Saturday, August 31, 2024

Adventure Untamed and Mindful Wilderness are teaming up to offer you a blissful weekend in the country. This backpacking retreat brings you hands-on practice and years of accumulated experience on how to prepare and execute your first backpacking trip or camping adventure. We will be sharing the basics of gear, shelter, water, food, and fire. You will also learn how to troubleshoot your gear, plan your meals, make a fire, and everything in between. This one-day and one-night retreat features the following:

  • Shelter: how to pick the perfect spot to set up your tent, putting up your tent in 5 minutes or less, various types of tents and set ups
  • Fire: how to start a fire from scratch even in wet conditions, finding materials, building structures, lighting hacks
  • Water: various types of water filters and how they work
  • Food: how to ration and cook your food, types of stoves, cooking on the open flames/coals, edible plants

The retreat space features a natural stream with a watering hole, fire pit, outdoor showers, homemade vegetarian meals (dinner, brunch) and various types of accommodations. Our intention for this weekend is to create a safe space where you can practice what you learn and get comfortable sleeping and living outdoors.

About your lead guide: Alexandra is an herbalist, wilderness guide and sound practitioner. She focuses on building health through nourishment and working with local, accessible, abundant plants. Alexandra grew up learning herbalism from her grandmother and has studied under the guidance of Susun Weed since 2017. She believes that herbalism is accessible to everyone. All we need is to follow our curiosity and get our hands in the dirt, the plants teach us the rest! She is a New York State certified camping and hiking guide and a Wilderness First Responder.

Property description: The land is a private 10 acre property featuring a 30-foot diameter yurt, fire pit, a natural spring and stream, four season cabin, outdoor showers and bathrooms. The yurt is a large and cozy common space used for indoor events and activities. The cabin features a kitchen, 2 bedrooms and a bathroom.

Accommodations: You can stay in an individual tent, under the stars (gear rental available). Or, for an additional $50 you can stay in a yurt or a bell tent. Both the yurt and bell tent have beds to make your stay more comfortable. Yurts are traditional circular non-permanent wooden structures that have been used for hundreds of years by nomadic people to live in year-round. The yurt on the property is a large 30 foot diameter yurt that is currently used as a common area. It accommodates 4 single beds. Bedding and pillows are provided. The bell tent is a canvas tent. Canvas tents are charming and rustic structures built to accommodate 2-4 people. This tent comes with single beds, bedding and pillows.

Level: Active (Learn More)

Mileage: Mileage will vary from day to day. The emphasis will be on learning skills, rather than covering distance.

Elevation Gain:

Group Size: 2 - 12 adventurers


W 73rd and Broadway

Check-in Time: 7:45 am, August 31st

Departure Time: 8:00 am, August 31st

Return Time: Approximately 6:00 pm, September 1st



  • Hiking boots
  • Wool or synthetic socks (no cotton)
  • Moisture-wicking base layers (top and bottom, no cotton).
  • Fleece
  • Insulating top layer (puffy)
  • Insulating bottom layer such as fleece pants
  • Fully waterproof top and bottom shells (should be able to fit over your other layers)
  • Long underwear for sleeping
  • Fleece hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses

Pack (*starred items are available for rent at an extra fee)

  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag rated to 40 degrees F or lower*
  • Sleeping pad*
  • Tent*
  • Personal toiletries
  • Water bottles that can hold at least 3 liters total
  • Mess kit (mug, bowl, and spork that can take boiling water)
  • Headlamp (required)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Extra pair of wool socks
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Light and comfortable camp shoes (optional, consider weight before packing)