Connecting to the Spirit in Nature through your spiritual nature
PURPOSE: The purpose of this camping trip is to take people into the woods and deepen their experience in a twofold manner. First, to increase their knowledge and confidence in the external demands of camping in the woods for 2 nights. Second, to deepen their inner experience in connecting with Nature. This is born out of the program I (Jesse) ran this past year, Empathy with Nature, which explored nature from more of an "inside-out" perspective. You are not required to have participated in this program, but it will be a basis for engaging with the Spirit in Nature through our own spiritual nature.
"The camping trip was a great opportunity for me to deepen my comfort in deep nature. We hiked into a secluded part of the woods with so many surprises on the way like beaver damns, fern gullies and clear water. I learned how to start a cooking fire, set up camp, bear-proof the site, filter water and how to best pack for a camping trip and hike into deep woods with minimal gear. It was a bit of a challenge to let go and trust at first. The trip was well organized and all the behind-the-scenes touches were there set in place, which made me feel more comfortable with hiking and camping off-grid. I recommend this trip to anyone looking to build their confidence in the elements of nature and develop self-reliance. There was lots of time to sit in quiet contemplation with nature and also connect with other participants authentically. There was no wifi, but the connection was deeper and more meaningful."
Agnieszka Wec, 2022 participant
UPCOMING DATES: Friday Aug. 4 - Monday Aug. 7, 2023 (weekend of statutory holiday)
This weekend begins with an early start on Friday Aug. 4, driving to the Devil's Lake trailhead just south of Minden, followed by a 2-3 hour hike into the campsite on Sheldon Lake in the Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park, where we will set up our tents for the weekend. A full list of what to bring will be provided when you register. Food will be provided at the campsite but you will need to bring personal supplies (ie: sleeping bag) for the weekend. Required things will be minimal as you will be carrying them in, in your own backpack. Tent arrangements will be worked out once we have established who is participating. We will be backpacking out on Monday afternoon, followed by the return drive.
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COST: Refundable if you don't participate
$300 due by July 26 to reserve your spot
$250 Early Bird by July 1
This covers the cost for the weekend program, including food while at campsite.
Food while travelling is each person's responsibility, and transportation (gas) is worked out with drivers.
WHO FOR: This is a weekend camping trip open to all. It will be a blend of self-structure time to relax, meditate, swim, and enjoy the group vibe, as well as some structured exercises together to build confidence in camping and empathy with nature.
The 2-3 hour hike to campsite has modest challenges, but we'll take it slow, and with good hiking shoes, a water bottle, and minimal gear in backpack, is doable for anyone who can walk that distance (there is some up and down hills, over rocks, and one beaver dam to cross).
It is asked that people do not bring cameras or other recording devices into the forest. Cell phones can be left in cars at the trailhead. We will use enhanced capacities of the mind, such as empathy, to record the impressions of Nature.
YOUR GUIDE: I (Jesse) have been into wilderness camping in the back-country since childhood, and have gone on numerous canoe trips with friends the past few years. More recently I have explored solo tripping, and did a two week solo canoe trip in the same area we will be going to. I am interested in getting others out of the city and more connected with Nature, both through the physicality of camping, but also through practices that allow us to connect to the spirit of Nature through our own spiritual nature.
PAYMENT: $300 (refundable if you don't participate)
due by July 26 to reserve your spot
$250 Early Bird if by July July 1
If you are interested or have questions, please reach out. You'll get the gear list and other information upon registration. Please note this is an alcohol and substance free event - we will get high on Nature!