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Connect with nature, build community, seek truth, and cultivate love

Mindful Wonder Events were born out of these pillars.


I help adventurous entrepreneurs & creative changemakers connect to a deeper vision of who they are and what they want to create in the world


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.

Wilderness retreat

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.

 

When we don’t take breaks from the constant inundation of information and perpetual busyness of our lives our brains get stuck in overdrive and fatigued.

But research shows that after just 3 days in nature our brains perform 50% higher on creativity and problem solving.

Mindfulness based wilderness retreats offer the opportunity to tap into your creativity and deeper wisdom through meditation and the vastness that nature has to offer,


 

Benefits of wilderness retreats

 
 
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Connect with Nature

With little to focus on other than what’s in front of you, camping and backpacking wilderness retreats allow you the space needed to deepen your connection with nature.

Immerse yourself in an experience where you can get down to the elements and learn camping fundamentals like campground etiquette and Leave No Trace.

 
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Cultivate Love

Our ability to make difficult changes in our lives is directly related to our capacity for self compassion and forgiveness.

Throughout retreat you will learn heart opening practices such as loving-kindness, equanimity, compassion, and forgiveness.

 
 
 
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Seek Truth

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.

 
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Build Community

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 

PIONEERTOWN WILDERNESS RETREAT

OCTOBER 25TH - 27TH, 2019

 
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Embark on a mindful wonder Adventure AND discover yourself along the way


 During a Mindful Wonder Retreat you will…

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

 

More than a therapy session

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 inclusive

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 licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, meditation facilitator, and outdoor educator.

  • Support from your guide before and after retreat to help with a smooth transition.

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Day in the life on retreat

7am - 10am Coffee & Breakfast (Morning Silence)
8am - 9am Morning Meditation & Movement
10am - 11am Writing Prompts & Reflection
11am - 12pm Guided Group Discussion
12pm - 1pm Lunch
1pm - 3pm Hike or Scheduled Activity
3pm - 5pm Free Time
5pm - 6pm Dinner
6pm - 8pm Council Around the Fire 8pm - 9pm Evening Meditation & Movement

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Mindful Wonder Retreat Investment

 

Pay in Full

$797

Payment plan

Deposit $200 now
$325 by September 15th
$325 by October 15th

$850 total

 

 
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“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

 
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The Process

 

Mindful Wonder Retreats are more than just a weekend camping trip away. They are for those entrepreneurs and creatives who are ready for transformation. That is why, unless you have attended a past retreat or are already working with me, all participants who attend Mindful Wonder Retreats must go through an application process.

 
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Schedule a phone interview to discuss hopes, fears, and ask any questions. Sign up HERE.

Applications Open June 15th - Sept. 1st

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Fill out the application form and make your payment. This will be email to you.

Deposit Due Sept. 1st

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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.

Application Deadline is September 1st.

 
 
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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.

Along the way, I realized the incredible healing power of nature.

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.

 

My background, education, and experience includes:

 
  • B.S. in Outdoor Education

  • Certified Wilderness First Responder

  • 10 Years Experience as a Wilderness Guide

  • In training for Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certificate with Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, and the Greater Good Science Center.

  • M.A. in Psychology

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

  • EMDR Certified (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

 
 
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Frequently Asked Questions

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WHO CAN ATTEND Z ADVENTURES’ WILDERNESS RETREATS?

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.


HOW PHYSICALLY STRENUOUS ARE THE RETREATS?

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.


WHAT DOES THE RETREAT COST COVER?

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.


WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

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.


ARE YOU ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE FOOD RESTRICTIONS?

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.


MAY I BRING MY PHONE?

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.


WHAT ARE THE TRANSPORTATION ARRANGEMENTS?

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.


WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?

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.


WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY?

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.


WHAT ARE THE GROUPS LIKE?

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.

Have additional questions?

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