Community Wilderness Trips

Our Community Wilderness Trips are for people who are trying to make the world a better place and who sometimes get worn out by their efforts. We design these trips to create the space and set the pace for profound encounters to occur with self, with others, and with the earth. Along the way we'll facilitate opportunities for rest and reflection, as well as conversation and celebration of being abundantly alive in a wild place!

We know that there are many barriers to getting outside for a time of renewal, and we want to do everything we can to make these experiences accessible to everyone who would benefit from them. Please let us know if you are facing a significant obstacle so we can think together about finding solutions so that you can participate in an experience of renewal.

2018 Trips

Wild River Wilderness

September 27-30, 2018

backpacking in New Hampshire 

(And option of extra day of paddling in Maine!)

Scholarships available for some Maine-based care-providing professionals! See info on our Wellness for Portland Communities of Care page.


Three days of backpacking and camping in the Wild River Wilderness  in New Hampshire. We will rendezvous on Thursday evening for our first night at Wild River Campground. On Friday-Saturday, we will hike a leisurely but rugged 3-4 miles each day with stops to splash in brooks, read some poems, and soak up vistas. On Sunday we'll hike back to Wild River Campground to be out before lunch. 

Paddle option: If you have time Sunday then stick around for an afternoon paddling on the Androscoggin River from Gilead to Bethel! And we'll probably stop in at the pub before heading home.

Previous backpacking or paddling experience isn’t necessary, but it is important that participants be in good condition to navigate the terrain and elevation gains while carrying personal and group gear. Registration is required.

Backpacking special rate: $450 per participant if you register by September 1st ($495 = full price).

Paddling option: additional $75 (includes canoe rentals, shuttle, and Sunday lunch).

Guide: Aram Mitchell

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Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness

November 4-10, 2018

backpacking in Utah/Arizona


Wake up in the mornings next to the Paria River, and watch as the sun creeps over the canyon walls. Then drift naturally into a time of solitude or guided reflection. Hike with your trail mates between the canyon walls, past stunning rock formations, within reach of riparian vegetation, and around river bends. Share common meals carefully crafter for the trail. In the evenings, share stories and insights form your day in the backcountry, before stretching out for a much-needed sleep under shooting stars. Backpacking experience is not required, but parts of the trail require moderately strenuous physical exertion. Each day will be full of challenges and delights as we follow the Paria River, explore side meanders, drink from natural desert springs, and watch the canyon gradually open up before us. Registration is required.

Special rate = $850 per participant until September 1st ($995 = full price)

Guide: Aram Mitchell

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For information about our payment schedule or our cancellation policy, please visit our Terms & Conditions page.