Program Details

Scappoose Bay Drala Paddle

June 30 / 8:45 AM - June 30 / 3:00 PM

(Photo credit: Jacopo Werther (Wikimedia Commons))

"By relaxing the mind, you can reconnect with that primordial, original ground, which is completely pure and simple.  Out of that, through the medium of your perceptions, you can discover magic, or drala."   -Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Join us for a Drala Paddle in the peaceful, spacious flatwater of the Scappoose Bay in Warren, OR.  We will combine paddling with meditation and will be observing silence. 


Paddle difficulty:  Easy, flatwater without current.  The Scappose Bay includes open water with potential for winds and winding channels that are more protected. This paddle is appropriate for beginners and experienced paddlers.   


Bring plenty of water, lunch/snacks, a hat, sunscreen, comfortable clothes that could get wet and sandals/ water shoes, gas money for the driver, a change of clothes if desired for afterwards. 


Paddlers bringing your own kayak/ canoe, you are required to bring and wear a lifejacket. 


RSVP required for this event

Due to the added complexity of some of these logistics, please RSVP to the Paddle leader if you are planning on participating and indicate whether you will be bringing your own boat/ gear or renting a kayak and the status of your reservation.  RSVP with details here: Drala Hikes.


Those renting boats should contact Scappoose Bay Kayaking to reserve a kayak from 10:30am – 1:30pm.  Lifejackets will be provided by the rental company and must be worn. If they are available, a single kayak is recommended, even for beginners, as this will allow for a more contemplative experience. Kayak rental for a single should be $42 for the 3 hours. The kayak company will provide the basic instruction to those renting and help people into their boats, and then we will spend the first 15 minutes practicing our strokes prior to taking silence and setting off as a group. 


Paddle leader: Kim Crossman 

Questions? Contact Kim at crossman_kim (at) comcast (dot) net


Meeting time: 8:45am, leaving promptly at 9am  

Meeting location: Portland Shambhala Center 

Total drive time: < 1 hour 

Paddling distance: 3-4 miles, flatwater

We will return to Portland at about 3:00 pm


Drala hikes are open to the public. No dogs, please - For questions about this or other things, please contact Liz Howell, Drala Hike Coordinator.


To see the full 2013 schedule of Drala Hikes and related events, follow the link below:


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