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wildlife & nature • 3 days, 2 nights

Private Trip: Maine Wilderness Immersion & Outdoor Workshop

wildlife & nature • 3 days, 2 nights

Private Trip: Maine Wilderness Immersion & Outdoor Workshop

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  • Group Size 10 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
  • Travel Style
    Outdoor Expedition

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Trip Overview

Head into the thick forests of central Maine for a private, three-day wilderness workshop. Taking in the sweet smell of pine and the melodies of birdsong at dusk, you and a small group of friends or family will learn to cultivate a greater appreciation for—and knowledge of—the ecosystem you're a part of. You'll partake in a series of expert-led awareness and skill-based workshops, from a plant identification excursion to a basket-weaving workshop. Between activities, you'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.

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 and 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.

  • Private group experience
  • Wilderness immersion
  • Nature literacy and awareness workshops
  • Fire-building lesson
  • Stories around the campfire


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leader

Michael Douglas
Michael had dreamt of creating a school for outdoor education since he was seven years old. Three decades ago, he opened the doors to his Maine-based education center to participants of all backgrounds, and has been facilitating outdoor education workshops ever since. He’s also offered internationally renowned apprenticeships in foraging, tracking, bow-making, and much more. His lifelong passion for nature, awareness, and philosophy has taken him across the globe in search of new learning opportunities, from developing survival skills as a Marine to supporting the Sami of present-day Sweden in the revival of disappearing cultural tools. You might consider asking him about his experience coaching reality TV contenders, as well as teaching his three kids.

Additional Info

Private Trip Requirements & Pricing

The listed price of this private trip is per person. Participating groups must have between four and ten people; if your party has fewer than four people, please check out our regular departure.


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.

Arrival & Departure

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.

Activity Level

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.

  • Private, experienced instruction for the duration of the workshop.
  • Access to potable water.
  • A wilderness welcome kit.
  • Picnic lunch on Day 2.
  • Clean, enclosed field latrines.
  • Admission to all proposed activities and locations.
  • Global Rescue medical evacuation insurance.
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences.
  • Transportation to and from Augusta, Maine.
  • Camping equipment, including tent, sleeping bags, headlamps, etc.
  • Cooking gear (e.g. camp stove, pots, plates, sporks).
  • Most meals during the workshop. You'll be expected to bring your own food and drinks. Please note that the campus has a no-substances policy, which includes alcoholic beverages.
  • Appropriate outdoor clothing and shoes.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
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Trip FAQ

In this case, taking a private trip means that members of your party of four to ten people will be the only  campers and participants throughout the entire experience, and each day’s schedule and activities can be tailored to your group’s preferences. You'll need to arrive in your own private vehicles and purchase and prepare your own food.

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