Back to Earth isn't just a summer experience. Running September through May, Mentoring Circles is our way of integrating the expansive experience of backpacking in the mountains into the rhythms of home and school through a combination of overnight trips, group outings and one-on-one mentoring.
Join us to say goodbye to 2022 with gratitude, the next installment of our free online thanksgiving event series. In this gathering we will name something from the past year that we feel grateful for, and bring our minds together for a short ceremony to offer greetings and thanks to the natural world. Appropriate for all ages. W.I.L.D. alumni are encouraged to attend. Link below.
Outdoor Adventure - Wilderness Skills - Rites of Passage
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“I am forever grateful to Back to Earth for the opportunities they have provided for my son to explore his fears, his strengths, and his identity as a young man growing up in this crazy world.”
Tatiana, W.I.L.D. Parent
“The Back to Earth program has supported our son in finding his voice - providing both physical challenges and deep conversations that have helped him to summon the courage it takes to be vulnerable and articulate in difficult moments. It has also allowed him to experience the spark of beauty that is possible when young men let their guard down and take chances together in community.“
Duncan, W.I.L.D. Parent
“Since joining the first trip to Yosemite, Jesse and Eli have been profound role models for my son - as men. Through their example, he experienced the power and beauty of aligning with one's authentic self, connecting with nature, respecting life, and owning one's gifts, fears, weaknesses, power and heartbreak. During the first group trip, and through his continued work as Jesse's mentee, my son is learning the source of truest strength - the courage to be open and to connect.”
Jennifer, W.I.L.D. Parent
“W.I.L.D. has helped to provide my son with the tools and skills to self-soothe, take perspective and develop a deeper sense of self.”
Kerryn, W.I.L.D. Parent
“You know how great it feels as a parent when your kid is having an enlivening, enriching, challenging, fun-filled experience? That's how it feels to have your kid involved with Back to Earth, times 100. We are so super grateful for Back to Earth! The gifts they're giving these kids are life-changing.”
Elizabeth, W.I.L.D. Parent
“My son has benefited immensely from W.I.L.D. It’s a great change of pace from his usual urban lifestyle. He has come back each time with new levels of confidence, and stories of camaraderie and overcoming challenges. So grateful for Eli, Jesse and the whole team.”
Andreas, W.I.L.D. Parent
“Back to Earth saved us! I was desperately looking for something for my teenage son to do during the lockdown of summer of 2020. I happened upon W.I.L.D. on a parents site and immediately signed him up for the 10-day backpacking trip. He had a blast; I had a break; but, even more importantly, he developed new skills and a renewed sense of being capable and connected.”
Kate, W.I.L.D. Parent