Glacier Quest – On the Trail with Your Wild Soul
A Women’s Retreat in Glacier National Park, Montana, 3 and 1/2-Day and 3-Night, July 27 – 30, 2017
Journey Back to Your Own True Nature
A medicine walk retreat in the ruggedly beautiful Rocky Mountains of Montana, land of mountain ranges carved by prehistoric ice rivers.
Somewhere in the wilds of Glacier National Park, a small group of hikers steps quietly off trail, their senses attuned. In stillness, they notice the nature all around them. They listen for wildlife and wild wisdom, and attune to whatever details call their attention, both within and around them.
They seek to know themselves and their purpose in a new way, to access their inner wisdom and guidance. Nature herself reflects to them breadcrumbs along their trail to peace, purpose, and deep connection. She helps release old patterns that no longer serve and restore a sense of healing, aliveness, and clarity that these hikers will take back home into their daily lives.
This is your call: join them.
A Message from Jennifer
The Glacier Quest women’s retreat in Glacier Park comes on the heels of six-year debilitating chronic illness that flattened me so completely I could barely lift my fingers to type, much less hike and travel. The deeper I’ve gone into the mind-body realm and back to nature, the more my vitality has returned, so I view what I used to call illness as Calling. And now I’m obsessed with callings. They’re the thread that connects all of my work (and pretty much everything I see and hear).
From my sick bed, returning to Glacier where I was once a trail and river guide seemed wildly improbable. I’m beyond excited to offer this retreat to celebrate my return to one of my most healing wild places, to my calling, and to my own true nature, and to facilitate whatever returns or new trails might be calling to you.
What to Expect
I’ve designed the Glacier Quest women’s retreat to meet you where you are. You will delve into your physical, mental and emotional limitations in the safe and intelligent cocoon of our small group and my loving guidance and leadership. You’ll also delve deep into stillness, presence, and guided introspection.
Our medicine walk retreat will be a combination of wilderness activity and personal growth. We’ll hike every day (easy to moderate, 6 to 8 miles) and we’ll also take opportunities to slow or stop for presence, visioning, and connection to our inner knowing. Walking or still, I’ll gently lead with coaching and activities to help release old contracts and social masks, receive guidance from nature and within, and restore a sense of self, of strength, vitality, and wildness, that you can take into your daily lives and wildest dreams.
I’ve connected with esteemed naturalist and wild soul, Melissa Scott, to join us as co-guidess. We’ve put together an amazing array of hikes, sights, and experiences in and around Glacier National Park. Most of the photos on this page are hers. You can learn more about Melissa and her work here.
We’ll explore the receding glaciers of the area and in our own selves, the pristine beauty they’ve carved,
and better hear our own callings and our wild souls through the calls of the wild.
- You are called to deeper work and not sure what it is or of your next steps
- You’re in transition in your life or career
- You feel burdened by keeping it all together, being so civilized
- You’re experiencing burnout
- You yearn for a sense of knowing, of connection to your inner wisdom
- You seek healing and transformation within a community of like-minded women
- You’re drawn to the wilds of Montana and to see the glaciers before they melt
- You long for in-person connection with others inspired by spiritual growth and discovery
- Personalized coaching with Master Certified Coach, Jennifer Shryock, using my full coaching toolkit, including Mind-Body, Martha Beck training, and nature guide, all within a supportive group setting
- World-class naturalist and guide, Melissa Scott, to share perspective on natural and cultural history, wildlife safety and awareness, and 25-years experience in GNP
- Three days of hiking, presencing, and stillness in Glacier National Park, the Crown of the Continent and headwaters for streams that flow to the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and to Hudson’s Bay
- First night’s stay at the amazing Dancing Spirit Ranch: 160 acres of wide open spaces, a gorgeous gathering barn and “bunkhouse” with separate rooms, a private chef to provide dinner for our opening ceremony and breakfast before we depart for our three days in Glacier Park.
