BWCA Mind~Body~Spirit 2020

Join us on a Journey for your Soul on our 4th Annual Mind, Body, Spirit BWCA Experience. 

Join us on a Journey for your Soul on this women-only wilderness experience. Contemplate the mystery of the infamous North Hegman Pictographs, hug giant trees, journal, rest in the hammock and stretch your spirit with some yoga or meditation on the rocks.

Our guest guide and healer, Debra Quarles will introduce healing elements to the group on this journey to wellness. This trip features group gatherings and each participant will receive a special 1 on 1 session with Deb.

This is a short and sweet trip suitable for beginners.  We’ve had women 18-73 on this one.  All meals are included from evening meal the first day to a hearty breakfast before heading back to civilization. While this may not be the most physically demanding trip offered, you will be much more comfortable if you have a good level of physical conditioning, especially upper body strength. There is an optional 6 week workout plan available to help prepare your body for the journey. Please ask if you are interested.


September 9-12, 2020   4 Days, 3 Nights


Maximum group size is 9 women. (3 Openings Remain) Travel out of Ely, MN Accommodations are Backcountry Base-Camp Style Tenting, Shared Space


The total cost is $825. A non-refundable deposit of $150 secures your space on this journey. The balance of $675 is due July 18th. Personal checks are the preferred method of payment of the balance. Credit card payments outside of the initial deposit will have an additional 3% charge ($20). Cost includes all meals, guiding, group equipment, permits and any sessions while on trail. You will be provided with a packing list and additional information upon confirmation.

Details: Following is a tentative itinerary.  The woods are unpredictable so find ease in flexibility.  Subject to change with weather, group energy, location, etc.

Wedensday September 9: Meet in Ely, MN at 2pm Kawishiwi Ranger Station.  Travel to forest campground and set up camp.  Practice portaging, paddling, and gear packing along with a safety briefing and review of wilderness travel ethics using best practices.  Dinner and Rest.

Thursday: Early wake, pack camp and breakfast.  Morning meditation/invocation, followed by travel in vehicles to BWCA entry point.  Portage and paddle in to the BWCA.  Floating lunch and campsite exploration.  We’ll find a suitable spot to base camp and set up.  Dinner, meditation, sharing.

Friday: Wake, Yoga/Meditation time, Breakfast, Paddle to see the famous Pictographs on North Hegman Lake, Lunch, Hammock Time, Journal, Dinner, Circle Gathering

Saturday: Wake and pack camp.  Breakfast, paddle and portage to parking lot.  Farewells and Hugs

Find Your Tribe

You are responsible for travel to and from Ely, MN and subsequent campground and entry point near Ely.  Carpooling may be an option.  The trip ends the afternoon we exit the BWCA. I would recommend an extra night in Ely after your trip to have dinner, visit the quaint shops, find your souvenirs, or support the International Wolf Center or Bear Center.

Enlighten Your Spirit

COVID-19 UPDATE: Book with confidence! 2020 has been a year of much uncertainty, but I still remain optimistic we will have a summer filled with wilderness experiences. So far, we are still a go for the season. I am monitoring and following the CDC and MN State guidelines closely while working on taking certain steps and precautions to enable us to have a safe and enjoyable experience. For instance, our group sizes are very small to begin with, no more than 9. I am in the works of procuring single tents for sleeping for those interested. For this year, 2020 only, I have also changed the policy regarding deposits and full payment. You retain the option cancel up to a week before the event if you are not feeling well or safe and will be given a full refund, deposit included. If our social distancing protocols currently in place are extended through any trip, full refunds, including the deposits will be given. I say this all with a light heart and a compelling call to continue my work providing you with access to this beautiful place. I fully believe nature is healing and what if spending time in it is the medicine? I want to continue to give you this opportunity. Be Happy. Love, Melissa

To join this Journey, reserve your spot now. Last year’s trip filled quickly. Please feel free to Contact Melissa with any questions.

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