A Return to Nature

“We often forget that we are nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we have lost our connection to ourselves.”
—Andy Goldsworthy

When I started yearning for time in the wilderness, I felt broken and lost. I didn’t like who I was. I wasn’t even sure I knew who I was. I was looking for answers, I was searching for truth, and I was in desperate need of relief. I had no idea how hiking would change me, but something told me there was magic out there in the mountains, so I ventured into the wildest parts of California, Oregon, and Washington to reinvent myself as someone I could love and appreciate and understand.

It worked. I wasn’t actually broken, I discovered. I just needed to be reminded of my capacity to love and be loved. I needed to experience the beauty of our world and the humbling power of the elements. I needed to reconnect to my true self. 

In the last five years, since I started backpacking, I’ve been able to let go of the hurtful, toxic thoughts I carried about myself. I’ve turned into someone who is honest and genuine: a better friend, daughter, and sister. I’m healthier than ever, physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. I’m a better problem solver and I’m more adaptable.

We all need time in the wild. You do not have to feel broken to need this. You do not have to feel lost. If you are hurting, the mountains can heal you. But if you already feel like the healthiest, happiest version of yourself, the wilderness will only enhance your awesomeness.

This is your opportunity. Come with me. Leave behind your pressures and stresses for 3 days and 2 nights of nourishing food, epic beauty, yoga, hiking, camping, camaraderie, laughter, meditation, and whatever else you’d like to discover out there. A chance to challenge yourself, to explore yourself, to reward yourself, and to experience yourself in the most authentic way.

A return to nature.