Each of our Community Trips is designed to hold space for the wilderness to guide you to the encounter you need most. It might be a restful encounter, or one of challenge and inspiration. You might encounter your own resilience, or a sense of solidarity among colleagues. Usually the wilderness weaves together the elements of your encounter in a way that is equally grounding and compelling. Ultimately we seek these encounters with wilderness so that we may return from the experience with renewed spirits, ready to do good work in the world.
Allagash Wilderness Waterway (Maine)
As an organization that has recently sunk its roots into Maine, it’s time for us to scout out a portion of one of the true gems of wilderness renewal in the state: The Allagash Wilderness Waterway. “The State of Maine… seeks to ensure that this area will be maintained forever as a place of solace and refuge from the pressures of society.” Thanks Maine! As an organizational scouting trip, on this encounter we require that interested participants have some paddling and backcountry experience. We are seeking brave souls who want to help set the foundation for what is sure to become a staple among the immersive experiences of Renewal in the Wilderness in the years ahead.
Minimum: 4 participants - Fee: $750 per participant
Third Machias Lake (Maine)
June 8-10, 2017
This three-day 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 - a true sabbath experience - with opportunities for solitude and exploration, punctuated by community meals around the fire.
Minimum: 4 participants - Fee: $450 per participant
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Pleasant Mountain (Maine)
June 24, 2017
This delicious day hike up Pleasant Mountain provides opportunity for solitude and reflection, along with conversation and solidarity. An extended version of our weekly Beauty Walks, on this hike we’ll take time to wonder at what dreams are thawing in our spirits, what ideas are growing in our minds and what beauty is blooming in our communities. The day will begin with a steep climb to the summit, continue with a pleasant picnic at the top, and culminate with a refreshing stroll back to the trailhead.
Minimum: 4 participants - Fee: $60 per particpant
Grafton Loop Trail (Maine)
August 14-18, 2017
Grafton Loop Trail is a high-elevation backcountry trail strewn with peaks, streams and primitive campsites along its 38 miles. Backpacking this loop involves wrestling by day and resting by night, ultimately returning with a strengthened sense of clarity and resilience in one’s capacity for impact in the world. Previous backpacking 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.
Minimum: 4 participants - Fee: $650 per participant
Boundary Waters Canoe Area (Minnesota)
September 2-9, 2017
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area has long served as a sanctuary for weary souls seeking renewal. We've designed this week-long wilderness encounter to serve as a launching point for those interested in reconnecting with their spiritual base. Perched at the edge of the Boundary Waters, our rustic cabin base-camp, provides ready access to a week's worth of wilderness. With a supply of canoes to use and routes to explore, we will spend our days gently pursing the sublime. Our strokes will be light and our voices hushed as we pause to listen and watch for wildlife, for our breath and for moments of spiritual sustenance. This is a great trip for those who want to experience the wilderness by day and enjoy the warmth of the sauna each evening.
Minimum: 4 participants - Fee: $1,995 per participant
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Paria Canyon (Utah/Arizona)
November 5-10, 2017
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.
Minimum: 4 participants - Fee: $1,100 per participant
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