- Scenic drive on the world famous Going to the Sun Road with Melissa and Jennifer
- An intimate group of no more than eight, plus guides
- A clearer picture of what’s calling to you and how to answer
- Tools and inspiration to enrich your experience of your body, your own inner guide, and nature
- An intimate relationship with the earth and elements
- A unique, transformative, and fun adventure among a select and intimate group
- A sense of hope and trust in yourself and your own wisdom
Location & Accommodations
Glacier National Park is located in northwest Montana, bridging the continental divide and adjoining the Waterton Peace Park. The Glacier Park International Airport is located near Kalispell, Montana, about 40 miles west of GNP. You’ll spend your first night nearby at Dancing Spirit Ranch in Whitefish, then the next two nights at the St. Mary Lodge on the east side of GNP, having driven the National Historic Landmark, the Going to the Sun Road, and crossed the divide along the way.
Your Registration Includes
Coaching and myriad other activities led by Jennifer Shryock and Glacier Guide Melissa Scott
Accommodations at Dancing Spirit Ranch, Whitefish, Montana on July 27th
Two nights accommodations at St. Mary Lodge in St. Mary, Montana on July 28th and 29th
Three meals plus snacks on fulls days (with dinner on day 1, breakfast and lunch on day 4)
6-7 hours per day of hiking and group coaching (with plenty of quiet and free time, as well)
A profound experience designed to give you greater access to inner peace, a clearer sense of calling, and empowerment to achieve your goals
The Glacier Quest Retreat takes place July 27 – 30, 2017
$1950 double occupancy, $750 single supplement (space limited)
Once you reserve your spot, you’ll have the option of making a single payment of $1950, or two payments of $975 each. Should you choose the two-pay option, your first payment is due upon registration, and your second payment will be deducted automatically from the same credit card 30 days later.
*Note: Travel to and from the Glacier Park International Airport, gratuities, incidentals, and spa treatments are not included in the registration fee.
Space is Limited to 8 participants
Due to the physical nature of this retreat, you must be able to walk for 4-6 hrs (approximately 5-6 miles) per day, over uneven terrain in order to participate. If you are not sure about your abilities, please do contact me to discuss further.
Ready to Register?
Claim your spot now. CONTACT ME at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you cancel on or before May 30, 2017, you will be refunded the registration fee paid, less a $500 administration fee. If you cancel between June 1 – 30, 2017 50% of the registration fee paid will be refunded. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after June 30, 2017.
Your Adventure Will Look Something Like This
I’m publishing this schedule to give you a sense of how the days flow, but please know Melissa and I will be changing things up along the way—all of it geared toward giving you the best experience ever.
Arrive at Dancing Spirit Ranch, check in 12:00 pm. Actual arrival time determined by your travel arrangements. If you’ve arrived on a flight to the Glacier International Airport in Kalispell, you’ll enjoy a scenic shuttle to Dancing Spirit.
Orientation and free time to explore 160 acres of wide open spaces, pond toys, a gorgeous gathering barn and “bunkhouse” with separate rooms
Dinner by private chef, brief for Day 2
Day 2,3,4: Glacier National Park Day Hikes
Breakfast and Intentions
Scenic Tour of Going to the Sun Road (day 2)
Hike with Trail Lunch and Nature Coaching Sessions
Arrive at St. Mary Lodge (days 2 and 3)
Dinner & Fire Circle
Transportation by van (provided by Melissa and the Glacier Guides) and foot!
Day 4: Closing Ceremony and Goodbyes
After hiking and more nature coaching, we’ll return to West Glacier mid-o-late afternoon of day 4, July 30th. From here, we can take you to the airport or you’re free to continue your exploration of the area.
Whatever your personal insights from the Glacier Quest Retreat experience, you’ll leave with a personal practice to sustain your connection to your true nature. This practice will be both intrinsically rewarding and profoundly life-enhancing. Melissa and I will send you off with hugs, a practice, and a lifetime of memories.
Ready to Register?
Claim your Glacier Quest Retreat spot now. Message me at email@example.com to book your adventure or if you have any questions. I’d be delighted!
Jennifer Shryock, career strategist, executive and mind-body coach, is a passionate mentor to help make it rain in your career and your life. Shryock guides professionals to re-discover what they want, why they want it, and how to get it. She writes, speaks, and leads workshops about how to magnetize opportunity, reconnect to your innate gifts, answer your call and rewire your mind to welcome – and negotiate for – success.
Melissa Scott is a naturalist, photographer, and guide of multi-day backpacking trips throughout Glacier National Park and high-end natural/cultural history trips around the globe. Dedicated to raising environmental awareness through relevant, first-hand encounters with our natural world, she’s passionate about all things “nature” while incorporating culture and history to add relevance and insight to the experience.