Dearest Wild Women,
This year we are thrilled to be celebrating Wild Women Expeditions’ 27th Anniversary! In nearly three decades of offering a wide variety of outdoor adventures, including canoe and kayak trips, multi-sport adventures, hiking trips and yoga retreats, we’ve learned a few things…
Shared Leadership: Our Unique Approach
We’ve learned that sharing leadership is a valuable way for all women to grow as outdoorswomen and build their confidence in the wilderness. For all of our events and trips, we provide skilled facilitation and guidance, but our guides leave behind any need to be the ‘heroine’ – the one who knows everything in the group. For each trip, there is a wide range of experience; from women who have been professional guides to folks who have paddled a canoe around a cottage to women who have never been camping before. We value those who can whip a canoe up onto their shoulders without help, yes!
We equally value the joy and excitement of somebody paddling for the first time or the woman who makes everyone cry with laughter even though it’s been pouring rain the whole day. Some women can barely paddle their kayak in a straight line yet they can tell a delightfully naughty and highly entertaining rendition of the day’s events at the end of an exhausting paddle. We know that all women have a contribution to make on a trip.
Although we will let you know if a trip requires particular technical skills – such as whitewater paddling – or is physically demanding (though we do provide relaxing alternatives when possible) we generally do not label ‘beginner’ and ‘advanced’ trips. When we review your application, we will advise on whether the trip seems to be a good fit for you. If you have any concerns about your skills or fitness level for a particular trip, we will do our best to ensure that you are comfortable and ready for your adventure!
At Wild Women we delight in having a trip with challenge AND relaxation; we balance enjoying the journey just as much as the destination and build choice into the route to meet different women’s wants. We like to get fit while on the trip (not just before!), cook delicious food, take time to swim, watch the sunset and relish in the pleasure of living well! Oh yeah, we laugh – A LOT! We encourage you to try on new hats, let go and get wild. We value freedom of expression and want you to see yourself in a new light – outside of your regular responsibilities and day-to-day roles.
We have learned the importance of creating an inclusive environment on our trips and welcoming diversity. Wild Women members come from a wide range of backgrounds, yet we all share something powerful. We believe in honouring and respecting diversity and welcome women of all ages, sexual orientations, and identities, including transgender women. We do not tolerate comments or behaviours that are oppressive to others and will respectfully address this in conversation if the situation arises!
A desire to share our love of the outdoors, our sense of adventure and be in the company of other spirited women is what brings us together. This is the fertile ground that has produced and deepened many incredible relationships over the years…. in the last two decades grandmothers, aunts, sisters, mothers, and daughters have bonded; travel and adventure buddies have bloomed; women have met or honeymooned with their partners; self-love has expanded, business partnerships, guide’s careers, and life-long friendships have been born! Women return to our trips, events, and parties year after year to this magical community that they have helped in creating.
We’ve learned that we get a lot from giving back and caring for the wild places we enjoy so much. At our core lies our profound care and respect for the environment. During a trip, we aim to leave the wilderness in better shape than when we got there. We are not merely visitors to the wilderness. Rather, it is our home and we treat it as such. With that intention, we avoid actions which disrupt and disturb wildlife as much as possible. WWE is an advocate for environmental conservation and helps protect the special places we play in by supporting environmental education, advocacy campaigns, and community projects. We take opportunities to support girl’s empowerment and partner with social justice and women’s rights organizations to make a difference, in our backyard and globally.
By providing a place where women are empowered physically, spiritually and emotionally we are proud to be part of the growing Canadian social justice movement. We believe that when women join together in a supportive circle to move through challenges, enjoy the pleasures of life and connect with nature through an outdoor experience, they have more energy and joy in their lives to do all the other important work in the world.
Ultimately, we’ve learned to lead with our heart. At the heart of our values is our passion for the wilderness in all of its beauty. We know that every woman has a contribution to make and that in a supportive, celebratory and adventurous environment we can all share our strengths as equals.
We can’t wait to welcome you on a Wild Women adventure!