BWCA Mind~Body~Spirit 2022

Join us on a Journey for your Soul on our 6th 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 sacred 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.


September 7-10, 2022   4 Days, 3 Nights


Maximum group size is 9 women. (1 Opening Remaining) 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 8th. 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.

Wednesday September 7: 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, campfire, 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.  Brunch, 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. 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 can enhance your Northwoods experience.

Enlighten Your Spirit

COVID-19 UPDATE: Book with confidence! Your health and safety is important. 2020 was a successful season and all participants returned from their trips healthy and happy. Guiding Spirit Journeys continues to follow the CDC and MN State guidelines closely while taking certain precautions that enable us to have a safe and enjoyable experience. All BWCA Wilderness Journeys have a group size of no more than 9 people. Hand sanitizer is readily available. You will be furnished with a single-person tent in order to keep exposure to a minimum. For this year, 2022 only, the cancellation policy regarding deposits and full payment has changed. You retain the option cancel up to a week before a Journey in the event of a verified Covid-19 exposure or illness and will be given a refund of your full payment less the nonrefundable reservation fees the USFS charges. The call to continue to provide you with access to this beautiful place is strong. Nature is healing. What if spending time in it is the medicine? 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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