A 5-DAY, 4-NIGHT BACKCOUNTRY JOURNEY IN BIG SUR
INCLUDES A WILDERNESS SOLO
WHO: For teens who are entering grades 9-12. These trips are for teens who are ready to step out, grow your comfort zone, meet new like-minded friends, seek out new experiences, discover new parts of yourself and experience the magic of the natural world that is always waiting for you. We welcome diverse life experiences and heritages and identities. We strive to offer belonging and sanctuary and authenticity, personal and shared power are encouraged. LGBTQI+ welcoming and inclusive!
WHAT: We offer a 5-day, 4-night backpacking trip into the rugged Ventana Wilderness in the “backside” of Big Sur. You will experience backpacking and backcountry living skills such as wild herbal and food harvesting, tracking animals, and beginning nature crafts, as well as be guided towards a nature solo. See below for full explanation of the solo. Upon return there will be an integration phone call to bring back into your life what you experienced.
WHEN: June 24-28th, 2020
WHERE: The wild beauty of Big Sur is truly epic. A land of crossroads and meeting points: the humid NorCal ecosystems of lush redwoods meet the dry, arid desert climate of southern California. It’s highest mountain at 5000′ is only 3 miles from the ocean, the most extreme sea-level-to-elevation in North America. Where the largest bird on our continent flies among the tops of the tallest trees, no one leaves the “Big South” without a deep sense of awe. This 4-night, 5-day trip starts in the high coastal mountain range separating the Pacific ocean to the west from the Salinas Valley to the east. On Wednesday morning we gather, pack gear and hike 4.2 miles to Divide Camp where we’ll camp for 1 night. The next day we’ll hike an additional 2.5 miles to beautiful Pine Valley, our home for the next 4 days.
WHY: Our teen years are inundated with messages about who and how we’re supposed to be. These are powerful years for re-learning who you are as you grow from being a child to an adult, but it takes a lot of support! Many teens start to feel riddled in anxiety, sadness, loneliness or discomfort. It becomes hard, sometimes near impossible, to hear your inner voice or to know where to turn to for good advice. This trip is a support for you to come into your vitality, joy, aliveness, and connectedness with yourself and through being in an epic natural place with other amazing teens and mentors. This is an opportunity for you to enhance your life and return feeling empowered in your life.