Esalen® Massage and Bodywork - Nora Matten - Therapist and Teacher
Esalen® Couples Massage Workshop & River Rafting Trip 
on Idaho's Wild and Scenic Salmon River

June 27th - July 2nd Salmon River Idaho

Do you long to connect with yourself and your beloved on a deeper level?  
If so, come join me and Middle Fork River Expeditions on what has the makings of the trip of a lifetime. I am teaming up with my beloved James Ellsworth, owner of Middle Fork River Expeditions to bring  together our love for massage and nature to created this unique Esalen massage workshop and river trip experience. 

MISSION - Our mission is to help you reconnect with yourself and your loved one in new ways; to give you the opportunity to unplug from modern society and to reconnect to yourself and to your partner through the flow of the river, the power of nature and the art of touch.

WHAT - The workshop will consist of daily morning meditation, grounding exercises and gentle movement/yoga practice to help you come into your own experience and prepare your bodies for the day of river rafting and massage. After breakfast you will head down the river in the vessel of your choice; paddle raft, inflatable kayak, stand-up paddle-boards, or you can ride comfortably on an oar raft in our luxurious “Queen of Sheeba Paco Pad Couch” effortlessly taking in the scenery.  In the afternoons we will set up camp in a scenic camp site and come together for an Esalen Massage class. 

WHERE - The Salmon River, also called the River of No Return, runs through the 4.7 million acre Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area, the largest road-less area in the country; one of the most pristine and untouched environments in the US. The river is famous for it’s large sandy beaches, warm water, easy whitewater and the best hot spring in the Pacific Northwest. These unparalleled characteristics make it an ideal destination as well as a perfect background for an Esalen massage class.

ITINERARY - Upon launching our rafts at Corn Creek, 3200 feet above sea level, we will journey into the pristine heart of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area.  We will encounter Killum and Gun Barrel rapids on the first day, which are both easy Class III wave trains.  In the afternoon we will set up camp and have our first 2.5 hour Esalen Massage class followed by a first-class meal. Each day will bring new discoveries: exciting rapids like Black Creek,Big Mallard, Bailey, 5 Mile, Split Rock, Elkhorn and Growler rapids, historical sites such as Buckskin Bill’s homestead and Jim Moore’s place (maybe you’ll find the fortune he buried in the hillside!), and the much anticipated Barth Hot Springs.  Avid hikers may enjoy challenging hikes to Rabbit Point or Indian Creek, where the beautiful views are well worth the effort taken to get there.  We will stop and visit with several families that live along the river year round and they will share their stories of living “off the grid” in the wilderness and take us on a tour of their homesteads.  We may get the chance to try on bear, bobcat and wolf head dresses at our stop at Yellow Pine homestead.

MASSAGE CLASS - The massage class will consist of brief demos, lecture, hands-on guidance and plenty of time for supervised practice. You will learn to nurture your partner with your loving hands and discover the pleasure of cultivating a practice of loving, non-sexual touch in your relationship.

INTENTION - A present, attuned and tender touch can do wonders for any relationship by easing stress, releasing tension and supporting connection and intimacy.  This trip will help couples discover new ways of relating with, and nourishing each other.  During this six day adventure you will discover yourself and your partner anew through nature and the art of touching with presence, sensitivity, and listening hands.  You will learn how to enter into your partner’s field with compassion, how to listen with your heart and hands to what your partner needs and wants, and how to use this 

WHAT TO BRING - Besides appropriate layers of clothing and personal items ( packing list will be provided), please bring your favorite poem or song.  Massage tables/ sheets and oil will be provided. Middle Fork River Expeditions will be providing fresh and healthy meals and all camping equipment, so you will be camping in style.

COST -   $1799 per person

12 CEU's available for bodyworkers and nurses

To sign up, or get further information click here Middle Fork River Expeditions
call 1-800-801-5146
or email

June 26 -  Arrive in Salmon, Idaho the night before the trip begins for a pre-trip orientation at the Stagecoach Inn (208-756-2919) at 7:30pm. Salmon is a 5-hour drive from Boise and a 2-hour drive from Missoula.  We will get acquainted, answer questions, and have a short orientation to show you how to pack the waterproof gear bags we provide for your personal gear. Please note: You will need to arrange lodging at the Stagecoach Inn on your own. You will also need to arrange your vehicle shuttle with River Shuttles (208-756-4188) to shuttle your vehicle from the Stagecoach Inn to Carey Creek, which is the take-out for the river.  The cost is $360 plus $50 gas.

June 27 - Meet at 7:30am at the Stagecoach Inn to board buses for 2-hour bus ride to the Corn Creek put-in for the Salmon River of No Return.  There will be a stop on the way to get last minute items (fishing licenses, beer, sunscreen etc.) at the North Fork Store.  

June 28- July 1 - New adventures each morning and 2.5 hour massage class each afternoon, along with a mix of social and personal time. The evenings are free and to be enjoyed relaxing by the campfire, listening to the guides sing and play guitar and basking in starlight while watching for shooting stars.

July 2 - Between 9-10 am we arrive at the take-out at Carey Creek. Please note:  As per the note above, please arrange in advance to have your car shuttled from the Stagecoach Inn in Salmon to Carey Creek. The drive from Carey Creek to Boise or Missoula takes 5-6 hours.  Do not schedule any flights before 7pm this evening.  A good option is to drive 2 hours and overnight in McCall, and drive the remaining 3 hours the next morning to Boise for flights after 1pm.  The Super 8 in McCall (208) 634-4637 has clean rooms or the Hotel McCall (866-800-1183) is a more expensive and a very nice hotel.

Come join us! 
Nora & James

James Ellsworth
Middle Fork River Expeditions
World Class River Expeditions for over 60 Years
PO Box 70
Stanley, Idaho 83278


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