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All of our programing is based upon the belief that at the cross-section of wilderness, meditation and community there are real opportunities for “outside in” transformation. So, what do we mean by “outside in” transformation? In our experience, the physical challenges faced when trekking in wilderness have the power to melt away societal pressures and distraction and force you to surrender to the present moment. In that moment wilderness has the power to turn you inward thereby creating a calmness and clarity of thinking, whereby worry is replaced by wonder. Meditation is the tool we will use to help transport that calmness and clarity of thinking outside of the field. Our peer-supported and confidential community will support, nuture, inform and hold accountable all members of the forum with the hope that new positive rituals can be cultivated and realized.

Scholarships & Research

An integral part of the Sherpa of Souls mission is to make slow backcountry retreats as assessible as possible to as many people as we can. To that end, for those in need of financial assistance, our founder has pledged to offer qualified candidates reduced retreat costs. Above and beyond confirmation of financial need, qualified candidates receiving financial support will agree to participate in mental health medical research in the form of a follow-up questionnaire administered by a professional research organization, consistent with our vision to make retreats in nature a reimbursable mental health intervention.

While we will request all Sherpa of Souls clients to participate in questions of mental health, it will not be mandatory, whereas it will be mandatory for all scholarship participants.

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