Wilderness Heals

Thank you for visiting the Wilderness Heals blog. Wilderness Heals is an all-women, three-day annual pledge hike that benefits the Elizabeth Stone House (ESH), a Boston-based emergency shelter, transitional housing program, and therapeutic community that provides services to women and children who are escaping violence and overcoming trauma. By encouraging hikers to set challenging physical, emotional, and financial goals, Wilderness Heals mirrors the experiences of hundreds of women who have sought help from the Stone House. Committing to hike is a way to grow personally while simultaneously standing in solidarity with women of the Stone House and women everywhere who are working to overcome the effects of violence in their lives.
Wilderness Heals 2011 will take place July 15-17, 2011. Registration materials may be downloaded here.
Go here to view the 2011 routes, and visit our Who's Who page to meet this year's team leaders and Recruitment Committee members.
Want to learn more? Visit our list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Still have questions? Contact Erika Whyte, Wilderness Heals event coordinator, at 781-726-0551 or ewhyte@elizabethstone.org.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

I Know That Wilderness Heals

Six-year veteran hiker Mary Walsh wrote the following poem in 2001.

Wilderness Heals

My husband wouldn't take a hike
So, I decided to
Because someone told me about
Wilderness Heals

Some groups choose to walk or bike
This group chooses a long, long hike
They know that Wilderness Heals

For eleven years and still hiking
In conditions not necessarily always to their liking
They shift into another gear and uncomplainingly persevere
Because they believe in Wilderness Heals

For survivors of trauma
Each the keeper of her own personal drama
For family, for friends, for victims hoping for the violence to end
From wherever the motivation stems
It's true that Wilderness Heals

For the challenge, the healing, the energy, the synergy
For affirmation, validation, to overcome trepidation
Through the smiles, the tears, the hugs, the fears
It suddenly becomes clear that Wilderness Heals

The tattooed, the newly shoed, the altruistically imbued,
The formerly often overwhelmingly unglued
And the hopefully never again to be black and blued
Hike together as one
And say in unison
"Wilderness Heals," "Wilderness Heals"

My husband wouldn't take a hike
So, I decided to
Now, I know that Wilderness Heals

--Mary Walsh

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