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Community Trips

2018-2019

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.


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Pleasant Mountain Memorial Day Hike (Maine)

May 28, 2018

Get outside for a late spring/early summer day hike with beautiful views on Memorial Day. Pleasant Mountain, located in Bridgton and Denmark, is southern Maine’s tallest at 2,006 feet. Renewal in the Wilderness will bring our wilderness skills and lunch for everyone. Registration is required.

We will meet at 10am at the parking area for the Bald Peak Trail. From Portland, follow Rte. 302 west to Bridgton and continue on Rte. 302 for roughly 5 miles. Turn left onto Mountain Rd. and drive past Shawnee Peak Ski Area. Distance from Rte. 302 to the Bald Peak Trail is 1 mile.

Fee: $65 (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

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Bigelow Preserve Backpack Overnight

"Vistas and Heart-songs" 

July 13-14, 2018

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This trip is a 2-day, 1 night backpacking loop trip in the Bigelow Preserve and Flagstaff Lake Public Lands of Maine. We will take the Fire Warden’s Trail approximately 4 miles up to Avery Peak and camp at 4,000 feet with views of the surrounding lakes and mountains. That evening we will enjoy beautiful sunset views. On Saturday morning, we will wake up on the Appalachian Trail and hike 7 miles of the back portion of the loop on the AT down to the parking area on Stratton Brook Pond Road. The theme of the trip centers on "Vistas and Heart-songs."

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. Registration is required.

Fee: $295 per participant, includes all meals, group gear, and guidance/facilitation for the duration of 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.)

Guide: Genevieve Cox

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West Branch of the Penobscot River Canoe Trip

"Generations of Renewal"

 Photo credit: www.brendanbullock.com 

Photo credit: www.brendanbullock.com 

August 2-5, 2018

A great trip for bird watching and moose spotting, this 4-day, 3-night canoe trip will offer a rejuvenating pace on one of the most scenic and beautiful rivers in Maine, with well-maintained campsites. We will paddle approximately 17 miles of quick water on the West Branch of the Penobscot River from Lobster Stream to Chesuncook Village on Chesuncook Lake, where views of Mt. Katahdin may be seen. The West Branch of the Penobscot is steeped in Wabanaki lore and literary history; Henry David Thoreau once paddled these waters. The theme of the trip centers on "Generations of Renewal."

Previous paddling experience is not necessary. Registration is required.

Fee:$845 per participant, includes all meals, group gear/canoes, shuttles, camp fees, 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: Genevieve Cox and Aram Mitchell

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Women's Canoe and Yoga Trip, Third Machias Lake (Maine)

August 24-26, 2018

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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. 

Previous 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.

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

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Debsconeag Backcountry/Nahmakanta Lake 3-day Backpack

"Change and Resilience"

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September 14-16, 2018

Located to the south of the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area and Baxter State Park, Nahmakanta Public Lands is a stunning area full of backcountry lakes and wildlife. This backpacking trip is a 3-day, 2-night loop on the Debsconeag Backcountry Trail and the Appalachian Trail. We will hike past 5 different ponds/lakes, catch some ridgeline views, and camp on the shores of lakes. The theme of the trip centers on "change and resilience."

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. Registration is required.

Fee: $450 per participant, includes all meals, group gear, and guidance/facilitation for the duration of 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

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

"Playful Spirits" 

September 27-30, 2018

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This annual trip begins with a three day/two night backpacking trip in the Wild River Wilderness of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. We will meet at the Wild River trailhead near the Wild River Campground on Thursday morning at 10am and follow trails approximately 2 miles to the Blue Brook Tentsite for camping the first night. Friday we will backpack around 9 miles along a ridge with beautiful views to the Spruce Brook tentsite. Saturday, we will hike out the final portion of the loop approximately 3 miles, set up camp at a campground on the Androscoggin River near Bethel, Maine, and then head out for an afternoon of canoeing on the Androscoggin River. We will enjoy fellowship that evening at a local brewery and wake up refreshed and ready to pack up and head home on Sunday. The theme of the trip centers on "Playful Spirits."

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.

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

Please click the button below to register. 


Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia Backpack

"Listening to the trees"

October 4-8, 2018

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This trip is a 5 day, 4-night trip that starts in Thomas, West Virginia at the Purple Fiddle Hostel as the first night and finishes with four days and three nights in the Dolly Sods Wilderness. Dolly Sods has many "rooms" including Hemlock groves, "sods" made up of heathland, blueberry shrubs, and cranberry bogs, as well as spruce forests, and rocky outcrops; making it one of the most diverse and awe-inspiring places to explore in the east. Sitting on one of the largest plateaus in the eastern United States, it resembles parts of northern Canada with flagged spruce trees, wide open views, crystal clear streams, and falls. The environment is unique as its story. Being logged, burned, and bombed, Dolly Sods has recovered into something very remarkable. Dolly Sods is outside of cell phone service and is void of light and sound pollution - providing a clearing for star gazing and wandering. The theme of the trip centers on "Listening to the trees."

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. Registration is required.

Fee:$695 per participant, includes all meals, group gear, 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.)

Guide: Andrew Fritz and Aram Mitchell