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.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Team Leader Training Weekend in Plymouth, N.H.

Last weekend, 12 Wilderness Heals hikers gathered in Plymouth, New Hampshire, to take part in the event's annual team leader training weekend. Workshops were led by Jed, an Appalachian Club staff member, and included sessions on first aid, outdoor leadership, Leave No Trace methods, map and compass skills, and how to plan, pack, and prepare for a backpacking trip. Pictured above: Nabia, Beth, Jed, Amanda, Vicky, Anna, Wendy, Katie, Keri, Liz, Nika, Karin, and Natalie.

One team-building activity requires catching balls. Vicky is suspicious of anything that involves even the slightest hand-eye coordination. Pictured above: Katie, Amanda, Vicky, Jed, and Liz.

Anna and Vicky demonstrate how to properly lift an injured hiker by linking arms to create a "chair." Note: This method does not apply to anyone who has suffered from back, neck, or head injuries. Pictured above: Nika, Nabia, Anna's arms, Amanda, Katie, Vicky, and Amy.

Jed and Nabia carry an "injured" Amy.

Natalie and Nika carry an "injured" Amanda.

Wendy, Keri, and Liz discuss the proper ways to treat an injured ankle.

Jed demonstrates how to make a sling out of a large bandanna. Pictured above: Beth, Jed, Amanda, Amy, and Wendy.

Jed reviews map-reading skills with the team leaders. Rest easy, they know which direction is North. Pictured above: Katie, Vicky, Natalie, and Liz.

Karin, Vicky, and Natalie refine their compass-reading skills.

Natalie, Liz, Nika, and Karin relax in the grass.

Special thanks to Mary Lincoln for providing lodging for the team leader training weekend. It was greatly appreciated.

1 comment:

Life Coaching said...

Nice weekend for all of you guys. cheers!