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Join us among the babbling streams, towering trees, and diverse wildlife of central Maine for an immersive wilderness retreat. Taking in the sweet smell of pine and the melodies of birdsong at dusk, we’ll learn to cultivate a greater appreciation for—and knowledge of—the ecosystem we’re a part of. We’ll partake in a series of awareness and skill-based workshops, from a plant identification excursion to a basket-weaving workshop. As we go, we’ll have plenty of time for relaxation, bathing in the dappled forest sunlight, camp-cooking, and hunkering down by the heat of the crackling campfire.
If you're interested in reserving this wilderness workshop for a private group, see here.
Note on Safety
We’ve designed this wilderness workshop with current health and safety precautions in mind. To maintain adequate physical distancing, participants will arrive in their own vehicles and provide their own camping gear. Campsites will be spaced out, and participants will be responsible for providing and preparing their own food. Staff and participants will be expected to follow the latest CDC guidelines, which include keeping six feet of distance between people who are not traveling together. Visit our Trips FAQ for more information, and feel free to contact us directly with any questions.
See here for Maine's most up-to-date policies for visitors traveling from out-of-state.
The total cost of this trip is $380 per person.
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip.
For the two nights of this workshop, you’ll be camping in a section of the 30-acre outdoor campus of the Maine Primitive Skills School. You’ll have plenty of space at the campsite to set up tents, tarps, and/or camping hammocks, as well as a camp kitchen and any lounge chairs or camp games. You'll have access to clean field latrines (like an outhouse, but cleaner), equipped with a composting toilet system. Note that you’ll need to provide all of your own camping equipment and food, though we’ll be providing you with potable water. In accordance with the campus policy, we ask that you leave any alcoholic beverages at home. We'll send you a recommended gear list closer to the date of our workshop.
The workshop begins with an afternoon activity on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in Augusta, Maine by 3 p.m. that day so you can meet the staff and set up your campsite. The workshop concludes on Day 3 around midday. From here, you can head home or extend your time in the surrounding area. We’re happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in Maine on your own.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking three to four miles over the course of each day, often on uneven terrain; spending time in nature; and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Participants should be comfortable camping and cooking outside, which inevitably means getting a little dirty.
August in Maine is warm during the day, and when you’re camping in the woods, cooler at night. Daytime temperatures reach up to around 80°F, dropping to the low 60s in the evenings, while humidity can reach 75 percent. Note that our activities will take place rain or shine, so you’ll want to bring a rain jacket as well as a rain cover for your tent—and make sure that you don’t mind getting a bit wet throughout the day.
All participants are welcome and encouraged to join, regardless of background and experience level. While you’ll need to provide your own camping gear, we’ll be providing a list of required and recommended items in advance of your arrival, and can help with any questions you might have, both leading up to the trip and once you arrive. What you do need is an enthusiasm for spending time outdoors, and a willingness to give up whatever creature comforts you may have for a few days!
Your participation in this trip helps support outdoor education, wilderness appreciation, and ultimately, sustainable coexistence with the natural world. You can increase your impact by sharing the importance of our relationship with nature with family and friends. The skills and awareness you gain in just a weekend here have the potential to stay with you for years to come; we encourage you to incorporate new learnings into your life back home, everyday habits, and observation of the world around you.