WILDERNESS RETREATS FOR THE ADVENTUROUS SOUL
Mindful Wonder Events were born out of these pillars.
It is a beautiful thing to want to love and labor in service of a better world.
But it is difficult to define that vision when you are being pulled in different directions and daily life keeps rolling on a mile a minute.
Stillness and space are where transformation and new perspective are born
That’s why it’s so important that we take time… make time… to consciously practice letting go of daily distractions and attend to our deepest personal growth.
And it makes sense, when we don’t take breaks from the constant inundation of information our brains get fried and stuck in overdrive.
But research shows that after just 3 day in nature our brains perform 50% higher on creativity and problem solving.
Part of this is because we don’t go into nature and start comparing and trying to think of how that mountain over there could be better.
Immerse yourself in an environment where you can get down to the elements. With little to focus on other than what’s in front of you, camping and backpacking wilderness retreats allow you the space needed to think clearer and find new perspectives.
Throughout retreat we will touch on heart opening practices such as loving kindness, equanimity, compassion, and forgiveness.
Find your truth and bring your whole self. You are invited to show up within whatever is going on in your life and shed the layers standing between you and your truth. One of the truly magical elements of retreat is the guided solo experience. Solo gives you an opportunity to engage with nature in solitude knowing the group will be there to greet you when you return.
Join an intimate group of artists, healers, entrepreneurs and change makers in setting aside time to reconnect to your vision. Make new friends and build relationships that extend beyond words, by sharing life-changing experiences, expanding your comfort zone, and coming together with fellow explorers to reflect, learn, and grow together.
Cultivate insight, compassion, and resilience through reflection, dialogue, and adventure
Practice putting down social media, email, and other demands on your attention
Learn basic mindfulness and meditation practices
Spend time cultivating compassion, loving kindness, forgiveness, and joy
Learn camping and wilderness basics such as leave no trace (LNT)
Engage in mindful dialogue with fellow adventurers
Sometimes we need something big and different to create transformation in our lives.
We need something more than an hour squeezed in between the routine of our day to day lives.
Going into nature offers a unique immersive experience where you have the opportunity to take an extended break from technology, social media, and the things in your life that make it hard to shift old habits and patterns.
Although these retreats can be therapeutic they are not therapy.
We do not delve into past trauma or history during retreat.
Instead, there is an emphasis on staying present to the sights, sounds, and sensations experienced throughout our 3-day journey together.
All you have to do is pack your bag and show up!
Often we hear the call of the mountains or the desert, but don’t pursue the possibilities. Whether it’s because of business, the logistics, or just not knowing where to start.
Mindful Wonder retreats are meant to eliminate the stress of planning and preparation so you can pack your clothes and show up.
Here is what you get...
Vegetarian meals & snacks throughout our time together (Have restrictions? No problem)
Tent and sleeping pad/bag upon request (requests must be turned in by deadline)
Fully insured guide who is experienced and certified as a Wilderness First Responder/CPR, a licenced as a Marriage and Family Therapist, meditation facilitator, and outdoor educator.
Group coaching phone calls throughout the experience
Coffee & Breakfast
Morning Meditation & Movement
Guided Group Discussion
Writing Prompts & Reflection
Hike or Scheduled Activity
Hike or Evening Activity
Council Around the Fire
Deposit $200 now
$325 by September 15th
$325 by October 15th
“I often crave the outdoors, a chance to escape LA, and experience a little adventure. But I don’t do it on my own because, you know, life, and a thousand other excuses.
Mindful Wonder Retreats eliminated all my excuses and made it super easy for me to have the exact escape from the city and reconnection to myself and nature that I was craving.”
- Nina H
Mindful Wonder Retreats are more than just a weekend camping trip away. They are for those entrepreneurs and creatives who are ready to use the elements of nature to unlock their creativity and understand themselves on a whole new level. That is why all participants who attend Mindful Wonder Retreats go through an application process.
If you are interested in joining this upcoming retreat, please fill out the questionnaire HERE.
You will receive an email within 3-5 days letting you know if you have been accepted.
At that point you will have 24 hours to put in a deposit of $200 or pay the full amount.
Once your deposit is in, you will be directed to a welcome page where you will be able to find a detailed itinerary of the trip, a packing list, important dates, and forms that must be filled out prior to the trip.
