15 people. 7 skill-building sessions. 1 night. 24 hours to Rewild.
Weekly gatherings to prepare for a 24-hour solo in nature to Rewild your soul. Connect with nature. Challenge yourself. Rewild.
Age: Grade 12 to older adults.
Location: Blackmud Creek Ravine and SSUC when we need an indoor space.
Dates: Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 PM Sept. & Oct.; overnight trip Oct. 11 & 12.
Registration: As there are limited spots available, apply to attend. Online form coming soon.
Cost: $325 (see below for cost breakdown). Six registrations at $325 are needed at minimum so we can open 5 spots up for reduced fees. 4 spots are held for those entering grade 12 in fall 2019. Rewild is capped at 15 participants.
Week 1, Sept. 4th: Community building and gear essentials. Introduction: meet your guides and spiritual allies Alison Brooks-Starks and Zoe Chaytors. Hear about their experiences with solo trips (including a 28 day solo). Meet your new Rewild mates and join them in researching the best gear for a night alone in nature. Start to build a pack list. Learn why ‘cotton kills,’ and what the best materials are to keep you warm and cozy. Receive your field books and journals.
Solo length: 10 minutes
Week 2, Sept. 11th: Sense of smell and risk. Learn how to go to the bathroom in the backcountry and practice the skill. We will share the plan for food on Rewild and how to keep animals out of your stores. Discuss of the importance of fire, the Rule of 3 of survival and Leave No Trace principals. Learn the safety plan for Rewild and practice it together.
Solo length: 20 minutes
Week 3, Sept. 18th: Shelter building, weather considerations. Demonstration and practice of building your own shelter out of materials from the wild that could be used to sleep comfortably outside in the fall. Learn where to best build a shelter and what to use to build it.
Solo length: 30 minutes
Week 4, Sept. 25th: The psychology of solos, the fear and joy of solitude. Share concerns and excitement about upcoming trip and 24 hour solo. Learn what is happening in the brain when we are anxious and discuss plans to lower stress when needed. Hear about the enlivening and fulfilling benefits of time alone in nature.
Solo length: Night solo: 30 minutes
Week 5, Oct. 2nd: Longer solo and debrief. Practice spending a long time alone and share your experience after with the group.
Solo length: 1.5 hours
Oct. 7th (Monday): Gear swap and shopping trip. Trade and borrow gear from lenders and each other, then afterward we will head to second-hand shops to find anything else that we are missing. Be prepared to potentially do one more shopping trip on your own after this.
Oct. 9th: Pack check. Learn how to conduct a pack check for friends or groups heading out on trips. Check each other’s packs and confirm that they are ready to go for the weekend.
Oct. 11th & 12th Thanksgiving Weekend: Rewild. Narrow Lake overnight trip. Friday early morning until Saturday early evening. Drive, prep, lunch, SOLO after lunch for 24 hours, share stories over group lunch on Saturday, drive home.
Solo length: 24 hours
Week 7, Oct. 13: Optional storytelling at Full Moon ritual (Oct. 16 off). Share a highlight from your time Rewilding with the Emberwood community. Join our monthly full moon fire. Rewild’s usual Wednesday time is a week off to let the experience settle and sink in to the body.
Solo length: 10 min
Week 8, Oct. 23: Debrief with Rewild community. How are you changed? What did you learn? What was unforgettable? Who are you now, after your experience with Rewild?
Week 9, Oct. 30th: Graduation party with guests, storytelling, receive certificates. Join friends and family as they gather to see you receive your certificate in having completed a 24-hour solo.
Cost breakdown: Rewild is about 40 hours, which is the same length as a university course. At $325, each of the 10 session is $20, with the trip $125. Costs cover 2 guides, all group gear, some individual gear, food, and the ability to offer subsidized rates to folks who need it. Please also budget in the likely purchase of some gear (and get ready to borrow!) and splitting gas to Narrow Lake (2 hrs one way).
Safety: This trip is about learning, inner knowledge, and connecting to nature. Though you can expect to be challenged in many ways, it is not about fear or physical struggle. While you will learn survival skills, Rewild is not a survival trip, it is a spiritual pilgrimage into yourself through nature. You can expect to have all the skills necessary to do a 24 hour solo by the time of Rewild. Risk management is our top priority.
Your guides have experience in the field. Alison has done a 24-hour solo in a shelter at the tender age of 16, a 5-day solo camping trip, and a 28-day solo backcountry canoe trip. She has done overnight shelter building, including winter camping, a half dozen times. Alison has created a 24 hour solo trip for a group. She holds Remote Responder (wilderness first aid), lifeguarding, and an education degree. Zoe has extensive experience in the backcountry.
Interested? Contact Emberwood and you will be sent a direct link when the registration form is posted.