WHO CAN ATTEND Z ADVENTURES’ WILDERNESS RETREATS?
Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome. While some trips are occasionally gender specific, there are plenty of outings for everyone, regardless of whether you’ve never been camping at all or are already an experienced pro.
HOW PHYSICALLY STRENUOUS ARE THE RETREATS?
Each retreat is categorized as Easy, Intermediate, or Challenging. All retreats are either camping or backpacking, and sleeping takes place in tents.
Easy - Camping Retreats with 2 miles or less of hiking a day on easy terrain. These trips will have an outdoor toilet and outdoor camping shower. The focus will be on meditation, journaling, and council at night.
Intermediate - Camping or backpacking retreats with 3-6 miles of hiking a day on uneven and varied terrain. Must be physically able to hike uphill for one mile. Focus will be on learning camping basics, meditation, journaling, and exploration. Depending on the trip, there may be outhouses or simply the great outdoors.
Challenging - Wilderness Backpacking Retreats with 3-7 miles of hiking a day over uneven, varied, and/or steep terrain wearing a 35-45 Ib. backpack. No experience is necessary, but you should have some knowledge of your ability to hike on uneven terrain for 3-4 miles. Backpacking to places unreachable by car means the great outdoors are our bathroom. We will go over how to take care of our business outdoors and it’s actually a freeing feeling!
With so much to see and explore on our hikes, we take our time and move as a group. Many people worry about slowing the group down, but these trips are not about speed. They are actually about slowing down everything, so there is no need to worry about holding back the group.
WHAT DOES THE RETREAT COST COVER?
All meals, accommodations, and permits are included. Group gear, cooking supplies, stove, fuel, water purification, and maps, are also provided. Sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tent, and any additional gear needed can be provided upon request.
Taking the time out of your life to go on retreat is a big deal. It is an opportunity to reset your intentions. To help with this process, a 30-minute call aimed at helping you prepare for the experience is built into the cost of the retreat.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Your packing list will vary depending on the time of year and destination. Generally, you will bring your own sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and clothing. We can help provide anything you might need but don't already have. Once you have registered for a particular retreat, your welcome kit will include a packing list with more details specific to your trip.
ARE YOU ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE FOOD RESTRICTIONS?
We make a conscious effort to provide healthy and delicious meals, and we are happy to accommodate any food allergies or restrictions, such as vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free. Just let us know what you need.
MAY I BRING MY PHONE?
Although you will be able to have your phone with you, there will likely be no reception. More importantly, part of being on retreat is allowing yourself to disconnect from the constant influx of information and stimulation of daily life. This the perfect time to set aside all your normal distractions and be intentional about where you focus your attention.
WHAT ARE THE TRANSPORTATION ARRANGEMENTS?
Unless otherwise specified in the trip details, you are responsible for getting to and from the retreat locations. Carpooling is encouraged, and we are happy to help you connect with other participants.
WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?
If you cancel your trip less than 2 weeks prior to the departure date, there are no refunds. However, you may transfer your payment to a friend or family member for that specific trip.
If you cancel your trip 14 to 44 days prior to departure date, you may apply your payment towards a future trip at no additional cost and with no expiration.
If you cancel your trip 45 days or more prior to departure date, you may receive a full refund minus $100 for administration fees.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY?
Every trip has a guide who is certified as a Wilderness First Responder. This means he/she has been trained to deal with any medical emergencies in a wilderness setting. Additionally, when traveling to more remote areas, we carry a satellite phone where we can make calls should there be an emergency.
WHAT ARE THE GROUPS LIKE?
Group sizes are typically kept between 6-10 participants. We keep the ratio of guides to participants small so that you can have personal attention throughout the retreat. They tend to reflect a diverse range of ages, abilities, and motivations for seeking a wilderness adventure. Some people come with friends, while others seek to make new friends, but all leave with a greater connection to nature, themselves, and the people with whom they shared their experience.