Zen Flow Paddling Experience


The excitement of the rapids is well complemented by the peaceful, pristine, natural gorges that engulf us as we venture further downstream. Wilderness campsites far from civilisation provide the backdrop for impressive stargazing opportunities as we commune around the campfire by night.

Being in canoes creates a platform for a much more intimate understanding of self and of the water. Boats are paddled in pairs, facilitating an opportunity for participants to develop trust, communication and understanding with their canoeing partners, as well as experiencing first hand the outcome of their paddling decisions. The Nymboida river has a safe, drop-pool style, so capsizes and mistakes are harmless fun, with ample room to collect our wits and process our experiences in the calm pools below.

We use the river as a powerful metaphor. As we negotiate the rapids in our canoes, we will also be exploring and negotiating our inner lives and energetic rivers (the meridians) that move through us.

We will have daily Zenthai Flow sessions, connection games and personal reflection activities led by Sonia Brown a Zenthai Shiatsu  Therapist Trainer, who loves teaching in the open sky. She has a background in outdoor recreation, adventure and nature connection with many years of experience in facilitating group connection and team building.

We look forward to sharing this journey living in a simple nomadic community, giving you a treasured experience that you will draw from for years to come!


A 4 day paddling journey infused with Zen teachings, threads and stories. Each morning we will start the day with Zenthai Flow lead by Teacher Trainer Sonia Brown that embraces the Chinese elements of Earth, Metal, Wood or Fire, while water will weave it’s way through all that we do. A great way to build on Zenthai shiatsu knowledge if you have done your Level 1 or therapist training, or dip your toes into it’s essence, if this is your first encounter with it.

Join us on:

New Dates TBC

4 days, 3 nights of adventure

A section of the longest whitewater canoe trail, Nymboida River, Northern NSW

What’s Included:

Qualified & experienced Whitewater Instructors & Guides to keep you safe on the water.

Daily Zenthai Flow sessions and teachings by Sonia Brown from Open Sky Zenthai, an experienced Zenthai Shiatsu Teacher Trainer

Delicious Nutritious Food for your entire stay – Featuring: Local, Organic, Sustainable produce.

Wilderness Camping under more than 5 stars, with nights spent sharing stories by the fire.


Canoes, Paddles, Barrels, Lifejackets, Helmets and all other rescue gear

Wilderness First Aid kit and Satellite Phone

Campsites, National Park Permits

Tent and Sleeping Mattress can be hired by adding them to your cart.


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