Pride Event! San Francisco, Wednesday, June 28 6-8pm

1,000 Gazillion Buoyant Bubbles, the Healing Waters Pride Event
San Francisco, Wednesday, June 28 6-8pm

Please join us for our first annual Pride week benefit "1,000 Gazillion Buoyant Bubbles" located in the WeWork offices on the 8th floor at Two Embarcadero in San Francisco.

This will be a night of art+music and a chance to network with outdoor enthusiasts, see old friends and meet new ones. There will be a silent auction featuring adventure gear, original pieces by local artists, your favorite restaurants and event tickets.

Healing Waters has been empowering and enriching the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS for over 20 years. Our goal is to lift people up and provide a measure of lasting buoyancy in our participants' lives. Each good experience - imagine a small bubble of positivity in our minds - it stays with us. It's basic physics: the accumulation lifts us up as individuals and as a community.

We appreciate your generous support of our mission!

IIf you can't make it, please consider covering the cost for one participant: $75 covers the payment price for one participant. Donations of all sizes are greatly appreciated.

Volunteer Opportunity: Community Paddlers for Spring and Summer 2017

Healing Waters Wilderness Adventures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Founded in 1996, our mission is to empower, inspire and enrich the lives of people challenging HIV/AIDS through wilderness adventures.

Seeking: volunteers for our 2017 outdoor season. Our main program activity is Class III whitewater rafting on the South Fork of the American River. Volunteers are the heart and soul of Healing Waters, representing diverse cultures, ages and abilities. Have fun while experiencing the joy of helping others:

  • Enjoy adventures with great participants
  • Discover a community of outdoor enthusiasts
  • Develop guiding and group leadership skills
  • Change for our participants’ lives - and yours!

Community Paddlers: 2017 is shaping up to be a big water year on the river. Record snow pack will translate into high water levels through July. To prepare, Healing Waters is training Community Paddlers to assist our river guides. Community Paddlers are responsible for added leadership and strength for our participant trips.

On participant trips, we will assign Community Paddlers among the boats as needed and determined by the rafting guides.



  • Learn paddle strokes (forward, back, turns, draw strokes)
  • Responsiveness: paddle now and rally the crew to paddle together
  • Help pull swimmers into the boat
  • Equipment set-up, guide support
  • Cares about community building


  • Community Paddlers must be strong swimmers with quick reflexes.
  • Must have good communication skills and positive leadership abilities.
  • Required one day of training (more than one day is encouraged) during the Saturday or Sunday river runs during new guide training. (Five options: Saturday April 8, Sunday April 9, Saturday April 29, Sunday April 30, Saturday May 20.)
  • Required two Saturday participant trips over the summer. (Seven Saturday options: June 3, June 10, June 17, July 8, July 15, July 22 and July 29.)


Costs: Free – donations for food, camping and/or river fees are gladly accepted.



California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways Awards Grant to Healing Waters for 2017


We Did It!

Thank you, California Division of Boating and Waterways for approving our grant request for funding this year!

In 2016 we took over 360 participants safely down the South Fork of the American River meeting the department's goals of teaching safe boating practices and procedures.

In their approval letter the agency wrote: "Successful applicants also demonstrated a positive boating safety record; have an adequately trained staff and a safe environment in which to teach."

Healing Waters is very proud of our safety standards and especially of our dedicated volunteers who ensure every week that participants experience the excitement of whitewater rafting prepared and protected.

Organizational Update

On behalf of the Healing Waters board of directors, we would like to take this opportunity to notify our dedicated volunteers, valued collaborators, as well as the general public of some recent staffing changes within the organization.
As we head into the holiday season and look back over our exciting 20th year, we are finding plenty to feel thankful for. Given the ongoing current events, we appreciate the need to unite in optimism and gratitude for our community.
We set out this year to refresh the organization: to update our systems and processes, regain financial stability, and engage with our communities in new ways. To meet these goals, the board decided to bring Amanda Aymar on as Executive Director. Since joining Healing Waters in the spring, Amanda has worked hard to achieve many of our milestones. She has played a vital role in significantly reducing our operating expenses, recruiting new board members and volunteers, and seeking out new funding sources. Through our website, emails, and social media, Amanda has increased engagement with our communities in new and expanded ways. Her research and networking efforts have brought us new participants and possibilities from groups we haven't served before. She's also written grants, created relationships with foundations and corporate giving opportunities, and created a calendar of successful fundraising events that our donors, participants, and volunteers will look forward to each year.
With these processes and relationships in place, and our financial health more secure than it's been in many years, much of the work Amanda set out to do is now complete. In the coming weeks, she will be transitioning her work to the newly-created committees that will keep the momentum going. We are confident that the board members who will chair these committees, along with our dedicated volunteers, will be successful in continuing the work that Amanda has begun, and keep reaching the goals she has set for the organization.
Thanks to Amanda’s vision, skill, and leadership, Healing Waters has been able to gain financial stability, become organizationally strong and able to continue the positive impact our programs have on our participants’ lives. We are grateful for Amanda’s long-lasting contributions and wish her the very best as she transitions from Healing Waters to embark on the next chapter of her life.
Amanda will remain with the organization until December 15th, 2016 to ensure a smooth and successful transition from her role. The board of directors will plan for additional infrastructure to support our Program Director, Delton Johnson, as we prepare for the 2017 season. We seek input from our community and stakeholders and will share information and updates.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the board co-chairs, TJ Lee-Miyaki, and Todd Aghazadeh