2021 Dates TBD
Join us on a transformative adventure in Porcupine Mountains State Wilderness, in Michigan's Upper Penninsula. You’ll be immersed in fall beauty, meet new friends, and challenge yourself in new ways. This three-night trip is an ideal introduction to backpacking for those with decent physical fitness, offering beginners the basics of wilderness travel, yoga, and mindfulness. Those with more experience will have an opportunity to expand on backcountry skills such as navigation and leadership while spending time with likeminded people. We’ll be covering nearly twenty miles of trail over the course of three days on one of Michigan's most beautiful trails. Worried about the cold? Don't be. We'll be staying in a cozy backcountry cabin complete with a woodstove.
Delicious meals with organic ingredients will be prepared from Thursday evening until Sunday afternoon, including tasty snacks to keep you fueled
Lightweight backpacking gear will be provided if you don't have your own, including backpack, tent, sleeping bag, pad, and headlamp
Yoga sessions and meditation, plus evening group activities
Reservations at Union Bay drive-in campground on Thursday, and backcountry cabin reservations the other two nights
The opportunity to gain confidence in the backcountry and learn about navigation, leadership, and leave-no-trace principles
Wild Heart is about...
Loving yourself…your whole self…every last bit
Giving yourself permission to be you, quirks and all
Practicing embracing your imperfections and the messiness of life
Remembering to appreciate yourself and others
Sample Trip Itinerary
The group meets at Union Bay State Park. You'll get to know your co-adventurers. Dinner will be served around 6 PM, with the program officially beginning around 7 PM with an opening circle.
A delicious breakfast will be served after starting the day off right with a yoga session. We'll make sure our gear is ready to go, and hit the trail. Lunch (and waterfalls!) will be along the way, before arriving at our luxury cabin at Mirror Lake (~7.6 miles). There will be time to rest before a tasty backcountry meal, including dessert. There will be time to explore or rest before a special program in the evening.
How to Register
Group size: limited to 8
Please contact us with any questions!
Recreation passport: every car that enters the park needs a recreation passport. More details will be in the post-purchase registration email.
This day will be more relaxed. We'll take our time in the morning and have a tasty breakfast and yoga session by the lake. We will pack up our lunch and head out on a day hike (~4.2 miles) to the highest point in the park: Summit Peak. The views will be amazing, on a clear day you can see all the way to the Apostle Islands. We will have another great meal and reflective evening program.
Following the same morning routine of yoga and breakfast, we'll head back to the car, enjoying the incredible views of Lake of the Clouds on the famous Escarpment Trail. (~7.9 miles)