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The Process of Custom Renewal
Our approach to guiding your custom wilderness encounter begins in the front country with collaborative development, it continues in the field with facilitated programming, and (hopefully) culminates with ongoing rhythms of renewal for you and your community.
First, we want to get to know your organization or group. We'll meet with you to:
- get a sense of your work in the world
- understand your operations
- profile your capacities and limitations regarding time, physical abilities, and finances
- discern the scale of support that we can provide
- explore the integration of other objectives or resources that suit your organization
Then, we'll outline what we would like to offer you in a brief program proposal including:
- our understanding of your situation and needs
- the services we want to provide
- details about who from Renewal in the Wilderness will deliver the services
- a proposed fee for the services
- an invitation to discuss and, as needed, reshape the proposal
When we've agreed on the outline of your custom program we'll work with you to communicate program details to the participants. Things like:
- program description and itinerary
- information about activities and locations
- what Renewal in the Wilderness will provide
- preparation and packing checklists
- directions for travel and other logistics
During our time with you in the field we will guide you in an intentional process that weaves together the variables of your program with our practices of renewal.
Variables. These include the type of activity, destination, and duration. Our offerings range from partial-day walks to multi-day immersions. For example:
- half-day hikes in nearby natural areas
- weekend backpacking trip on a rugged trail
- couple of nights in a rustic cabin with gentle hikes during the day
- several days paddling canoes and camping out on a river or lake
Practices. These are the things we do in the field to anchor ourselves to renewal. We find that simple practices make space for profound effects.
- Some practices amplify the benefits of nature: Like silence, deep breaths, and guided meditation.
- Some practices meet our need for relief: Like unplugging from devices, a slow pace, and simple comforts.
- Some practices form group cohesion: Like telling stories, making camp, and sharing meals.
- Some practices bolster your relationship to a sense of purpose: Like journaling, discussing challenges, and taking the time to reflect.
- Some practices boost your spirit: Like sharing jokes, reading poems, and remembering how to play.
It's important to us to assess the benefits from your wilderness encounter. When we develop your program, and then weave together its variables with our practices, we are forming an experiential web designed to boost morale and build resilience.
We want to know if it helped, and to note specifically how it helped. Then we want to make use of this knowledge to inform the next steps in your ongoing relationship with renewal.