Community Trips 2018

Community Partnerships

If you can't afford the full fee, that's okay with us.

The fees for each trip listed below account for the costs to Renewal in the Wilderness, including trip expenses, staff time, expertise, and organizational overhead. But we know that the cost of renewal is a barrier for a lot of folks. So we have partnered with generous foundations and donors to help by covering 50% of the trip fees for people who need renewal.

It is your decision if you would like to use our "Community Partnership" option or pay the full fee. We don't need you to go through a lengthy application. What we ask is that you share with us the ways you hope wilderness will help sustain your work in the world. When registering for your trip select the "Community Partnership" option, and then tell us:  What are the benefits of renewal you aim to bring back to your community?

2018 Community Trips


Paria Canyon (Utah/Arizona)

April 8-14, 2018

This multi-day backpacking trip follows the Paria River as it cuts its way through the Colorado Plateau region in southern Utah and northern Arizona. Walking in the depths of red rock country, your view of the sky opens further each day until you reach the final stretch of Arizona desert. Against this backdrop of grand beauty there is a sacred simplicity to the encounter between self and surroundings. We set a pace that allows for frequent respite between the miles of carrying our packs. On past trips we have practiced yoga in an abandoned meander, strolled in silence through a starlit slot canyon and feasted on startlingly delicious cuisine. You will drink water from natural springs and sleep in the cool desert night. You will see ancient petroglyphs and brush your fingers over even older water-formed features in the canyon walls. Previous backpacking experience is recommended but not required.

Lead guide: Aram Mitchell

Minimum: 4 participants - Fee: $1,100 per participant (or Community Partnership fee: $550)

Click here for more information: Paria Canyon Information

Baxter State Park Winter Cabin (Maine)

March 9-11, 2018


We will meet in Millinocket near Baxter State Park the morning of Friday, March 9th to drive to the trailhead. We will then either snowshoe or cross country ski (your choice) approximately 8-10 miles across frozen lakes and snowy trails to remote wilderness cabins. These primitive cabins have beautiful views of Mt. Katahdin, beds, and wood burning stoves for warmth. Saturday will be for short day hikes in the snow to Little Niagra Falls or additional frozen ponds and an evening looking at the brilliant stars.

Fee: $550 per participant (includes cabin rental) (or Community Partnership Fee: $225, includes cabin rental)

Co-guides: Genevieve Cox and Aram Mitchell


Women's Paddle, Third Machias Lake (Maine)

August 2-5, 2018

This three-day women-only paddling trip is quintessential Maine. Close enough to give us ready access, and deep enough in the woods to get us away from daily distractions. We will put in at the southwestern arm of Third Machias Lake where we will load our canoes with the essentials for a pleasant camp and an abundance of ingredients for our back-country meals. An afternoon of paddling will bring us to camp where we’ll spend two nights. In between we’ll enjoy a full day with opportunities for yoga, solitude, and exploration, punctuated by community meals around the fire. 

Fee: $675 per participant (or Community Partnership Fee: $340)

Co-guides: Lauren Znachko and Genevieve Cox


St. Croix River Paddle (Maine)

August 16-19, 2018

We will meet at 1pm on Thursday in Vanceboro, Maine. We will then paddle around 30 miles of the beautiful St. Croix River over the course of 3 days and take out early on Sunday morning. 

Fee: $675 per participant (includes canoe rentals and shuttles) (or Community Partnership Fee: $340)

Co-guides: Aram Mitchell and Genevieve Cox


Wild River Wilderness Backpack & Androscoggin River Paddle (NH/Maine)

September 28-30, 2018

This backpacking/paddling combination trip begins with a backpacking overnight along the Wild River and Black Angel Trails to the Blue Brook Tentsite in the Wild River Wilderness of the White Mountains National Forest. We meet at the trailhead at 10am, backpack in, swim in a waterfall along the way, and then hike out the next morning. We will then spend Saturday night at a campground on the Androscoggin River near Bethel, Maine with proximity to some good swimming. Enjoy fellowship that evening with your wilderness community at a local brewery and wake up to paddle approximately 12 miles of the beautiful Androscoggin River on Sunday morning. Previous backpacking or paddling experience isn’t necessary, but it is important that participants be in good condition to navigate the terrain and small elevation gains while carrying personal and group gear. 

Fee:$675 per participant (or Community Partnership Fee: $340)

Co-guides: Aram Mitchell and Genevieve Cox