Backcountry Immersions for Teens

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Backcountry Immersion Trip for Teens

2018 dates coming soon!

Partial and Full Need Based and Diversity Scholarships Available Upon Request.

Come venture with Gaia Girls into the breathtaking backcountry of the Marble Mountains Wilderness!

The Gaia Girls Passages Backcountry Immersion Trip is an opportunity for teens to take a step outside of their every day and enter into the majestic realms of vast wilderness areas.  During the teen years when so much is changing within and without, and the bigger questions of how to be in relationship, how to stay connected to your true self, and how to share your gifts in the world are present, there is no better respite, reflection and guide than the natural world.  Come join a passionate, adventurous, and caring circle of girls and women as we venture into the beauty of the deep wilderness without and within!


The Marble Mountains are an exquisite and secluded land, full of ice cold springs, alpine lakes, meadows filled with wildflowers, and marble peaks from which you can see only forest and mountains stretching in all directions. They are part of the beautifully preserved landscape of Northern California that has been inhabited and cared for by the Karuk tribe, many of whom still live nearby along the Klamath River. We will be spending six adventure-filled days and five star-filled nights getting to know this land, each other, and ourselves.

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Activities will include:

  • Backpacking and hiking on trails and cross-country

  • Swimming

  • Plant identification, including edible and medicinal plants

  • Navigating with maps and without

  • Fire-making

  • Backcountry cooking

  • Animal tracking

  • Backcountry crafts

  • Nature journaling

  • Hive mind ~ skills for being part of a team

  • Leadership skills

  • Communication and introspection tools

  • Nature art…. and more!


This back country trip is organized and led by our lead auntie and backcountry coordinator, Jenya Schneider. Jenya has led backcountry trips with youth since 2013. The Marble Mountain Wilderness is possibly her favorite place on Earth, and she can’t wait to share its magic with our Gaia Girls this summer.  One additional awesome Gaia Girls auntie will co-lead the trip as well.


Details and Registration Information:

Dates: July 3 – July 10, 2017

It’s about the journey, not the destination:  The first day of the backpacking trip will include driving to a location near the trailhead, group orientation, and packing our gear. We backpack into our first backcountry site on the second day of the trip.  We consider our time together to be more about the journey than the destination, so although we will be backpacking to carry our gear in, we will be spending long periods of time camped in one place, until we are ready to head to a new location.  We will return on the second to last day (five nights in the backcountry). Our final night will involve decompressing at a location near the trailhead. We will close our journey and drive back to the Bay Area on the final day.

Note: Variable weather is common in the Marble Mountains. Rain is always a possibility! Additional gear is available for all those who need it.

Physical Ability: Hikes will be strenuous, so please come in good physical health and ability. Must be able to carry over 30 lbs. of weight in their packs while hiking in rugged terrain. If you have any concerns around physical ability, please contact Jenya at (415) 259-8208.

Registration: Tuition is $1100. Payment plans and need based and diversity scholarships available. Please inquire at


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Phone: 510-508-7107


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