The idea began in my young adult years after reflecting on one of the best camping trips of my life. I went with two of my best friends at the time. It was just us 3 heading out 9 hours away from home to camp for 3-4 days in the Ozark Mountains. At this period of my life, I was in self-discovery mode and became obsessed with the structure of how we gain peace and clarity in our lives, heal, and tap into the happiest parts of ourselves.
I realized how joyous the trips are in all of it’s glory! From the preparation to the actual trip itself, and then, to the reflection of it all. There’s ALWAYS the unknown adventure when headed to a camping trip and then you’re there, in that moment, with the task or challenge at hand, and you have to deal with it right then and there. It is truly captivating and such an expansive way of perceiving ourselves and our capabilities. It’s like, somehow nature knows exactly how to pierce right through our perceived limitations.
Always expect the unexpected. The most wonderful parts of primitive camping is constantly being outdoors and having to learn by gaining survival skills; and the unexpected challenges that we have ahead of us. Many of my best, funniest, and favorite stories all begin with me and some friends headed on a camping trip. Reflecting on the trip, seeing all of the pictures, and feeling this huge sense of peace upon my return home is one of the most magical feelings in the world. And because we are forcing ourselves to work with nature and be outside, there’s this sense of getting back down to earth, literally and metaphorically. The bond that is formed amongst those who camp together grows ten times stronger in two – three days than it would when we have access to all of our at-home luxuries. Nature naturally grounds us and brings us to the moment. Then, all of the sudden you have this huge sense of appreciation for all of it. Every time I head out to the forest, I find myself slowing down mentally, and then I am invigorated with a ton of energy that gets me playing, and there I am, totally and completely present in the moment.
So, that’s when I realized that this is something that needed to be shared and spread to as many people as possible. I want to be the one who can do all of the hard work that others don’t want to, such as: organizing, planning, stocking up on equipment, preparing meals, transporting, and attending to all of the many details that make for life-changing camping trips. Then, I realized I could use my Life Coaching certification and years of studies in holistic health as an added twist to these adventures. So now I perform guided meditations and healing exercises through a course of study that I’ve spent many years creating in order to help everyone who comes on one of my trips; and help them to find what they’re looking for in that specific time of their lives. This is literally for anyone. You could just be looking for a fun time and adventure, or you could going through the worst heartbreak of your life and you’re looking for some relief and healing. So, with that, we recognize the powerful effect nature has on us, and we go out to explore and connect deeper with ourselves and the world around us. Our focus is to pull ourselves out of the “city routine” and step away from technology to recharge, find a sense of peace, and gain clarity in our lives; no matter what we’re going through at the time. From there, we have expanded to now doing cabin trips for those who aren’t too fancied with the idea of camping in a tent. We don’t want to deprive anyone of this truly amazing experience. Life isn’t always easy, but it’s easier when we have each other to lean on and learn from. At the end of the day, we all just want to feel connected and loved.
Our motto: We Camp to Connect.