ZEN FLY FISHING CAMP & RETREAT
A collaboration of DNK Presents & The School of Zen Fly Fishing
When: June 11-12, *Friday, June 10th optional camping on your own
Skills and services taught: Fly Fishing Rod, Reel, Line, & Basic Fly Casting, Terminal Tackle & Knots, Guided Hike, Meditation, Journaling, Yoga (Sunday morning), Breathing Exercises
Where: Yellowwood State Forest, Nashville Indiana
Fees: $250/Person (Early Bird), $275/Person (After May 22)
All Inclusive, Camping Gear & Fly Fishing Equipment Provided
Who: 14 and over, all genders welcome
What: Fly fishing, Hiking, Yoga, and Mindfulness practice
Included in cost: Professionally trained fly fishing guide (School of Zen Fly Fishing, Cari Ray), 2 wilderness guides (DNK Presents, Danielle and Kate Nolan) group meals, meals included: Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast, water and snacks (please bring your own lunch for Saturday and Sunday) group gear (shelter area, camping, cooking equipment) permit fees, insurance, camping fees Saturday night
Not included in cost: Day or Annual Indiana Fishing License, Travel expenses arriving to and from Yellowwood State Forest, camping and meals Friday evening if you decide to camp, fees incurred from expenses leading up to the event, snacks, please bring your own breakfast Saturday morning and lunches Saturday and Sunday
Obtain your Fishing License online here: https://www.in.gov/dnr/fish-and-wildlife/licenses-and-permits/
Slow down, and enjoy a weekend learning the ZEN approach to fly fishing while immersed in the natural beauty of Brown County. Learn the art of targeting warm water species on the fly while leveraging the meditative properties of the sport to practice presence, model mindfulness, and curate calm. In addition to fundamental fly casting and angling skills, you’ll come away refreshed, with tools to help you remain centered in your day-to-day life. You need only bring your enthusiasm, curiosity, and willingness to learn. Most meals, camping equipment & fees, rental equipment, and evening activities are all included with your registration.
Entire Weekend: The skills training and practices that are part of this retreat will be taught within the context of the Zen Principles of Fly Fishing. Each day will present a new principle and practice with opportunities for directed journaling, reflection, and sharing.
WHAT IS A ZEN FLY FISHING RETREAT?
It’s scientifically proven that learning a new activity or skill “rewires” our brains and enhances our neuroplasticity, allowing us to more effortlessly adapt to new situations. Sounds like a pretty handy ability to cultivate in our ever-changing world, wouldn’t you say? During our weekend together, you’ll learn the skills associated with the pursuit of fly fishing, be presented with opportunities for focused mindfulness practice AND enjoy a restorative stay at the primitive campground nestled in scenic Yellowwood State Forest. But this retreat takes that even further. By pairing fly fishing skills practice with mindfulness practice, you’ll begin to tap into your own ability to leverage the sport, and simply time in nature, as a means to create your own mentally and spiritually refreshing “retreat” any time you wish.
HOW DID THIS COME ABOUT?
Cari Ray, a native Hoosier who now calls Texas home, spent the better part of her life trekking the forests and wading the lakes, rivers and streams of Indiana. For over a decade, that’s most often been with a fly rod in hand. The pandemic first halted and then presented an opportunity to dial back the rigorous, full-time touring schedule that she and her wife, Dionne had kept previously. It was time to diversify her career. Doing something she was passionate about and working with people were key, so fly fishing seemed the most obvious option. She kicked things off with the Fisher of Zen podcast and began guiding and instruction. A former personal coach and trainer, Cari had long noticed that the activity of fly fishing presented abundant opportunities to practice mindfulness, and she became determined to share the gift with others. Fueled by that inspiration, The School of Zen Fly Fishing, an organization focused on offering fly fishing skills education in a context of mindfulness practice—for everyone—was born. The idea to present this offering came when Cari interviewed Kate & Danielle of DNK Presents for a podcast entitled “Everyone Has a Place in the Outdoors.” Overlaps in passion and purpose led naturally to the idea of collaboration, and a planned tour run to the Midwest offered up the perfect opportunity to present Indiana’s first Zen Fly Fishing Camp & Retreat.
Writer, speaker, & host of the “Fisher of Zen” podcast, Cari Ray has learned that there are more than trophy catches to chase with a fly rod. Much more. A few years ago, while standing knee-deep in a high mountain stream untangling a nest of tippet from a bank side branch, it occurred to her that the principles of personal growth she had learned in years spent as a life coach and trainer could be demonstrated through the sport of fly fishing. And further, its pursuit provided a perfect mirror for our pursuit of life, offering opportunities to connect with self, practice mindfulness, and curate calm. Though she didn’t realize it at the time, the spark of inspiration for the School of Zen Fly Fishing had been lit.
Danielle obtained her yoga teacher training and meditation certification through SoulWork by Adi Shakti in Costa Rica. She is a Reiki Master, Thai masseuse, carries Wilderness First Aid and her Professional Mountain Bike Certification. Danielle is an adjunct professor at Indiana University and teaches Mindfulness in the Outdoors through the School of Public Health.
Danielle and her wife founded and own outdoor adventure company, DNK Presents, Brown County Bikes, the only full-service premiere bike shop located in downtown Nashville, IN, non-profit organization, Live Adventurously, that hosts the annual Women’s Adventure Giveaway program. Danielle founded the outdoor wellness organization, Soulful Trail.
My name is Kate Nolan and I am a cofounder of DNK Presents, Trek Women’s Advocate and Professional Guide. Getting outside has always been a passion of mine and I love sharing that with others. I believe we need a connection to nature in order to live a happy, healthy and balanced life. I grew up camping; backpacking, skiing, trail running and racing BMX and mountain bikes. I believe my bond with nature has helped me to excel in my professional career, to overcome obstacles personally and professionally and the spiritual gain has been profound.