Let’s set up a 15 minute phone call where I can answer any leftover questions you might have!
Meet your guide
As a fellow nature lover, spiritual seeker, and life explorer, I’ve always been passionate about creating opportunities to bring people together, help them challenge their perceived limits, and empower their personal discoveries.
Prior to becoming a counselor, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Education and travelled across North America guiding backpacking and kayaking expeditions and teaching adults and at-risk youth how to safely experience the outdoors with minimal impact.
Today I do contracted work with a local school as a backpacking guide and in 2016 I started Mindful Wonder Retreats.
Guiding and offering wilderness retreats allows me to bring together my love of people, outdoor adventure, and inner exploration.
B.S. in Outdoor Education
Certified Wilderness First Responder
10 Years Experience as a Wilderness Guide
M.A. in Psychology
Licenced Marriage and Family Therapist
Trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome. While some trips are occasionally gender specific, there are plenty of outings for everyone, regardless of whether you’ve never been camping at all or are already an experienced pro.
Each retreat is categorized as Easy, Intermediate, or Challenging. All retreats are either camping or backpacking, and sleeping takes place in tents.
Easy - Camping Retreats with 2 miles or less of hiking a day on easy terrain. These trips will have an outdoor toilet ranging from an outhouse to a flush toilet. The focus will be on meditation, journaling, and council at night.
Intermediate - Camping or backpacking retreats with 3-6 miles of hiking a day on uneven and varied terrain. Must be physically able to hike uphill for one mile. Focus will be on learning camping basics, meditation, journaling, and exploration. Depending on the trip, there may be outhouses or simply the great outdoors.
Challenging - Wilderness Backpacking Retreats with 3-7 miles of hiking a day over uneven, varied, and/or steep terrain wearing a 35-45 Ib. backpack. No experience is necessary, but you should have some knowledge of your ability to hike on uneven terrain for 3-4 miles. Backpacking to places unreachable by car means the great outdoors are our bathroom. We will go over how to take care of our business outdoors and it’s actually a freeing feeling!
With so much to see and explore on our hikes, we take our time and move as a group. Many people worry about slowing the group down, but these trips are not about speed. They are actually about slowing down everything, so there is no need to worry about holding back the group.
All meals, accommodations, and permits are included. Group gear, cooking supplies, stove, fuel, water purification, and maps, are also provided. Sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tent, and any additional gear needed can be provided upon request.
Taking the time out of your life to go on retreat is a big deal. It is an opportunity to reset your intentions. To help with this process, a 30-minute call aimed at helping you prepare for the experience is built into the cost of the retreat.
Your packing list will vary depending on the time of year and destination. Generally, you will bring your own sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and clothing. We can help provide anything you might need but don't already have. Once you have registered for a particular retreat, your welcome kit will include a packing list with more details specific to your trip.
We make a conscious effort to provide healthy and delicious meals, and we are happy to accommodate any food allergies or restrictions, such as vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free. Just let us know what you need.
Although you will be able to have your phone with you, there will likely be no reception. More importantly, part of being on retreat is allowing yourself to disconnect from the constant influx of information and stimulation of daily life. This the perfect time to set aside all your normal distractions and be intentional about where you focus your attention.
Unless otherwise specified in the trip details, you are responsible for getting to and from the retreat locations. Carpooling is encouraged, and we are happy to help you connect with other participants.
If you cancel your trip less than 2 weeks prior to the departure date, there are no refunds. However, you may transfer your payment to a friend or family member for that specific trip.
If you cancel your trip 14 to 44 days prior to departure date, you may apply your payment towards a future trip at no additional cost and with no expiration.
If you cancel your trip 45 days or more prior to departure date, you may receive a full refund minus $100 for administration fees.
Every trip has a guide who is certified as a Wilderness First Responder. This means he/she has been trained to deal with any medical emergencies in a wilderness setting. Additionally, when traveling to more remote areas, we carry a satellite phone where we can make calls should there be an emergency.
Group sizes are typically kept between 6-10 participants. We keep the ratio of guides to participants small so that you can have personal attention throughout the retreat. They tend to reflect a diverse range of ages, abilities, and motivations for seeking a wilderness adventure. Some people come with friends, while others seek to make new friends, but all leave with a greater connection to nature, themselves, and the people with whom they shared their experience.