We provide a comprehensive equipment list as part of the preparation package we send you. Call us or email if you would like more information about equipment before making your decision.
First of all, fasting is a component only on our Quests, and even then it is optional although strongly encouraged. If you do fast, you may experience stomach cramps, nausea, and discomfort. Some people are scarcely affected by fasting and others become weak and/or uncomfortable. While many have found fasting difficult, no one has ever become seriously ill as a result of fasting on our programs. Our protocol for initiating and breaking the fast has been developed over 20 years with the help of physicians and other healthcare professionals.
Your leaders are seasoned wilderness guides who carry state-of-the-art first-aid equipment and are trained in wilderness medicine. While Animas has had no significant injuries in 24 years, we are prepared to offer the best care possible in the event of accident or illness.
Most meals at retreat centers and in the backcountry are lacto-vegetarian, made from natural and wholesome ingredients. We purchase organic, locally-grown food as much as possible.
Yes, but not on our Quests and Soulcraft Journeys (which are longer and often more psychologically and spiritually intense than our other programs), we encourage you to come on your own. All of our programs provide the opportunity to shed your everyday self and let go of your routine way of being. Often this is difficult when you are accompanied by someone who is very close to you and who might end up “anchoring” your old way of being.
Animas programs can be physically and psychologically challenging, but previous experience in the wilderness is unnecessary. Half of our programs are held at retreat centers and involve no camping. On our wilderness-based programs, more than half of our participants have never previously been camping. Some of our Quests and other programs employ a drive-to-basecamp format in which neither backpacking nor special physical fitness is required.
Once we receive your deposit and completed registration form, we will send you a preparation package that includes specific suggestions for physical, emotional, and spiritual preparation, travel information, and a comprehensive equipment list if that is relevant to the your program.