Adventures

I believe deeply in the importance of communing with nature— so whether your call emanates from a need to exult in the sunlight, ditch your phone, laugh, celebrate, grieve, sing, be silent, skip, run, let go or grab ahold—on these adventures you’re invited to bring yourself and be yourself.

 

Impact

“I do not want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” -Diane Ackerman

On the first trip I guided I was shocked by how profoundly people were being impacted. I’d thought of backpacking as a simple vacation- but my clients spoke of being changed, and deeply touched. Trip after trip the pattern persisted… as early as our opening circle people began to glow with happiness, shed tears of grief or joy, and bubble with laughter. 

I don’t think all trips are like this, but I now understand that there is a formula for this kind of transformational experience in nature. For us that formula goes like this: we ceremonially open and close our trips, feed people delicious, nourishing and healthy food, remove technology, sleep on the ground, drink water from the rivers, breath clean air, witness sunrises and sunsets, laugh around fires, play games, focus on gratitude, make space for people to be exactly as they are, encourage people to break their normal patterns (jump in a freezing cold river), welcome all emotion and experience,  play games, etc.

After guiding a few trips I came to think of my role as being in partnership with nature- my part is to feed, keep people safe, and facilitate while nature takes care of touching the magic of what each person needs beyond what I can see. I’ve guided over 60 trips now and I remember each one, the people who’ve come with us, the amazing times we’ve had, and the way we were held and supported by the land and the animals we’ve spent time with.

I currently guide a trip or 2 a year that are open to the general public. Please check out the Events page to find out about those upcoming trips.

 

 Take a Week

“The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask.”  – Nancy Newhall

Scientifically speaking after a 30 minute walk we enjoy some of nature’s benefits. But with the exception of the daylong Medicine Walks most of the trips I offer are 8-10 days. Why? Because you can take yourself on a 30 minute walk in the park all by yourself! AND because something happens when we sleep outside and wake up in the wilderness, when we hit a rhythm on day 3 and drop in more deeply, when everything in us begins to tune to the whispering pervading joy of the life around us on day 6. The longer we spend, the more deeply the wilderness touches us, grows us and teaches us.

 

Life is Short

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” – Amelia Earhart”

My favorite memories are the adventures I’ve had with friends, family and clients in the back country. We’ve seen places and shared moments that simply can’t be conveyed with words; experiences that melt everything, leaving only our aliveness. If you’ve been, then you know. If you haven’t, maybe it’s time.

These kinds of experiences in nature touch what people have difficulty accessing elsewhere. And now that study after study is also confirming the long list of nature’s positive impacts on mental, emotional and physical health the real question is; what are you doing to incorporate nature into your life?

So for the wildness of it, for my own soul that longs to commune deeply and share it with others, for the health benefits, for the soul benefits, for the adventure, to touch the core of life and more, I invite you to join me. No matter where you are in life, I invite you to take a deep breath of mountain air and come celebrate “your one wild and precious life.”

Please visit the Events page for more information on current trips.

Check the Wilderness section of the Illumin Magazine for photos from recent trips and to read the studies about the benefits of time spent connecting with the wild.