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Decolonizing the ROGUE River:
A Leadership Experience

An experiential workshop in an unforgettable setting

A unique opportunity to join a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion leadership workshop facilitated by REAL Consulting

History did not start at 1800. For thousands of years before colonization, the Rogue River Valley had other Indigenous names by the Indigenous Tolowa and Takelma people that stewarded its shores for generations. On this trip, you will experience the river from a new perspective by connecting to a history that you won’t find in any guidebook. You will receive the gift of a transformative frame of reference that you can share with others in both the back and front country. 


In this experiential workshop we'll explore themes of leadership, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). You can expect group activities throughout the day, in addition to time spent whitewater rafting and exploring the river corridor. Participants will walk away with practical “tools” to engage in decolonized conversations about wilderness, conservation and recreation with others in both professional and personal contexts.


Workshop topics include:

-Indigenous history of the Rogue River
-Post-colonial land and waterway management, impacts, and implications
-The myth of wilderness and a critical analysis of Leave No Trace principles
-Reconnecting humanity with the concept of nature
-Privilege and access
-The importance of intentionality of language
-Taking personal responsibility in order to lead effectively
-Gift-giving economies and sharing knowledge and expertise beyond the river
-Rethinking principles of conservation and protection



We'll float 34 miles in four days through this coastal canyon river corridor teaming with wildlife. This trip features sections of smooth glassy water, and also significant whitewater rapids. Rainey Falls, a class VI rapid, is a great place for photos from shore. Then hold on tight and prepare to get wet as we raft through whitewater at Mule Creek Canyon and Blossom Bar, both rated Class IV. 

This trip operates on the traditional territory of the ancestral lands of the Cow Creek Umpqua, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Tolowa Dee-ni’, Takelma, and Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.


We will meet you near the river at the start of the trip and drive you back to your vehicle at the end of the trip. For an additional fee you can arrange to have your personal vehicle shuttled to the takeout. We recommend the personal vehicle shuttle if you are planning to visit the Oregon coast, Crater Lake, the Redwoods, or any other local attractions before heading home.


We will explore the river in Arrowhead River Adventures' whitewater rafts, typically with six participants and one guide per boat. Experienced guides will show you all the river has to offer.



This trip offers camping along the riverbank in large comfortable tents with all camping equipment provided.


Staff will prepare three delicious meals a day including full, hearty, riverside lunches prepared by Arrowhead staff, and of course there will be no shortage of snacks.


September 26-29, 2023


$1,360/person plus 3% permit fee and $10/person public lands use fee


Anyone age 18 and older


Rogue River near Merlin, OR.

Nearest airport is Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR)


Camping accommodation


Sporty: Class I-IV rapids

Opening ceremony Rogue River Rafting Decolonizing the Rogue River Trip
Decolonizing the Rogue River Rafting Trip Arrowhead River Adventures
Rogue river whitewater rafting
Camping Rogue River Arrowhead River Adventures


  • Talented and experienced river guides

  • Engaging, fun, and professional program facilitators from REAL Consulting.

  • Three delicious meals a day, prepared by our river guides. 

  • All boating and safety equipment, including life jackets and helmets.

  • Water, hot drinks, powdered sports drinks.

  • Dry bags for transporting your personal items.

  • Satellite communication device in the event of an emergency (there is no cell service in the river corridor).


  • Personal clothes and toiletries.

  • Beer, wine, spirits, and soft drinks

  • Guide gratuities


The Rogue River in the fall ranges from hot and sunny, to cool and rainy. In the same trip (or the same day) you may want your sunscreen and your rain gear. You will be sent a detailed packing list, and we recommend checking the weather and packing accordingly. Please note that this area is prone to wildfires which can impact visibility and air quality. If wildfires are present at the time of your trip, we will contact you with further information. In most cases we do not cancel trips due to smoke.

Decolonizing the Rogue River Tobacco ceremony, honoring and giving thanks to the river
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy Arrowhead River Adventures Decolonizing the Rogue River
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