Gaia Girls Passages Backcountry Immersion Trip is an opportunity for teens to take a step outside of their every day and enter into the majestic realms of vast wilderness areas. During the teen years when so much is emerging within, and the bigger questions of how to be in relationship, how to stay connected to your true self, and how to share your unique gifts are emerging, there is no better respite, reflection and guide than the natural world. Come join a passionate, adventurous, and caring circle of girls and women as we venture into the beauty of the deep wilderness without and within! The Marble Mountains are an exquisite and secluded land, full of ice cold springs, alpine lakes, meadows filled with wildflowers, and marble peaks from which you can see only forest and mountains stretching in all directions. They are part of the beautifully preserved landscape of Northern California that has been inhabited and cared for by the Karuk tribe, many of whom still live nearby along the Klamath River. We will be spending six adventure-filled days and five star-filled nights getting to know this land, each other, and ourselves. Activities will include backpacking and hiking on trails and cross-country, swimming, plant identification (including edible and medicinal plants), navigating with maps and without, fire-making, backcountry cooking, animal tracking, backcountry crafts, nature journaling, hive mind ~ skills for being part of a team, leadership skills, communication and introspection tools, nature art…. and more! This backpacking trip is organized and led by our lead auntie and backcountry coordinator, Jenya Schneider. Jenya has led backcountry trips with youth since 2013. The Marble Mountain Wilderness is possibly her favorite place on Earth, and she can’t wait to share its magic with our Gaia Girls this summer. One additional awesome Gaia Girls auntie will co-lead the trip as well.