Community Trips 2017-2018

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.


Community Partnerships: A commitment to renewal for varying levels of income.

If you cannot afford the full listed fee, that's okay with us.

The fees for each trip listed below are the actual costs to our organization, including time, expertise, and organizational capacity and overhead. However, we know that price is a barrier for a lot of folks so we have partnered with foundations and donors to cover 50% of the trip fees for individual community members who need renewal. It is your decision if you would like to use our "Community Partnership" option or pay the full listed fee. We do not ask that you go through a lengthy scholarship application, or tell you what the threshold is for gaining access to these funds. But when registering for the trip, we do ask you to list the benefits of renewal you hope to bring back to your community that will help you better do your work in the world. Please select the "Community Partnership" price option (which gives 50% off the fee to you) during the registration process; and we'll be there to walk the wilderness path alongside you so that you can return to your important work refreshed and ready to help make the world more beautiful. 


2018 Community Trips

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Paria Canyon (Utah/Arizona)

November 5-10, 2017

April 8-13, 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 Ski/Snowshoe Backpacking and Cabin (Maine)

March 9-11, 2018

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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)

Co-guides: Genevieve Cox and Aram Mitchell


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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

Click here for more information: Third Machias Information


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St. Croix River Paddle (Maine, USA and Canada)

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


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Wild River Wilderness Backpack and Androscoggin River Paddle Combination Trip

September 28-30, 2018

New Hampshire and Maine

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