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You are here: Home Wilderness Programs Ages 14 - 18 Fire on the Mountain

Fire on the Mountain

When Jul 08, 2018 09:00 AM to
Jul 15, 2018 05:00 PM
Where Olympic National Park; Program starts and ends in Bothell, WA
Cost: $975 (deposit $250), financial aid available
Ages: 14-18, all genders
Contact Name Cameron Withey
Contact Email
Contact Phone 425.485.7396
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In between major life transitions, as the journey continues along, we all need intervals to pause, reflect and "course correct:"  How am I doing?  Am I heading in the right direction?  Am I being true to my authentic self?  Am I in right relation with family, friends, community, and earth?


"This trip has changed my life and empowered me to live my life to the fullest. I have made life-long friendships and I am truly thankful. Without Journeys, my life would be completely different."

This one-week trip is designed for high school students, ages 14-18,  to take a moment to pause and listen, check-in with themselves, and return with renewed purpose and inspiration for their life paths.  

This journey is a safe place to learn about dealing with new challenges that arise for teens. It encourages the process of maturation among a community of mentors and peers who know how to be supportive and honest.   Participants learn skills in wilderness living and in navigating their own inner journey.  They have the opportunity to "course correct," as they reflect on the vision they have for themselves and how that vision is manifesting in their lives now.

For youth who are struggling to find purpose and meaning, or who are ready for a rite-of-passage to mark a step toward adulthood, we highly recommend our 3-week Solo Crossing trip. However, for those who are in the middle of navigating adolescence and have a current vision for themselves, Fire on the Mountain offers a short and sweet opportunity to touch base with their deeper selves and move forward with enhanced self-knowledge and expression. 

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 Financial aid may be available. Please visit our Scholarships page for more information.


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          Carl Busse

                 Rachel Duthler

Carl has spent most of his 57 years finding ways to spend time in the wilderness. He has been leading wilderness adventures for Journeys since 2011. He is an experienced Waldorf high school teacher who is deeply committed to providing a safe vessel for adolescents to explore their power and deepen their relationship to nature. He finds deep satisfaction in  supporting the next generation of wilderness mentors.


Growing up wandering the dunes on the shores of Lake Michigan, Rachel found her most centered self in the wilderness and near the water. It brings her joy to create opportunities for others to discover transformation through nature- whether that be through her day job as a community farm coordinator in Seattle or by leading wilderness trips with youth and adults. She completed her Master’s degree in clinical social work from Michigan State University in 2009 and was determined to find a way to unite her passions for mental wholeness, social justice, and nature based work. Aside from experience teaching and creating a program for children and youth to connect with nature in gardens, she has also lead adult wilderness trips and rock climbing trips with youth. She began with Journeys last year in 2015, as an apprentice for the Adult Wilderness Quest. When she’s not on trips or in the garden, you might find her jumping in lakes, rock climbing, reading in her hammock, dancing, visiting new places, and spending time with her niece and nephews.

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