Spending extended time in the wilderness is deeply healing, and learning the skills needed to do so is extremely empowering.
The Wilderness Immersion experience consists of 2-6 nights* in the wilderness with me as your trip leader and up to three participants total. Those of all experience levels will learn tips & tricks for being more comfortable in the wilderness, so that you can better enjoy the relaxation, invigoration, and restoration it brings. We'll carry packs with everything we need and sleep in the woods away from civilization, and you'll learn all about lightweight backpacking. These hikes take place all around the US.
* You can select an upcoming trip from the next section or contact me to create your own custom trip!
Big bend National Park (Texas) - March 31--April 6th
Springer Mountain and the Appalachian Trail (Georgia) - April 23-25
Guide: I am with you the entire trip to help you have the most positive experience possible.
Trip Planning: tailored to the season and the ability level of the participants
Preparation Meeting: To help me get a feel for your physical abilities and ensure I am aware of any health conditions that may affect your experience, and to help you get a better idea of what to expect.
Gear Consult: Gear & clothes can be pricey, and there are so many options out there. I will help you quickly choose what is right for you based on your budget & desired comfort level.
Moral Support: Backpacking is no joke. Nature doesn't care about your well-being. Hiking can push your physical limits. The trials of the experience can bring up all sorts of emotions, and I'm here to help you through all of it.
Access to my detailed backpacking gear and food list
Access to some rental gear (e.g. tent, sleeping pad, cookset, bear canister)
Education: Personalized instruction throughout the experience (see below).
What You'll Learn
Comfortable Living - select a campsite; set up shelter; organize, pack, and maintain gear; cook; manage nutrition; and use clothing as protection from the elements.
Personal Safety - How to say safe, manage risk, and not get hurt.
Gear Use & Care - How to get the most function & longevity out of your (often expensive) gear & clothing.
Connecting with Nature - Observing and understanding nature's processes, cycles, flora & fauna species & more.
Caring for Your Body - What to do when your body needs attention.
Efficiency and Comfort - Tips & tricks to make your experience more pleasant.
Map Reading & Navigation - Using your phone!
Leave No Trace - Techniques for ensuring that we leave our protected places nicer than we found them.
Nature Photography - How to create eye-popping photos using your phone, to share with your friends & family.
Mindfulness Practice - Using nature and specific prompts to help you connect more deeply to yourself and the environment.
Food Planning - How to pack lightweight food for longer trips.
Skills for handling Adversity and Uncertainty - Things don't always go the way you want!
Leadership - Collaboration, inclusivity, effective communication, and decision making skills.
About yourself - A greater awareness of your strengths, habits and areas for growth.
Costs & Booking
The cost for most trips is as follows:
Base cost $300 - includes pre-trip planning and unlimited consults to ensure your preparedness.
Cost per night: $200 - Includes daily assistance and instruction during the trip (see "What You'll Learn", above).
Pass-thru costs - Participants split the actual costs of the trip including reservations, transportation costs, and entry fees.
There is a $300 nonrefundable deposit for all trips, which is deducted from total balance. Please see cancellation policy.
Lightweight vegetarian food ready-packaged for you.
Vegan and Gluten Free options available.
Includes breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks for each day.
See Backpacking Menu for food options.
Cost is $30 * number of nights.
Items not listed here must be purchased or rented elsewhere (e.g. from REI)
Backpacking Tent or Tarp +$50
Sleeping Pad +$10
Bear Canister +$50
Moshe Jacobson is a wellness coach who is passionate about nature. He began backpacking in 2009, at which time he received his Wilderness First Responder, NOLS Outdoor Educator, and Leave No Trace Master Educator certifications. Since then, he has cumulatively spent over 180 days backpacking in the wilderness and has planned and led countless outings all over the US and even abroad.