Our Community Trips are opportunities for individuals - who resonate with our mission, who are actively trying to make the world a more beautiful place, and who sometimes get worn out by their efforts - to get a dose of solitude and solidarity in a backcountry context.
We know that cost is often an obstacle to gaining profound encounters in the wilderness, 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 cost is a significant barrier for you, we are eager to work with you to find funding solutions so that you can participate in an experience of renewal.
Baxter State Park Winter Cabin (Maine)
March 16-18, 2018
A winter weekend skiing to primitive cabins deep in the heart of the Maine Woods.
We will meet in Millinocket near Baxter State Park the morning of Friday, March 16th to drive to the trailhead. We will then either snowshoe or cross country ski (your choice) approximately 6-7 miles across frozen lakes and snowy trails to remote wilderness cabins at Daicey Pond. 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.
Price: $595 per participant, which includes all meals, the cabin rental, group gear, and guidance/faciliation for the trip. (Note: If you really want to go and can't afford it, contact us and we'll figure something out. We're committed to figuring out a way for folks to get the renewal they need.)
Co-guides: Genevieve Cox and Aram Mitchell
Women's Paddle, Third Machias Lake (Maine)
August 24-26, 2018
This three-day paddling trip for women-identified persons 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: $595 per participant, includes all meals, group gears/canoes, yoga classes, and guidance/facilitation for the trip. (Note: this is the actual cost to us as an organization, but if you really want to go and can't afford it, contact us and we'll figure something out. We're committed to figuring out a way for folks to get the renewal they need.)
Co-guides: Lauren Znachko and Genevieve Cox
Wild River Wilderness Backpack & Androscoggin River Paddle (NH/Maine) for Social Service Workers
September 28-30, 2018
This annual 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 elevation gains while carrying personal and group gear.
This trip is specifically for Social Service Providers (such as social workers, counselors, or mental health care providers among other types of workers) looking to get some relief from burnout and renewal with their community.
Fee:$595 per participant, includes all meals, group gear/canoes, and guidance/facilitation for the trip (Note: this is the actual cost to us as an organization, but if you really want to go and can't afford it, contact us and we'll figure something out. We're committed to figuring out a way for folks to get the renewal they need.)
Co-guides: Aram Mitchell and Genevieve Cox