Back to Earth

Yoga backpacking retreats, from the Bay Area to California wilderness.

Back to Earth is proud to announce its inaugural series of Young Men's Wilderness Retreats for Summer 2015

Skill building and mindfulness-based backcountry programs

Our 5, 8 and 10-day backcountry programs are designed to help young men, ages 15-19, develop the personal and practical skills they need to navigate the transition between adolescence and adulthood. These trips are ideal for teenagers who want to make positive changes in their lives and in the lives of others.  Each trip is limited to 10 participants - sign up below! 

Highlights of the training include:

Basics of backpacking
Orienteering and first aid
Martial arts
Creative expression
Mindfulness and meditation
Survival skills
Nature awareness
Deep connection with peers

These journeys take us into some of the most beautiful places in California - Point Reyes National Seashore and Yosemite National Park - for life-changing explorations of our inner and outer worlds.  Some days will be spent covering ground on and off trail as we learn to set up and break down a backcountry camp.  Base-camping days will be spent acquiring and practicing new skills, including fire making and plant identification. We will start our days with stretching, martial arts, meditation and nature awareness activities. Each night we'll gather around a campfire for story-telling, music making, and personal sharing. This trip serves as an introduction to backpacking skills, so no previous experience is required. However, all participants must come in good physical condition for personal and group safety.

2015 Season


June 9-13  |  5 days / 4 nights
Ages 15-19
Instructors: Eli Marienthal and Patrick Cook-Deegan 
Point Reyes National Seashore, CA

July 10-19  |  10 days / 9 nights
Ages 15-19

Instructors: Eli Marienthal and Patrick Cook-Deegan
Yosemite National Park, CA


July 26-August 2  |  8 days / 7 nights
Ages 15-19

Instructors: Eli Marienthal and Jesse Sachs
Yosemite National Park, CA