The NDC Wilderness Retreat is an experience you won’t forget. You’ll join a small group of others for a two night backpacking trip in the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness. But it’s not just a hiking and camping trip. This wilderness retreat offers an opportunity to disconnect from the busyness of life, enjoy the beauty of nature, experience community with others, and embrace some intentional practices that reconnect your soul with God.
This summer, we have two different options: June 14-16 and July 12-14. There are limited spots for each weekend.
Schedule: Leave Denver at 12:30 pm on Friday; return to Denver by 3 pm on Sunday
Cost: $75 (for general expenses including gas for transportation, four meals, and group gear)
Registration: link below
A few important questions:
How much outdoor experience is required?
Very little. Beginners are welcome (unless you hate the outdoors, which means this isn’t the experience for you). If you’ve never been backpacking, we’ll help you. The only requirements are that you be in good physical health and commit to preparing for the trip ahead of time. We will hike a total of twelve miles with our backpacks (six miles on Friday and six miles on Sunday, with optional day hiking on Saturday).
What about food and equipment?
Your cost includes four group meals (two dinners and two breakfasts) that leaders will plan and purchase food for. You are only responsible for your own lunch on Saturday along with snacks while hiking. We’ll give you tips for what works well (hint: Snickers!) For equipment, we will provide a packing list with lots of recommendations. Group gear, such as water filters, stoves, pots, pans, and first aid kits will be provided. You will be responsible for your own backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent (shared between two people), and clothes. If you do not have some of these bigger items, we can help you borrow, rent, or purchase them. We will help you minimize the cost if this is your first backpacking trip.
What is the “retreat” element of this trip?
For starters, we’ll spend a weekend without internet, emails, and everyday distractions. On the trail and in camp, there will be some short readings, guided discussions, and times to be by yourself. Group meals will also include intentional space to share stories and reflect on our spiritual journeys. But mostly, this is just an opportunity to get away and be refreshed in nature.