Tranquility Time and River Spirit SUP team up for an evening of relaxation…
Nene Local Magazine went on an adventure on Monday evening. Here at the magazine we are an outdoorsy family and have kayaked in the past and love our boating – Helen from Nene Local says “I’d spotted people on paddle boards from the boat before and knew I wanted to try it.”
Time for Tranquility Retreats had partnered with River Spirit SUP (Stand up Paddle Boarding) to put on an evening paddle along the River Nene, along with a floating meditation. Our time began by being added to a Messenger group so we could be given direction and instructions on what to wear, what to bring etc.
So by the time we arrived at the venue in Ringstead, we had all ‘met’ each other in messenger. Lyndz did her demo and safety instructions whilst Sue got us to fill out our forms.
Our valuables, like phones and car keys were safely stowed away in the building and we put on our buoyancy aids. We were all given a paddle board and paddle and invited safely, one by one into the water – at this point we were kneeling on the paddle boards as we were all beginners.
Up stream first as this is the most tiring direction, we paddled along next to the ducks and the occasional heron, for around half a mile. It was a windy evening so fighting the current and the wind provided an excellent work out!
As we turned the bend into a more sheltered part of the river we lined up and posed for some photos. Personally, I thought the balance and steering was quite doable, tricky at times but not too difficult. I’d been anxious during the day but needn’t have worried, as I loved it.
There is a great oak tree near the lock we had paddled to, and we congregated under the tree, lay on our boards and Susan took us on a wonderfully relaxing, guided meditation. Lyndz oversaw that no one floated away as we were all lying down with our eyes closed. It was surprisingly easy to relax.
We did have a rainstorm on our way back, but we laughed our way through it and soldiered on regardless. Our return paddle was easier being downstream and most of us had a go at standing up on the board. Lyndz expertly got us having a go and facing any nervousness we had.
Standing for me will certainly need a bit more practice but I was glad I had a go.
My evening paddle might just have sparked a new hobby for me…….
For more information
River Spirit SUP Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/riverspiritsup/
Time for Tranquility Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TranquilityTimeLtd/