The TorahTrek Guides Track is designed for those who feel called to Judaism, wilderness and spirituality as a Jewish educator or as an important part of their Jewish practice. 

Cohort 5 begins in August, 2015 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, continues in December in the desert near Joshua Tree National Park, California, and concludes in California's Sierra Nevada mountains in May, 2015. Cohort 5 is designed to accommodate students and others tied to the academic year, but it is open to all comers.

Guides Track Schedule Cohort 5

Retreat 1: August 11-18, 2015, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Retreat 2: December 20-27, 2015, Joshua Tree, California

Retreat 3: May 26-June 5, 2016, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California

Cost: $2,995
Includes retreat program (instruction, food, camping fees) and study program. Not included: transportation to retreat sites. We organize the cheapest available transportation from airports to the retreat sites. 

Participants also provide their own basic camping/backpacking gear: backpack, sleeping bag and pad, tent, stove, and appropriate clothing (boots, waterproof shell, layered clothing, etc.)

Payment plans available.

Financial Aid: Generous scholarships are awarded to Seminary students and under-35 teachers and Jewish educators employed by a Jewish school, camp, synagogue, or organization.

Hitbodedut Safety Protocols

No trip into real wilderness is immune to accidents, weather and other dangers. We balance risk versus experiencing the wild in selecting areas for solo sites.  Sitting in a small area during solo time as opposed to rock climbing, kayaking or even hiking, is among the safest ways to be in wilderness.  Hitbodedut on TorahTrek programs has an excellent safety record (we’ve never lost a participant or had to take someone to the hospital). We accomplish this by:

  • preparing participants for the potential risks and dangers
  • starting with small amounts of solo time and gradually increasing throughout the year
  • sending participants out with a detailed safety protocol in writing on how to act a variety of emergency situations
  • twice daily safety checks (accomplished by leaving signs that are checked, so other human beings are not seen during one’s solo)

Learn more about the Guides Track