I’ve been a kayak instructor for 20 years and plan to kayak until I can’t move anymore! I lead women’s trips for all levels and these trips are seriously, fantastically fun and rejuvenating.

I’ve studied the body dynamics of proper paddle strokes so I could keep up with the big boys without injury and I love sharing this knowledge with others. I’ve shared the joy of kayaking with thousands of people, from moms with babies strapped on their backs, to my 96 year-young, legally blind Grandfather, to children of all ages in kayak camps.

I lead three types of trips every year – all include kayak lessons/refreshers. For updates and details, join my e-mail list (I send an e-newsletter once a month or so):

SUMMER: Bainbridge Island to Blake Island – Three-day Women’s Transformational Kayak Journeys (see more below). July and August trips.

WINTER: Belize Adventure – 6 days of kayaking, snorkeling, yoga, fresh fish and laughter on tropical waters and islands. Afterwards we’ll stay at a Baboon Sanctuary and explore with local guides. March 23-31, 2019. To learn more and register (only ten spots are available), visit my website, www.JourneyForPurpose.com.

SPRING: Women On Water (WOW) day trips on the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail. We have a great time as we paddle to a restaurant near the water, then laugh together with other wonderful women as we share a meal. I lead these through the Olympic Outdoor Center, for whom I used to be a kayak/stand up paddleboard/mountain bike instructor and the Program Director – visit their website in the winter or spring to learn more and register, or join my e-newsletter list.

I believe we all have a deep connection to nature and other women, and I’m passionate about helping women experience these connection in kayaks and out in the natural world.

To learn more about the kayak trips I lead, visit my website, www.JourneyForPurpose.com


Bainbridge Island to Blake Island ~ across the beautiful Puget Sound from Seattle, Washington.

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We call these trips “a spa for your wild soul” because they’re such a treat for the mind, body and soul – connecting, kayaking, woods walking, sticking toes in the sand – these trips are literally a dream come true. I lead them with the phenomenal Maria Cook, an acupuncturist and former Outward Bound instructor and sailboat charter operator.

This is truly a gift for our hearts and souls. Blake island is a state park, with both sandy beaches and 5 miles of trails in the woods.

What we do:

  • Kayak packing demonstration
  • Paddle stroke and body dynamics lesson
  • Paddle about 3 miles from Fort Ward Park on Bainbridge Island to beautiful Blake Island
  • Share amazing, healthy food (but not TOO healthy – wine and chocolates are welcome!)
  • Optional yoga on the beach
  • Optional walk in the woods (there is a 5 mile loop around the island and shorter trails)
  • Visit Tillicum Village on the island
  • Share stories and partake in guided activities to dig deep within ourselves
  • Take time to nurture our selves

All trips are Friday-Sunday. SPACE IS LIMITED to 10 people per trip and they fill up fast!

2019 DATES: To be determined. Join my e-newsletter to get updates.

Included: food, parking, camping costs, optional yoga and meditation, and lessons on kayak packing, paddling and proper body dynamics. Kayak rentals are not included but I can get great rates – contact me for details.

Cost: $350 for three days and two nights.


  • Send a check made out to Journey For Purpose to c/o Spring Courtright, 4909 Lakeview Place SE, Port Orchard, WA 98367
  • OR use the (super easy) VenMo app (send to Spring Courtright)
  • PayPal link coming soon! E-mail me if you have questions

For more information: call Spring at 360-265-2477 or e-mail us using the contact form on this website.

To learn more about Maria Cook, my WONDERFUL co-guide, visit her website at Island Massage and Acupuncture

Women On Water (WOW) day trips 

Paddle with other adventurous women on the beautiful Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail, have a meal at a local restaurant and get a kayaking lesson (or refresher). These trips are delicious in so many ways! We often see seals, Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons and other creatures along the way and sometimes my dog, Cricket, joins us.

Don’t be nervous about the mileage – we take it easy and allow plenty of time for breaks. I’ve instructed hundreds of people of all ages, from all walks of life. I lead these trips through the Olympic Outdoor Center, where I was a kayak instructor and the program director for many years.


TO REGISTERclick here for the Olympic Outdoor Center website, or call them at 360-297-4659.

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