Frequently Asked Questions
Who can attend Z Adventures Wilderness Retreats?
Anyone over the age of 18. Some trips are gender specific, but you can find a trip for anyone. Whether you have never been camping or are an experienced camper, going on retreat offers opportunities for everyone to push their limits and take time to learn more about themselves through adventure, reflection and group discussion.
How physically strenuous are the retreats?
It depends on the retreat. Each retreat is categorized as Leisurely, Intermediate, or Challenging
Flat Terrain - Camping Retreats with 1-2 miles of hiking a day on easy terrain.
Varied Terrain - Camping Retreats with 2-4 miles of hiking a day on uneven and varied terrain.
Steep Terrain - Wilderness Backpacking Retreats with 3-7 miles of hiking a day over uneven and varied terrain wearing a 35-45 Ib backpack.
Whatever your physical ability, there is no need to worry, there is so much cool stuff to look at and explore on hikes that we take our time and move as a group.
What is included?
All meals, fees, and accommodations are included. Group gear such as tents, cooking supplies, stove, fuel, water purification, and maps are provided. Sleeping bags, sleeping pads and any additional gear needed can be provided upon request.
What do I need to bring?
The packing list will depend on the time of year and destination. Generally you will be brining a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, personal dish, and personal clothing. We can help with providing anything you might need but don't already have. Once registered for a trip you will receive a welcome kit with a packing list with more details specific to your trip.
What is the food like?
All food is included and we strive to provide healthy and delicious meals. If you have any food allergies or restrictions such as vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free, please let us know and we will be happy to accommodate you.
Will I have my phone?
Although you will be able to have your phone with you, there will likely be no reception. In addition, part of being on retreat is taking the time to disconnect from the constant influx of information. Retreat is the perfect place to set aside all the distractions and be intentional about where you put your attention.
What is the difference between base camping and backpacking?
On our trips we refer to base camping as drive up campsites where we can set up camp and do day trips from there. Backpacking involves carrying everything we need with us and heading out to places we can only reach on foot.
What are the accommodations like?
We will be sleeping in tents and, depending on the trip, sharing a tent with one or two other people of the same gender. If you are coming with a friend you are more then welcome to share a tent with them. If you are coming alone it can be a great opportunity to make new friends!
What about transportation?
Unless otherwise specified in the trip details, you are responsible for getting to and from the retreat locations. Carpooling is encouraged and we can help you connect with other participants.
What is your refund policy?
If you cancel your trip less than 2 weeks prior to the trip departure date there are no refunds. However, you may transfer your payment to a family member or friend for that specific trip.
If you cancel your trip 14 to 44 days prior to departure you may apply your payment towards a future trip at no additional cost and with no expiration date.
If you cancel your trip 45 days or more prior to the trip you may receive a full refund minus $100 for administration fees.
What happens if there is an emergency?
Every trip has a guide certified as a Wilderness First Responder. Additionally, when we are traveling to more remote areas we carry a satellite phone.
What are the groups like?
Group sizes are kept between 4-10 participants with one lead guide and one supporting guide. There is a great range in age, physical ability, and reasons why people choose to go on wilderness retreat. Some people come with friends and some come to make new friends, but all leave inspired and with a greater connection to nature, themselves, and the people whom they shared their adventure with.