Wild Adventures

Is it time?  Is this the year for you?  This year we are offering 4 very special Wild adventures.  Given all the upheaval in the world, it is especially important to carve out time in Wild places with Wild companions.  The natural world calls us to be focused on the present, soaking up the physicality and stillness that is unique to wilderness travel.

In addition to our annual dogsledding trip in January, we are offering a special anniversary trip dogsledding in the Boundary Waters and visiting Listening Point, the homestead of writer and environmentalist Sigurd Olson.   In the summer, the canoe trips each have a theme—the 3 day  trip on the Namekagon River focuses on awakening our Wild spirits; the week-long Boundary Waters trip turns our gaze toward Wild leadership, be that in your role at work or in leading your own Wild life.

I’m excited to run these trips and to travel again with Wild women – feeling our strength as we mush or paddle; filling our hearts with camaraderie, great conversation, and deep belly laughs; and fueling our Wild spirits.

I look forward to traveling with you.








  Wild Trips

Wild Institute trips are:

  • Open to women ages 18 and up. Our oldest participant has been 91!
  • Focused on the journey, the community and relationships we build, the beauty, the fresh air and physicality, the laughter, and of course, the invitation to let your Wild side shine
  • Designed for small groups, with amazing food, respect and reverence for the places we travel, and a balance of high energy and peaceful relaxation
  • Kept simple, all you need to do is pack your personal gear and your sleeping bag and pad
  • Geared to all experience levels, the biggest requirement being your willingness to show up, engage, and be open to a Wild adventure

Mushing Wild — 30th Anniversary Dogsledding Adventure

Northern Minnesota March 10-12, 2017


Snow, Finnish sauna, cozy cabins, amazing meals, adventurous women…come celebrate winter with all of this and the very best ambassadors of winter: Alaskan Huskies! Joanne McCauley dogs pic 053 (1)You’ll spend your days getting to know the lovable dogs, learning to mush, driving the team, and finding Wild inspiration through visiting Listening Point, Sigurd Olson’s homestead where much of his writing and environmental leadership were born, as well as sharing Chris Heeter’s poetry, Wild Thoughts.

Highlights include: cabins with cozy wood stoves, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, conversations and deep belly laughs, delicious home-cooked meals, gorgeous trails, grand adventure, and a joyful and rambunctious awakening of your beautiful wild spirit. You’ll learn the basics of driving a dog team, then on Saturday we’ll mush in the Boundary Waters, then head to Listening Point for a private tour of Sigurd Olson’s homestead. Sunday finds us back at base camp running dogs on our private trails.


The trip cost is $595 which includes meals, lodging, guides with 30+ years of experience, all things dog, and 480 acres of private trails, pristine woods, and a traditional Finnish homestead. 

How do I sign up?

A deposit of $150 holds your spot, payment in full is due by January 27, 2017.  Email us today for a registration form and more details.

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  Custom trips continue:

  • Open to all (friends, family, dads and daughters, etc).  We work together to design the trip your group has been dreaming of
  • Many locations and activities are available, primarily canoeing, sea kayaking, hiking, dog-sledding, and winter get-aways; familiar stomping grounds include the Boundary Waters, Wisconsin River, Wabakimi Provincial Park, Northeastern Minnesota, Southeastern Utah, the Porcupine Mountains, and more
  • Only a few slots are open each year, it’s first come, first served—we find a date that works for everyone, get people on board and excited, and craft a Wild trip.

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Prepare For A Different Kind of Vacation

Contact us today and schedule your next adventure.