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.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Mother, Daughter Team Up to Reach New Heights

The NH Broadcaster recently published a story about Jane Frasca and her daughter, Natalie Surmeli, two 2008 Wilderness Heals hikers who collectively raised an estimated $6,500 for the Elizabeth Stone House. This wasn't the first mother-daughter team that participated in Wilderness Heals. Eleven years ago, when she was only 17, Anna Wells joined her mother, Mary Lincoln, for her first Wilderness Heals Hike. Today Anna is a team leader coordinator, and Mary serves on the Stone House's board of directors. And in 2007, Karin Downs hiked with her 18-year-old daughter, Shanti Balin-Downs. Today, Karin is a team leader. To read more about Jane and Natalie, click here.

Additionally, hikers Nika Stoop and Vicky Waltz were recently featured in the Boston Globe and Bay Windows. Click here and here to read their stories.

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