Length: Four days (three nights) Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate Dates: Updating
Day 1: Arrive at CrossRiver Wilderness Centre by After preliminary introductions with staff and facilitators, a hot evening meal will be served in the main lodge. After dinner, we will discuss more about the coming nature-based experiences as we meet at the teepee encampment, in Konkurra, or in the yurt, for an opening gathering around the campfire to start the experience.
Day 2: After breakfast, we gather at a previously chosen spot in the forest, somewhere on the Wilderness Centre grounds, with the facilitator. Here we will spend some time with traditional music, in order to rediscover the enchantments of the landscape, and its relationship to our lives. Each musical piece will incorporate, or be followed by, meditative creative visualization; story; interactive participation; and/or interesting and enlightening conversation. We take lunch in the main lodge then head out on an afternoon half-day hike. We will hike through one of the nearby river valleys, with opportunities to explore along the shores and adjacent forest for various plant and wildflowers, as well as possible wildlife. I have spotted deer, elk, moose, hawks, eagles, cougar, wolves, and bears all in this area. These opportunities will also include some nature-based activities with the facilitator and guide. Some other sights along the way could be picturesque waterfalls, whole river valley lookouts, and characteristic limestone cliff bands. We aim to be back at CrossRiver for around Walking distance: 3-4 km, one way; elevation gain: 100 m. After dinner we will gather again around the campfire to cap the day with camaraderie, stories, and music.
Day 3: Today, we spend our time around the Wilderness Centre, or the surrounding landscape, participating in various nature-based and inter-cultural sharing experiences, possibly with a North American First Nations elder. Possible experiences could include: nature awareness or inter-cultural sharing activities based on traditional teachings; wellness ceremonies; and traditional earth and wilderness skills. All experiences will introduce you to an important nature and community-based way of life. The day will evolve out of the relationships that occur in a traditional way, so there is no set schedule, and the experiences themselves end up being different for each person. Therefore, we cannot say how it will all turn out; it always turns out exactly the way it is supposed to, for everyone to powerfully get out of it exactly what they are meant to. After dinner at the main lodge, we will gather one last time around the campfire to cap off the weekend in general with more stories and music.
Day 4: After one final breakfast together, we part ways until next time.
Base Fee (without possible donation):
Cabins - $ Updating CAD, per person Teepees - $ Updating CAD, per person
Base fee includes: certified guides and experienced musicians and facilitators; all meals; all non-ceremonial activity costs; all taxes; all necessary permits; three nights Wilderness Centre accommodation, based on double occupancy; and trailhead transportation. Group and family discounts are available.
Note: All wellness ceremonies are by offering or donation only, and are not included in the listed base fee (see more about offerings and donations here).