorn sheep, eagles, trout, and hawks around almost every bend. The Green River through The Gates of Lodore cuts into the great Uintah uplift at Dinosaur National Monument.

We purposely travel slowly, about 10-15 miles per day, giving us ample time to explore the canyons and take in the Green River and its surrounding wildlife. Days are a blend of excitement, wonder, rewarding hikes, peace and tranquility. This special trip includes a lay-over day to allow more time for our creative explorations.

Sheri Griffith Expeditions is working with the managing agencies to make sure that they offer opportunities for excellent outdoor experiences that still comply with CDC requirements and recommendations that mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

 

 

The Creative Experience

Women have been gathering at the river for thousands of years. It is where we traditionally have come to greet the sun, to cleanse and purify ourselves, to find inspiration, to tell our stories, to create a vision for the future. Inspired by Linda Hogan’s newest collection of poetry, and in honor of the animals and natural world that have always informed her work, the theme of this year’s trip is Kindness.

Linda’s wise literary voice will be the perfect companion for our journey, and each woman will be given a copy of The History of Kindness to have on the river. The publisher, Torrey House Press, writes that these new poems “explore new and old ways of experiencing the vagaries of the body and existing in harmony with earth's living beings.”

Creative discussions will take place at the river's edge and continue throughout the day. Writing journals are provided as well as written material to gently aid us on our path of discovery. Personal writing and reflection time is woven into the moments between floating down the river, optional hiking, relaxing on shore, and “circling up” in the evening.  

The natural world inspires us in life-changing ways, and the river will be the perfect place to rediscover our own innate sense of harmony and kindness.

"There is no one like Linda Hogan. I read her poetry to both calm and ignite my heart. A History of Kindness is a series of oracles rising from the page born out of a life of listening, feeling, responding." —Terry Tempest Williams, author of Erosion

 


Five days/Four Nights August 26 to August 30, 2020, Gates of Lodore, Dinosaur National Monument, Green River, Utah

COST: $1599.00 (plus tax, government use and launch fees, and optional guide gratuity). Please consider purchasing trip insurance. SGE has a no-refund policy. Previous guests of SGE receive a 10% discount.

INCLUDES: Tents, sleeping bags, Paco pads, rafting equipment, professional women guides, healthy snacks and fresh meals, beverages, river journals, writing facilitation, and creative discussions with Page. The trip also includes a copy of Linda Hogan’s new book, A History of Kindness.

DEPOSIT: $300 sent with this registration form (space is limited; please register early). If you must cancel, $200 of your deposit may be applied toward a future Page Lambert Creative Adventure.

DATES: Orientation and no-host dinner Tuesday, August 25; on the river Wednesday, August 26; off the river Sunday, August 30, 2020 (five days/four nights)

WHERE: Gates of Lodore, Green River, Utah. The trip starts and ends in Vernal, Utah. Getting to Vernal

REGISTRATION:
Option 1) Send completed form and $300 deposit to Page Lambert at 26037 Mt. View Road, Golden, Colorado 80401.
Option 2) Register online using Page's PayPal account.
Option 3) Register with SGE via phone - 800.332.2439 - using credit card.
Option 4) Email confirmation sent when deposit is received.
Sheri Griffith Expeditions will contact you with additional registration forms and trip details.
Download the Retreat to the River itinerary.

 

How did Page’s river writing journeys for women begin?

In 1997, Page was one of 15 women writers selected to be a part of photographer Kathleen Jo Ryan’s book, Writing Down the River: Into the Heart of the Grand Canyon. Linda Hogan was also one of those women.

Other writers included Denise Chavez, Linda Ellerbee, Judith Freeman, Teresa Jordan, Ruth Kirk, Brenda Peterson, Leila Philip, Sharman Apt Russell, Annick Smith, Barbara Earl Thomas, Evelyn White, Ann Zwinger, and Susan Zwinger.

In 2006, Page’s River Writing Journeys for Women with Sheri Griffith Expeditions were featured in the January issue of Oprah’s O Magazine as “One of the top six great all-girl getaways of the year." 

When interviewed by The Women’s Wilderness Institute in June of 2007, Page said, “I want women to fall back in love with life and with themselves, to gain a deeper, more brilliant clarity and greater understanding of the relationship between language and life. I want women to feel a sense of connection to one another, to the expansive natural world around them, and most importantly, to themselves.”

Page continues to make pilgrimages on the rivers of the West, facilitating 5, 6 and 7-day creative adventures for women. Previous featured guests have included renowned sculptor Roxanne Swentzell, writer and musician Joy Harjo (U.S. Poet Laureate 2020), Cheryl Crazy Bull, executive director of the American Indian College Fund, Ellen McLaughlin, playwright and actor (Ellen starred in Kushner’s Broadway play, Angels in America,) and Rose B. Simpson, mixed-media artist from the Santa Clara Pueblo.