Being up shit’s creek without a paddle is no fun. But paddling your way to a private island for some rejuvenation sounds lovely. Welcome to the Zen of Kayaking, courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Lodge. Three-hour, rapid-free kayak experiences are open to all skill levels. Personal guides navigate your crew to the banks surrounding Lake Oconee for brief sessions of meditation, stretching, and yoga. Keep an eye out for turtles, jumping fish, and blue heron along the way, then return to lunch at lakeside restaurant Gaby’s or a rubdown at the spa. Whatever floats your boat. The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, 1 Lake Oconee Trail, Greensboro (706-467-7185 or ritzcarltonlodge.com).