Riley spent 5 weeks during the summer of 2011 WOOFing at Nectar Gardens on the island of Kauai, and had an ideal experience. Her mornings (four days a week) were spent working along side and learning from a professor of agriculture and expert in bio-remediation. At noon, work would end and Riley and the other volunteers would harvest lunch straight from the veggie patches and fruit orchards they had just tended.
Afternoons were spent lounging on Moloaa Bay–reading and meditating, or exploring the nooks and crannies of the island. During her time on Kauai, Riley gained invaluable knowledge and experience, witnessed the most beautiful landscapes shes ever laid her eyes on, tasted fruits she never knew existed, and made friends of exceptional character.
Before leaving the island, she embarked on a solo journey: a 3 day, 22 mile, round-trip hike along the Na pali coast. –One of the most challenging, rewarding experiences of her life, to-date. Along the way, she drank from crystal clear waterfalls, ate belly fulls of the guava fruits that littered her path, and had a few close calls with loose dirt and steep ledges. If you’re into adventure, she highly recommends this trek: http://www.kauaiexplorer.com/hiking_kauai/kalalau_hike.php