photo: Noël Vietor
Four months since our Yosemite Pilgrimage, and I’m longing to be back on the trail, be in a wilderness circle, go deep with my inner wild. I can still feel the exhilaration, fatigue, aching muscles, pure bliss and the deep connection with nature and fellow pilgrims. Hearing Coyote the last morning in the High Sierra, and seeing the mist rising from the wet vegetation as the sun heats up air.
photo: Ian Momsen
One of the best weeks of my life. Feeling into the layers of rebirth, integration, and wholeness that this experience provided... There’s no going back from this feeling, as it lives on now in my bones and informs how I want to show up in this life. Loved my fellow pilgrims and grateful to have been by each others’ side on this journey. To many more…
photo: Dorothy Charles
I felt alive, connected, disconnected (in the good way), more myself. There is nothing more important to me.
Wildtender founders Noël and Fletcher are wonderful! They are kind, compassionate and competent trip leaders, and they compliment each other very well... I appreciated the way they encouraged my curiosity, sensory experience, and direct relationship with the natural world – often posing questions when something intriguing came up on the trail (like animal tracks or edible / medicinal plants), as opposed to lecturing or solely providing answers. Above all, this was a deeply meaningful and transformative journey.
[Wildtender] provided safety, security and trust that my basic needs would be met, and I was freed up to revel in the wonder of the wild, appreciate all of the beauty that surrounded me and connect with each person in our group.
The experience of being together in this way was transformative, both physically and emotionally. I loved getting to experience the power and capabilities of my body and the effect of disconnecting from modern technology on my psychological state.