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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.
The total cost of this private trip is $425 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.
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.
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.
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.