BWCA Solstice Journey June 2023

Welcome to the Season of Light in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Join other like-minded women as we Journey through the Elements to celebrate the summer solstice. Connect with your inner nature by diving deep within through an exploration of each element Earth, Air, Water, Fire, Spirit.

Earth: Feel the connection of the earth at your feet. You are rooted and grounded into being.

Air: The scent of pine and cedar are carried on the wind. Headwinds make us stronger and tailwinds ease our paddling efforts – the spirit of air surrounds us.

Water: Celebrate clean water in lakes so pure, you could drink from them. Dance in the rain, let the spirit of water flow through you.

Fire: The essential element for every outdoor experience. Ancient wisdom is held around the fire where food is prepared and stories are told.

Spirit: The spirit of the wilderness is within us.


June 18-23, 2023 6 Days/5 Nights


Maximum group size is 9 people. (6 Openings Remain) Travel out of Ely, MN Accommodations are Backcountry Tent Camping, Shared Space. Please see FAQ’s for more information.


***Register before February 28 and save $150***

Early Bird Price: $1200. Cost after March 1st: $1350 A non-refundable deposit of $150 secures your space on this journey. The balance is due April 22nd. 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. Cost includes wilderness guide, all meals, group equipment, permits, activities and any instruction while on trail. A packing list and additional information will be provided upon confirmation.

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

Sunday June 18: Meet in Ely, MN at 3pm Kawishiwi Ranger Station. Travel to forest campground and set up camp. Practice portaging, paddling, and gear packing along with safety briefing and review of wilderness travel etiquette and ethics using best practices.

Monday: Early Wake, Short Yoga/Meditation/Invocation, Breakfast and travel to BWCA entry point. Portage and Paddle into the BWCA. Floating lunch and campsite exploration. We’ll find a suitable spot for first night camp and set up. Dinner, meditation.

Tuesday: Wake, break camp, breakfast. Paddle and portage and explore to new campsite. Set up camp, dinner, Element Journey.

Wednesday: Welcome the Solstice, Layover Day, Brunch, Options to Explore, Fish, Meditate, Journal, Yoga, Circle Gathering.

Thursday: Break camp, breakfast, paddle and portage to new camp. Set up camp, Element Journey, Dinner.

Friday: Break camp, breakfast, paddle and portage to parking lot.
Return @3pm. Farewells, Hugs and email exchanges.

Please see FAQ’s for other helpful information.

To join this Journey, click the button below to pay the deposit and reserve your spot now. Please feel free to contact Melissa for additional information or options on payment plans.