Length: Eight days (seven nights)
Difficulty LevelModerate to challenging
Available to suit participant


Example Itinerary

Day 1-2: Prep days. Around 6:30am, we will meet at the Cross River Wilderness Centre intercultural sharing lodge for an early morning prayer with the Aboriginal Elder. We then walk together to the main lodge for breakfast at 8:00 am. After breakfast, the days will consist of various prep activities, which could include hiking; searching out solo sites and set-up; nature awareness or inter-cultural sharing activities based on traditional teachings; traditional earth and wilderness skills; or campfire gatherings. All experiences will introduce you to an important nature and community-based way of life, and help prepare you for your solo time. The days will evolve out of the relationships that occur, so there will be no set schedule, and the experiences themselves end up being different for each person.

Day 3-7: These days you will be out on your solo time, facilitated by the First Nations elder and other experienced facilitators and helpers. You will begin final preparations and head out on the morning of Day 3, then be retrieved by a facilitator on the morning of Day 7. Facilitators may also visit you at your site from time to time during the experience. You will have all you need in order to be safe and comfortable, and all your questions and concerns will be addressed so you are confident about your experience before heading out. The experience will unfold for you in your own personal way, and has often been an experience that participants learn and draw from for years to come—we speak from experience. After returning to CrossRiver on Day 7, the experience will be capped with a feast in celebration, and a restful evening at the wilderness centre.

Day 8: After breakfast, you will have time visit and say goodbyes before your departure.

NOTE: Two extra nights accommodation at CrossRiver Wilderness Centre can be conveniently arranged for an extra charge to bookend your cultural experience with a little more comfort and time for reflection.

BASE FEE (not including donation): $1,988.00 CAD, per person

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Base fee includes: certified guides and experienced non-elder solo time facilitators; all meals; all non-traditional activity costs; all necessary permits; select nights cabin accommodation, based on double occupancy; and trailhead transportation. Group and family discounts are available.

Note: 12% taxes are extra.

: All traditional activities with an elder are by offering or donation only, and are not included in the listed base fee (see more about offerings and donations here).

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