Our Teen Wilderness Expedition supports participants’ overall wellness, providing useful tools to work with life’s challenges and build emotional resilience. Today’s teens are facing issues that no previous generation has ever seen. Advances in technology have changed and amplified the struggles young people face. Social media habits and media consumption have changed the way young people communicate, learn, sleep, and exercise. This expedition provides an opportunity for teens to unplug, explore breathtaking landscapes, and connect with others.
Our Teen Wilderness Expedition includes six days of camping, hiking, art, games, music, campfires, laughter, and the connection and support created through camp life. Learn breathing practices, mindfulness activities, and techniques to slow down – all while surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of the Alpines. Develop ways to manage stress, work with life’s challenges, and live life with more authenticity, creativity, and deep appreciative joy.
The expedition includes:
- Bus ride from Kelowna (2 hours)
- Alpine truck to base camp (1.5 hours)
- Park permits
- 3 meals, plus snacks each day
- Tent (unless you would like to bring your own)
- Trail guides, program facilitation, and support
- and endless hours of fun!
Our faculty includes clinical counselors, extensively trained mindfulness teachers, scientists, wilderness guides, art educators, a nurse, chef, and musicians.
Fees are on a sliding scale. Please choose a price that aligns with your household income and the financial health of your family, paying at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend.
We aim to never turn anyone away for lack of funds. Please email us to submit a request for financial support and/or if acquiring gear is of concern.
July 21 – 26th, 2018
July 29th – August 3rd, 2018
Cathedral Lakes Park, BC
High school students are reporting increasingly high levels of stress from academic, social and family difficulties with minimal knowledge as to how to effectively manage stress. Consequently, a number of youth are engaging in maladaptive behaviors such as risk-taking and non-suicidal self-injury.Canadian Education Association
We aim to create expeditions, to the best of our ability, where all individuals feel welcome, seen and heard. We are a community that strives to be open and inclusive of all socio-economic capacities, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, mental and physical differences, religious faiths, beliefs, and positions.
Thank you MEC
Did you know? MEC provides ENSO with gently used returned gear all year long. Volunteers from ENSO go through the gear pulling out useful items like flashlights, water bottles, warm jackets, rain pants, sleeping pads and more to help build an entire resource gear supply for teens.
Thanks to our Supporters
Telus and CIBC Wood Gundy provided incredible support to launch and build the basis of our program from its inception. Without their support, our program would not exist.
ENSO does not own its own truck and often has volunteers help transport food to the site. Innov8 Designs volunteered their company truck last year.
The American Mindfulness Research Association has proven meditation can increase self-esteem, improve memory function, reduce depression and anxiety, and lead to greater emotional resilience.The American Mindfulness Research Association
Where do we sleep?
In tents! We pair each participant up with someone we think will be a good fit. If you’re coming with a friend, you can share a tent.
What if I don't have the right gear?
Take a good look at the gear list. Make a list of things you do and don’t have. There are places to rent gear. Please let us know if finances prohibit you from renting gear. We are here to help!
What if I can't hike that far?
We really learn to take care of each other on retreat, working within our own personal limits. This retreat is focused on your potential. We bring plenty of chocolate and yummy treats on the trail to keep going and you don’t have to carry all your gear. Gear stays at base camp.
Will there be time to relax and have fun?
Yes! Participants will have time to hang out with friends in base camp each day. We’ll also play some amazing wilderness games. Our scientist Deepa Filatow has an amazing voice and plays the guitar. Do you play a campfire-friendly instrument? Maybe a tuba isn’t a good idea…
Are we going to be meditating a lot?
Nope. The fact that we’re on top of a mountain surrounded by wilderness and unplugged from technology is a pretty big deal. As we hike, play games, tell stories, make food and eat together, you will become more mindful of your surroundings, your life and connections with people in camp. We might walk quietly from time to time, pause to take in a view, write in a journal each day, and really pay attention to our experiences while on retreat. Our goal is to really take in the adventure and have fun together.